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THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS Henny Burnett, Jodie Carey, Hugo Dalton, Tony Heywood, Lynn Lu, Kate Street, Yuken Teruya, Clare Twomey 12.05.11 - 06.06.11 Andipa Contemporary is proud to present The Secret Language of Flowers, a group exhibition showcasing the work of eight artists with their own contemporary take on the age-old motif of the flower and its meaning in art and life today. Running from 12 May to 6 June 2011 at Andipa Gallery, Knightsbridge, the show coincides with the biggest international celebration of the flower: The Chelsea Flower Show, taking place a stone's throw from the gallery.

Beginning with the very first still-life drawings, to Banksy's Flower Thrower, the pop artist Andy Warhol's early silkscreens of daisies and hibiscus blossoms and Lichtenstein's Water Lilies, flowers have never ceased to seduce the artist with their delicacy, their transience and their riotous colour.

The term 'the secret language of flowers' was coined in the Victorian era when each genus of flower was classified as evocative of a certain feeling or emotion. Flowers were used to covertly convey messages of love or despair: the red tulip a profession of love, the marigold a declaration of pain and grief.

The artists in this exhibition have used flowers, infinite in their formal and symbolic potential as a subject through which contemporary art wordlessly expresses the relationship between art and life, nature and culture, beauty and consumption, survival and adaptation.

We are also proud to announce that the internationally renowned performance artist Lynn Lu will be performing a piece conceived in response to The Secret Language of Flowers and specially commissioned by Andipa Contemporary. Lynn Lu has most recently performed in the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern, Mushashino Art University, Tokyo and Turbine Hall, Giswil, Switzerland.

Challenging how we look at and relate to flowers as a subject in art, the works in The Secret Language of Flowers concertedly demonstrate the potential of art to assign new meanings to everyday objects and transform our perspectives on the ordinary.

The Secret Language of Flowers is the first of a series of planned exhibitions by Andipa Contemporary exploring the motif of the flower in contemporary art.
 
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