The City & The City & The City
Zone 2 - Notting Hill + Holland Park
2 Olaf St, Notting Hill, London W11 4BE, UK
Tue-Fri | 11am-6pm
Sat | 12-4pm
by appointment only
Frestonian Gallery presents The City & The City & The City – a show of work by three leading international artists, Charles Avery, Dana Lixenberg and Karen Russo, which brings together three distinct visions of the urban.
Curated by Tom Morton, The City & The City & The City borrows (and extends) the title of the British writer China Miéville’s celebrated novel The City & The City (2009), a police procedural set in two separate fictional Eastern European cities, Besźel and Ul Qoma, which occupy the same physical territory, while having markedly different languages, cultures, and systems of belief. The exhibition, then, might in a sense be conceived of as a conurbation or megalopolis, whose constituent ‘cities’ each have their own complex civic identity, while sharing (sometimes surprising) correspondences and overlaps with not only their near neighbours, but with many other cities, real and imagined, from across human history.
Frestonian Gallery is dedicated to the promotion of modern and contemporary art and defines its programme with the continuity of artistic endeavour in mind – developing an independent and unbiased approach without undue adherence to the whims and divisions of the art market and prevailing fashions.