2019

AMAR SINGH'S CURATED QUEST FOR EQUALITY

VANITY FAIR

 

Coming from a long line of female activists, Amar Singh has been supporting women’s rights for over a decade, showcasing the work of important historically overlooked female artists at the Amar Singh Gallery.

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AMAR SINGH SELECTED FOR FORBES 30 UNDER 30

FORBES MAGAZINE

Intent on addressing the art world's gender imbalance, Amar Singh opened Amar Gallery to champion post-war and contemporary female artists, a collection that now includes the Guerrilla Girls, Renee Cox, and Helen Frankenthaler. The gallery also runs the online platform CURATED, supporting emerging female artists.

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NICOLA PLANT'S PARTICIPATORY VIRTUAL REALITY EXHIBITION OPENS IN LONDON

FAD MAGAZINE

Nicola Plant’s exploratory practice invites the audience to use their own inherent expressivity as the re- search matter of a work that assiduously examines how it can be possible to translate the visceral experi- ence of our inner ux of emotions and sensation into a communicative form of movement.

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2018

VANITY FAIR'S PICK OF FREIZE WEEK IN LONDON

VANITY FAIR

 

Amar Singh’s eponymous Islington gallery has a simple but laudable ethos, specializing in exhibitions of LGBTQ and female artists with diverse, progressive narratives. Raised in London but a member of the royal Kapurthala family of Punjab, Singh was one of many political campaigners who made up a global coalition that last month recorded a landmark legal victory in India, overturning the country’s 2013 criminalization of gay sex. Now, Amar Gallery is turning to one of the lesser-known histories of art, with an exhibition of the women behind Abstract Expressionism in 1950s and 60s America.

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LETS HEAR IT FOR THE LADIES WHO PAINT

SPECTATOR

 

Amar Singh, the owner of Amar gallery, is a tireless advocate for women’s rights in his ancestral homeland of India, and a champion of female artists at his gallery. But he is emphatic that this emphasis not entail a dilution of quality: ‘I’m only concerned with showing good art, but so much work has been overlooked due to the gender of the artist creating it. I hope this show and the mission of the gallery helps to correct this imbalance.’

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FIFTIES BOYS CLUB TO ANGEL HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT

ARTLYST

 

“The exhibition brings together a collection of works from key cultural female artists of the time – were are back in the 1950s downtown Manhattan, in the biggest market period, when the abstract expressionist movement made New York city the capital of the art world and changed the face of contemporary art.

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ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONIST WOMEN ON THE RISE

FAD MAGAZINE

 

Around 65 years after its productive highpoint, it’s interesting to speculate how the history of abstract expressionism will look in another 65 years. By the time pop and minimalist tendencies came to be seen as the newer vanguard, the received story concentrated almost entirely on white men: Pollock, Rothko, de Kooning, Newman, Kline, Motherwell…) Hiding In Plain Sight’ (at the Amar Gallery to Dec 13) provides a stimulating chance to see the women of abstract expressionism.

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THE DAILY MAIL QUOTES AMAR SINGH ON INDIA'S LEGALISATION OF HOMOSEXUALITY

DAILY MAIL

Amar Singh, Amar Gallery's director, has been an LGBT rights and women's rights activist in India for over a decade. September 2018 marked the legalisation of homosexual acts in India in a monumental Supreme Court verdict. 

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ARDENT AESTHETE: IN CONVERSATION WITH AMAR SINGH

VERVE MAGAZINE

Verve Magazine highlights Amar Gallery, along with the human rights work of Amar Singh.

2017

THE ARTIST CELEBRATING BLACKNESS WITH 24-KARAT MAGIC

HUNGER MAGAZINE

There’s a sense of majesty about Lina Iris Viktor’s portraits. The British Liberian artist uses an opulent black and gold colour palette to renegotiate ideas about blackness and the African diaspora. Bringing together religious symbolism, cosmology and indigenous history – Lina’s intricate pieces position black as the colour from which all things come forth, the origin of all forms of life.

GOLDEN GIRL: THE 24-KARAT WONDERS OF LINA IRIS VIKTOR

THE GUARDIAN

This British-Liberian artist uses gold, black and little else to create mesmerising works that draw on age-old techniques.

AMAR GALLERY INTERVIEW

THE NEW YORK TIMES

The New York Times highlights Amar Gallery's new exhibition by Lina Iris Viktor and Amar's human rights work. 

BLACK EXODUS

BBC

British-Liberian visual artist Lina Iris Viktor, who has a new exhibition in London, has been speaking to Focus on Africa's Mayeni Jones about her work and how celebrating her African culture has helped to deal with her family's exodus from Liberia during the 1980 coup.

HARLEM: PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE

Amar Singh for the Cooper Gallery, Harvard University

Harlem is no stranger to the challenges of social turbulence and cultural upheaval. In many ways, these challenges are the very bedrock upon which this neighborhood is built. Harlem was at the center of two defining movements of the twentieth century: it was the fervent crucible of the artistic, literary, and musical renaissance that flourished in the 1920s and 1930s, as well as the beating heart of the civil rights movement in the 1960s. Though blessed with one of the most vivid and identifiable cultural and social legacies in modern America, it is also fitting that Harlem currently reflects the anxieties that have contributed to the volatile political landscape of the post-9/11 world. In a time when xenophobia is coming back to the fore, communities are forced to again confront issues of alienation and exclusion. It therefore feels more important than ever to celebrate a Harlem that transcends these boundaries, its soul on display in a series of works that evokes a true sense of nostalgia for Harlem—a Harlem that once was, and one that shall endure.

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ARTSY​ by Robin Cantwell AMAR GALLERY Editorial Director

As recorded in I Am That, the great Hindu spiritual teacher Nisargadatta Maharaj spoke of a non-duality that binds together the fabrics of the universe: an innate oneness that connects us all. It is in this same spirit that Amar Gallery brings together Pandit Khairnar and Parul Thacker, two Indian abstract artists that in many ways are binary in comparison - male and female, expressionistic and conceptual, non-figurative in feature and meticulously defined in detailed - but whose works synergise in the transcendental experiences they create, culminating in the very same non-duality of ‘being’ that Nisargadatta once visualised. Though different in all manner of material and design, the works of Khairnar and Thacker converge through the collective gaze of the viewer, their individual disciplines interconnected within a singular prism of meditative self-inquiry.

HARLEM: FOUND WAYS

COOPER GALLERY​ - HARVARD UNIVERSITY

With the exhibition Harlem: Found Ways, the Cooper Gallery presents artistic visions and engagements specific to Harlem, New York City, in the last decades. Each artwork employs a distinct set of inquiries and innovative strategies to explore the Harlem community’s visual heritage as it grapples with the challenges of gentrification. The artists have found ways—urgent, complex, intense, and mindful—to present the tangled threads of dilemma and paradox, memory and memorial, beauty and poignancy, and also instances of disruption and resilience within Harlem’s new realities. Collectively, they offer deeply thoughtful reflections and provocative portrayals of Harlem, allowing us to see it anew in this moment of transformation.

 

The fifty-five artworks, encompassing photography, mixed media, and installation, are anchored by photographer Dawoud Bey’s two portrait series: the iconic “Harlem USA, 1975–79;” and his recent series of urban landscapes “Harlem Redux, 2014–16.” A selection of works from Abigail DeVille, Glenn Ligon, Howard Tangye, Nari Ward, and Kehinde Wiley, expand and define various emergent issues in the temporal zone located between Bey’s two portrait essays. Found Ways also features a special installation of The Studio Museum in Harlem's project Harlem Postcards, 2000–2017. Featuring Amar Gallery. 

LAUNCESTON PLACE UNVEILS SPRING REFURBISHMENT

Launceston Place has a wonderfully elegant and contemporary feel, with its French grey walls, blue-vein dark wood floors and a welcoming banquet seating.

Adorning the walls of Launceston Place are a series of bespoke artworks from leading contemporary artists, carefully curated by Amar Gallery to complement the ambience of the refurbished restaurant space. Inspired by the creative flair of Head Chef Ben Murphy and his menu, the collection combines figurative expression with peaceful minimalism, providing visual assurance to the unique culinary experience on offer.

The bespoke artworks come from leading contemporary artists including Lee Ufan, Julie Mehretu, Howard Tangye, and Romana Londi. Expect to be charmed as soon as you catch a glimpse of our stunning façade, which is tucked away on its namesake street, Launceston Place, in South Kensington.

ONE ARTISTS FRENZIED TAKE ON 

THE TRADITIONS OF OLD MASTERS

VICE

Links, a new exhibition at Amar Gallery in London, features the abstract, animated figure drawings of Australian-born artist Howard Tangye. A retired teacher of famous designers, such as John Galliano and Stella McCartney...

HUFFINGTON POST

London welcomed the opening of a new commercial art gallery this month. The Amar Gallery, situated round the corner from Islington’s Chapel Market, aims to be not only a place to view art but also to act as a community hub in which a range of local business events can take place... 

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FINE LINES: HOWARD TANGYE INAUGURATES AMAR GALLERY WITH HIS REVEALING SKETCHES

WALLPAPER MAGAZINE

London welcomed the opening of a new commercial art gallery this month. The Amar Gallery, situated round the corner from Islington’s Chapel Market, aims to be not only a place to view art but also to act as a community hub in which a range of local business events can take place... 

PENTIMENTI

ARTSY​ by Robin Cantwell AMAR GALLERY Editorial Director

From da Vinci to Degas, the pentimento - a visible alteration in a painting that shows the artist’s change of mind during the composition of a work - has been a recurring motif through art history. The term (typically found in its plural, pentimenti) was originally forensic in its meaning, derived...