Art fair first-timer Alice Black, who is showing paintings by Tristan Pigott, Lee Marshall and Marty Schnapf (priced between €3,500 and €14,000), says Art Brussels approached her quite late. “They were very keen on emerging galleries spotlighting emerging artists. They want young blood,” she says.
Alice Black is presenting the debut London exhibition of acclaimed Irish artist, Brian Maguire. The exhibition spotlights a new body of work which traces Maguire’s fourdecade arc, with an unsparing focus on the underlying socio-political forces at work around the world today.
‘Belgium - a country of art authorities who don’t wait for outside endorsements and are known to take an early stand in an artist’s career.’
"Loosely I wanted to create a sense that all images on all matter, human included, are able to slip off, disintegrate and be recast, whether metaphorically or literally," Pigott told Creative Boom.”
“Painting is an example of me trying to layer time, quite literally in the physical act of layering the paint, but also by having these narrative points in art history and contemporary events overlap.”
“Berwick Street’s Alice Black Gallery has just opened a new show: a selection of oil paintings from Tristan Pigott under the title Slippery Gaze.”
Helena Wadia spoke to curator Alice Black and artist Tristan Pigott about the exhibition. They discuss how the paintings, sculptures and installations are a comment on the way the public now consume content, through advertising, social media and each other.
‘Marty Schnapf’s work may exist within the confines of the canvas but the world he depicts is one which is forever shifting beneath the surface’
Discussing current and future plans for the gallery.
‘Marty Schnapf is launching his debut solo show in the UK this month, bringing together a new body of paintings entitled Santa Ana Winds.’
“Alice Black, co-founder and director of the Alice Black gallery, joins us to discuss a season of performance art that’s taking over the space.”
"ALICE BLACK represents part of London’s new growth, contributing to a forward-looking cultural discourse as a fresh, young gallery with a wealth of insight and ambitious plans for their artists and collectors alike."
A Kinetic Sculpture Twists and Morphs Based on the Fibonacci Sequence. Wales-based sculptor Ivan Black creates large-scale kinetic sculptures that are inspired by mathematical formulae and minimal design.
"The third show there features the Karachi-raised British artist Adia Wahid, who feeds the unusual background of economics into subtly systematic abstractions which also reference computing and textiles to suggest affinities between loom, database and grid."
"Adia Wahid's work asserts that the real world incorporates contemporary global, digital reality. As something of a nomad who has lived in Pakistan, USA, Singapore, South Korea and now London, her constant relocation has presumably demanded a dynamic approach to cultural and language translations, suggesting close symmetry with her art practice."
"An economist by training, Adia Wahid makes diagrammatic or grid-like abstract paintings about the conflict between mechanised industry and the human psyche"
"A curved seemingly organic form appears to emerge from a collection of clothes pegs and a bronze head looks vulnerable as holes have been punched out of it, while a Howard Hodgkin painting hangs between them. These are just a few of the works in this intimate group show, in a small gallery in Soho."
"Discovering a new gallery is always a treat for us and we’re glad to report it’s got a strong show on."
"1883 sat down for a chat with Alice Black, co-founder (with Matt Symonds) of the eponymous gallery ALICE BLACK, to discuss the setting up, philosophy and aims of the soon to open art space."