I’ve landed a new role at Dojo as Freelance Arts Editor. If you haven’t heard of the app, check out this article about how three Bristol grads raised £800k to launch it. Their tone is unlike any other event listings website/app as the content team write like your best friend nattering at you down the pub, telling you what you just have to go see.
For this role I will be researching and writing up exhibitions every week and curating the ‘Arts Radar’ round-up. August is quiet, so here are a couple to look forward to in September:
Beware the power of social media; this art movement began with an impromptu Facebook rant in New York that read: “Hello female artists/curators! Let’s organize a NASTY WOMEN group show!!! Who’s interested???’ Now with over 40 events across the globe, Nasty Women aims to tackle modern day misogyny with a collective extravaganza of creativity.
The bras were burnt long ago and we’re still fuming so Stour Space invited “any woman with an opinion” to channel their anger around the current political climate by lashing out through any art media of choice. The 100 works include a VR room, photography, ceiling installations, paintings and live drawing, with 100% of the profits going to End Violence Against Women. Some pieces cost as little as a London pint, so there’s really no excuse not to pop along.
You’ll be hard-pressed to find an artist with a cooler black book of contacts than Basquiat who once collaborated with Warhol and Bowie, appeared in Blondie’s video and even went out with Madonna (before she was Madonna). With a soaring career unlike any other, Basquiat started out as the homeless graffiti poet SAMO by plastering downtown 1970s New York with wild street art and is now cited as Kanye and Jay-Z’s muse.
This unique exhibition explores the Neo-Expressionist’s insatiable childlike fascination with the creative process from doodling to rapping to jazz or biology. Basquiat’s artistic evolution is told through 100 harrowing artworks, many of which have never been seen before in the UK, including a delicate reconstruction of the first piece he ever exhibited. Many interpret his nightmarish cartoon skulls and manic scribbles as anger towards America or maybe they’re the result of his heroin induced frenzy, we’ll let you decide.