Crafty Christmas Markets @ Dogstar Brixton / until Sunday 4th December 2016 🎁

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 11am-5pm

@ Dogstar, 389 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, London SW9 8LQ

Free entry

www.craftyfoxmarket.co.uk

Shop local this Christmas and support independent designer makers at this great Christmas market in the trendy Dogstar pub!

Guest curator Zoe Pearson, UK Marketing Manager for Pinterest.

David Bailey: NW1 @ Heni Soho / until 31st January 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm

@ HENI, 1st floor, 6-10 Lexington Street, London W1F OLB

Free entry

www.henipublishing.com

David Bailey had lived in Primrose Hill and Camden for nearly 30 years when he decided to capture the shuttered cinemas, boarded railway arches, crumbling Victorian facades, dormant car parks and advertising hoardings before they disappeared from view entirely. In 1982, when NW1 was first published, it reflected an already vanishing landscape: viewed now, Bailey’s photographs are even more portentous and poignant.

David Bailey was born in 1938 in Leytonstone, East London. After working as fashion photographer John French’s assistant, he published his first portrait of Somerset Maugham for ‘Today’ magazine in 1960 before meeting the model Jean Shrimpton whilst at Vogue. Bailey has exhibited worldwide, the first of his landmark exhibitions in 1971 at the National Portrait Gallery, London. Internationally renowned, Bailey has produced some of the most famous photographic portraits of the last five decades.

NoFit State Circus: BIANCO @ Big Top Southbank Centre / until 22nd January 2017 🎪

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Tuesday–Friday 7.30pm
Saturday 2:30pm and 7.30pm
Sunday 5pm

@ Southbank Centre, Big Top, Belvedere Road, Lambeth, London SE1 8XX

Tickets: from £25 book online

www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on

Marvel at a dramatic live contemporary circus performance from NoFit State. An immersive promenade show directed by Firenza Guidi, it takes place above, behind and all around a standing audience, with a constantly evolving narrative set to a pounding soundtrack performed by a live band.

Ai Weiwei: Fondation @ Lisson Gallery / until 7th January 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Monday-Friday 10am–6pm
Saturday 11am–5pm

@ Lisson Gallery, 27 & 52 Bell Street, London NW1 5BU

www.lissongallery.com/exhibitions/ai-weiwei-fondation

In his third exhibition with Lisson Gallery London, following his acclaimed exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in 2015, Ai Weiwei returns to the UK with two installations that promote discussion and dialogue. The works illustrate Ai’s standing as one of the most important contemporary artists working today but also his use of social media and new technology to advocate for social and political justice.

Ai Weiwei’s immersive work Fondation (2015) made its debut as part of ‘Brève histoire de l’avenir (A Brief History of the Future)’ at the Louvre in Paris last year and was recently on view as part of the group exhibition ‘The Silent Echo’, the first contemporary art exhibition to be held at the sprawling archaeological site of Baalbek in Lebanon. On display for the first time in the UK at Lisson Gallery, Fondation makes use of stone foundations from centuries-old Chinese halls, from which column bases have been extracted and assembled in a monumental grid-like formation that sprawls over eight metres of gallery space.

Intended as a contemporary equivalent to the Greek agora, a public place of assembly and discussion, visitors are invited to sit upon the bases of the pillars and reflect on the future. The historical aesthetic of the work is also a metaphor for Ai Weiwei’s use of social media as a platform to engage international audiences on salient issues irrespective of time and place. The installation will be used as an actual site for dialogue and debate as part of a performative discussion with leading artists, curators and activists, which will be streamed live on 8 December. The work also references an ongoing motif in the artist’s work, the lamentation of destruction in the name of progress, which is evident in his new series of cast-iron root and branches on display at Lisson Gallery New York from 5 November until 23 December 2016.

Fondation is shown alongside 258 Fake (2011), an installation of 12 monitors that displays a slideshow of 7,677 photographs. In many ways, the work represents Ai Weiwei’s first foray into the world of social media. Drawing largely on images from his blog, which was shut down by authorities in 2009, the work depicts life at Ai Weiwei’s studio between 2003 and 2011, from the mundane to the extraordinary, the inane to the deadly serious. With the sheer number and quick rotation of images – each monitor changes every three seconds – one’s experience of the work can never be the same. Whether images of a wide-eyed cat or pictures of the rubble from Sichuan’s devastating earthquake in 2008, the unique presentation of the work and speed of distribution reflect both the immediacy and transient experience of social media, while simultaneously questioning the validity of knowledge generated through digital photography and the internet.

A World To Win: Posters Of Protest And Revolution @ William Morris Gallery / until 15th January 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 10am-5.45pm (Fri 10pm)

@ William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park, Forest Road, Walthamstow, London E17 4PP

www.wmgallery.org.uk/whats-on

An exhibition looking at a century of posters agitating for political change. From the Suffragette campaigns of the early twentieth century, to the Arab Spring, political activists around the world have used posters to mobilise, educate and organise.

Presenting around seventy posters drawn from the national poster collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Showcasing the work of diverse artists, graphic designers and print collectives it will include new acquisitions gathered from recent outbursts of protest in the UK, Russia and the Middle East.

Making or displaying a poster is in itself a means of taking political action, while for many social and political movements posters have represented an important form of cultural output. The show will feature posters made by the Atelier Populaire during the student protests in Paris in 1968, as well as examples from the Russian, Chinese and Cuban Revolutions.

The exhibition will also host artist Ruth Ewan’s ‘A Jukebox of People Trying to Change the World’, an on-going collection of over 2000 idealistic or political songs collated by Ewan and disseminated via a CD jukebox.

Exhibition organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Weekend Open @ Design Museum / until Sunday 27th November 2016 (then open for good!)

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Saturday 10:00-20:00
Sunday 10:00-18:00

@ The Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street, London W8 6AG

www.designmuseum.org

Join the Design Museum as it reopens its doors in a stunning new home in Kensington, west London. Featuring free workshops, installations, talks and performances for all ages.

Be the first to see the opening exhibitions – Beazley Designs of the Year and Fear and Love: Reactions to a Complex World exhibitions.

Beazley Designs of the Year £10 booking online recommended this weekend!
Now in its ninth year, Beazley Designs of the Year celebrates design that promotes or delivers change, enables access, extends design practice or captures the spirit of the year. Someday the other museums will be showing this stuff.

Fear and Love £14 booking online recommended this weekend!
Reactions to a Complex World presents eleven new installations by some of the most innovative and thought-provoking designers and architects working today.

Tate Lates and Friday Late @ Tate Modern and V&A / Friday 25th November 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Tate Modern 18:00–22:00
V&A 18:30-22:00

@
Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG
V&A, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL

Free entry

www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/late/uniqlo-tate-lates

www.vam.ac.uk/info/friday-late

Tate Lates
Experience the gallery after-hours with a vibrant mix of art, film, music, talks, and workshops

They’re turning the volume up on London’s creative talent with a monthly event that will change your experience of Tate Modern.

There, you’ll find emerging and established DJs selected by NTS Radio, alongside world-class exhibitions, discover pop-up talks, playful artistic activations and hands-on activities and workshops. Or simply enjoy the space, the music, the views and the delicious food and drink offers. Uniqlo Tate Lates are free and open to all.

V&A lates
The original contemporary late night event. Friday Late celebrates all aspects of contemporary visual culture and design in society, bringing audiences face-to-face with leading and emerging artists and designers through live performance, film, installation, debate, DJs and late-night exhibition openings.

What does it mean to augment your reality? From VR to the rise of AR, 2016 has seen our virtual and physical worlds collide like never before with game design leading the way. Let us distort your reality across a host of arcades, workshops and playful interventions that welcome you into new worlds.

Teller on Mapplethorpe @ Alison Jacques Gallery / until 7th January 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Tuesday to Friday: 10am-6pm
Saturday: 11am-5pm
Closed Sunday and Monday

@ Alison Jacques Gallery, 16-18 Berners Street, London W1T 3LN

Free entry

www.alisonjacquesgallery.com

To coincide with what would have been the 70th birthday of the iconic American photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, Alison Jacques has invited acclaimed UK-based, German-born photographer Juergen Teller to curate an exhibition of Mapplethorpe’s work. Teller worked in collaboration with The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation in New York to make his selection.

Considered ​one​ of the most important photographers of ​the 20th century, ​Robert Mapplethorpe is currently the subject of a major touring retrospective The Perfect Medium, which opened at the J. Paul Getty Museum and Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles ​in 2016. ​The exhibition is currently ​on view ​at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Canada ​(until 22 January 2017)​​ and will travel to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia (October 2017 – February 2018). Mapplethorpe is also the subject of a recently released, Emmy nominated, HBO documentary Look at the Pictures (2016).

​Juergen Teller is one of a few artists who, since Mapplethorpe, has been able to operate successfully both in the art world and the world of commercial fashion photography.​ ​Alison Jacques, who has represented Robert Mapplethorpe in the UK ​since 1999, said: “Provocative and subversive, making images which are the antithesis of conventional fashion photography, ​Juergen Teller was the only choice to curate this special exhibition of Robert’s work. There are obvious parallels between these ​two ​artists and I ​believe Juergen​’s eye​ will bring ​a new reading of Robert’s work.”

​With the permission of The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, Teller has enlarged two images, each over 4 metres in scale, which, pasted directly onto the gallery’s walls will provide a backdrop to the entire show. One wall will show Mapplethorpe’s first partner David Croland wearing a gag and the other features the model Marty Gibson from Mapplethorpe’s later work posing nude on a beach.

Teller’s selection of 48 images exposes works within Mapplethorpe’s archive that have rarely been exhibited before and span Mapplethorpe’s entire career, ranging from the unique Polaroids of the early 1970s to his iconic medium of silver gelatin photographs from the mid-70s through to the late 80s.

Still life features as a prominent theme with unusual subjects including a spoon full of coffee, a set of antique silverware, two coconuts, a television set, and prickly unopened seedpods on a plate. Teller has also chosen a number of images depicting animals, a subject matter that Mapplethorpe is not famously associated with, including a hanging bat, plate of frogs, reclining dog, kitten on a sofa, and horses.

Human subjects include some of Mapplethorpe’s key female muses such as Lisa Lyon, but also lesser-known personalities including Cookie Mueller, Lisa Marie Smith and Susan Sarandon’s daughter, Eva Amurri, as a small child. Well-known people in Mapplethorpe’s life are represented including Patti Smith, David Croland and Sam Wagstaff. Teller has also responded to his own German heritage and selected lesser-known portraits of German figures of the time, such as Hans Gert and the photojournalist Gisele Freund. The image of Gert was the first that Tom Baril worked on for Mapplethorpe from his Bond Street Darkroom. Baril continued to be Mapplethorpe’s exclusive printer for over 15 years.

Sexually-explicit images also feature in the exhibition but by interrelating these to a more romantic view of Mapplethorpe’s work, Teller has brought out the essential mission of Mapplethorpe’s work: a life-long quest for perfection of form whatever the subject matter may be.

Robert Mapplethorpe (b. New York, USA, 1946; d. Boston, USA, 1989) mounted over 50 solo exhibitions during his lifetime, including numerous museum shows in the USA, Europe and Japan. Since his death he has continued to be the subject of major institutional exhibitions. In recent years the Tate, in conjunction with other UK museums, acquired 64 works by Mapplethorpe through the Artists Rooms Art Fund and The d’Offay Donation, which culminated in an exhibition at Tate Modern in 2014.

Juergen Teller (b. 1964, Erlangen, Germany) moved to London in 1986, two years after graduating from Munich’s Bayerische Staatslehranstalt für Photographie. Since the late 1980s, his photographic works have gained critical acclaim and been featured in an array of influential international publications such as Vogue, W Magazine, I-D and Purple. With his unique photographic sensibility, Teller manages to strike a rare balance between creativity and commercialism, blurring the boundaries of art and advertising, and creating world-class images for collaborators such as Marc Jacobs, Céline, Yves Saint Laurent and Vivienne Westwood. Teller’s solo exhibition Woo! at the ICA in London in 2013 was the most well-attended exhibition in the ICA’s history, and in 2016 he ha​d a major solo museum exhibition in Germany, Enjoy ​Your Life at Kunsthalle Bonn.

Pop-up Lab Berlin @ Soho popup / until Saturday 26th November 2016 🇩🇪

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 11am-8pm

@ Soho popup, 15 Bateman Street, London W1D 3AQ

Free entry

www.be.berlin.de/lab/london
http://reason-why.berlin/pop-up-lab-london

You are invited to experience the colourful, creative and cutting-edge Berlin-experience. The interactive laboratory displays and presents specially selected trends from Berlin’s economy, science, culture, music, gastronomy, tourism, design and sport scene. All of this is conveyed through a variety of exciting modules, pitches, pannels, and creations.

Highlights:

  • A meet and greet with the humanoid robot Myon
  • Experience THE SCIENCE KITCHEN‘s avant-gard Molecular gastronomy
  • A glimpse of authentic Berlin-style music vibes provided by Nagual Sounds & Basslet
  • The ability to sink into the creative 360° shots of Panono and witness EyeEM‘s photography world
  • The interactive exhibit “Start-up meets grown-up”

Lucy Raven: Edge of Tomorrow @ Serpentine Gallery / until 12th February 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 10am–6pm (closed on Mondays)

@ Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London W2 3XA

Free entry

www.serpentinegalleries.org/exhibitions-events/lucy-raven-edge-tomorrow

Lucy Raven’s work focuses on the marginal spaces at the edges of image production, what happens behind the camera or between the frames of a film or animation. She follows the production of copper wire from an open pit mine in the American West to a smelter in southern China in China Town (2009).

She observes post-production technicians converting Hollywood films to 3D in Chennai, India, linking the digitally created illusion of depth to ancient Indian bas-reliefs in The Deccan Trap (2015). She describes spaces and people on the outskirts of Kingston, New York in the hand-drawn animation I Felt As If I Had Actually Been To China (2007). This shift of focus from the image to its production encourages interrogation of the kind of imagery that has become all too familiar.

Lucy Raven: Edge of Tomorrow brings together a diverse selection of works in a sitespecific installation within the spaces of the Gallery. At the heart of the exhibition, a cinematic space will feature the animated film Curtains (2014), in which a series of still stereoscopic images converge and diverge, becoming momentarily three-dimensional when viewed through anaglyph 3D glasses. Over the course of the exhibition, this space will play host to a series of film evenings programmed by Raven.

The question of time is paramount throughout the installation, which incorporates Raven’s own work as well as a selection of objects that relate to it. From the slow-moving beams of the installation Casters (2016) to the flickering of film projection test patterns that form a looping visual score in the 35mm film RP31 (2012), time experienced in the gallery is measured in frames and repetitions.

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