Culture Journal: Seven events for February

Culture Journal: Seven events for February

Words Daisy Gray

From Taryn Simon in Athens to the Mesopotamians in Camden: here’s what we’re bookmarking for the month ahead…


The Beauty of Cuneiform

Camden Arts Centre, London, 31 Jan, 7pm

An illustrated talk on the use of clay in ancient Mesopotamia, by Dr Irving Finkel, Assistant Keeper for the Department of the Middle East at the British Museum. This language and mark-making talk has been programmed by Jonathan Baldock, and is part of Camden Arts Centre’s Freelands Lomax Ceramics Fellowship, a residency at Camden Arts Centre in support of emerging artists working with clay.



Rocker Ackling, Brought to Light

Annely Juda Fine Art, London, 1 Feb – 10 March

A solo exhibition of Roger Ackling’s early archival works; ‘sun drawings’, notebooks, texts and works on paper. Ackling is best known for using sunlight and a magnifying glass as his tools to mark-make on natural and found objects. The lines created document a unique location, time, and record: Ackling’s personal connection to the natural world.




Picasso’s Ceramics

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, 1 Feb – 27 May

Over 150 of Picasso’s distinct ceramics are to be exhibited at Copenhagen’s Louisiana Museum, selected from part of a 4,000-piece collection that the artist created at the Madoura pottery in the South of France from 1948 until the end of his life. The show explores his sculptural, aesthetic and technical applications to ceramics – combining form and decoration with sketches.



Midcentury Modern Furniture Sale

Hepworth Wakefield, 3-4 Feb

Midcentury Modern are hosting their first pop-up furniture sale in the North of England, at the Hepworth Wakefield (named Museum of the Year 2017). The sale features 20 dealers of British, Scandanavian, American and European design, in the form of furniture, ceramics, glass and posters. The extraordinary Barbara Hepworth rooms are worth a visit too…




Virginia Woolf, An Exhibition Inspired by her writings

Tate St Ives, 10 Feb – 29 April

Featuring works inspired by the Bloomsbury writer Virginia Woolf, this exhibition centres around her theories on feminism, creativity and identity, with over 80 artists spanning over 160 years, including Louise Bourgeois, Vanessa Bell and Eileen Agar.



Image: Pao Hui Kao



Saatchi Gallery London, 22-25 Feb

The influential celebration of contemporary objects returns for a four-day fair, with 40 galleries exhibiting. This year, the area to watch is the new ceramics showcase, Masters of British Studio Pottery, giving a unique insight into the story of modern British ceramics.



Image: Taryn Simon


Taryn Simon ‘Paperwork and the Will of Capital’

Gagosian Athens, 27 Feb – April 5

Gagosian Athens is presenting large-scale photographs from the series Paperwork and the Will of Capital by Taryn Simon. In this project, Simon recreates bouquets of flowers from archival documents – all of which once sat next to powerful men as they signed agreements that have influenced the world…


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