Art Through Time: Contemporary Reflections

Art Through Time: Contemporary Reflections
Keith Tyson, The Seductress

Art Through Time: Contemporary Reflections
3 April – 31 May 2024
Alon Zakaim Fine Art
27 Cork Street

Alon Zakaim Fine Art is pleased to announce the opening of the highly anticipated exhibition Art Through Time: Contemporary Reflections curated by contemporary art specialist Virginia Damtsa. The exhibition will run from 3 April to 31 May 2024, and promises to captivate the public with its thought-provoking juxtaposition of contemporary and modern artworks.

This exhibition showcases an exceptional selection of established contemporary and modern artists, each contributing their unique perspectives to the artistic conversation.

Art Through Time: Contemporary Reflections
Wen Wu

Among this dynamic list of artists, we find Michael Craig-Martin, widely regarded as the father of contemporary conceptual art and a prominent figure in the development of the YBA movement. Martin’s response to a vibrant work on paper by American sculptor Alexander Calder shows how kinetic and geometric shapes transform everyday objects.

Another highlight of the exhibition is Turner Prize winner Keith Tyson, whose artistic philosophy rejects the notion of a fixed self or a singular artistic style. Tyson engages with the works of Robert Matta, an influential figure in 20th-century Abstract Expressionism and Surrealism from Chile. This encounter between two visionary artists promises to ignite new possibilities and challenge traditional artistic boundaries.

Danish artist Tal R, renowned for his flamboyant and direct painting style, effortlessly bridges the realms of high art and childlike simplicity. His work finds an intriguing counterpart in the revered Jewish artist of the twentieth century: Marc Chagall. Tal R’s sophisticated yet naive style bears resemblance to Chagall’s iconic floral motifs, bringing nature to life in contrasting moods. 

Art Through Time: Contemporary Reflections
Keith Tyson, The Seductress

Renowned British painter Richard Wathen, known for his fictional portraits that evoke ambiguity, mystery, and a sense of melancholia, responds to the enigmatic works of Belgian surrealist artist Paul Delvaux. This encounter between two distinct artistic visions invites viewers into a world of introspection and contemplation.

Chinese artist Wen Wu, whose paintings draw inspiration from literature and Asian culture, responds to the Cubist art of Ukrainian-American artist Alexander Archipenko. The fusion of these two cultural influences promises a captivating exploration of form and perception.

The exhibition also features the vibrant and playful sculptural works of Egyptian-British artist Sam Shendi, who responds to an iconic Mother and Child sculpture by Henry Moore. Shendi’s semi-abstracted style and bold use of colour injects a fresh perspective into Moore’s timeless masterpiece. British contemporary artist Von Wolfe skillfully navigates the intersection of traditional oil painting and cutting-edge technological innovations in response to the works of Henri Fantin-Latour.

Emma Bennett, a contemporary artist whose work delves into the themes of time, transience, and fragmented memory, engages with the artistry of Dalí while Zavier Ellis, whose works are informed by historical events and belief systems responds to Picasso.

Art Through Time: Contemporary Reflections
Virginia Damtsa

Born in London to Chinese parents, contemporary multimedia artist Gordon Cheung blurs the lines between virtual and tangible reality, delving into existential questions about identity, belonging, and territory. Similarly, Tsuguharu Foujita, born in Japan and later a French citizen, also explores these same notions. Despite working in different centuries, both artists grapple with these timeless questions in their respective bodies of work.

The exhibition also showcases the ground breaking digital art of multimedia and creative technologist Scott Eaton, responding to the spiritually charged sculptures of Spanish artist Jaume Plensa. Eaton’s innovative approach merges technology and art, creating a dialogue between the digital and tactile realms.

Art Through Time: Contemporary Reflections emphasises the significance of contemporary art in today’s world and celebrates the evolution of artistic expression. While contemporary artists explore similar subject matters as their predecessors, they bring forth new realities, sensibilities, and colour palettes. This exhibition serves as a reminder that while the past informs our present, we have made substantial progress, learned invaluable lessons, and now inhabit distinct realities.

Art Through Time: Contemporary Reflections opens on the 3rd of April until the 31st of May 2024 at Alon Zakaim Fine Art

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