ON THE UNDERGROUND: A STRONG SWEET SMELL OF INCENSE

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Curated by Brian Clarke, Pace London‘s new exhibition shows a personal portrait of Robert Fraser through the work of artist’s that the art dealer and cultural guru exhibited and admired.

In the years he operated his gallery, Fraser was a great supporter of Neo-Expressionism, Pop Art and Op Art, presenting work by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Peter Blake, Gilbert and George, Andy Warhol and many others. His openings were attended by John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, William Burroughs, Marlon Brando, Marianne Faithfull, and Michelangelo Antonioni.

The artists on view all once exhibited or had close personal relationships with Fraser. In 1967, Fraser was arrested along with Mick Jagger for drugs possession during a raid on Keith Richards house. This moment was immortalized by Richard Hamilton, whom Fraser represented, in a group of paintings and prints called ‘Swingeing London’, a screen print of the famous news image. The title refers to the term Swinging London and mocks the judge’s decision on imposing what he literally called a swingeing penalty.

A Strong Sweet Smell of Incense is on at Pace London from 6 February to 21 March 2015.

ON THE UNDERGROUND: WE COULD BE HEROES

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We Could be Heroes, the new exhibition at The Photographers’ Gallery looks at the development of youth subculture in Europe and the US over the last century.

The group show features work from master photographers Bruce Davidson, Ed van der Elsken, Bert Hardy, Karen Knorr and Olivier Richon, Jacques Henri Lartigue, Roger Mayne, Chris Steele-Perkins, Anders Petersen, Al Vandenberg, Weegee and Tom Wood.

Chris Steele-Perkins’ series The Teds captures the Teddy Boy culture of the 1950s and 1970s in Britain, while Karen Knorr and Olivier Richon’s showcase London’s punk scene in a series of posed portraits taken in Covent Garden’s Roxy Club and the Global Village in Charing Cross.

For more information, visit The Photographer Gallery’s website. We Could Be Heroes is on show from 6 February – 12 April, 2015.

“Brothers” from the series The Teds, 1979
Photography by Chris Steele-Perkins, courtesy of The Photographers’ Gallery

“Untitled” from the series Punks, 1967-1977
Photography by Karen Knorr and Olivier Richon, courtesy of The Photographers’ Gallery

ON THE UNDERGROUND: CONVERGENCE FESTIVAL

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Convergence, a multi-venue series of events based on technology and music, returns for its second edition from March 12-21 at venues across London, including Royal Festival Hall, Village Underground and St John-at-Hackney Church.

For the opening party, the festival brings together artists Clark, Vessels and producer Ryan Lee West, aka Rival Consoles. Convergence 2015 also includes a partnership with FutureFest, and the expanded programme for Convergence Sessions – a series of discussions and workshops taking place at Kachette in Old Street. Divided into 7 areas of futuristic thought, Convergence will present two artist talks for “The Future of Music”. Matthew Herbert and George Clinton will discuss their work, their relationship to technology and some of their most outlandish concepts and triumphs on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 March, respectively.

In partnership with Mixcloud, onedotzero, Sound and Music, Tech City UK and more, Convergence Sessions will explore two main themes: Future of music industry and audio production and Innovation in multimedia, digital art, and live music visuals.

For more information, visit the Convergence festival website.

ON THE UNDERGROUND: EPOCH AT THE VAULT FESTIVAL

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Epoch come to VAULT lates in Waterloo to present a night of The Factory.

On February 28th, the company that blends theatre, music and art will take participants through ‘the happenings’ from 1962-1984 in an evening of immersive performance. DJ BIA put together a bespoke soundtrack from the factory era, and Art Macabre present their Death Drawing Salon, enabling the creation of pieces of Factory art.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the VAULT Festival website.