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Dennis Severs' House, 18 Folgate Street - a Georgian terrace in Spitalfields, London - England defies a singular definition, having been described as a living museum, work of art, post-materialist project, or even a poetic interpretation of history. Dennis Severs was born in 1944 and from Southern California. His passion for what he called 'English light' drew him to London, and he made his home in the dilapidated property in 1979. His way of making a home was a unique and highly personal endeavour. He wrote, I worked inside out to create what turned out to be a collection of atmospheres: moods that harbour the light and the spirit of various ages. Each of the ten rooms in the house evokes its own period of history, brought alive through sight, smell, and a deliberate sense of precariousness, that work within 'the space between'.
Address: 1st Floor / Riverside Building / County Hall / London / SE1 7PB / Tel: +44 020 7202 7040
Address: 2 Colville Mews / Lonsdale Road / Notting Hill / London / W11 2AR / England
Address: St Mary's Hospital / Praed Street / London W2 1NY / England
Address: Buckingham Palace / London / England
40 Brunswick Square / London WC1N 1AZ / Tel. 020 7841 3600 / Fax. 020 7841 3601 / TuesSat 10am6pm, Sun 126pm.
The Saatchi Gallery is a London gallery for contemporary art, opened by Charles Saatchi in 1985 in order to show his sizeable (and changing) collection to the public. It has occupied different premises, first in North London, then the South Bank by the River Thames and Chelsea (opening to the public in 2007). Saatchi's collection, and hence the gallery's shows, have had distinct phases, starting with US artists and minimalism, moving on to the Damien Hirst-led Young British Artists, followed by shows purely of painting and more recently promoting once again art from America in an exhibition entitled USA Today at the Royal Academy in London.
Currently on at the Saatchi Gallery (18 January - 25 March), collecting contemporary works by artists including Duane Hanson, Nan Goldin, Tierney Gearon and Kristin Calabrese, loosely connected by the theme of photography.
Currently on at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (25 January - 11 March), collecting together several works from the artist-run London gallery space, which formed in a disused betting shop. Address: The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH. Telephone 0207 930 0493. Fa
the National Gallery (8 March - 13 May), consists of 19th
century paintings from Berlin's Nationalgalerie. Tel: +44 (0)20-7747 5994. Fax: +44 (0)20-7747 5999. Email: picture.library@NationalGallery.co.uk
Tacita Dean trained as a painter and now works in a variety of media, including drawing, photography and sound but is best known for her compelling 16mm films, of which she has made fifteen to date. Static camera positions and long takes are characteristic of her films, creating a sense of stillness in their moving images. She has also made works about the mechanics of production, which reveal the artifice of cinema. Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG.
Currently on at the British Museum (25 January - 8 April), collecting some 90 of his 300 prints. Jointly organised with the Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum.
National Portrait Gallery.
Postgraduate university of art, design and communications. Provides details of history, schools and courses, exhibitions and events. London.
The Whitechapel Gallery, founded 1901, was one of the first publicly-funded galleries for temporary exhibitions in London. Located on Whitechapel High Street, Tower Hamlets, the Gallery has a strong track record for education and outreach projects, now focused on the Whitechapel area's Asian population. It exhibits the work of contemporary artists, as well as organizing retrospective exhibitions and shows that are of interest to the local community. For the history of post-war British art, the most important exhibition to have been held at the Whitechapel Gallery was This is Tomorrow in 1956. Initiated by members of the Independent Group, the exhibition brought Pop Art to the general public as well as introducing some of the artists, concepts, designers and photographers that would define the Swinging Sixties.
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