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The Curator's Choice: Aretha Campbell

Posted on May 11 2016


With over 10 years experience working within the international art world, Aretha Campbell has an in-depth knowledge of contemporary art.

Having co-founded the Coldharbour London Gallery and her own art advisory Aretha Campbell Fine Art, this young go-getter is now curator for Rook & Raven Gallery and senior consultant for Evelyn Yard.

Aretha has developed a wealth of curatorial experience having organised numerous exhibitions and cultural events which have featured in Sunday Times, Culture, The Independent, Financial Times, Art Forum, Time Out, Purple, Vogue and ID Magazine. Most recently Aretha has curated a show for Eileen Cooper in New York to coincide with Armory Art Fair.

This week we have called upon her wealth of curatorial experience to pull together her very own collection, representing her eclectic style: "All the works I have picked are Limited Edition artworks as it's a great way to start collecting important contemporary artists if you can't afford to buy original works by the artists you love."

The Curator's Choice: 

1. Atomic Orange, David Batchelor

"I have always had a great admiration for David Batchelor, he was also my tutor at Chelsea Arts School! Whilst he is perhaps best known for his vividly coloured sculptural installations, the root of his interest is and always has been in drawing, painting, abstraction and the monochrome."

2. Same Thing, Bob & Roberta Smith

"The colours are great, and I love the way he uses text as an art form. Created in response to the works of Shakespeare by Royal College of Art students, the prints reflect the act of performing and making theatre."

3. First Step, Allen Jones

"Great example of this British Pop Artists work and his searing use of colour. To own a limited print from one of popular culture's most controversial and influential artists, makes quite the statement."


4. Boyzilian: Eighteen Tracks, Jim Lambie

"I collect vinyl and this exclusive edition by Turner prize nominee Jim Lambie would make a great addition to my collection!"

5. Bat Opera, Marvin Gaye Chewtwynd

"As a leading performance artist nominated for the Turner prize it's interesting to have a two dimentional work on paper by the artist."

6. Franklin Summer, Yoko Ono

"I love the raw simplicity of this image. With a quiet and poetic sensibility, the simple, direct quality of the works allows the viewer to engage with Ono's process."

7. Withnail & I (Natural Theatre), Murray Close

"One of my favourite films of all time - makes me smile every time! Murray Close has photographed film sets from The Shining to Jurassic Park to The Hunger Games, creating some of cinema’s most iconic images."

8. Juju Reclining, Billy Childish

"A great example of figurative abstract art by an artist who is also an incredible poet, writer, and musician."

9. Plate Lick, Mary Ramsden

"A really exciting emerging artist from the RA schools. Usings rags and brushes as well as her own hands, she produces marks and textures that allude to swipe action of a smart phone."

10. Laissez Faire, Charles Avery

"I am particularly interested in drawing as a medium and love the work of Charles Avery. This print was specially commissioned for the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art’s 50th anniversary."


More on Rook & Raven:

Rook and Raven is currently exhibiting the work of Royal Academician and keeper of the Royal Academy School Eileen Cooper RA. 

"I'm also currently working on our summer group exhibition which will feature the work of emerging female sculptors and painters Vivien Zhang, Annie Morris, Kate Terry, Paloma Proudfoot, Luey Graves and Scarlett Bowman" Aretha tells us.

The gallery will also be showing at ART16 19-22 May, Kensington Olympia on Stand A2.

We are lucky to showcase a number of works from Rook & Raven - take a look at the collection here.



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