Akram Zaatari, Damaged Negatives: Scratched Portrait of an anonymous woman, 2012. Inkjet print. Made from 35mm scratched negative from the Hashem el Madani archive. 

On November 27, Thomas Dane Gallery in London will open On Photography People and Modern Timesa solo exhibition of work by Akram Zaatari. The exhibition will include two installations that “forensically examine Studio Sheherazade and other archival material held in the AIF.  Both bridge geographic and temporal boundaries and probe the nature of representation.”

Zaatari will also be in conversation with Achim Borchardt-Hume, Head of Exhibitions at Tate Modern at the ICA on November 29.

The exhibition will be on view through February 1. 

Akram Zaatari, Untitled (Plane), 2012. 

Akram Zaatari’s solo exhibition, On Photography People and Modern Times, at Thomas Dane Gallery was reviewed in Artforum

This exhibition is based on the foundation’s archive of Studio Sheherazade, created in 1953 by Hashem al-Madani in Sidon, Lebanon. Zaatari acts as an archival artist, surveying social activity as it relates to Lebanese history and the nation’s complicated political readings as well as compiling a vast array of visual and political documents of both collective and personal histories.

The exhibition will be on view through February 1.

Steve McQueen

Thomas Dane Gallery

Through November 15

Filmmaker Steve McQueen is probably known most for his Oscar-winning  film 12 Years a Slave, but he is also making moves on the art scene.  The exhibition “Steve McQueen: Ashes: is a mixed-media installation shot on Super8 film by legendary cinematographer, Robbie Muller. McQueen reinterprets the footage in a unique exhibition that film lovers and artsy types can get into.

Steve McQueen, Ashes, 2014
Super 8 film transferred to HD video
Courtesy Thomas Dane Gallery, Marian Goodman Gallery
Copyright Steve McQueen

Steve McQueen’s decision to withdraw from the $100,000 Hugo Boss Prize prompted rumors that the artist-cum-director recently acclaimed for his Oscar-winning feature film Twelve Years A Slave might have put art on the back burner. Not a bit.

McQueen’s new installation Ashes will be unveiled at Espace Louis Vuitton in Tokyo on Saturday. The piece will then travel to Thomas Dane Gallery in London, where it will form the core of a solo presentation of new works by the artist. The show will open on October 14 to coincide with Frieze Art Fair.

Ashes was shot on Super 8 in the West Indies, where McQueen’s parents were born. The piece is said to be related to several of the artist’s earlier works, including Bear(1993), Girls, Tricky (2001) and Carib’s Leap / Western Deep (2002).

McQueen’s  works hover between the specific and the universal, the literal and the abstract, evading definition and multiplying experiential and interpretive possibilities. 

Courtesy Thomas Dane Gallery