presented in partnership with
British Council


BritWeek is the largest cross-cultural event between the U.S. and Britain in America today and takes place annually during the months of April and May across the city of Los Angeles and its surrounding environs. Founded by British television director and producer of "American Idol" Nigel Lythgoe and Bob Peirce, Britain's former Consul General in L.A., BritWeek is a celebrity-driven, high profile series of events. The programming focuses on British excellence in theatre, film, food, design, sports, music, fashion and art, and is followed by audiences around the world.

Managed by Kamilla Blanche and curated by Bryson Strauss, BritWeek's Art Program showcases exceptional talent from the UK in the areas of historical art, contemporary art, and design. Featured artists include D*FACE, Christopher Farr, Tobias Keene, Marcos Lutyens, Matt Small, Pete Stern, and William Turnbull.

In partnership with the British Council
Sponsored by: City of Los Angeles office of Councilman Tom LaBonge, District 4, The Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Wilshire Grand Hotel, Ben Sherman, The Royal Claytons, L.A. MART, 33Third.com, Normandie Bakery, Nika, Streetlight Films, The Ratkovich Company,Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Maxim Restaurant, Bunker Hill Magazine, Dama Tequila, Groundfloor Gallery, Chaucer Freight, United Bakery, Comandon Cognac, Variety and ClearChannel.

Historical Art Program
William Turnbull

William Turnbull Documentary "Beyond Time"
The VIP reception held across the street from LACMA at:
5900 Wilshire Blvd, Variety Building Gallery
Saturday, April 30, 2011, 6:00-7:15 PM

Film Screening
Saturday, April 30, 2011, 7:30 PM
Bing Theatre
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036

William Turnbull has been recently described as "the most important living British artist." A celebrated sculptor and painter, over the past sixty years his artwork has helped define Modern and Contemporary art. As part of an on-going series of events celebrating the important contributions of this influential artist, BritWeek will premier the film "Beyond Time: William Turnbull" at LACMA as part of the BritWeek celebration. The film, a collaboration between the artist's son Alex Turnbull and Pete Stern, features narration by Jude Law.

View the trailer at: www.williamturnbullart.com

Bing Theater l Ticketed: $7 LACMA members; $10 general admission. Call 323 857-6010 or visit lacma.org.

Contemporary Art Program

Matt Small
Friday, April 29, 2011, 7:30 PM
Merry Karnowsky Gallery
170 South La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Matt Small is an artist whose painting is best understood as an extension of his beliefs and worldview. Matt is a passionate believer in social inclusion and that, given the opportunities to be heard and respected, all individuals have something of value to contribute to society. The subject matter of Matt’s portraits tends to be the marginalized and voiceless in society, those who are socially excluded and often viewed as statistics or pawns in a wider political game as opposed to individuals with the latent potential to contribute and enrich society if only given the opportunity to be heard. By painting portraits of individuals on the outskirts of society, often young black men, Matt encourages us to spend time with people who we may chose to overlook in our daily lives and in doing so forces us to challenge our prejudices and recognize our shared humanity.

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Pete Stern
Friday, April 29, 2011, 7:30 PM
Merry Karnowsky Gallery
170 South La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Pete Stern is a multi-media artist born in London England. Encouraged by the freedom of thought of the 1960s, energised by the anarchic attitudes of the punk movements of the 1970s and a constant aversion to mediocrity, Stern has a natural inclination for searching beyond the surface, beyond the standard rhetoric, beyond the other side of something else, beyond a particular state of mind or emotion and into an area that lies outside of what is known, both physically and in the abstract.

Marcos Lutyens
Schedule of Happenings
April 30, 2011 - 6:00 pm - 7:15 PM
"Beyond Time : William Turnbull" VIP Reception held at the Marcos Lutyens exhibition.
Gallery Open: May 3rd - May 21st
May 10th – 7.30pm - 10pm Public Performance

SPEED DREAMING is a project that explores automatist behaviors at the convergence of machines and the body-mind system. The exhibit is divided into 4 main bodies of work:

Attacca explores the mind machine interface of the segway and how space and time relationships are blurred when an activity takes place, perhaps leaving a residue at that location

Bestiary: Raëlians is part of a multi year project that traces thought forms in the unconscious mind of various groups of people. In this case a group of Raëlian bishops and guides

As you listen An Excerpt of Erik Niedling and Ingo Niermann’s documentary. This excerpt is centered around a Lutyens induction in New York’s Time Square

Automata Automatica A series of drawings that are based on automatic patterns and behaviours.

Christopher Farr: Weather Report
Wednesday, May 11 - 7 PM - 10 PM
1933 S. Broadway, Suite 1240
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Open to the public - Free parking

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Los Angeles, CA --The BritWeek Art Program, in partnership with The British Council and in collaboration with the L.A. ART MACHINE present, world-renowned rug and textile designer Christopher Farr, who will curate a special exhibition “Weather Report” as part of BritWeek Art Program 2011, to be held at SOURCE LA, L.A. MART DESIGN CENTER, May 11 – June 11. The concept is a dialogue/conversation of work done by artists and designers selected by Christopher Farr. On the surface the work may seem contradictory, without apparent connection other than the choices made by one man whose career has straddled fine art, textiles, rugs, and modern furniture.

This exhibition, headlined by a Jorge Pardo rug designed exclusively for Christopher Farr, is the centerpiece of “Weather Report” and served as inspiration for Farr to ignore the traditional conventions of curating this installation for the BritWeek Art Program. Jorge’s ability and desire to see no barriers between so-called fine art, and applied art is amply demonstrated in the intensity of his vision and sublime sense of color. Included in this exhibition are works by: Claire Joseph, Tierney Gearon, Michael Boyd, Bill Barminsky, Patrick Bolton, Randall Harrington, Jorge Pardo, and Christopher Farr himself.

Tobias Keene: Pomp and Ceremony
May 13, 2011 7:00 to 10:00 PM
Groundfloor Gallery
433 S. Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA

Tobias Keene is a third generation British painter who currently lives and works in Los Angeles. His artwork explores, through the immediacy of color, texture and form, a quality of lost innocence. His paintings exemplify the resplendence of children, animals and static objects. "My work is the subconscious portrayal of childhood memories that are running into an unknown ambiguous future". He has had several one-man exhibits in Los Angeles and New York, with Earl McGrath Gallery as well as group shows including "Fresh" at MOCA Los Angeles and "Dirty Little Secret" at Indica Gallery, New York on November 11t, 2010. Keene's work is also held in several prominent private and public collections and currently hangs in the permanent collection of The Trout Museum of Art, alongside his Father and Grandfather.

Love in the hand is worth two in the bush

May 3, 2011
6:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Rankin Gallery
8070 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA

British photographer, Rankin, in conjuction with Fahey/Klein Gallery, launches his first exhibition at his new gallery on Melrose Avenue, - entitled 'Rankin's Rubbish'.

Best known for his celebrity portraiture and fashion photography, with 'Rankin's Rubbish', Rankin instead turns his lens to rendering more beautiful the detritus of everyday life.

'I have always wanted to call an exhibition 'Rankin's Rubbish'. I love the humour in the title - its not what people expect, especially as the opening show to a new venture. I always approach my work with a sense of fun. I want to amuse people with my photographs, and I try never to take myself too seriously. Thats a very British character trait and, in this sense, this is a very British show! I was inspired by Irving Penn's still life images of cigarette butts and other discarded items. His images are beautiful, and he elevates the mundane to almost become objects to admire. I've always been obsessed by minute detail, and the patterns that emerge when you look at something so closely. I see faces in everything. ' - Rankin

The private view of Rankin's Rubbish will be held on 3rd May at Rankin's gallery, 8070 Melrose Avenue. The event is a special preview of the new gallery, in honour of Britweek. The gallery officially opens on 26th May.

About Rankin:
Photographer and director, Rankin, lives and works in North London. Over the last 22 years he has earned a reputation for his exceptional portraiture and is repeatedly commissioned for global advertising campaigns, editorial features and is exhibited in galleries around the world. As a director, he frequently shoots music videos, commercials and documentaries as well as directing an award-winning feature film, The Lives of the Saints.