Monday, March 18, 2013

Metropolis Rise: New Art from London 
A grassroots survey of the London scene with over 50 London-based artists. Here we developed reading table structures that can be repeated and adapted to suit sculpture, video, photography, ephemera etc. The light wood tables reference both an anthropological display as well as a customs inspection desk. This allows one to take a different view of the idea of a 'survey' instead creating something more immediate, less museological. The customs notion addresses our thoughts on 'import / export' for this exhibition: going against the grain to 'import' UK art rather than 'export' art from China as would be the expectation. In this sense this exhibition, in fact the first survey show of art from the UK, breaks new ground and looks forward to the next stage of China's development culturally...

Curated by Anthony Gross and Jen Wu. Accompanied by a 198 page colour publication. Supported by Arts Council England, British Council Shanghai, British Council Beijing, CQL Design Center, BizArt and Thinking Hands.

Metropolis Rise: New Art from London 
An index of the current London scene Organised by Anthony Gross & Jen Wu of temporarycontemporary, London Shanghai
13th April – 23rd April 2006, open daily 12-6pm 

CQL Design Center, 50 Moganshan Lu, 200060 Shanghai 

Launch event 13th April, 2006 
Official opening with The Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, 
5-6pm Reception 6-10pm. 
Beijing: 29th April – 14th May 2006, 
open daily 12-6pm Dashanzi 798 Art District, 
No.4 Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing

Launch party 30th April 7-11pm 

The exhibition is accompanied by an extensive Chinese and English language catalogue (hardback, 198pp), available online. Metropolis Rise : New Art from London is an excursion into the vibrant depths and folds of Londons current contemporary art scene, investigating ideas around collectivism, self-organisation, event, critical agency and the production and circulation of art and ideas in todays multilayered metropolis. Selected from shows at public institutions, independent project spaces, art groups, emerging galleries and nomadic events and exhibitions across London, the works and documentation form a social anthropology and an index of activity and artists. The display structure – part customs inspections desk, part natural history display – presents a vivid array of art-making, with original sculpture, photography, painting, drawing, and video alongside recordings and ephemera of performances, installations, curatorial projects, independent publishing and film & fashion events. Metropolis Rise : New Art from London will take place at the Moganshan art district which has been at the forefront of artistic development in Shanghai in recent years. The exhibition will then travel to DIAF 06 at 798 Space, Beijings largest independent yearly art event. Metropolis Rise : New Art from London is accompanied by an extensive Chinese and English language colour catalogue (hardback, 198pp, 20 x 27cm, ed 1000 – supported by Arts Council England, available from With new essays by David Burrows, Dr. Suhail Malik, Dave Beech, and David Medalla, the publication also contains contextualising texts by the curators and extensive documentation of artists projects and writings from selected participating artists. The exhibition is curated by artists Anthony Gross and Jen Wu, of temporarycontemporary, a project space and laboratory that has presented over 25 exhibitions in London and abroad in the last two years. ARTISTS: Caroline Achaintre, Reza Aramesh, Sarah Baker, Sam Basu, Diann Bauer, Dave Beech, Anat Ben-David, David Burrows, Lali Chetwynd, Dan Coombs, Lorin Davies, Ian Dawson, Jeremy Deadman, Patricia Ellis, Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard, Matt Franks, Babak Ghazi, Brian Griffiths, Anthony Gross, Mark Hutchinson, International Necronautical Society (INS), Heidi Kilpelainen (HK 119), Klega, Pil and Galia Kollectiv, Denise Kum, Francis Lamb, Cyril Lepetit, Cedar Lewisohn, David Lock, Caroline McCarthy, David Medalla, Flavia Muller Medeiros, Jo Mitchell, Suzanne Mooney, Alex Gene Morrison, Sophie Newell, Harold Offeh, Paul O’Neill, Luke Oxley, Douglas Park, Mark Pawson, Mark Pearson, Gail Pickering, John Russell, Hideyuki Sawayanagi, Lindsay Seers, Tai Shani, Bob & Roberta Smith, Mark Titchner, Mayling To, Markus Vater, Stella Vine, Jessica Voorsanger, Joe Walsh, Martin Westwood, Annie Whiles, Jen Wu, O Zhang 

Metropolis Rise : New Art from London is kindly supported by The British Council Shanghai who are co-organsing Aftershock, a major survey that chronicles the developments of contemporary British art from the mid 90s to the present day to take place in 2006 & 2007 in Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou and Chongqing. 

Support for the catalogue from Arts Council England. 
Local implementation: BizArt and CQL Design Center, Shanghai 
and DIAF 06 / Thinking Hands, Beijing. 

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Metropolis Rise: New Art from London Exhibition  Catalog

Author(s)Anthony Gross, Jen Wu
PublisherARTicle Press
Date of Publication09/08/2006
GenreFine Arts / Art History

Publication Data
Place of PublicationBirmingham
Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ImprintARTicle Press

Metropolis Rise: New Art from London, exhibition catalog, edited by Anthony Gross & Jen Wu, temporarycontemporary / Arts Council England / Article Press, London, 2006 (published on the occasion of Metropolis Rise: New Art from London, curated by Anthony Gross & Jen Wu, temporarycontemporary, CQL Design Center, Shanghai, touring to Dashanzi 798 Art District, Beijing, 2006)    

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