At the London Open, the Art of a Global Metropolis
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<em>London Open 2018</em>: Rachel Ara, T<em>his Much I’m Worth (The Self-Evaluating Artwork)</em>, 2017, 83 pz of neon, steel, recycled server room equipment, electronics, computers, IP cameras, programming, 165 x 63 x 63" | Photo: Anise Galler
Schedule: Tue - Sun 11 am - 6 pm | Thu 11 am - 9 pm I Mon closed
Tickets: Free admission
Location: Whitechapel Gallery
Address: 77-82 Whitechapel High St, London E1 7QX
The artistic vitality of the British capital is ready to show itself in its favoured showcase - in the halls of the Whitechapel Gallery, which in the past hosted Pablo Picasso and Jackson Pollock, Lucian Freud and Gilbert & George, The London Open brings the best of contemporary art created in the famed metropolis on the Thames. Over 20 artists from all over the world, who have made London their personal headquarters, present paintings, sculptures, installations, video and performances in a lively context at no charge to the public. At the centre of their work, a reflection on life in a globalised metropolis during an era of profound transformation: a changing urban landscape, concern about the environment, developing technology, human relations, pressing questions about gender and ethnic differences, activism and post-colonialism realities are just some of the themes explored through an extraordinary variety of viewpoints and approaches. And for those who wish to completely emerge themselves in a contemporary artistic ferment, there is an intense program of live events, including performances, projections and discussions. The event also recalls, without too much nostalgia, the 1970s, when the East London neighbourhood where the gallery is located was a place for residencies and the work of the UK’s best talents.