Magazine article Art Monthly

Wet Cement in London

Magazine article Art Monthly

Wet Cement in London

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Continuing the theme of new places to visit, Iniva this month opens its new building, designed by David Adjaye, on Rivington Street, Shoreditch: an area that could be considered the Covent Garden of the new millennium. The 8m [pounds sterling] building is surprisingly the first new-build public gallery in London since the opening of the Hayward Gallery in 1968. It houses gallery and office spaces, a library, as well as a late night bar that will face onto the street. The opening exhibition, 'London is the Place for Me' (the title taken from the excellent 1950s British calypso compilation album) features work from Mona Hatoum, Harold Offeh and Keith Piper, and a specially commissioned work by Dinu Li, held in the new Barclays Project Space, October 5-November 24. InIVA was established in 1994 'to address an imbalance in the representation of culturally diverse curators and writers', and has committed to an artistic programme even without a designated venue and continued its impressive series of publications. The organisation has also rebranded itself with a simple black circle, designed by North. …

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