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Cindy Sherman ('Untitled #15')
'Untitled #15'

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Urs Fischer ('Glazed', 2012)
'Glazed', 2012

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Ai Weiwei  ('Neolithic vases' )
'Neolithic vases'

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Sarina Basta curates a show based around Aldous Huxley's final novel, 'Island'. Works by some major names in contemporary art - Ai Weiwei, Cindy Sherman, Peter Doig and many others- have been brought together to explore concepts of spirituality, exploitation and awareness.


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Island is a collection of more than 70 contemporary works by 40 artists, both established and up-and-coming. While there is no obvious narrative linking the pieces, the exhibition is themed around Aldous Huxley’s 1962 novel Brave New World. It’s a stimulating collection of art in all media, including paint, sculpture, installation, photography, sound and film. Highlights include Sylvie Fleury’s psychedellic Mushrooms, Tomas Saraceno’s Flying Garden / Airport City, and Sterling Ruby’s RED.R.I.P. - all highly unusual and engaging sculptures. An excerpt from Jake and Dinos Chapman’s The Chapman Family Collection provides a little light relief, and Douglas White’s Crow’s Stove (a petrified palm tree made of tyres) is dark and thought-provoking. Ai Weiwei’s wood sculpture Map of China is beautiful (although his photography feels a little churned out), and John Armleder’s Clocks leave little to be desired. The remarkably irritating soundscape is uncredited in the accompanying text, probably due to embarassment. There’s so much variety among the individual works that there’s sure to be something to please everyone (although the chances of liking them all are slim). The Dairy is a relatively-new non-profit gallery space in Bloomsbury. It’s on the site of a former Express Dairies depot, hence the name. For more of the latest London arts reviews, check out | @curatedlondon