Galleries - October 2010

MORE MUYBRIDGE Readers inspired by Melanie Abrams article(p11) to undergo thefull Eadweard Muybridgeex- perience should note further cele- brations in his birthplace, King- ston-upon-Thames. The Kingston Museum holds an important col- lection of rare Muybridge arte- facts, notably theglass Zoop- raxiscopediscs that played such an important rolein theearly his- tory of cinema, and all will be in a 'MuybridgeRevolutions' show (to 12 Feb). At the same time lec- tures, events and related contem- porary exhibitions will be held at Kingston University. See www.Muy 'Stop Press' on another photog- raphy show: thework of that great documenter of the American De- pression years, Walker Evans, is being shown at the Highgate Gallery . Searing, beautiful state- ments of faith in humanity. PLACES & FACES Richard Nagy , London dealer in Klimt, Schiele and other wonder- ful, high-end German and Vien- nese early 20th Century art is moving from Marylebone to Old Bond Street – no 22 to be precise. Meanwhile in Suffolk the Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery will hence- forth becalled Smiths Row . show which recently opened at the Estorick Collection on the powerful anti-Fascist imagery pro- duced both immediately before and after Mussolini's fall from power in 1943. To say this is little- known territory is an understate- ment but the role art appears to haveplayed in therapid declineof the Mussolini cult (even before his final assassination in 1945) cannot be underestimated. Renato Gut- toso was perhaps the most cele- brated artist of this movement, his two paintings here early and pow- erful denunciatory rejections of the politics of violence, but other less familiar names such as Vittorio Magnani, Mario Mafai and Franco Garelli show that the spirit of free- dom and protest was passion- ately pursued in Italy well before Mussolini's demise. THE ART OF GIVING A remarkable mix of art and show- biz worlds lies behind the charita- ble event at the Saatchi Gallery from 7 to 9 October. 'The Art of Giving' aims to raisemoney for a rangeof causes hard hit by the economic downturn, the list of 'givers' to date including not only well known artists (Gavin Turk, Steve Goddard, Christian Furr) but also entertainers and celebrities with artistic interests, notably Vic Reeves and actress Jane Sey- mour. Lesser-known artists too will begiven a chanceto show and win cash prizes and to exhibit at theSaatchi. Further info at ANTENNAE 10. GALLERIES OCTOBER 10 INCREASINGLY AFFORDABLE With 8 internationally affiliated fairs, from New York to Paris, Syd- ney to Singapore, most of them boasting the eponymous title, the Affordable Art Fair can justifiably claim to be one of the most suc- cessful art-business innovations of the last decade. Like all good ideas, viz limit the price range (it has still not raised its upper level more than £500 above the £2500 it started at) and make it fun, fam- ily-friendly and accessible, it all seems blindingly obvious in retro- spect, but when you look back at the somewhat predictable and distinctly top-end bias of the art- fair scene in the late 90s, founder Will Ramsay's concept appeared startlingly iconoclastic – cafes and creches, demonstrations and workshops, whatever next? Mean- while version 11 of the original, Battersea Park-based event opens its doors (flaps?) this month (21 to 24 October) with a full house of 120 galleries (see our feature on p44) and an ever-increasing roster of related events, including a late evening viewing that, for £20 per head, gives you some wine and an altogether quieter look. The ideas roll on . . . REJECTING FASCISM Bearing in mind Pip Palmer's re- view of Andrew Lanyon's explo- ration of Ambassador Joachim von Ribbentrop's pre-war Cornish escapades on p12, readers with a taste for the interractions of art and politics during the 20th Cent- ury might wish to note a revelatory Walker Evens ‘Floyd Burroughs’ at Highgate Gallery. Renato Guttuso ‘The Massacre’ 1943, oil on canvas, 59 x 73 cm at the Estorick Collection.