Monday, December 12, 2011

Coming to America: Rob Ryan to exhibit in New York City

TAG is delighted to announce a Stateside collaboration with the Christopher Henry Gallery,  that will include new works by Rob Ryan. One of the most highly sought-after paper cut artists in the UK, Rob studied Fine Art at Trent Polytechnic and at the Royal College of Art.  Since 2002, he was been working principally in the paper-cutting medium and his elaborate papercuts have received universal recognition from private collectors to museums.  Rob has also appeared in high profile design collaborations with Liberty’s of London, Fortnum & Mason, Paul Smith, Tatty Devine and Vogue.  His papercuts illustrate his own books, 'This Is For You', (a romantic fairy-tale told through paper cut art), 'The Gift' (a beautiful, poignant children’s tale by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy) and more recently, 'A Sky Full of Kindness' (a story about love and overcoming our greatest fears).  Rob was also in the 2010 major museum show ‘Slash – Paper Under the Knife’ at the Museum of Arts and Design, NYC and his following grows from strength to strength in America.  The show opens at the Christopher Henry Gallery, 127 Elizabeth Street, Nolita on 10 May and runs until 24 June, 2012.  For further details, images and an invitation to the exhibition, contact Diana.

Rob Ryan in his East London Studio
Image credit: Rob Ryan, "Your Job" 
Text reads: "Your job is to take the world apart and then put it back together again...But even better!!"

Image credit: Rob Ryan, "Starry Night"

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Art of Mapping reaches out across the Atlantic

TAG Fine Arts is delighted to join forces with four US and Canada based artists who will be first time exhibitors in the UK next month.   Peter Dykhuis, Dahlia Elsayed, Robert Walden, Heidi Whitman, and the New York based artist Paula Scher, have been invited to show their work in TAG's upcoming exhibition, The Art of Mapping, a survey show celebrating cartography’s potential as an art form, rather than a science.   This first transatlantic collaboration for TAG comes from a year of research into contemporary map making and an investigation into how cartography is in the process of being reimagined for today’s society, with all five artists making a vital contribution to the show. If you're passing through London, do visit the exhibition.  We intend to tour the show in 2012 Stateside.

Dahlia Elsayed | Pull, Plot, Peak, Pine | 2011 | Acrylic on paper 
Heidi Whitman | Invisible Cities / Brain Terrain (318) | 2010 | 
Ink, gouache, acrylic, paper, and cast shadows

The Art of Mapping opens in London on November 14th 2011, click here for full details. A number of exhibiting artists appear in Kitty Harmon's authoritative survey book ‘The Map as Art’ (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2009) who will be contributing to the exhibition catalogue.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

TAG Fine Arts joins Culture Label

Adam Bridgland, While We Have This Moment, 2009 Screen print on 300 gsm Saunders Waterford paper
56 x 55cm (unframed size), Edition of 25, Courtesy of the Artist and TAG Fine Arts
You can now buy TAG artworks online at Culture Label, with the option of spreading your payment over 10 monthly installments through the Arts Council's Own Art Scheme if you have a residential address in the UK. Happy Shopping!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Sticker book: From Punk Rock to Contemporary Art

Front cover of DB Burkeman's publication
Gonkar Gyatso is in good company alongside Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Keith Haring, Barbara Kruger, Julian Opie and Andy Warhol in DB Burkeman's recent sell out sticker publication. Stickers features approximately 6,000 images from the exploding, vibrant world of street art, DIY culture, music and branding. Democratic, easy to "tag," and not always fast to fade, the sticker has been an ever-present medium—from the New York and London underground punk scene to skate culture and political expression.  This month the Streaming Museum has teamed up with the publication as part of their summer programme focused on stickers, punk rock, hip-hop, graffiti, skateboard, boomboxes and pictogrames.  Hit the link for a sneak preview of what's coming up with the launch of the STICKERS Stuck-Up Tour in NYC.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Avant-garde immigrant street art is loud and proud at El Museo del Barrio, NYC

El Museo's Bienal: The (S) Files 2011 is El Museo del Barrio's sixth biennial of the most innovative, cutting-edge art created by Latino, Caribbean, and Latin American artists currently working in the greater New York area. This year's edition spreads all over the city, showcasing a record 75 emerging artists in seven different venues. Aiming to expand the definition of contemporary Latino and Latin American art, The (S) Files 2011 takes on a broad exploration of the visual energy, events, and aesthetics of the street. While considering the more conventional understandings of street art such as graffiti and mural painting, The (S) Files 2011 extends the definition of street art by also considering non-traditional art objects as well as works from other disciplines, including music and fashion.

El Museo del Barrio, New York's leading Latino cultural institution, welcomes visitors of all backgrounds to discover the artistic landscape of Latino, Caribbean, and Latin American cultures
Outdoor installation at entrance to The (S) Files 2011

Antonia A Perez (b.1951, New York) Black Dollies, 2011 Crocheted plastic bags
Juan Hinojosa (b. 1980, New York) Men in Spandex, 2011 Mixed media installation
COPE2 / Fernando Carlo, Jr (b. 1968 Bronx, New York) and INDIE184 / Soraya Marquez (b. 1980 RioPiedras, Puerto Rico) Our World, 2011 Mixed media. COPE 2 was a major presence on the 4 train in early 1983. he first founded the Kids Destroy crew in 1982.  Among COPE2's ventures are a book, a documentary and a line of Sneakers by Adidas and Converse  With her Kweenz Destroy label, INDIE 184 has created an entire line of wearable graffiti since 2006. 
Among the themes developed in The (S) Files 2011 are the influence of early New York street art movements, text and urban styles, and the creation of art works from urban debris. The variety of issues addressed by the artists range from daily life situations, to social behaviors, to economic distress. A couple of great examples above.

“El Museo’s Bienal: The (S) Files 2011” continues through Jan. 8 at El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Avenue, at 104th Street, East Harlem; (212) 831-7272,

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

David Spiller - Hot off the press!

TAG is thrilled to be releasing two new limited edition prints by David Spiller continuing his exploration of pop imagery, depicting Disney favourite Donald Duck and his girlfriend Daisey.

Spiller’s art is filled with life and energy, compressing a world of influences, ideas and impressions in his beautiful prints. These are the latest in a series that depict popular cartoon characters: previous pairs have included Olive and Popeye and Minnie and Mickey mouse. Over and around these colourful figures, Spiller introduces intuitive freehand texts including lines from his favourite songs. His work combines the punchy, bold aesthetics of Pop Art, with his own brand of expressionism influenced by Dubuffet, Picasso and his first teacher, Frank Auerbach. Fun and sincere at the same time, these works capture the imagination of adults and children alike and are bound to be as successful as his previous ones. If you're interested in finding out more or making a purchase following this sneak preview - contact Diana

Daisey, 2011
Mixed media and silkscreen print
Edition of 75
Image size 76 x 76 cm, paper size 88 x 88 cm
Signed, titled and editioned
Donald, 2011
Mixed media and silkscreen print
Edition of 75
Image size 76 x 76 cm, paper size 88 x 88 cm
Signed, titled and editioned