The Toxic Sublime is Marc Quinn’s first exhibition at White Cube London since 2010, and is the culmination of two years of investigation into natural phenomena and our distanced and complex relationship with the environment. Pieces from The Toxic Sublime series feature distorted, three-dimensional seascapes that blur the boundaries between painting and sculpture. They begin with an inherently contradictory artistic gesture whereby Quinn submits a photograph on canvas of a sunrise to a process of aggressive alteration. Alongside the artist’s paintings, a new series of sculptures, minimal arcs in stainless steel, including one measuring over 7m long, form part of a body of work titled Frozen Waves. These primal, gestural shapes originate from the remnants of shells, eroded by the endless action of the waves.
Marc Quinn, The Toxic Sublime, White Cube, London
Bridget Riley: Prints 1962 – 2015, Sims Reed Gallery
This exhibition at Sims Reed offers an overview of the career of Bridget Riley, one of Britain’s most significant Postwar artists, taking a selection from the artist’s complete catalogue of prints.
Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson: England and Wales 1969 at John Hansard Gallery, Southampton
The work of two leading world figures within the Land Art movement, Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson are on show at John Hansard Gallery, in a new exhibition England and Wales 1969.