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Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2011: In the Presence

Published on December 26th 2011.

On Exhibit

 THIS exhibition serves as a window to contemporary art and what we can expect from its future. Every piece acts as a preview to a world about to be discovered, as well as documenting the (often controversial) nature of that history. A panel of artists with previous connections to the exhibition selects the participants. As the critics reveal, the show follows tradition by dramatizing and fueling the tension between youth and experience, open and narrow-mindedness − a definite ‘see for yourself’ exhibition. There will be talks and artists salons, with regard to the exhibition, that aim to discuss the range of view points associated with contemporary modes of production and methods of developing professional artists.

Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2011: In the Presence
Showcasing the work of 40 recent Fine Art Graduates
Institute of Contemporary Art
020 7936 3647

Here’s what the critics are saying…


“If the series has had a real point to the public, it is as the artistic answer to the paddock at a racecourse, a place to check out potential winners and, if you can afford it, to take a punt on them. In terms of tipstering, probably no year will ever live up to 1961, whose Young Contemporaries included Derek Boshier, David Hockney, Allen Jones and R B Kitaj. But more recent shows have included Richard Billingham, the brothers Chapman, Damien Hirst and Mark Wallinger, so its form remains sound.”
– Charles Darwent for the Independent


“As I leave, I feel a pull of intrigue which will no doubt take me back to the exhibition before it is over: an intrigue which is present in a lot of the work, but also an intrigue of what the show is saying about, not only now, but the future. Bloomberg New Contemporaries is, in a sense, the beginning of things to come.”
– By Claire Hazelton for London-Student.net


“The New Contemporaries show is always a mixed bag but it should at least crackle with youthful energy. But other than these few highlights, much of this year's show feels a little tired.”
– By Ben Luke for Thisislondon.co.uk


In the Presence definitely shows that the future of photography and video art looks particularly bright from the possibly awkward vantage point of the exhibit. Amongst the vast array of styles and mediums on display the selected photography provides a really interesting look at how young photographers are pushing the limits of the form. Each photographer seems to be experimenting with their chosen discipline in ways that”
– Kieran McGrath for ArtInsight.co.uk

23 Nov – 15 Jan
Institute of Contemporary Art
The Mall

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