New Exhibition Showcases London's Finest Art Graduates

By Claire Singleton | 22 May 2007
Painting of a lap with a chocoloate donut on it, a cup of coffee in one hand and a pink donut in the other.

Boo Ritson - Donut, 2007 © the artist

A new exhibition anticipates the future of the British art scene, showcasing the work of 26 of London’s finest MA and BA students, as chosen by three of the UK’s top curators.

Running from May 24 until June 9 2007, Anticipation is presented by curators Flora Fairbairn, Kay Saatchi and Catriona Warren. It is the first to be hosted by contemporary art collector David Roberts at his new art space, One One One in Great Titchfield Street.

Fairbairn, Saatchi and Warren have spent over two years developing the exhibition, travelling to graduate shows across the capital.

They scoured art colleges like Camberwell, Central St Martins, Chelsea, City & Guilds, Goldsmiths, London College of Communication, Royal Academy, Royal College of Art, Slade, and Wimbledon, as well as visiting dozens of studios, all in order to bring together the best of London’s young talent.

A painted photograph of a naked bearded man in sunglasses embracing a naked woman while holding a gun.

Boo Riston - Hitman, 2007 © the artist

After thorough and intimate research, the three curators have chosen those they feel have the artistic integrity and creative and intellectual stature to continue producing thought-provoking work for many years.

The works of these future stars include small, animated heads sculpted in plaster by Tom Price, and the mesmerizing miniature portraits of Emma Puntis.

Also on show is the haunting piece Owl by Douglas White, a windowpane bearing the ghostly imprint of an unfortunate owl that has flown into it. Tatsuya Kimata’s stone and marble sculptures of everyday objects are also on display, created using traditional carving skills.

a free-standing windowpane with a white image of an owl with outspread wings imprinted in the top right hand corner

Douglas White - Owl, 2007 © the artist

Then there is the Navy-inspired piece by Michael Lisle-Taylor, which crosses army uniforms with straight jackets, and the impressive photographs of Boo Ritson who has transformed her subjects into characters caked in thick paint. Graduate Jodie Carey will also be displaying her eight-foot chandeliers crafted out of the fluff from a Hoover.

The three curators are well qualified for selecting the cream of the crop when it comes to contemporary art.

Flora Fairbairn, a freelance curator and art consultant, used to be the director of -scopeLondon Art Fair and last year launched and directed the Madder Rose Gallery. She also represents some of the most exciting young British artists including Rachel Kneebone, Annie Kevans and Jason Shulman.

a white plug socket and switch

Tatsuya Kimata - Single, 2006 © the artist

Kay Saatchi has worked in the London contemporary art scene for over 20 years and directed the contemporary department of Waddington Galleries before becoming co-curator of the Saatchi Collection with her ex-husband, Charles Saatchi. At the Saatchi Gallery, she hung some of the most influential contemporary shows of the 1980s and 90s.

Catriona Warren is the Editorial Director of ArtReview, Britain’s longest running contemporary art magazine. In 2001 she introduced supplements on the best student art, with the aim of bringing the hottest new talent to the attention of dealers and curators. She has also curated Ten of the Best, a show of up and coming young students.

They hope that Anticipation will provide a platform from which to launch new talent to a mass audience and the artists themselves will receive 100% of the proceeds from sales. Boo Ritson’s transformed photographs have already sold out in her second solo show only a year after graduating.

three large brown chandeliers hanging from a ceiling

Jodie Carey - Untitled (chandeliers), 2006 © the artist

One One One will continue to operate as a charitable art space in which young artists and curators can develop their skills and will also showcase David Roberts’ private collection of contemporary art, built up over the last ten years.

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