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Maus Contemporary is excited to announce the inclusion of gallery artist Travis Somerville's new series  The Lost Voices in the Miguel Amado curated project DIALOGUES at the upcoming London Art Fair, January 18-22, 2017.

Now in its fourth year, the 2017 edition has been curated by Miguel Amado, Senior Curator at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, UK. 
The featured artists address the issues of our times, looking at history, race and collectivity alongside explorations of imaginaries, representation and subjectivity.
A major feature of the London Art Fair's Art Projects is the DIALOGUES Section; five collaborations between galleries intended to encourage new forms of presentation and foster relationships on a global scale.

Maus Contemporary    Stand P21a 

We are excited to have be "in dialogue" with the Belfast, Northern Ireland-based organization Golden Thread Gallery, presenting a project by Scottish artist Graham Fagen, who represented Scotland at the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015.
 
 
Travis Somerville's new series The Lost Voices addresses England's Home Children Program, which started in 1869, and which sent over 100,000 children to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and South Africa. Although starting out as a legitimate charity to help orphaned children, it clearly turned quickly into a force of providing child labor for these countries.
 
Somerville's large scale installation consists of drawings on various media, including on paper, children's christening gowns, and other found objects and ephemera. Images, mostly children's portraits, are sourced from actual photographs of these children, as well as through appropriation and by reproducing poster images from the Waifs and Strays Society of London.
The artist also incorporates images of Syrian refugee children - some currently living in France and trying to immigrate to England. By using found, vintage objects, the artist seeks to tap into our collective historical memory, using it as a catalyst for discussion on current issues.
 
 
" As capitalism in its neoliberal form spreads worldwide, and populism - from Trumpism to Brexit - rises in all corners of the Western world; wall building emerges as a sign of a period one could call 'post-political'. From the US-Mexico border to Italy's Lampedusa, more and more fences and checkpoints are appearing, creating zones of exclusion.
The theorist Wendy Brown considers the proliferation of separation barriers, both within and between nation-states, a symbol of societal disruption. This resurgence in wall building uncannily appears in a context of transnational power intensification and the erosion of national sovereignty.
Globalisation, the quality of which is connectedness rather than division, should have reduced the need for separation barriers and yet it seems to only have increased their establishment. However, cultural production is contradicting this trend, as exchange across the globe - even if maintaining North-South hierarchies - has been growing since the end of the Cold War.
 
Within the field of art, a phenomenon derived from this situation is what could be designated as a 'geographical turn' in Western institutions. In the past twenty-five years or so, museums, galleries, art fairs, auction houses and other players have been seeking to broaden their horizons with respect to non-Western art and other 'subaltern' practices - 'art from elsewhere', as the curator Okwui Enwezor puts it - including those rooted in gender and ethnicity as well as belonging to craft and outsider traditions.
This 2017 edition of 'Dialogues' reflects the challenging conditions in which one lives today, attempting to grasp these recent developments in society and culture. The section includes galleries based in distinct parts of the UK - from London to the regions, and from England to Wales to Northern Ireland - and areas such as Dublin, southern Europe, the interior of the United States, and sub-Saharan Africa.
By its own nature, 'Dialogues' suggests interaction among the participating galleries, and thus the section is even more relevant this year, as the walls that typically split the multiple stands of an art fair are literally broken, metaphorically referencing the need to knock down the walls that have been, are being or will be erected. The featured artists address the issues of our times, looking at history, race and collectivity; alongside explorations of imaginaries, representation and subjectivity.
The galleries from outside the UK are from peripheral, often uneven geographies - particularly in economic terms - but it is in these new 'centres' that many of the most engaging art is being made today. Putting them in conversation among themselves and with their UK counterparts - who include representatives of some of this country's innovative art scenes - is intended to contribute to the expansion of a progressive cultural scene, and by consequence to a public sphere in which cosmopolitanism is the rule."

- Miguel Amado


Miguel Amado is Senior Curator at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, England. He was the curator of the Portuguese Pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale and has been a curator at Tate St Ives, England, and the Centro de Artes Visuais in Coimbra, Portugal, among other institutions.
He has been a curatorial fellow at Rhizome at the New Museum and Independent Curators International in New York, as well as curator-in-residence at the International Studio and Curatorial Program and the Abrons Arts Center.
As a freelancer, he has curated exhibitions and projects at various institutions and events, including apexart in New York, the Museu Coleção Berardo in Lisbon, Frieze Projects at Frieze London and No Soul for Sale: A Festival of Independents at the X Initiative in New York and Tate Modern in London.
 
 
 

beta pictoris gallery will present recent work by Melissa Vandenberg at Positions Berlin,

including the artist's match burn on Arches paper works.

image shown: "Fire Crotch", 29.5 by 40 in., ca. 74,9 by 101,6 cm

 

beta pictoris gallery will be presenting an exhibition of historical works on paper

from the 1960s and 1970's by Eugene James Martin at Art Marbella

 

 

 

 

Volta12, Basel Switzerland. Yoshishige Furukawa and Barbara & Michael Leisgen

 

 

Join us at Volta New York, March 2-6, booth# A3


beta pictoris  gallery will be presenting work by Manuel Caeiro and Leslie Smith III

click on artist names to find out more about their Volta Project

 

 

and on the Volta NY video wall:

click on image to view the videoclick on image to view the video

Aggtelek's fantastic video 2nd Test Sculpture

 

Aggtelek is the artistic project of Xandro Vallès (Barcelona 1978) and Gema Perales (Barcelona 1982). They live and work between Barcelona and Brussels.

The main interest in their work lays on creative processes highly focused on the investigation of a theoretical development of art production. These fearless, hyper-productive and disengaged processes are regarded as a way to show the continuous thoughts, ideas or daily dialogues that have opened the path for new works interacting in a diversity of disciplines, such as performances, sculptures, videos, texts or installations.

This duo feels deeply committed to ideas of their time. For them, Art is related to life, expressed by a vigorous and forceful vitality within the work. This liveliness is many times provoked by a challenge of the limits of the politically correct often through a humorous critique of human condition.

 

 

 

Join us at ARCO Madrid, Feb. 24-28, Stand / booth# 9D11


beta pictoris  gallery will be presenting work by

Willie Cole, Irene Grau, Barbara and Michael Leisgen, Travis Somerville, and Taravat Talepasand

click on artist names to find out more about their ARCO Project

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


click to see our booth at VoltaNY 2015click to see our booth at VoltaNY 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Volta10 Basel 2014Volta10 Basel 2014
June 16 - 21, 2014


Volta Basel 2014

Clayton COLVIN
Eugene James MARTIN
Odili Donald ODITA
Leslie SMITH III

click on above pic to see images of VOLTA Basel
 

 

 

Pulse NY 2014Pulse NY 2014
May 8 - 11, 2014


PULSE NY 2014

Clayton COLVIN
Charles LUTZ
Leslie SMITH III
Travis SOMERVILLE

click on above pic to see images of Pulse NY
 

 

 

Volta New York 2014Volta New York 2014 March 6 - March 9, 2014


VOLTA NY 2014

Willie Cole
click on above pic to see images of Volta NY