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ÀhhÁ: Bex Massey

SEEN ventured into the small glass box of a gallery at arebyteLASER to view work by Bex Massey. Her pieces were varied; a couple of installations the juxtaposition of which were though-provoking, particularly the trampoline and the plant.

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Force of Nature: Art in Mile End Park

We may live in a world-city, but thank goodness for the many parks and green spaces that act as lungs for London. How appropriate then that a ground-breaking exhibition is to take place in Mile End Park on the theme of nature itself, which contextualises the part humans play in it.

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Sarah Myerscough: Art as Process

SEEN had the good fortune to talk to gallerist Sarah Myerscough at the recent Collect art fair at the Saatchi Gallery. Noted for her expert eye for artefacts in wood, her stall at Collect was singled out as a Collect Spotlight in which the gallery was selected to display experimental work in innovative ways that challenged, excited and created discussion with visitors.IOn Sarah Myerscough’s space the artist makers were a collection of wooden structures by David Gates that were teamed with vitreous enamel detailing, that created an apocalyptic dystopian display rich with mystery, and even myth.

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Focus LDN: Spring Comes to the Menier

Regular readers of SEEN will know how much we admire the art curated (and indeed practised) by its founder Tom Cox. Hot on the heels of two previous exhibitions comes this Spring showcase, on at the Menier from 9th February to 4th March, 2017.

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PARLANCE by Nick Smith: Lawrence Alkin Gallery

SEEN is looking forward to seeing Parlance, the new show by Nick Smith. Following his two previous sell-out solo shows ‘Psycolourgy’ and ‘Paramour’ at Lawrence Alkin Gallery, conceptual artist Nick Smith returns with a brand new body of work. Employing Smith’s signature ‘colour-chip’ methodology, Parlance reinterprets existing images of celebrities and iconic pop culture figures, giving them new life and meaning. Smith’s unique visual language has developed over the years having worked in the realms of interior and graphic design, before dedicating himself full-time to his art.

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‘Ken. To be Destroyed’ by Sara Davidmann at The London College of Communication

This remarkable exhibition details a couple’s decision to contain the husband’s transgender identity during the repressive 1950s. It is the project of Professor Sarah Davidmann who was their niece, and was conceived when she and her siblings came across a cache of letters, photographs and papers belonging to their mother Audrey Davidmann, marked ‘Ken. To be destroyed.’

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St Martin-in-the fields to Host Portrait Auction of London’s Most Iconic Actors

SEEN has learned that a series of portraits by acclaimed artist Alexander Newley of Sir Kenneth Branagh, Dame Judi Dench, Adrian Lester, Sir Derek Jacobi and Lily James will be featured in a gala auction at the historic St.Martin-in-the-fields, Trafalgar Square, on Wednesday 8th March, 2017. The gala patrons are Dame Judi Dench and Sir Kenneth Branagh, actors who are synonymous with the London Stage.

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David Hockney Retrospective Kicks Off in Tate Britain

The world’s most extensive retrospective of the work of David Hockney opened on 8th February 2017 at Tate Britain, celebrating the artist’s achievements in painting, drawing, print, photography and video. Hockney is an important contributor to the pop art movement of the 1960s and considered one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century. Organised in collaboration with the Centre Pompidou and The Metropolitan Museum, London is the first stop of this exhibition, which will travel to Paris and New York later on.