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Eye up some hand-picked art on the Mall

Posted at 7:00 am, November 13, 2011 in Arts & Entertainment

More often than not, we culture vultures are drawn to one blockbuster exhibition after another, blinded by the scale of the famous work on display (not to mention the crowds), without giving a thought to how the exhibition itself was curated. Starting on Thursday 10 November (to November 20), the ‘Discerning Eye’ exhibition turns all that on its head, by putting the curator at its heart (metaphorically speaking, of course- this isn’t some kind of Formaldehyde horror show). Six renowned figures from the art world have curated their own section in the Mall Gallery, drawing on- and even fighting over- 600 works by 300 artists spanning the disciplines of painting, drawing, sculpture and photography. Each expressing their own unique tastes on this year’s curator panel, are artists Eileen Cooper RA and Lisa Wright; collectors, John Pluthero and John Deston and critics Brian Sewell (Evening Standard) and Time Out’s own Art Editor, Ossian Ward. Even if you don’t know much about art, this exhibition is a true celebration of subjectivity. Plus, as most of the works on show (and on sale) are diminutive in scale, they have some rather recession-friendly price tags. Small really is beautiful.

For info, see Discerning Eye listing.

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