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For over a century the Whitechapel Gallery has premiered world-class artists from modern masters such as Pablo Picasso, Jackson Po***ck, Mark Rothko and Frida Kahlo to contemporaries such as Sophie Calle, Lucian Freud, Gilbert & George and Mark Wallinger. With beautiful galleries, exhibitions, artist commissions, collection displays, historic archives, education resources, inspiring art courses, d

ining room and bookshop, the Gallery is open all year round, so there is always something free to see. The Gallery is a touchstone for contemporary art internationally, plays a central role in London’s cultural landscape and is pivotal to the continued growth of the world’s most vibrant contemporary art quarter.

Wishing artist Sir Frank Bowling OBE RA a very happy 90th birthday!With an immense six-decade career, Bowling is rightly...
26/02/2024

Wishing artist Sir Frank Bowling OBE RA a very happy 90th birthday!

With an immense six-decade career, Bowling is rightly hailed as one of the foremost British artists of his generation.

Born in Guyana in 1934, he arrived in London in 1953, graduating from the Royal College of Art with a silver medal for painting in 1962. By the early 1960s, the artist was recognised as an assured force in London’s art scene. During this period, his highly individual language of painting, which emerged from expressionistic figuration and pop art, encompassed autobiographical elements and the artist’s socio-political concerns.

Ambitious in scale and scope, his dynamic engagement with the possibility and properties of paint and its evolution in the broad sweep of art history has resulted in paintings of unparalleled originality and power.

Today, Bowling serves as a fervid advocate for arts education. Just this month, the Circa Pipeline was announced, a new initiative in which the artist sells prints of his work to help fund art supplies for 100 primary schools in England. We, too, have been grateful recipients of his generous contributions; last year, Bowling’s support enabled the Gallery’s summer exhibition, Life Is More Important Than Art.



Image: Portrait of Frank Bowling © Frank Bowling. All Rights Reserved, Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/DACS, London 2024. Photo: Sacha Bowling.

  55 years ago Whitechapel Gallery opened its doors to an exhibition of the artist Hélio Oiticica (1937-1980).Visitors w...
25/02/2024

55 years ago Whitechapel Gallery opened its doors to an exhibition of the artist Hélio Oiticica (1937-1980).

Visitors were invited to remove their shoes and enter Oiticica’s ‘Eden’, an artificial environment which by its nature, forced the visitor to experience the work with their whole body.

Eden was a space filled with makeshift structures or ‘Nests’, containing spaces for dwelling, which the artist intended as an investigation of immersive multisensory spaces. Wall labels pulled from the archive tell us that this installation was intended as an “instrument for reflection” and a “proposition for behaviour”.

This exhibition was the artist’s first and only solo show during his lifetime. It became a launch pad for Oiticica’s other Nest projects, which were presented in other important exhibitions of his career, including ‘Information’ at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 1970.

How do you respond to ​​Oiticica’s work?

Images: Courtesy of Whitechapel Gallery Archive. Sport & General. Press Agency. 2&3 Gough Square, Fleet Street, London

Looking for a place to relax and recharge? Johanna Tagada Hoffbeck's sculpture ‘Penser, Manger, Partager III’, 2024 is j...
24/02/2024

Looking for a place to relax and recharge? Johanna Tagada Hoffbeck's sculpture ‘Penser, Manger, Partager III’, 2024 is just the place.

Translated from French, ‘to think, to eat, to share’, this suspended structure is part of an ongoing series of (2015-) designed as a space for reflection on the use, habits and cycles of food and textile production and consumption.

The artist invites you to rest inside its ephemeral walls, which are sensitively hand-dyed with the peelings and pits of plant-based kitchen waste, a gesture towards permaculture principles of repurposing what we would otherwise throw away.

This work is part of Edge Effects, a participatory project that takes inspiration from nature to shape an ongoing series of artist residencies with primary and secondary schools in Newham, East London.

Plan your visit today via the link below:
https://ow.ly/1o8250QGNuz

Image: Rob Harris.

This commission captures “the quotidian rhythm of Whitechapel… its vibrant rumble and dissonant past” – Andrew Pierre Ha...
22/02/2024

This commission captures “the quotidian rhythm of Whitechapel… its vibrant rumble and dissonant past” – Andrew Pierre Hart

Last week, Whitechapel Gallery unveiled ‘Bio-Data Flows and Other Rhythms – A Local Story’, a brand-new commission by the London-based interdisciplinary artist and experimental music producer Andrew Pierre Hart.

Visitors to the space enter into a sonic atmosphere, one inflected through abstracted and undulating forms, alongside depictions of real and imagined conversations, a sculpture, and a film shot in the streets surrounding the Gallery.

These are the mediums employed by the artist through which to explore the area’s history as a home for migrant and diasporic communities while continuing his interest in the relationship between sound and painting.

Visit today to see, hear, feel and reflect on the rich history and artistic potency of London’s East End.

Plan Your Visit
https://www.whitechapelgallery.org/exhibitions/andrew-pierre-hart/


Image: photographer Dan Weill

‘The force of the grave is strong. We kneel in deep veneration. May we resist the allure of decay. Let us not fade. Let ...
21/02/2024

‘The force of the grave is strong. We kneel in deep veneration. May we resist the allure of decay. Let us not fade. Let us not fade. Keep breathing’ - Martin O’Brien, 2023

‘Fading’, the third and final text of Whitechapel Gallery writer in Residence Martin O’Brien is now available to read online.

This residency saw the artist employ writing and performance as tools through which to explore
spirits, ghosts, afterlives, undead creatures, cryonic preservation, rebirth, new lives, transformations and other fictional and imagined possibilities for immortality.

Together, these texts ask playful questions about the potential for immortality and imagine a future without an eternity of nothingness.

Read all three texts and find out more via the link below:
https://ow.ly/BR0l50QGfgO




Image: Photographer Marco Berardi.

‘It's a celebratory mood. It’s about celebrating a certain kind of archive and a certain kind of event or stories or his...
20/02/2024

‘It's a celebratory mood. It’s about celebrating a certain kind of archive and a certain kind of event or stories or histories…’ - Zineb Sedira

Join us, on Thu 7 Mar for a British Sign Language Tour of ‘Zineb Sedira: Dreams Have No Titles’ led by Martin Glover.

This immersive installation comprising film, sculpture, photography and performance interweaves the artist's biography with activist film produced across France, Algeria and Italy in the 60s and 70s.

Please note that this tour is for D/deaf and hard-of-hearing visitors. People learning BSL are also welcome.

Book now: https://ow.ly/kcN150QFuZC



Image. Zineb Sedira Installation view from Dreams Have No Titles at the Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart, Berlin 2023 © Mathieu Carmona © DACS, London

Best performance in a leading role goes to… you!Following last night's BAFTA awards, step into your own movie magic in o...
19/02/2024

Best performance in a leading role goes to… you!

Following last night's BAFTA awards, step into your own movie magic in our exhibition of Zineb Sedira, Dreams Have No Titles. For , we’re offering up some Sedira-related activities to fill up your diaries with filmic inspirations.

Something to book…
To celebrate the newly opened exhibition, join us on 22 Feb for an evening of conversation between Sedira and curator Olivier Hadouchi as they delve into Algerian cinematic history.

Something to watch…
Drop into ‘Zineb Sedira Presents…’ a free selection of films that reflect the artist’s deep personal engagement with the history of activist cinema.

Something to listen to…
Zineb on air! Zineb Sedira talks to Ben Luke about her influences—from writers to musicians, filmmakers and, of course, other artists—and the cultural experiences that have shaped her life and work.

Find out more, via the

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Zineb Sedira, Mise-en-scene (scene 1) Video still
William Klein, The Pan-African Festival of Algiers (still), 1969 © William Klein Estate
A Brush With, The Art Newspaper.

Best performance in a leading role goes to… you!Following last night’s BAFTA awards, step into your own movie magic in o...
19/02/2024

Best performance in a leading role goes to… you!

Following last night’s BAFTA awards, step into your own movie magic in our exhibition of Zineb Sedira, Dreams Have No Titles. For , we’re offering up some Sedira-related activities to fill up your diaries with filmic inspirations.

Something to book…
To celebrate the newly opened exhibition, join us on 22 Feb for an evening of conversation between Sedira and curator Olivier Hadouchi as they delve into Algerian cinematic history.

Something to watch…
Drop into ‘Zineb Sedira Presents…’ a free selection of films that reflect the artist’s deep personal engagement with the history of activist cinema.

Something to listen to…
Zineb on air! Zineb Sedira talks to Ben Luke about her influences—from writers to musicians, filmmakers and, of course, other artists—and the cultural experiences that have shaped her life and work.

Find out more, via the

Image
1. Zineb Sedira, Mise-en-scene (scene 1) Video still
2. William Klein, The Pan-African Festival of Algiers (still), 1969 ©️ William Klein Estate
3. A Brush With, The Art Newspaper

‘Some people are old at 18 and some people are young at 90… time is a concept that humans created.” - Yoko OnoHappy Birt...
18/02/2024

‘Some people are old at 18 and some people are young at 90… time is a concept that humans created.” - Yoko Ono

Happy Birthday Yoko Ono (b. 18 Feb 1933)!
The artist’s celebrated career has spanned conceptual and participatory art, performance, writing, experimental music and film, alongside tireless campaigns for peace and non-violence.

In 2022 the Gallery was fortunate enough to exhibit Yoko Ono: MEND PIECE, first shown during a 1966 solo exhibition in London. During the original showing, almost every work in the exhibition was designed to be completed through the actions of visitors. Such instruction-based works established Ono as an important figure in the development of both Fluxus and Conceptual art.

Did you visit Yoko Ono: MEND PIECE?

16/02/2024

Join us in the Gallery on 22 Feb for an explorative conversation on the history of Algerian cinema between artist Zineb Sedira and curator Olivier Hadouchi.

During the Algerian War of Independence, cinema became a powerful tool against colonial representation, promoting another vision. It also played a pivotal role in creating a network of international solidarity. After independence, Algiers became a centre for liberation movements – from Vietnamese FNL to African MPLA, PAIGC, FRELIMO and the US Black Panther Party.

To coincide with the UK debut of Sedira's exhibition Dreams Have No Titles, this talk provides insight into what can be learnt by revisiting film made during a time of utopias and grand promises.

Book now via, below:
https://ow.ly/6enW50QCBbu




Image: Zineb Sedira, Mise-en-scene (scene 1) - Part of the installation Standing Here Wondering Which, Way to Go (in four scenes) 2019, Video projection made out of decaying found footage rushes, 8.59 minutes

Whitechapel Gallery Spring Season 2024 is  . Schedule a trip to the Gallery to explore three brand new exhibitions: 📽️ Z...
15/02/2024

Whitechapel Gallery Spring Season 2024 is .

Schedule a trip to the Gallery to explore three brand new exhibitions:

📽️ Zineb Sedira: Dreams Have No Titles, an immersive installation comprising film, sculpture, photography and performance, that interweaves the artist’s biography with activist films produced across France, Algeria and Italy in the 1960s and 1970s.

🔊 Andrew Pierre Hart, a new commission that draws on Whitechapel’s longstanding history as a home for migrant and diasporic communities while exploring the connections between sound and painting.

🪴Edge Effects, a participatory project that takes inspiration from nature to shape an ongoing series of artist residencies with primary and secondary schools in Newham, East London.

This evening visit for free during the opening week at Whitechapel Lates. Have a drink and maybe even a dance (tango or otherwise) for an after-hours chance to see all our exhibitions for free.

Book your tickets now





Image.
Zineb Sedira, Dreams Have No Titles (still), 16mm and digital film, 24 mins © Zineb Sedira, Courtesy the artist, Mennour Paris, Goodman Gallery, London and Selma Feriani Gallery, Tunis.

Whitechapel Gallery Spring Season 2024 is  . Schedule a trip to the Gallery to explore three brand new exhibitions:  🎬 Z...
15/02/2024

Whitechapel Gallery Spring Season 2024 is .

Schedule a trip to the Gallery to explore three brand new exhibitions:

🎬 Zineb Sedira: Dreams Have No Titles, an immersive installation comprising film, sculpture, photography and performance, that interweaves the artist’s biography with activist films produced across France, Algeria and Italy in the 1960s and 1970s.

🔊Andrew Pierre Hart, a new commission that draws on Whitechapel’s longstanding history as a home for migrant and diasporic communities while exploring the connections between sound and painting.

🪴Edge Effects, a participatory project that takes inspiration from nature to shape an ongoing series of artist residencies with primary and secondary schools in Newham, East London.


This evening visit for free during the opening week at Whitechapel Lates. Have a drink and maybe even a dance (tango or otherwise) for an after-hours chance to see all our exhibitions for free.

Book your tickets now





Image.
Zineb Sedira, Dreams Have No Titles (still), 16mm and digital film, 24 mins ©️ Zineb Sedira, Courtesy the artist, Mennour Paris, Goodman Gallery, London and Selma Feriani Gallery, Tunis

Intrigued? Ahead of tomorrow’s season-opening, enjoy a sneak peek behind the scenes (and sets) of our brand-new spring s...
14/02/2024

Intrigued?

Ahead of tomorrow’s season-opening, enjoy a sneak peek behind the scenes (and sets) of our brand-new spring season, including:

Zineb Sedira: Dreams Have No Titles
Andrew Pierre Hart: Bio-data Flows and Other Rhythms – A Local Story
Edge Effects

Excited to see how the gallery has transformed? Book now, via the link below:
https://ow.ly/M27y50QBeP3



I love art. You love art. Let's love art, together Share the love this Valentine's with a Whitechapel Gallery Membership...
13/02/2024

I love art. You love art. Let's love art, together

Share the love this Valentine's with a Whitechapel Gallery Membership card. Enjoy a year of free exhibitions for you and a special plus one. Fret not, It’s the perfect last-minute gift… it’s also the thought that counts!

Buy now, via our the link below:
https://ow.ly/kCqe50QAz0F



Image:
Autumn 2023 Opening. Photographer Dan Weill.
London Open 1988. Courtesy of Whitechapel Gallery Archive.
Escape the Slick, 2023. Photographer Nina Manandhar.
A Century of the Artist Studio, 2022. Photographer Damian Griffins.
Numbi Fest, 2023. Katarzyna Perlark.
Autumn 2023 Opening. Photographer Dan Weill.
Autumn 2023 Opening. Photographer Dan Weill.
Escape the Slick, 2023, Photographer Nina Manandhar.
Escape the Slick, 2023, Photographer Nina Manandhar.

Steady yourself – it’s half-term. Whether that sparks an in-breath of relief, or panic at what to meaningfully fill the ...
12/02/2024

Steady yourself – it’s half-term. Whether that sparks an in-breath of relief, or panic at what to meaningfully fill the hours with, for we’ve pulled together activities and events sure to offer you and all the family inspiration, new ideas, and a bit of fun.

Something to book…
On Thur 15 Feb, we open our brand new spring season! Delve into three new (and very different) exhibitions, each offering a celebration of community, collaboration, friendship, solidarity, and connection to place.

Something to visit…
This Saturday (17 Feb) is Family Day! Join us in the Gallery for drop-in workshops and activities inspired by our latest exhibitions. All ages are invited to collaborate, play and make creatively!

Something to watch…
For those with a penchant for performance, pop in on 17 Feb for Vasiliki Papapostolou’s (a.k.a Tarantism) new conceptual dance piece, which draws from physical theatre, contemporary dance, Ballroom Latin and movement concepts from street dance styles.

Somewhere to drink…
As per, Whitechapel Lates is the place to be on a Thursday, join us for a glass of wine, or two, and visit our new exhibitions for free during its opening week.





Image:
Zineb Sedira, Dreams Have No Titles (still), 16mm and digital film, 24 mins, © Zineb Sedira, Courtesy the artist, Mennour Paris, Goodman Gallery, London and Selma Feriani Gallery, Tunis.
Zineb Sedira Installation view from Dreams Have No Titles at the Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart, Berlin 2023 © Mathieu Carmona © DACS, London.
Image courtesy of artists, Vasiliki Papapostolou.
Whitechapel Lates Poster.

Thanks so much to Franklyn Rodgers (), who has so generously been sharing his work, approaches and belief that portraitu...
11/02/2024

Thanks so much to Franklyn Rodgers (), who has so generously been sharing his work, approaches and belief that portraiture is about connection, exchange and empowerment. “As an artist, one of the things that I believe is that it’s not what the work is but what the work does”

Franklyn Rodgers is a visual artist and creative director whose work explores innovative approaches to re-examining the portrait in contemporary visual culture. His work investigates portraiture through narrative, content and context and how their placement can open new dialogues in challenging the idea of representation within the language of photography. He has exhibited internationally, and his work is held in the permanent collections of the National Portrait Gallery, Tate Britain, Lloyds of London, Wellcome Collection, Autograph, The Queen Mary University and Arts Council England.


Hi – This is Franklyn Rodgers (). This weekend I’m taking over Whitechapel Gallery’s Instagram account, reflecting on ph...
11/02/2024

Hi – This is Franklyn Rodgers (). This weekend I’m taking over Whitechapel Gallery’s Instagram account, reflecting on photography and the importance of a collaborative approach to the art of portraiture.

‘There was ease in the placement of process working with Gilane, knowing that to be present and cognisant in that recognition was a triumphant nod to our lives lived as a counterpoint. These portraits are an intersection, evidence of a juncture of a simple meeting of creative minds standing beyond representation but serving as a statement of intent unapologetic in its candour.

This co-collaborative intent spoke to possibilities beyond one’s self, opening a plural space where the process of presence let energies combine, creating a dialogue enabling Gilane to stand in her truth, stoic in her resolve. The resilience of strength, tenacity and a great capacity for empathy and love in which her portrait was created is evident. You cannot explore and overcome unless there has been a space of self-love with empathy for others, which is an amazing foundation from which to build.’




Image: Courtesy of Artist.

Hi – This is Franklyn Rodgers (). This weekend I’m taking over Whitechapel Gallery’s Instagram account, reflecting on ph...
11/02/2024

Hi – This is Franklyn Rodgers (). This weekend I’m taking over Whitechapel Gallery’s Instagram account, reflecting on photography and the importance of a collaborative approach to the art of portraiture.

‘The significance of The Old Library at Lloyd’s of London () 1 Lime Street, is that it has traditionally carried the historical portraits of the previous Lloyd’s Chairmen. It is the heart and psychological centre of the history of the organisation.

For Lloyd’s to hold up a mirror to their own reflection by commissioning six new portraits known as the Diversity and Inclusion Champions was a conversation led by Lloyd’s in a pivotal first-of-its-kind moment.

It signified a demarcation and the start of a new conversation.

For this commission, I began a process of context of engagement with each participant, representative of how they wanted to be seen, reflective of the global market they work in, and respectful of a historical moment where we were collectively shifting the cultural landscape.

The outcome of the now permanent works in The Old Library speaks to a new moment where we can collectively connect and grow. It also speaks to a new generation and contributes to bringing the value of positive representation to the industry.’





Image: Courtesy of Artist.

Hi – This is Franklyn Rodgers (). This weekend I’m taking over Whitechapel Gallery’s Instagram account, reflecting on ph...
10/02/2024

Hi – This is Franklyn Rodgers (). This weekend I’m taking over Whitechapel Gallery’s Instagram account, reflecting on photography and the importance of a collaborative approach to the art of portraiture.

‘To be able to place the idea of possibility is empowering, and to see yourself reflected in that idea speaks to the concept of having agency. As an artist, one of the things that I believe is that it’s not what the work is but what the work does and this is reflected in the work I have created for Underexposed Arts.

From a recent school workshop where students were asked to provide words of wisdom that would be empowering to their peers, a student named Dania, wowed us with this quote,

“Your mind is your biggest enemy, your biggest supporter, your biggest triumph and your biggest hardship, but it is yours, yours, you control it. So make it your palace, your sanctuary, your church, your mosque, your temple, make it 100% you. My name is Dania, and my mind is Dania’s”.

This process of engagement enabled a space of articulating external possibilities to create a space of internal alchemy. As an organisation that facilitates transformation, mental health and positive representation, this means so much to us at Underexposed Arts (), but also for the possibility of the potential of the next generation for whom the work is for.’














Image: Courtesy of Artist.

Hi – This is Franklyn Rodgers (). This weekend I’m taking over Whitechapel Gallery’s Instagram account, reflecting on ph...
10/02/2024

Hi – This is Franklyn Rodgers (). This weekend I’m taking over Whitechapel Gallery’s Instagram account, reflecting on photography and the importance of a collaborative approach to the art of portraiture.

‘On a trip to Tate Britain, Loretta, my mother, commented, “Franklyn, not one of them on the wall look like me”. On that day, I chose to address that. A portrait of Loretta not only represents portraits of my mother but her devotion to her circle of friends, all women from the West Indies who stood as majestic matriarchs yet who are not represented in the visual canon of portraiture in this country. The work was created to challenge that lack of visibility in size, scale and quality equal to their contribution. For each portrait there was a significance of a wider exchange of care. They had cared for me as a child, or I cared for them as an adult. It was about helping to give those women who stood together a voice and for my mother to see that change manifest in her lifetime.

These images are a by-product of a larger conversation, which questions how you approach the idea of the portrait within an intergenerational cultural exchange. To stop, listen and ask the work what it needs and to ask ourselves who we are in what we do and in answer to what?’






Image: Courtesy of Artist.

Hi – This is Franklyn Rodgers (). This weekend I’m taking over Whitechapel Gallery’s Instagram account, reflecting on ph...
10/02/2024

Hi – This is Franklyn Rodgers (). This weekend I’m taking over Whitechapel Gallery’s Instagram account, reflecting on photography and the importance of a collaborative approach to the art of portraiture.

Franklyn Rodgers is a visual artist and creative director whose work explores innovative approaches to re-examining the portrait in contemporary visual culture. His work investigates portraiture through narrative, content and context and how their placement can open new dialogues in challenging the idea of representation within the language of photography. He has exhibited internationally, and his work is held in the permanent collections of the National Portrait Gallery, Tate Britain, Lloyds of London, Wellcome Collection, Autograph, The Queen Mary University and Arts Council England.




Image: Courtesy of Artist.

The London Open, Whitechapel Gallery’s triennial open call exhibition, is 92 years old in 2024.  Long valued as an overv...
08/02/2024

The London Open, Whitechapel Gallery’s triennial open call exhibition, is 92 years old in 2024. Long valued as an overview of new currents in artistic practice, we are conducting research in collaboration with Artquest, to ensure the exhibition continues to be a valuable, open and accessible platform, which benefits as broad a range of artists and practices as possible.

We need your help. Whether you’re an artist who applied, exhibited, or just attended the exhibition, we want to hear your thoughts.

Follow the LINK to complete the survey by Wednesday 28 February 2024 and help shape The London Open for a new generation.

Artquest is a public programme of University of the Arts London.

https://artquest.org.uk/whitechapel-gallery-the-london-open/

Roses are redViolets are blueI love Whitechapel Galleryand want to share it with youGift Whitechapel Membership this Val...
07/02/2024

Roses are red
Violets are blue
I love Whitechapel Gallery
and want to share it with you

Gift Whitechapel Membership this Valentine’s Day. Treat yourself and a special plus one to a year of free entry to all our exhibitions - along with a whole host of concessions!

Give Art with Heart.


Buy Now: https://ow.ly/HmUl50QyIcb

Image: Photographer Alfred White, donated to the Whitechapel Archive.

New half-term activity unlocked! On Saturday 17 Feb, you are invited to join a series of collaborative family workshops ...
06/02/2024

New half-term activity unlocked!

On Saturday 17 Feb, you are invited to join a series of collaborative family workshops with artists and performers Maya Gurung-Russell Campbell and Timberlina.

Inspired by our spring exhibitions (opening on 15 Feb) Zineb Sedira: Dreams Have No Titles & Edge Effects, these workshops encourage collaboration, play and creative making, including…

📽️Make Your Own Film Set, led by Maya Gurung-Russell Campbell
🪴Creating More Edge, led by Timberlina




Image: Zineb Sedira Installation view from Dreams Have No Titles at the Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart, Berlin 2023 © Mathieu Carmona © DACS, London.

Book now:

https://ow.ly/HgqE50Qylxf

We are thrilled to share that the eleventh recipient of the Art Icon Award is the visionary filmmaker and artist, Isaac ...
05/02/2024

We are thrilled to share that the eleventh recipient of the Art Icon Award is the visionary filmmaker and artist, Isaac Julien KBE RA. The award, which celebrates the work of an artist who has made a profound contribution to a generation of artists, will be presented in March 2023.

Of the announcement, Whitechapel Gallery Gilane Tawadros said:

“It’s an honour to announce Isaac Julien as our 2024 Art Icon. His ground-breaking, visually compelling film and video works, alongside his elaborate multi-screen installations, have defined new and important territories for artists and filmmakers and changed the way that audiences view and experience moving image work – both within and outside art spaces.

His work offers a uniquely seductive yet critical lens to explore and interrogate historical and contemporary experiences and he is rightfully acknowledged to be one of the most influential artists of his generation.”


https://ow.ly/NSJP50QxMWh

Image Credit: Isaac Julien, Freedom / Diasporic Dream-Space No. 1 (Once Again...Statues Never Die), 2022 © Isaac Julien. Courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro

Newly digitised archive images just dropped!Sixty years ago today, Whitechapel Gallery opened its doors to the anticipat...
04/02/2024

Newly digitised archive images just dropped!

Sixty years ago today, Whitechapel Gallery opened its doors to the anticipated exhibition of American artist Robert Rauschenberg, ‘Painting and Combines’.

Rauschenberg’s six-decade career which saw him employ a range of mediums - painting, sculpture, prints, photography, and performance, but among his most heralded works were the Combines (1954-1964), shown here at the Gallery.

Neither painting nor sculpture but both (and more) simultaneously, these hybrid works merged the materials of painterly artmaking with ordinary items pulled from everyday life. Of these works, the artist explained, “I consider the text of a newspaper, the detail of a photograph, the stitch in a baseball, and the filament in a light bulb as fundamental to the painting as brush stroke or enamel drip of paint.”

Do you have a favourite Rauschenberg painting?



Images: Whitechapel Gallery Archive.

‘What Billing proposes in correspondence with [John] Cage is an opening of the mind to the things we discover…the relati...
03/02/2024

‘What Billing proposes in correspondence with [John] Cage is an opening of the mind to the things we discover…the relations that exist between people, things and places… relationships [that] are more complex than anything the artist might prescribe or attempt to determine.’ - Judith Winter

Tomorrow is the final day to see Johanna Billing’s film Each Moment Presents What Happens at Whitechapel Gallery. This presentation raises important questions about artistic freedom, experimentation, and imagination at a time when these seem under increasing pressure and scrutiny.

Don’t miss out - see it for yourself!
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https://ow.ly/njoe50Qx6OW

02/02/2024

On Saturday 17 Feb, the experimental dance artist Vasiliki Papapostolou (a.k.a Tarantism) will move through the Gallery, presenting her latest performance work, Panopticon 360.

This conceptual dance animates a new commission by Andrew Pierre Hart (opening 14 Feb), and explores the ways we internalise surveillance, managing ourselves, our bodies and behaviours.

For information on how to book, follow the

Inspired by our brand new exhibition Edge Effects, join medical herbalist Rasheeqa Ahmad (Hedge Herbs) for a practical a...
01/02/2024

Inspired by our brand new exhibition Edge Effects, join medical herbalist Rasheeqa Ahmad (Hedge Herbs) for a practical and discursive workshop that considers the weedy edges of our city streets as sites of healing.

You’ll be introduced to a selection of early spring medicine plants traditionally valued for seasonal health and prepare a remedy to take home.

As you make, Ahmand will share knowledge about herbs and health and how these overlooked plants can support our systems, as well as their role in strengthening biodiversity in urban settings. What's not to like?

For more information, click link below to book now
https://www.whitechapelgallery.org/events/wild-healing-edges-with-rasheeqa-ahmad/.

Wild Healing Edges | Thu 8 Feb, 6.30pm | £5

01/02/2024
Edge Effects is now open!As urgent as it is timeless, Edge Effects is an ongoing project about our stewardship of the pl...
31/01/2024

Edge Effects is now open!

As urgent as it is timeless, Edge Effects is an ongoing project about our stewardship of the planet and promotion of a mindful understanding of our place in nature. In taking time to observe a leaf, to listen and learn from its stories, we ask: might an oak tree or a sprig of rosemary impart their valuable wisdom if we look for long enough?

Plan your visit today via the

Image Credit: Year 4, Drawing by Sandra.



https://ow.ly/TJ6U50Qwerb

It is your last chance to see Johanna Billing’s new moving image work, Each Moment Presents What Happens (closing Sunday...
29/01/2024

It is your last chance to see Johanna Billing’s new moving image work, Each Moment Presents What Happens (closing Sunday). But before the final credits roll, we’ve put together a few Billing-related activities to enhance your viewing experience.

Something to Visit…
Billing’s film Each Moment Presents What Happens explores the affinities between past and present, documentation and event, and individual and collective performance.

Something to Read…
Learn more on our website with a read of ‘Coming Together Different’, an essay by curator and academic Judith Winter. Winter draws on her research of John Cage and Black Mountain College to provide context on the educational practices at the core of Billing’s film.

Something to Listen to…
Episode 22 of our Hear, Now podcast touches on the legacy of Black Mountain College and approaches to collaborative art practice in relation to Billing’s film.

Something to Take Home…
Add to your bookshelf with a limited-edition publication designed to accompany the exhibition, complete with essays and unseen images from the making of the film.



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