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Anthophile

Title
Anthophile
Category
Culture
Location

Daniel Raphael Gallery, 26 Church Street London NW8 8EP

Start Date
15.05.2018
End date
31.05.2018
Country
United Kingdom
Daniel Raphael Gallery

Daniel Raphael Gallery is pleased to announce Anthophile – an exhibition curated by Danish florist Yan Skates.

Artists: Emma Bass, Ann Carrington, Gordon Cheung, Phoebe Cummings, Rachel Dein, Philip Hale, Carolina Mizrahi, Rebecca Stevenson and Gitte Valentiner-Branth. The exhibition also includes selected pieces from the curator’s private collection by Julie Cockburn and Tracey Emin.

From Botticelli’s Primavera and the floral paintings of the Dutch masters to Jeff Koons’ Bouquet of Tulips, artists have used flowers throughout the centuries to employ symbolism. Anthophile brings together 11 artists, both emerging and established, using botanical displays to create their own vanitas, re-examining still life’s associations with mortality, materialism and spirituality or as a tool to add commentary to a range of important contemporary issues.

The exhibition celebrates artists with varied disciplines, in both media and approach. Ranging from sculptor Phoebe Cummings’ temporal and performative clay compositions and Phil Hale’s or Gitte Valentiner-Branth’s striking, high-contrast paintings, to the mixed media work of artist Julie Cockburn, who uses found paintings and photographs and embellishes them with the inexpensive and readily available, invoking an Arte Povera approach to materials and assemblage. This approach is also visible in Gordon Cheung’s psychedelic layered works of spray paint, pastels and stock listings and Tracey Emin’s still life painting on newsprint.



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