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We are delighted to introduce a new weekly column on contemporary art guest-curated by Marie-Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre.   

At The Invisible Collection we’ve always appreciated the importance of contemporary art. Our founders are keen art collectors and art patrons who keep a low profile in the art world, preferring to do behind-the-scenes work with artists and institutions.  

Since our inception we have been fostering an ongoing dialogue between design and art; in fact, we regularly invite artists to exhibit their work in our London showroom. 

We feel that now is the time to go one step further and share some enjoyable insights on contemporary art that design aficionados and collectors will appreciate. We asked our friend Marie-Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre to join us and highlight for us a selection of relevant art events on her watchlist as they happen. Marie Laure is the founder of Spirit Now London (SNL) a not for profit organisation that supports cultural institutions and young artists, and creates tailor-made cultural programs for art collectors. 

We gave Marie-Laure carte blanche to sum up her art picks of the week that we’ll post first on our Instagram feed, and then on our platform, for the unabridged version.  

Here is her first Art-Pick, Enjoy! 

“This week I met with Bangladeshi artist Rana Begum @KateMacGarry Gallery in Shoreditch. I discovered the artist a few years ago in Paris when she was represented by my friend Raphaelle Bolloré Bishoff (at the time with BISCHOFF/WEISS Gallery).
I came again across her when she did a solo show at Parasol Unit in London.
Her interest in light, geometry, shape, form, colour and how these components interact according to their environment always attracted me.
She told me: “I like to blur the boundaries between sculpture, painting and video”.
She is constantly revisiting ongoing conceptual interests within her work in new guises which bear visual relations with other series and previous work. Her practice is rigorous and logical as well as emotive, engaging with human experiences. To me, this is just the start of why we can describe Rana as an innovative practitioner.
She is now doing a public art project in London with the Line.
In January 2022, her work will be the subject of the inaugural exhibition at the newly developed @Mead_Gallery in Warwick. 

I went on a day trip to Oxfordshire to meet Michal Hue-Williams in his beautiful exhibition space Albion Barn, designed by Christina Seilern of Studio Seilern Architects in 2013. They have had numerous significant shows, including James Turrell, Richard Long, Joana Vasconcelos, Constantin Brancusi & Magdalene Odundo, Nick Knight, James Capper.
He is very excited to go even further and to launch Albion Fields in July, a sculpture park featuring leading international artists in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside.
I wanted to meet the artist James Capper, as Michael believes very much in his artistic creation.
James primarily works with sculpture, and he likes to push the boundaries and experiment with his ideas. He works with hydraulic engineering and mechanical movement, bringing together art and engineering. The hydraulic systems enable his sculptures to move and make marks on various surfaces. During the pandemic and lockdown, he found one of his hydraulic machines, which he had forgotten about and set out to make a series of daily paintings, his rotary paintings. Each painting contains a quote from the headlines and the news. He has been able to capture a real piece of history perfectly.  

A few miles further, the famous and iconic British fashion photographer Nick Knight is exhibited @waddesdonmanor_nt. As he says: ‘I love the perversity of showing something so absurdly beautiful’. With his series ‘Roses from my garden’, Nick wanted to completely transform his technique of fashion photos to lead us into a very innovative and artistic world. He uses a traditional symbol and flower, which has been painted numerous times throughout history of art, but he gives it an extraordinary edge using the most advanced augmented Intelligence.” 

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Rana Begum, installation view, Kate MacGarry, 2021. Courtesy of the artist and Kate MacGarry, London. Copyright The Artist. Photo Angus Mill
Rana Begum, installation view, Kate MacGarry, 2021. Courtesy of the artist and Kate MacGarry, London. Copyright The Artist. Photo Angus Mill
Rana Begum, installation view, Kate MacGarry, 2021. Courtesy of the artist and Kate MacGarry, London. Copyright The Artist. Photo Angus Mill.
Rana Begum, installation view, Kate MacGarry, 2021. Courtesy of the artist and Kate MacGarry, London. Copyright The Artist. Photo Angus Mill
Nick Knight at Waddesdon Manor Installation View
I don't think I've been remotely a gloom-stone in what I sat, 2020
First Glimmerings of a return to normality, James Capper, 2021
We cannot delude ourselves that Covid has gone away, 2021

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