Palazzo Cipolla presents the  exhibition London Calling – British Contemporary Art Now, for the first time in Italy, focused entirely on contemporary art that came out of “swinging London,” with a varied selection of works by 13 artists from different generations.

The artists are: David Hockney, Michael Craig-Martin, Sean Scully, Tony Cragg, Anish Kapoor, Julian Opie, Grayson Perry, Yinka Shonibare, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Damien Hirst, Mat Collishaw, Annie Morris and Idris Khan.

The exhibition is named after The Clash‘s 1979 album, “London Calling.”

David Hockney
Plug by David Hockney
David Hockney
Self Portrait I

Though the artists part of this exhibition are of different ages and origins they share having lived intensively in London, absorbing its dynamic anti-conformist quality during a stage of their career.

Their most recent works were chosen to show at Palazzo Cipolla (except for a few iconic pieces such as Damien Hirst‘s Glen Matlock from 1997 and Grayson Perry’s ceramic vase from 1995) with the goal of appreciating the absolute vitality, originality, and disruptiveness of the message that they still carry in this second decade of the 2000s. 

The exhibition takes visitors along a conceptual journey that conveys, condensed into just over 30 works, the history of contemporary European and Western art, both in terms of stylistic experiments and conceptual research. 

Anish Kapoor

One of the internationally renowned artists is the Indian artist, Anish Kapoor (Mumbai 1954)

His two concave red discs, Magenta Apple Mix 2 (2018), Alabaster, diptych (2018) and Non-Object (Triangle Twist) 2014 make a powerful impression.

Tony Cragg

Wood and bronze sculptures by Tony Cragg.

Mat Collishaw

Mat Collishaw, a key figure in the Young British Artist movement, and his sculpture Seria Ludo (2016).

Seria Ludo 2016 by Mat Callyshaw
Seria Ludo 2016

David Hockney

All experienced the creative buzz of the British capital from the “Sixties” on and were artistically trained in London in recent decades. ( David Hockney). 

David Hockney presents impressive works created only with his iPad and iPhone.

Damien Hirst

The work by Damien Hirst is the iconic Glen Matlock (1996-97). Named for the English bass player in the original formation of the punk rock group Sex Pistols, it depicts a doctor’s office full of medicine packs, bottles and other medical paraphernalia.

Other iconic works of his are the highly recognizable “spot paintings.” 

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Beautiful totally out of this world painting, 2005
 Damien Hirst Gadolinium 2008
Gadolinium by Damien Hirst

Julian Opie

Old Street December 2 by Julian Opie is a visually simple work but if we stop to study the details, we realize that the four people depicted are of different ages, different postures who live immersed in their loneliness in the chaos of a busy sidewalk. 

Julian Opie Sonia Elvis Elena Paul 2
Sonia Elvis Elena Paul 2

Annie Morris

Annie Morris is my favorite. Her Stacks are remarkable, as I’ve talked about in earlier posts.

They are spheres of different sizes and colors stacked in a precarious balance. With them, Annie seeks to represent the various stages of pregnancy. 

Idris Khan

Idris Khan, an eclectic artist from Birmingham, forays into sculpture, photography, video and painting.

London is a very dangerous, seductive city. I mean it’s a beautiful city and it has something for everyone. A city as a universe. Sean Scully

London Calling British Contemporary Art Now

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