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12.12.2012

 

GoSee attends the private view of Bloomberg New Contemporaries at ICA, London

New Contemporaries, established in 1949, has provided new and recent fine art graduates from British art schools with a critical platform through an annual, nationally touring exhibition.

Since 2010, the Bloomberg New Contemporaries show has returned to the ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts), where it was held from 1964 – 1989.

Half of the artists featured in the 2012 exhibition studied at the RCA, which as GoSee reported, celebrated its 175th anniversary this year. After almost two centuries, it is impressive to see that the RCA still ranks high as a fine arts postgraduate study institution, since the selectors of the show knew nothing about the artists behind the works they judged. They were void of information including the artist’s name, age and the institution they had studied at, so as to provide as unbiased a cross section of art being produced at British art schools as possible.

Another interesting point about the selection process of Bloomberg New Contemporaries is that artists that have won in previous years chose the artwork for the 2012 exhibition. This year artists Nairy Baghramian and Rosalind Nashashibi, as well as artist duo Cullinan Richards selected the works for the annual show on the Mall, just down the road from Buckingham Palace.

Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2012 showcases work by Jennifer Bailey, Jack Brindley, Jamie Buckley, Anita Delaney, Bryan Dooley, Freya Douglas-Morris, George Eksts, Natalie Finnemore, Nicola Frimpong, Salome Ghazanfari, Lauren Godfrey, Sarah Jones, Suki Seokyeong Kang, Piotr Krzymowski, Tara Langford, Tony Law, George Little, Evariste Maiga, Jan May, Nicole Morris, Oliver Osborne, Jennifer Phelan, Polly Read, Emanuel Röhss, Max Ruf, Simon Senn, Jackson Sprague, Samuel Taylor and Tyra Tingleff.

GoSee attended the private view and as you can see from our snaps of the packed galleries, Bloomsberg New Contemporaries is just as important a date in any London art enthusiast’s diary as in previous years.

Painting is a popular medium in 2012, displayed alongside sculpture, performance, photography and video. The works deal with subjects such as the virtualisation of space, taboo subjects, theatricality, language and the over-proliferation of imagery.

One of our favourite pieces (and as the attached photo shows, we weren’t the only ones to think this) was by RCA Print Making graduate Tara Langford. Crowds flocked to inspect her print mounted on MDF board, propped against the white walls of the gallery space. Her piece 'Circuit Reading I – It happened to me once in this way' (2011) called on some concentration and thought from the guests at the private view as they read her prints in circuit.


Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Free exhibition at the ICA:
27 November 2012 – 13 January 2013

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Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, London, SW1Y 5AH

The ICA exhibitions are complemented by a wide range of events, performances and talks relating to the artists featured and central themes of the programme. Please see www.ica.org.uk for full information and details.

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