Avigdor Arikha: Paintings and Works on Paper – Marlborough Fine Art: this latest exhibition at the Marlborough Fine Art Gallery in London will look closely at Avigdor Arikha’s oil paintings and works on paper.

The works selected for display date from the start of his return to figuration in the mid 1960’s to the last years of his life. Writing of his return to figuration Arikha said: “I discovered the joy of submitting to everything …. I had to learn how… to hold, by the line or brush stroke, what I see, through feeling.”

This latest exhibition of his work will feature a rare and concise silverpoint study titled Samuel Beckett with his Hand over his Mouth (1971) and a large scale charcoal drawing Catherine Deneuve (1990).

The artist was recognised internationally in the US, Britain and Spain, but was particularly admired in France as both an artist and scholar. He was represented by Marlborough Fine Art from 1972 until his death in 2010.

This exhibition will be on display for the public from the 18th September to the 17th October.

Kara Walker: Go to Hell or Atlanta Whichever Comes First – Victoria Miro: this is the first of two exhibitions that the gallery will present of the American Artist’s work.

Provocative and humorous, Kara Walker’s work examines the tensions and power plays of racial and and gender relations. This latest display of her work extends her exploration of the histories of colonialism and slavery.

It will also examine the political and psychological consequences that goes alongside identity formation in the context of violence and oppression contexts.

This is Walker’s first exhibition at the Victoria Miro Gallery and features brand new pieces of work that have been designed with the gallery’s space in mind.

The second display of her work on display at the gallery in Mayfair will feature a selection of drawings, sketches and and models that relate to the production of the two-act opera Norma, which Walker directed for Teatro La Fenice. This was a special project that was commissioned by Okwui Enwezor to coincide with the 56th Venice Biennale.

Go to Hell or to Atlanta Whichever Comes First is on display to the public from the 1st October until the 7th November. For more information visit: http://www.victoria-miro.com/exhibitions/481/ .

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