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Ikon at Plinth

11 February — 19 March 2016

44 Great Russell Street (opposite the British Museum), London, WC1B 3PA 
Nearest tube station: Tottenham Court Road
Open Monday-Saturday, 10am-6pm

Ikon in collaboration with Plinth presents a new pop-up initiative in central London showcasing newly commissioned limited editions from acclaimed contemporary artists Cornelia Parker, Beatriz Milhazes, Richard Deacon, Richard Wilson and Ding Yi. Proceeds from these will support Ikon’s 50th Anniversary Investment Fund, dedicated to the gallery’s future artistic programme and the commissioning of new art work.

The editions are both collectors’ items and perfect gifts. Beatriz Milhazes’ Love and Peace plate (edition of 100, £500) features a design characteristically colourful and redolent of tropicalia whereas Ding Yi’s silk scarf Appearance of Crosses 2015-11 (edition of 500, £250) is an elegant web of cross-hatching in reds and greys. Richard Deacon’s Icon (edition of 50, £2800) is more sculptural, a fine concrete piece cast from twisted wood. Wound up with potential energy it foils the fluidity of Richard Wilson’s Still Life Jug (edition of 50, £3000), following the movement of a ceramic jug falling through space. Lastly Cornelia Parker’s STOP sign (edition of 20, £1000), in stark white on black, is at once funny and cautionary, encouraging a pause for thought in a world too full of thoughtless action.

In addition, 44 Great Russell Street houses further unique products by leading contemporary artists including mugs and plates by Gavin Turk, pure wool Sheep blankets by Julian Opie, hand-printed umbrellas by Duro Olowu and vibrant silk scarves by Paul Huxley.

The space itself is a listed Georgian building dating from 1710, and many of its original features remain untouched, complemented by a carefully curated selection of reclaimed and vintage furniture including pieces from Alvar Aalto and Arne Jacobsen. The ground floor features the new limited editions displayed amongst original shop-fittings, while the first and second floor interiors incorporate works by artists such as Hurvin Anderson, Fiona Banner, Marcel Dzama, Ryan Gander, Arturo Herrera, Roger Hiorns, David Shrigley, Gillian Wearing, Richard Wentworth and Alison Wilding. Everything is for sale, right down to the display cabinets.

Finally, the third floor is a dedicated studio space, curated by Ikon, where British artist Susan Collis is creating a site-specific installation.

Complementing the installation is a programme of events, conversations and workshops – including Richard Wilson in conversation with Sir Nicholas Grimshaw (11 February), and Richard Deacon in conversation with Dr Gilda Williams (3 March).

The full range of Plinth limited editions are available online. Ikon at Plinth editions by Cornelia Parker, Beatriz Milhazes, Richard Deacon, Richard Wilson and Ding Yi are available from 11 February online and at Ikon Shop, Brindleyplace.

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