Nature Morte at the Guildhall, London
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The touring exhibition Nature Morte: Contemporary Artists Reinvigorate the Still Life makes its final stop at the Guildhall, London, having previously shown in Norway, Sweden and Poland.
The exhibition has been brought together by MOCA, London, in partnership with Guildhall Art Gallery.
Reconsider what it means to be human.
Guildhall, Gresham Street
London, EC2V 7HH
7 September, 2017 - 2 April, 2018
1 st Biënnale Oosterhout
Michael Petry’s new installation At the Foot of the Gods has been commissioned for the 1 st Biënnale Oosterhout. His work is made up of over 50 bronze casts of human toes that appear at first to have been broken off of Classical Greek sculptures. Their green (verdigris) colour has the look of ancient sculptures recovered from the sea, yet each one is a cast from someone in the arts or an athlete, as many such sculptures would have been. Each is identifiably unique. Losing the nose, toe, or thumb of a sculpture is one of the most common accidental changes to their appearance. Petry has scattered the bronzes on the stone floor in a Cloister recalling the story of Jason and his quest for the Golden Fleece, where dragon’s teeth became Spartoi (warriors). His work asks: who are the gods, did they make humans, or did we make them?
Petry will also enact his Libation to Eros performance on Saturday September 16. The work sees him shoot real arrows into a specially prepared wall while he tells the story of Eros god of Love and Desire.
1 st Biënnale Oosterhout
September 16 - October 22, 2017
The Book of the Word
The Book of the Word at Helsinki Contemporary acts as the beginning of a series of exhibitions which will tour across Europe, taking Michael Petry's upcoming book (2018) of the same name as their focus.
Helsinki Contemporary, Helsinki, Finland
9 June - 2 July, 2017
Michael Petry held a place on the jury at SMACH 2017, a biennial located in the Dolomites
“CONTRAST” is this year’s theme of SMACH. The etymology of the word contrast is tied to the verb to contrast and can be interpreted in various ways. In its most negative sense, the word refers to disagreement, argument, irreconcilability and dispute. In a figurative sense it can allude to a contrast or difference in colour, sound or again, a conflict of passions, reason and sentiment between dream and reality. Contrast also exists in literature, medicine and sport, and, finally, as a strictly technical term.
Contemporary Artists Reinvigorate the Still Life
2017 Exhibition venues:
The Four Domes Pavilion
Branch of the National Museum in Wrocław
18 February - 14 May 2017
Guildhall Art Gallery in London
September 2017 - April 2018
Konsthallen, Bohusläns museum, Uddevalla Sweden
7 May - 28 August, 2016
Hå gamle prestegard, Stavanger, Norway
6 June – 30 August, 2015
This touring exhibition is based on Petry's book
Nature Morte for Thames & Hudson.
Stunning Donald Trump Commemoration Sculpture By Michael Petry Unveiled
Artist Michael Petry has created a small sculpture to commemorate a titanic event – the inauguration of Donald Trump as 45th President of the United States on 20 January 2017. Titled American Hercules it is both beautiful and irreverent at the same time.
THE FINE ART SOCIETY 1876-2016
6 JUNE - 7 JULY 2016
The Fine Art Society: A Celebration, a major group exhibition reflecting the gallery’s tastes and exhibiting history, past and present. Featuring a range of significant artists, the exhibition will take over all five floors of the Bond Street townhouse.
The exhibition is part of a carefully curated programme of exhibitions throughout 2016, celebrating the 140th anniversary of the gallery and the dedicated and innovative people who have populated its rooms, as well as reflecting the gallery’s prominence and connoisseurship in the history of the British art market.
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