Sunday, 6 February 2011

Sun 6th Feb: "Dandies Ball" at Ritter/Zamet

A little while ago Julie Verhoeven sent me a link to see a recent piece of hers in a group show "The Dandie's Ball" at Ritter/Zamet Gallery. Luckily the show has just been extended and I finally got a chance to catch it this weekend. Its up for the rest of this month so I recommend the trip to see a collection of contemporary artwork including Terence Koh and David Bailey, alongside nineteenth-century prints, books and ephemera. The layout is really cute with the assembled selection of dandy themed treasures displayed high on a shelf above the main works in the airy open loft space.
Having spent time in NYC with threeASFOUR, I have been exposed to the city's young art scene at close quarters with personal insight to the world of their contemporaries. By visiting Ritter/Zimmer, its been a really nice opportunity for me to be back in London and get to see some here! The last Nate Loman work I witnessed was a special preview of "Come As You Are Again" at the beautiful upstairs home of Salon 94 owner Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn. From an Upper East Side townhouse to an East End conversion - this was a brilliant London discovery. I can't believe Ive never been before (German art dealer Marcus Ritter and British art critic / consultant Kate Zamet opened the gallery in Nov 2003). What was also great = seeing an actual real copy of "The Yellow Book".......

Images top to bottom:

1) A view of The Ritter/Zamet Gallery showing Terence Koh's sculpture in the foreground.

2) "The Krays" by David Bailey from 1965 and a print by Nate Loman

3) A biography of the essayist/parodist/artist Max Beerbohm with one of his own caricatures on the cover. Beerbohm took over from George Bernard Shaw as drama critic of the Saturday Review and also produced more than 2000 caricatures during his lifetime.

"The Dandie's Ball" - the book the exhibition has taken its name from to encapsulate the subject of Dandyism and its associations.

4) "Dandies, Pansies and Prudes" flyer from Hernan Bas exhibition at Daniel Reich Gallery 2006. Bas in another young American artist whose work makes reference to Wilde, Huysmans and other writers of the Aesthetic and Decadent period in literature.

5) "Englische Exzentriker" (English Eccentrics!)

6) A postcard of Matthew Barney's The Loughton Candidate from Cremaster 4 shown resting as a book mark in an Aubery Beardsley monograph open at a self portrait for The Savoy Magazine 1896

7) "The Yellow Book" journal with cover by Aubrey Beardsley who was the title's first art editor and attributed the idea for making it yellow after the French custom of wrapping lewd manuscripts in yellow paper when purchased.

"Somerset House 1971 : Gilbert & George" A flipbook series of photos of Gilbert and George together outside Somerset House, originally printed in an edition of 800 numbered and signed copies

8) 'Diary of a Victorian Dandy 14:00 hours' photograph by YINKA SHONIBARE

"The Adventures of a Gentleman" by Pelham (a classic "fashionalbe novel" which was a style focusing on the manners, habits and lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. Pelham made fun of the genre but also shed an amazing light on a time and circumstance of the first half of the 19th Century which is so different to modern life now).........

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