||Whitechapel Gallery launches major programme of artist commissions The Street with Nedko Solakov
On 30 March artist Nedko Solakov’s commission for the Whitechapel’s new project The Street will be unveiled. The Street is a major year-long programme of site specific artist’s commissions focusing on and around Wentworth Street (home to Petticoat Lane Market) in East London.
Nedko Solakov’s commission, titled A Turnover for Many and a Bit of Luck for One, gives a member of the public the chance to win a specially created art work by Nedko Solakov worth £5,000.
To enter this year-long lottery, members of the public are invited to buy an item from Petticoat Lane Market worth at least £5. Their chosen item is then displayed at the The Street’s headquarters - The Shop, 26 – 28 Toynbee St, London, E1 - along with the purchaser's contact details and alongside the art work prize by Solakov from 30 March – 18 May. At the end of a year, in March 2009, a Petticoat Lane market trader will pick the winner of the £5,000 artwork.
Bulgarian artist Nedko Solakov’s commission for the Whitechapel is inspired by the historic Petticoat Lane market on Wentworth Street, and explores the economies of both the street market and the art market.
Nedko Solakov, A Turnover for Many and a Bit of Luck for One, is on display at The Street’s headquarters - The Shop, 26 – 28 Toynbee St, London, E1 from 30 March –18 May 2008, with the preview opening on 30 March, 2 - 4pm.
The Whitechapel is also working with artists Minerva Cuevas, General Public Agency, Jens Haaning, Henry VIII’s Wives, Bernd Krauss, Lars Bang Larsen, Shimabuku and Canal to develop new commissions within and around Wentworth Street in East London. The commissioned artists will develop 8 week-long projects between March 2008 – April 2009 including public interventions, events, installations and performances and many will be sited in the project headquarters – a disused hat shop on adjacent Toynbee Street. The final artist’s commission for The Street will be on show at the Whitechapel Gallery as its major expansion opens in Spring 2009.
The Street is supported by JPMorgan through the JPMorgan Art of Learning programme and The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.
Notes for Editors
• Nedko Solakov (born 1957, Tcherven Briag, Bulgaria) lives in Sofia and has exhibited extensively in Europe and the United States since the early 1990s. His work was featured in Aperto ‘93 (Venice Biennial); the 48th, 49th, 50th and 52nd Venice Biennial; the 3rd, 4th and 9th Istanbul Biennial; São Paulo ‘94; Manifesta 1, Rotterdam; the 2nd and 4th Gwangju Biennial; the 5th Lyon Biennial, Sonsbeek 9, Arnhem, the 4th and 5th Cetinje Biennial, the 1st Lodz Biennial; the 7th Sharjah Biennial, United Arab Emirates; the 3rd Tirana Biennial; the 2nd Seville Biennial; the 2nd Moscow Biennial and documenta 12. Recent solo shows include Museu do Chiado, Lisbon; Stichting De Appel, Amsterdam; CCA Kitakyushu, Japan; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Centre d’Art Santa Monica, Barcelona and Kunsthaus Zurich. In 2003-2005 an extensive mid-career ‘A 12 1/3 (and even more) Year Survey’ was presented at Casino Luxembourg, Rooseum Malmoe and O.K Centrum Linz. Among his forthcoming projects are solo exhibitions at Kunstmuseum Bonn, Kunstmuseum St Gallen and Ikon Gallery, Birmingham.
• Forthcoming artist’s commissions for The Street include Bernd Krauss, 22 May – 13 July 2008; Shimabuku, 17 July –7 September 2008; Jens Haaning, 11 September – 2 November 2008; Henry VIII’s Wives, 6 November 2008 – 4 January 2009; Minerva Cuevas, 8 January – 1 March 2009.
• The Whitechapel is entering the most exciting phase in its 100-year history: an ambitious £13million expansion. By incorporating the former library building, the Gallery will double in size. Due to open in Spring 2009 the expanded Whitechapel will offer beautiful new galleries, exciting art commissions, access to historic archives, education resources and inspiring art courses. During the construction phase the Whitechapel continues its programme of exhibitions, live music, poetry, talks and film.
• During the 18-month construction phase of the Whitechapel’s expansion the Whitechapel becomes the Whitechapel Laboratory with exhibitions live music, poetry, talks and film.
• The Street is organised by Marijke Steedman, Curator – Community Programmes, Whitechapel. Marijke Steedman is available for press interviews.
• The Street is generously supported by The JPMorgan Foundation and The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and a benefactor who wishes to remain anonymous.
The Street - Symposium
30 March, 11am - 2pm, Toynbee Hall, 28 Commercial St, London E1
To mark the launch of The Street, artists, curators and writers come together to introduce their practice and discuss the project. Drinks and buffet lunch. Tickets £5, booking essential.
Open Tues - Sun 11am - 6pm, Thursdays until 9pm. Admission free.
Whitechapel, Whitechapel High Street London E1. Nearest tube Aldgate East. www.whitechapel.org T +44 (0) 20 7522 7888
The Street Headquarters – The Shop
26 – 28 Toynbee St, London, E1. Open Weds - Sun 11am - 6pm, and on the First Thursday of every month until 9pm. whitechapel.org/thestreet
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