Unseen London: The city through the eyes of contemporary photographers
Hoxton Mini Press, 2017
ELDORADO ATLAS, Rut Blees Luxemburg at Galerie Dominique Fiat, Paris.
Rut Blees Luxemburg’s new work Eldorado Atlas focuses tightly on her local neighborhood in London, a scene of intense transformation and evolving interests.
On one side is the principle of ATLAS, amplified in one of many new towering developments in the vicinity of the ‘digital roundabout’ of Old Street.
On the other side is the re-emergence of nature, manifest in urban allotments and captured in the representation of a vine, growing on the wall of a local corner shop in the shadow of a satellite dish, flourishing, despite horticultural indifference. Eldorado Atlas,an ongoing work, projects a phantasmagorical image of the emerging future city.
For the opening of Eldorado Atlas an impromptu bar will set the scene for celebrating artistic production, collaboration and hospitality, serving wine from the artist’s family vineyard on the Moselle.Rut Blees Luxemburg has collaborated with other artists to create labels that celebrate #the lesson of the wine.Rut Blees LuxemburgRut Blees Luxemburg’s work was included in the exhibition ‘À pied d’œuvre(s)’ which marked the 40th anniversary of the Centre Pompidou at La Monnaie de Paris. She recently completed a large-scale public work titled Silver Forest, a 30 metre photographic
work cast in concrete for the façade for Westminster City Hall in London.
She is a reader in urban aesthetics at the Royal College of Art.
Eldorado goes POP at 4Cose
Rut Blees Luxemburg focuses tightly on her local neighborhood in London, a scene
of intense transformation and evolving interests.On the one side is the principle
of ATLAS, one of many new towering developments in the vicinity of the ‘digital roundabout’ of Old Street. On the other side is the re-emergence of nature, manifest in urban allotments and captured in the representation of a vine, growing on the
wall of a local corner shop in the shadow of a satellite dish, flourishing, despite horticultural indifference.
The #lesson of the vine is celebrated with a new Riesling Secco label POP (goes the Elefant) by Simon Popper.
EYESORE TALKS: London in Limbo
As part of the wider programme surrounding ‘Silver Sehnsucht’, EYESORE presents ‘London in limbo’ - a panel discussion aiming to understand who the city belongs to. Speakers are housing activists Focus E15, critic and columnist Phineas Harper and the photographer Rut Blees Luxemburg. The discussion will be chaired by Matthew Beaumont - co-director of UCL Urban Lab and author of last year’s highly lauded Night walking.
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DEAR DAVE magazine
A certain kind of arithmetic is eroding in the way we look at things, in the way we see…
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A Handful of Dust, Whitechapel Gallery
7 June – 3 September 2017
A Handful of Dust is a speculative history of the 20th century, tracing a visual journey through the imagery of dust from aerial reconnaissance, wartime destruction and natural disasters to urban decay, domestic dirt and forensics.
The exhibition features works by over 30 artists and photographers including Marcel Duchamp, Walker Evans, Robert Filliou, Man Ray, Gerhard Richter, Rut Blees Luxemburg, Jeff Wall and Nick Waplington alongside magazine spreads, press photos, postcards and film clips.
Conceived by writer and curator David Campany, the exhibition takes as a starting point the 1920 photograph taken by American artist Man Ray of Marcel Duchamp’s work in progress The Large Glass (1915–23) deliberately left to gather dust in his New York studio. First published in André Breton’s seminal Surrealist journal, Littérature
in 1922 and captioned as a ‘view from an aeroplane’ by Man Ray, the photograph went on to appear in various journals, books and magazines, cropped and contextualized differently each time, before the image was formally titled Élevage de poussière (Dust Breeding) (1920) in 1964.
Speaking in Brogues
For Arts week 2017 at Birkbeck College, Marina Warner in conversation with Rut Blees Luxemburg, Maria Aristodemou and Mattia Gallotti. Universities then to be multilingual communities, and for the most part, we teach and study English.
Do the sounds, rhythms and locutions of many mother tongues, echoing through our conversations, help us and help others who are coming here - to feel at home? What role can language play in a period of increasing tensions over immigration and Europe?
18th May 2017, Birkbeck College
‘À pied d’œuvre(s)’, Rut Blees Luxemburg’s work in the exhibition marking the 40th anniversary of the Centre Pompidou
On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Centre Pompidou, la Monnaie de Paris and the Centre Pompidou display this unique journey in the exhibition spaces of la Monnaie de Paris.
In 1917, with Trébuchet [Trap], Marcel Duchamp attached a coat-rack to the floor that should normally have hung on the wall: the shift from sculpted object to found object and from the vertical plane to the horizontal one are two revolutions that deeply marked the History of Sculpture in the 20th century. “À pied d'œuvre(s)” explores this “flattening” of one of the trade’s essential technique: instead of placing works on plinths, instead of a quest for monumentality or a choice of conventional subjects, Modern and Contemporary sculpture lies directly on the floor.
1 March 2017 - 9 July 2017
Whitechapel Gallery, Rut Blees Luxemburg Prix Pictet Conversations
The London-based artist Rut Blees Luxemburg discusses her large-scale photographic works, which concern the alteration of the city. How does the transformation of photography impact on the representation of the urban? And can photography be an active agent in imagining and proposing a ‘commonsensual’ approach to the city?