Monday 17 February 2020 – Media Release
Abstract Exhibition, LOOKING UP, Lands at Canary Wharf this March
More than 25 sculptures by Helaine Blumenfeld OBE will be displayed throughout the Estate, including Blumenfeld’s new three-part Carrara Marble sculpture ‘Taking Risks’
Canary Wharf’s extensive public art offering is set to expand this spring, with the launch of Helaine Blumenfeld’s latest exhibition, LOOKING UP. This will be Blumenfeld’s largest solo exhibition and celebrates the American sculptor’s 50-year career, featuring a number of impressive, large scale works. Free to the public, the exhibition will run from Monday 16th March – Friday 26th June.
Exhibits in the Lobby of One Canada Square will show the range of media that Blumenfeld uses – Statuario marble, Travertine marble, bronze, wood and terracotta. Included are seven pieces specifically created to feature in the exhibition, including Toward the Precipice 2019 carved from marble, and Flight and Aurora 2019, elegant pieces sculpted from cedar wood, which each stand at over 2.5 metres high.
The array of sculptures on show will feature an extensive group of works dating from the 1970s to current day, and includes Blumenfeld’s new three-part sculpture, Taking Risks 2019. Carved from Carrara marble, the piece is a testament to Blumenfeld’s artistic versatility and pushes the boundaries of using traditional materials to create cutting edge contemporary sculpture with real relevance.
In celebration of her work and the exhibition, Canary Wharf Group has commissioned Metamorphosis, a piece which will be added to the permanent collection shown throughout the Estate. The four-metre bronze sculpture will be unveiled in Canary Wharf’s new district, Wood Wharf, and will join previously commissioned sculpture Fortuna 2016, which has been located in Jubilee Park since its installation in the same year.
The exhibition projects Blumenfeld’s passion for making sculpture and for making it accessible to all in the hope that her work will resonate with every section of the public that passes through Canary Wharf each day.
Curator, Ann Elliot, and Helaine Blumenfeld, will also be hosting exhibition tours on Tuesday 12 May and Tuesday 9 June, 6.30—7.30pm. For more information, visit www.canarywharf.com.
Since the inception of Canary Wharf’s cultural masterplan, the arts have played an important role in the development and success of the 97-acre Estate. Canary Wharf has one of the UK’s largest collections of public art, with more than 70 permanent works by over 50 world-renowned artists and craftsmen.
Monday 16 March – Friday 26 June
Lobby, One Canada Square & outdoor locations
For further information and images, please contact:
Canary Wharf Group plc
T: 020 7418 2166
Notes to Editors:
About Helaine Blumenfeld OBE
Helaine Blumenfeld OBE (b. 1942) is one of the leading contemporary sculptors in Britain with a career spanning over 50 years. Helaine has created more than 90 large-scale sculptures for private collections and public spaces around the world including: Lincoln Center, New York; The St Regis Hotel, Hong Kong; Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai; The Lancasters, Hyde Park, London; and Canary Wharf, London. Her work as been shown in more than 70 exhibitions globally in New York, Paris, Singapore, Vienna, Pietrasanta with recent shows at Pilane Sculpture Park, Sweden and Huygens’ Hofwijck, The Netherlands. Blumenfeld was the first female sculptor to win the international sculpture prize ‘Premio Pietrasanta e la Versilia nel Mondo’ in 2007. In 2011, Helaine was awarded an honorary OBE for services to the arts. In 2018 the documentary ‘Hard Beauty: Helaine Blumenfeld’ premiered on Sky Arts. This personal portrait sheds light on the latest developments in her remarkable career. Helaine is represented by Hignell Gallery, London.
About Canary Wharf Group:
Canary Wharf Group plc has overseen the largest urban regeneration project ever undertaken in Europe, designing and building more than 16.5m sq ft of London real estate, which now houses local and international companies and renowned retailers.
The Canary Wharf estate is a major retail destination comprising around 1m sq ft across five shopping malls, including the award-winning leisure development, Crossrail Place, housing one of London’s most stunning roof gardens. It also has world-class, year-round arts and events programme offering over 200 diverse and culturally inspiring events performed throughout the Estate.
Canary Wharf’s new district, Wood Wharf, will provide up to 3,600 new homes, 2m sq ft of office space, 350,000 sq ft of retail space and over nine acres of public spaces, squares and parks. There will also be a GP surgery and a two-form primary school for 420 children.
Canary Wharf Group is a wholly owned joint venture between Brookfield Property Partners and the Qatar Investment Authority.