25 Feb 2012
The Turtle Salon for Michael H Shamberg 
The Hardy Tree Gallery in St Pancras, London plays host to a special Turtle Salon exhibition of artists who are in some way related to the work of Michael Shamberg, the filmmaker noted for his work with New Order and who also ran Factory's US operations. This is more or less the same display that was shown on the Left Bank in Paris last October (at the time of New Order's Paris benefit gig for Michael) and will be relocating to Brighton at some point.

The Hardy Tree Gallery is an intimate space situated in the railway arches just behind St Pancras station at 119 Pancras Road. The curator is Cameron Maxwell from Toronto.

There are over 60 pieces on display which includes paintings, drawings, photographs, posters and collages which employ a variety of materials. In addition to this there is a series of short independent films for viewing. Some of the film footage has been integrated by Bernard Sumner into the visuals used at the recent New Order shows.

Pieces of particular interest to Cerysmatic readers...

~ New Order Los Angeles poster by John Baldessari
~ Float, 1970 by Robert Breer (Iain - how would you describe this curio?!)
~ The Perfect Kiss poster by Barbara Kruger
~ New Order 1987 poster by Lawrence Weiner
~ 'Temporarily removed' Green tinted clear acrylic 2005 by Anna Blessman and Peter Saville

All the above items are originals (for the avoidance of doubt) and available for purchase with 30% of the proceeds being donated to Michael Shamberg's medical care fund.

Many thanks to Mark Rutter for insights and info.

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