The Immaterial Quality of Distance
An exhibition curated by Michael Petry
For KUVA, Helsinki, Finland
Opening August 9, 2018
Saija Kivikangas and Emma Peura (left)
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Petry will show his piece Libation to Apollo (24K gold leaf on acrylic) at GARDEN OF SKIN, a group show curated by artist Zachari Logan at at Angus-Hughes Gallery, Hackney this September
Michael Petry is showing work at Workflow
an exhibition at CC Sint-Niklaas
21/04/2018 - 02/09/2018
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Libation to Virgo (Aphrodite), 2017
silver glazed porcelain stars in the shape of the Virgo constellation.
Each star 13 cm in diameter by 2.5 cm (5” x 1”)
Overall dimensions variable
'WORKFLOW' was conceived as a succession, a panorama of more than 80 mainly contemporary artworks from 49 artists
Michael Petry will participate in the upcoming Malevolent Eldritch Shrieking
exhibition curated by Paul Morrison at Attercliffe, Sheffield
opening March 24th.
Malevolent Eldritch Shrieking is a large diverse international salon-style multigenerational exhibition about painting (in some aspect) including Jan Albers, Sue Arrowsmith, Paul Barlow, Michael Bevilacqua, Juan Bolivar, Kate Bright, Ralf Broeg, John Chilver, Sacha Craddock, Michael Craig-Martin, Hansjoerg Dobliar, Marcel van Eeden, Tim Eitel, Machiko Edmondson, Gail Fitzgerald, Saul Fletcher, Torben Giehler, Lothar Goetz, Brian Griffiths, Terry Haggerty, Jane Harris, Gerard Hemsworth, Gregor Hildebrandt, Dale Holmes, Paul Housley, Tom Howse, Richard Jacobs, Ben Judd, Ben Kaufmann, Scott King, Richard Kirwan, Des Lawrence, Bob Matthews, Peter McDonald, Dawn Mellor, Nathaniel Mellors, Ryan Mosley, Jost Münster, Julian Opie, Carl Ostendarp, Michael Petry, Daniel Pettitt, Jan van der Ploeg, James Pyman, Ged Quinn, David Risley, Neil Rumming, Sophie Schmidt, Gary Simmonds, Maxima Smith, Michael Stubbs, Daniel Sturgis, Tomoaki Suzuki, Finlay Taylor, David Thorpe, Dimitra Vamiali, Riette Wanders, Mathew Weir, Richard Wentworth, Lucy Williams, Keith Wilson, Martin Wöhrl, Richard Woods and Will Yackulic.
Michael Petry: In the Realm of the Gods
A solo exhibition at The Holburne Museum, Bath
October 20, 2017 – April 8, 2018
The Holburne Museum has invited Petry to make a new feature installation and to place two other pieces in relation to existing works in their collection.
The main installation called A Line Lives in the Past and the Future consists of a very large glass ley line (approximately 8 meters) that will run down the centre of the central gallery. The work, which looks as if it is Neolithic, is made up of 16 large sand cast pieces of glass – each unique, and made by Petry using his hands to dig out the form in the sand. Petry’s integrated works include his Libation to Virgo (Aphrodite), and one of hisperformance sculptural works from his MAP Unit series.
Nature Morte at the Guildhall, London
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Listen to Petry and Annie Attridge on BBC London
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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