Art @ Regent's Place In Conversation with Rosie Glenn | London Art Round up | Spring 2017

Posted by Regent's Place on 04th January 2017 | comments

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Looking to get creative during 2017 and keep up with the best art displays in London? Our Communications and Events Manager, Emma Gordon, caught up with Rosie Glenn, Regent's Place Art Curator, for some inside art knowledge, and also asked her more about our art collection here on campus.

EG
The New Year is always a good time to check out museum shows. Where should I head over the next few months to make sure I've seen a great selection of London exhibitions?

RG
Thanks Emma. Pop Art plays a big role in the London art scene during early 2017. One of the main shows in town at the moment is a solo presentation by American Pop icon Robert Rauschenberg at Tate Modern, this is so special because it brings together some rare and early pieces, it's on until April. Looking into March, the British Museum is showcasing The American Dream, a major exhibition of American Pop art which includes significant works by Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol. Meantime, if you'd like to find out more about the impact of Pop Art here in London, Tate Britain is staging a Retrospective Exhibition by David Hockney, whilst the Whitechapel Art Gallery has an Eduardo Paolozzi display. Both artists are key figures in British Pop Art, and both shows start during February.

EG
They sound like great ideas for the weekend. I'd love to know if there's any artwork on campus, or nearby, which relates to Pop Art?

RG
Yes, plenty! At Regent's Place, take another look at our external Julian Opie and Gary Hume commissions, both feature trademark Pop themes and emblems through their use of bold colours and outlines. Also, don't forget, until March you can catch another glimpse of Opie's work in the V&A's Undressed : A Brief History of Underwear exhibition. If you're out and about along Euston Road you can see Paolozzi's statue of Sir Isaac Newton outside the British Library, there's also an abstracted sculpture by him titled Piscator in Euston Station Plaza.

EG
Thanks Rosie, I will be sure to take a look next time I'm out for coffee or lunch. Are there other exhibitions relating to our art collection at Regent's Place which you'd suggest?

RG
Well, if portraits and figures are more your thing, then catch up with our incredible piece Reflection by Sir Antony Gormley, just within and outside 350 Euston Road. It's a really eye catching work which challenges the viewer to think about the space around them. He's one of Britain's most celebrated sculptors, widely known for his Angel of the North and Fourth Plinth projects. If you like his work then head over to the National Portrait Gallery in Trafalgar Square to see his solo show of sculpture and works on paper, it's there to May 2017.

The other place on my must-see list is the newly opened Design Museum on Kensington High Street, this amazing space has just been refurbished and is now displaying the very best design related art in the most incredible setting. If you're into design I'd also suggest a visit to Collect, this annual art fair is held at the Saatchi Gallery in February. Here on campus I think Reciprocal Passage, our work by Liam Gillick, is an excellent example of how design, architecture and art can join together to create an immersive and uplifting environment.

EG
Great, now, we're pretty busy with plans for Spring 2017, what's coming up here at Regent's Place on the art front?

RG
Looking ahead we're really excited to be hosting a truly amazing outdoor photography display and some related art events in February. Actually there's quite a lot of photography on throughout London at the moment. Tate Modern is exhibiting important modern photographs from Sir Elton John's superb collection, including Man Ray's portraits of artists such as Matisse and Picasso. If you'd like to get into collecting photographs too, call to the London Art Fair 2017 in early January, their Photo50 display brings together contemporary lens based works alongside paintings and sculptures from major galleries. Also, make a note further ahead in your diary to visit Photo London at Somerset House during May! Will be sure to remind you when we catch up in a few weeks' time!

We'd love to hear more about your visits to London exhibitions this spring. Share your photos with us @RegentsPlace.

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