Galleries - June 2014

A ndy Cheese ‘The Lightness of Being’ resin bronze at 100 Leman Street EC1 until the beginning of July 2014. Photo courtesy of Artful them in public corporate spaces such as atria and reception areas. She rotates the art every 6 months to keep the space refreshed. Flowers are regularly changed she says, so how much more important to enhance the reception of your business by changing the art. A harmonious stimulating office maximises creativity, productivity and well-being. The best artists are inventors, explorers and paradigm-shifters. What better way to keep ahead of the times than to be surrounded by new visions. R C Paolo Veronese by Alessandra Zamperini. 252pp, c.300 ills, Thames & Hudson hbk, £60 Launched to coincide with the major show at the National Gallery in London, ‘Veronese: Magnific- ence in Renaissance Venice’ (until 15 June), Zamperini’s scholarly, large format book is translated from the original Italian. For such a great colourist and master of crowd scenes, the blurb phrase ‘sumptuous volume’ is absolutely spot on here and entirely appro- priate for this artist, whose paint- ings are done full justice by the excellent reproductions – ‘lavishly illustrated’ indeed. AA Matisse: The Chapel at Vence by Marie-Thérèse Pulvenis de Séligny. 224pp, 200 col. ill, RA Publications hbk, £60 This lucidly written book surveys Matisse’s compact yet transcen- dent Chapel at Vence from all possible angles. 1940s’ encoun- ters with a nun and monks – and a 1930 Tahitian experience of sky commingling with sea – helped inspire Matisse to create ‘a church full of gaiety’. Photos of subtle art- istry describe marvellous details like iridescent indigos and yellows (cast by windows with radically attenuated natural forms based on papercut studies) staining the marble floor. The interplay bet- ween elegantly austere Stations of the Cross drawings on ceramic panels on one wall, and the glowing fluidity of stained glass on another, is movingly evoked. Philip Vann Most painters will sympathise with my joy at liberating space in my studio when Penny Macfarlane, of Oil and Water Gallery , asked me to show 20 works for 3 months at Wedlake Bell, a firm of solicitors in London. After a little research, I noticed a thriving symbiosis between corporations, galleries and new services to exhibit rotating artwork in office spaces. Katie Henry who started Art in Offices 2 years ago to help companies fill empty office walls, already has a range of venture capitalists, hedge funders and lawyers on her books. She can change the art every 3 to 12 months to keep the walls fresh and the workspace dynamic, providing contemporary art at affordable prices. Abstract land- scapes with a hint of a tree or something recognisable seem to be most popular, she says. By contrast, since 2009 Mikhail Zaitsev of Hay Hill Gallery has successfully shown very large sculptures which cannot fit into his gallery in big prestigious London business centres; he has 3 sculptures 4 metres high on display at present in the heart of Mayfair at Berkeley Square House. He says he has sold many such huge sculptures over the years, one being recently shipped to Latvia. Mikhail also encouraged Elena Polycarpou to start her own business a few years ago. ARTful sources work from galleries (and artists) installing WORKPLACE ART Art in the Office 14 GALLERIES JUNE 2014