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New Beginnings

12 Jan 2017 - 4 Feb 2017

New Beginnings showcasing over 40 signature pieces by some of the world’s most celebrated international artists, alongside bold and exciting new works by the younger generation of contemporary practitioners, opens to the public at the Alan Cristea Gallery in Pall Mall on 12 January 2017.

Highlights of the exhibition include Coffee Pot Hit by a Monkey Wrench (2016), pictured, a new etching by Cornelia Parker, who continues to be fascinated by the physical properties of objects and materials, and their histories. Michael Craig-Martin has been creating editions, from etching and screen-printing to 3-D printing and light-box installations, with Alan Cristea for 20 years. New Beginnings will feature celebrated works from Craig-Martin’s screenprint series Fundamentals (2016), including Umbrella, Bulb, Racket and Remote, with each continuing his investigation of everyday objects.

The exhibition will also include new works by some of Britain’s most celebrated living artists including Gillian Ayres, Antony Gormley and Howard Hodgkin. A pair of large-scale screenprints of running figures by Julian Opie will be shown alongside six new diptych editions by Joe Tilson, The Stones of Venice - Conjunctions, which depict Venetian church facades paired with elements of their architectural features.

New prints by Paul Winstanley illustrating empty art school studios will be displayed alongside Clare Woods, The Shouters, her first print project with the gallery. We will also unveil a new series of woodcuts by Richard Woods. Drill it Yourself are densely inked compositions which appear to be segments abstracted from domestic interiors. These scatterings of offcuts continue Woods twist on the cult of DIY.

We will exhibit Cowboys a new linocut by Marie Harnett, who is known for her small meticulous drawings culled from film stills. This new edition is an illustration from the 2015 film, Slow West. Gordon Cheung has made a new set of hand-painted prints in which the rodeo cowboy echoes the myth of the Minotaur, depicted against his signature use of the financial stock listings.

We will reveal a new work on paper by Emma Stibbon, ahead of her first solo exhibition with the gallery in September 2017. Kilauea Night, 2016, (pictured) was made in response to Stibbon's 2016 residency with the Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. 

Built on an ambition to ‘paper the world in original art’, Alan Cristea opened his eponymous gallery on Cork Street in Mayfair in 1995. After considerable expansion over the past 22 years, in late 2016 the gallery moved to new, larger, bespoke premises on Pall Mall. As the primary representative for a number of renowned contemporary artists, artists’ estates and emerging artists, the Alan Cristea Gallery is also one of the world’s leading publishers of original contemporary prints and editions.

Drawing on Alan’s near 50 years of experience in the art world, the gallery is entirely artist-led and is dedicated to assisting artists in bringing new bodies of work to fruition. Alan continues to act as the catalyst for print projects with an ever-expanding range of artists. Since 1994, he has commissioned thousands of editions of prints by over 40 artists.

Full list of artists: 
Gillian Ayres | Christiane Baumgartner | Gordon Cheung | Michael Craig-Martin | Ian Davenport | Jim Dine | Antony Gormley | Marie Harnett | Howard Hodgkin | Langlands & Bell | David Nash | Julian Opie | Cornelia Parker | Richard Serra | Emma Stibbon | Joe Tilson | Paul Winstanley | Clare Woods | Richard Woods