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Stephen Friedman Gallery

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Stephen Friedman Gallery is a contemporary art gallery located in the West End of London on Old Burlington Street. The gallery represents both well-established and emerging artists from all over the world. At present, the gallery has a number of extremely exciting exhibitions on show and some fascinating upcoming events.  

The gallery is absolutely delighted to announce a solo exhibition of new works by Yinka Shonibare, MBE.This exhibition of all new works focuses primarily on the corruption, excess and debauchery that have in part led to the current economic crisis. Yinka Shonibare explores the contemporary worship of luxury goods and the behaviour of the banking industry while referencing well known iconography and art historical homage - most notably in his creation of a large tableau based on Leonardo da Vinci's ‘The Last Supper'. The exhibition not only presents some of Shonibare's most ambitious work of late but also reflects the artist's engagement with social commentary. It heralds a new direction for the artist with large-scale self-portraits inspired by Andy Warhol's 1986 series ‘Camouflage'.  

A new exhibition has been announced at the Stephen Friedman Gallery of paintings by Mamma Andersson. Mamma Andersson was born in 1962and paints complex compositions that bring together a variety of sources including Nordic figurative painting, folk art and contemporary iconography. The artist juxtaposes thick impasto and loosely washed areas to create dreamlike and expressive vistas yet also allows reality to enter her paintings in the form of the commonplace. With sparse gestures concentrating on the essentials, and combined with fine details, Andersson manages to conjure up scenarios that speak to the human condition. These works are enriched by her own personal experiences and so are indebted to her subjective, emotional perspective.

Another upcoming exhibition is that of Andreas Eriksson. Born in 1975, this is the Swedish artist's first solo exhibition in the UK and follows his highly praised presentation at the Nordic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, 2011. Eriksson's acutely atmospheric paintings, sculptures and photographs relate to his daily life and immediate surroundings, inspired by nature and his native Scandinavia. Eriksson's paintings sit somewhere between abstraction and figuration, creating an enigmatic window to the outside world that feels at once familiar and mysterious.

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