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Denzil Forrester: Itchin & Scratchin

31 July 2020

While some museums remain shuttered due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Apollo’s usual weekly pick of exhibitions will include shows at institutions that are now reopening as well as digital projects providing virtual access to art and culture.

A career-spanning survey of the Grenada-born artist Denzil Forrester reveals his lifelong interest in the sights and sounds of music scenes and city life. Energetic paintings of the tightly packed, strobe-lit dub and reggae clubs that Forrester frequented while living in London in the 1980s and ’90s prove to be precursors to a new series of works, which capture the bright lights and jostling crowds of open-air clubs in Kingston, Jamaica. The exhibition reopens on 4 August and has been extended to 31 August (it will then travel to Spike Island in Bristol). Find out more from Nottingham Contemporary’s website.

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The Cave (1978), Denzil Forrester.

The Cave (1978), Denzil Forrester. Courtesy the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London

Drum Player (c. 2001), Denzil Forrester.

Drum Player (c. 2001), Denzil Forrester. Courtesy the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London

Duppy Deh (2018), Denzil Forrester.

Duppy Deh (2018), Denzil Forrester. Courtesy the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London

Shebine (2005), Denzil Forrester.

Shebine (2005), Denzil Forrester. Courtesy the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London