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Re:Purposed MARCH 2015

New Scala publication accompanying an exhibition at the Ringling Museum

Scala has been working once again with the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, Florida, to publish the catalogue for their latest exhibition, Re:Purposed. Featuring interviews with nine contemporary artists and a fascinating introduction by Matthew McLendon, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Ringling, the catalogue explores how artists ‘repurpose’ waste to create beautiful, thought-provoking works, which in turn imbue society’s least-valued objects with new worth. 

From Nick Cave’s Soundsuits to Matt Eskuche’s uncanny trash series and Aurora Robson’s somewhat eerie glass sculptures, Re:Purposed demonstrates each artist’s individual response to waste. While the catalogue’s focus is contemporary art, Matthew McLendon reminds us of the long tradition of re-use in art, most famously by Marcel Duchamp, and explores the themes of identity, index and environment across these artists’ work in his introduction. 

As an early review in the Tampa Bay Times puts it, the show and the book inspire us ‘to find beauty where we never thought to look’. We’re very proud to have worked with the Ringling to produce this catalogue on such exciting and provocative contemporary art. 

The catalogue is available now and the exhibition is open until 17 May. 

Image credits (from top):
Nick Cave
Mixed media
94 x 35 x 35 inches
Inventory #NC09.014
© Nick Cave. Photo by James Prinz Photography. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

Matt Eskuche, White Trash, 2007
flameworked glass and oil paint dimensions variable
©Matt Eskuche. Collection of Philip and Nancy Kotler. 

Aurora Robson
Everything All At Once, Forever, 2011
Installation comprised of 16 sculptures, plastic debris (PET plastic), including approximately 3,000 bottles and 400 caps, rivets, tinted polycrylic, and mica powder; installed at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa.
© Aurora Robson, image courtesy of the artist

Scala 2015 Catalogue MARCH 2015

Our new catalogue has arrived!

Our 2015 catalogue has arrived, chock-full of exciting new titles for the year ahead. From contemporary American art to Turner’s paintings of Stonehenge, and from Jonathan Foyle’s new study of Lincoln Cathedral to the newest art space in Singapore, 2015’s catalogue covers a huge range of subjects and sites from all around the world. 

Forthcoming highlights include the only book available on the unique decorative arts collection at The Frick; a highly anticipated retrospective of African American artist Horace Pippin’s work; and a new title in our Director’s Choice series, Cathedrals of the Church of England, featuring all 42 of England’s magnificent cathedrals. 

The full catalogue is available now to download on our homepage. 

Scala at ACE MARCH 2015

Scala heads to Bournemouth for the ACE annual convention

The beginning of March saw Scala heading down to the sunny south coast for the Association of Cultural Enterprises (ACE) annual convention, this year held in the Bournemouth International Centre. The three-day convention kicked off in style with a reception at the fabulous Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, surely boasting one of the most stunning gallery settings in the country, which set the tone for certainly the biggest (and possibly the best) ACE convention yet.

We exhibited for the following two days in the convention’s trade fair, where the great and good (we like to think!) of museum, gallery and heritage suppliers come together with clients and friends to show off our wares. The trade fair runs alongside a series of talks given by industry professionals, and fascinating discussions touched on everything from the magic of Disney’s Frozen (we were treated to a life-size model from the Disney store, not to mention some very popular goodie bags…) to the shifting relationship between curators and commerce. Our new multi-language guidebook for Canterbury Cathedral was in the running for the ACE Awards in the ‘Best New Guidebook’ category, although it eventually lost out to Kew Gardens. But as always, the ACE convention proved to be an intense and fruitful few days, offering a great opportunity to meet new people and catch up with our existing contacts. Not to mention the odd trip to the pier penny arcade!