The London Open is back in 2012 for its eightieth anniversary. This open submission triennial exhibition is a highlight now for artists London-wide, replacing as it does the East End Academy - established in 1932, open to 'all artists living and working East of the famous Aldgate Pump'. Organised and hosted by Whitechapel Gallery, this iteration sees thirty two artists, chosen by a panel of experts, displaying a range of work that includes painting, sculpture, film, textiles, photography, installation and performance.
And what do have to look forward to this year? Because favourite Alice Channer is hot property: she describes her body-based sculptures as 'dressing a gallery'. These are carefully assembled constructions; fusions of Chanel with Mondrian, the utilitarian and the conceptual. Greta Alfaro was one of the stars of New Contemporaries 2010, her HD videos creations occurring in textured, violent landscapes.
The London Open has some cache, the exhibition helped to start the careers of artists including Grayson Perry, Bob and Roberta Smith and Rachel Whiteread, whose laurel leaves crown the expanded Kunsthalle. This is an opportunity for artists that are on the precipice of established careers to meet professional artists, curators and collectors. And we all are their audience, supportive and expectant.
The London Open is at Whitechapel Gallery until 14 September.