Delicate and poised, spidery and animated, these bronze casts of tree trunks, hollowed out and painted with a radiant gold-leaf interior, seem to prowl the gallery on their spindly branched limbs. This new site-specific work for the Bloomberg Commission, Spazio di Luce (Space of Light) (2012), was created by the youngest artist to have been admitted to the Arte Povera group, Giuseppe Penone (b1947), using the time-old technique of Lost Wax casting, deliberately reversing the interior and exterior of the trees.
The Whitechapel Gallery, London, until September 2013
Brice Marden: A Retrospective of Paintings and Drawings
The work of American painter Brice Marden is currently showing in a major retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. This is timely, and the 56 paintings and over 50 drawings should bring the work of this outstanding painter permanently to the fore.
Whitechapel rising: the new opening
A retrospective exhibition of the architecture of Alvar Aalto in central London is extremely timely. It is now almost ten years since the major exhibition was organised in New York at the Museum of Modern Art, marking the centenary of Alvar Aalto.
Michelangelo Pistoletto: The Mirror of Judgment
Michelangelo Pistoletto was a key figure in the development of conceptual art and a founder of the important and influential Arte Povera movement. From early childhood however he grew up in Turin. Remarkably, this Serpentine Gallery exhibition is the first public exhibition of his work in Britain since 1999, although he had in the period from l966 over 20 international exhibitions in Europe, Asia, and the USA.
The British Council Collection; Passports
Relatively unknown inside of Britain, the British Council in fact plays an extensive role in nurturing and bringing to attention native artistic talent. This is achieved through numerous means including grants, exchanges, and exhibitions, the last of which are facilitated by its even less well-known art collection. Comprising over 8,500 works acquired since it