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Bedwyr Williams: The Gulch @ Barbican – The Curve / until 8th January 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Sat–Wed 11am–8pm
Thu–Fri 11am–9pm

@ Barbican Centre, The Curve, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

Free entry

www.barbican.org.uk

Enter the weird and wonderful mind of Welsh artist Bedwyr Williams as he brings the Barbican’s Curve gallery to life with his quest into The Gulch.

Navigate a succession of surreal and theatrically staged scenes as you embark on a journey conjured by one of the contemporary art world’s most exciting and innovative artists. From a pair of singing running shoes to a depressed hypnotist and a talking goat, Bedwyr’s curious and often subversive internal dialogue plays out along the Curve’s space in this fantastical installation. Physical and metaphorical twists and turns will guide you through the gallery and ultimately inspire you to give your own performance, one that will fill the cavernous gorge of the gulch for those following in your footsteps.

Minute observations are elevated to a monumental scale and compelling scenarios come to the fore on this intriguing and immersive journey.

Protest @ Victoria Miro (Gallery 1) / until 5th November 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: Tuesday-Saturday 10:00am-6:00pm

@ Victoria Miro, Gallery I, 16 Wharf Road, London N1 7RW

Free entry

www.victoria-miro.com

Historical and contemporary works feature in a group exhibition by artists concerned with the socio-political issues of their day, who question the status quo and the power structures found within societies, and who take the very language of protest as a means to explore its potency.

Taking as a starting point Alice Neel’s 1936 painting Nazis Murder Jews, the exhibition presents new and recent works by artists including Doug Aitken, Elmgreen & Dragset, Isaac Julien, Wangechi Mutu, Richard Prince and Sarah Sze amongst others. These works do not document protests per se, but rather through image, composition, gesture, material, form or concept, serve as a call to action – inspiring consideration of possibilities for a life of freedom, an insistence on human rights, and continued debate and dialogue around the immediate social and political issues which confront our global community.

Artists:
Doug Aitken, Jules de Balincourt, Vlassis Caniaris, Elmgreen & Dragset, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Christian Holstad, Isaac Julien, Yayoi Kusama, Wangechi Mutu, Alice Neel, Chris Ofili, Richard Prince, Sarah Sze, Wolfgang Tillmans, Rirkrit Tiravanija and Kara Walker.

Imran Qureshi: Where the Shadows are so Deep @ Barbican: The Curve / until 10th July 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Sat–Wed 11am–8pm (bank holiday 12–8pm)
Thu–Fri 11am–9pm (bank holiday 12–9pm)

@ Barbican, The Curve, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

Free entry

www.barbican.org.uk

Barbican has commissioned the award-winning Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi to create a new body of work for The Curve.

For his first major London commission, Qureshi presents Where the Shadows are so Deep, a series of exquisite miniature paintings, drawing upon The Curve as a motif in this tradition. Beginning with gentle scenes of nature, the sequence of works gradually introduces darker elements, subtly implying the uncertainty of what lies around the bend. Hung at varying heights along the dramatic 90-metre span of the space, these delicate, jewel-like paintings lure the visitor in, demanding an altogether different kind of looking.

Sprayed @ Gagosian Gallery / until 1st August 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: Tue–Sat 10am-6pm

@ Gagosian Gallery, 6-24 Britannia St, London WC1X 9JD

Free entry

www.gagosian.com

This extensive exhibition spanning four generations explores the myriad ways in which artists have employed the impulsive yet de-personalized and non-gestural forces of SPRAY.

It begins with Paul Klee’s work on paper Seltsames Theater (1929), where he improvised with a blowpipe to achieve hazy background effects in a circus scene. This tentative experiment presaged the bold and diverse artistic licence that would come with the post-war advent of aerosol paint as a consumer product and the use of the industrial paint compressor.

From the mid-1950s, sculptor David Smith sprayed enamels over various studio objects and offcuts laid on canvas and paper as stencils; the resulting images recalled Paleolithic cave paintings made by blowing pigment over hands pressed flat. John Chamberlain blurred the lines between painting and sculpture by torquing scrap automobile parts into painterly abstractions, then enhancing the original paint surface with fresh sprays of coloured lacquer. Lawrence Weiner’s interaction with the medium resulted in a simple, dispassionate instruction: Two Minutes of Spray Paint Directly Upon the Floor From a Standard Aerosol Spray Can (1968); while Martin Barré tested it at different distances and pressures in a series of rapid strikes producing sequences of stripes and cryptic punctuations on paper.

From the late sixties, spray assumed a new scale and level of exposure, from Dan Christensen’s vast “post-painterly” abstractions—where he used a spray gun to create intersecting coloured loops of paint alive with cool-tempered energies—and Jules Olitski’s ethereal gradations of tone, texture, and depth; to Richard Artschwager’s furtive urban Blps; Jean-Michel Basquiat’s existential aphorisms tagged on New York City walls; and Keith Haring’s exuberant political pictography that covered bodies, canvases, and subways. In the ultimate debunking of Ab Ex posturing, Andy Warhol produced a series of alchemical Oxidation Paintings by urinating on canvases primed with metallic paint.

Marlene Dumas: The Image as Burden @ Tate Modern / until 10th May 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Sun – Thu, 10am – 6pm
Fri – Sat, 10am – 10pm

@ Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG

Tickets: £14:50 book online

Marlene Dumas is one of the most prominent painters working today. Her intense, psychologically charged works explore themes of sexuality, love, death and shame, often referencing art history, popular culture and current affairs – themes you can explore through related events.

‘Secondhand images’, she has said, ‘can generate first-hand emotions.’ Dumas never paints directly from life, yet life in all its complexity is right there on the canvas. Her subjects are drawn from both public and personal references and include her daughter and herself, as well as recognisable faces such as Amy Winehouse, Naomi Campbell, Princess Diana, even Osama bin Laden. The results are often intimate and at times controversial, where politics become erotic and portraits become political. She plays with the imagination of her viewers, their preconceptions and fears.

 

Mapping the City @ Somerset House / until 15th February 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 10.00-18.00

@ Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA

Free entry

www.somersethouse.org.uk

An innovative exhibition of works by established and emerging artists from the street and graffiti art scenes. Featuring works by over 50 internationally recognised artists such as Shepard Fairey, Swoon and Aryz, alongside rising stars from Australia to Argentina, Sweden to Spain and France to Finland.

Graffiti and street artists have an intimate relationship with the cities that they use as a canvas. They understand and engage with the urban landscape in unique ways – through subjective surveying rather than objective ordinance. Mapping the City will present a series of cartographic representations of the artists’ chosen cities. Ranging from literal to highly abstract, each map will be an individual response to the way these artists experience and interpret the places that they know so well.

The Other Art Fair @ Old Truman Brewery / until Sunday 19th October 2014

The Other Art Fair at Old Truman BreweryTIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Friday 17th 11:00-19:00
Saturday 18th 11:00-19:00
Sunday 19th 11:00-18:00

@ Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London E1 6QL

www.theotherartfair.com

Tickets: £8 book online

The Other Art Fair is London’s leading artist fair and the only event that connects art lovers of all tastes and experience, directly with 130 of the most talented emerging and unrepresented artists.

Choose from over 1,000 pieces to buy from just £50. More than just an art fair, an art experience, enjoy art talks, immersive theatre, art and music performances, kids create area, food & drink and much more.

The Other Art Fair will once again share its home with Moniker Art Fair during London’s most important art week. Your ticket will gain you entry to both fairs.

2 fairs. 130 unrepresented artists. 20 innovative galleries. 1 big weekend of art!

Radical Geometry: Modern Art of South America @ Royal Academy of Arts / 28th September 2014

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Sat-Thu 10:00-18:00
Fri 10:00-22:00

@ Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly site, The Sackler Wing, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD

Tickets: £11.50 book online

www.royalacademy.org.uk

From radical innovations in the use of colour and form to new materials like neon and interactive, kinetic sculpture, this exhibition reveals some of the most original art of the last 100 years.

The time: 1930s
The place: South America

The stage was set for a major innovation in art. Over the next 50 years, artists across five cities would pioneer a new visual language to express their deeply held beliefs about art and its power to change the world around them.

Dancer Master @ Hang-Up Gallery / until 9th August 2014

Dancer Master at Hang-Up GalleryTIME AND PLACE:

Doors: Tue-Sun 12:00-18:00

@ Hang-Up Gallery 56 Stoke Newington High Street, London N16 7PB

Free entry

www.hanguppictures.com

Dancer Master, the vibrant and energetic multi-media show by the talented RUN – artist, muralist and street artist. Dancer Master will celebrate painting, rhythm, body language and dynamism in a new body of work created exclusively for Hang-Up.

Revealing his core inspirations behind the show, RUN explains, “Many years ago when visiting South India, a taxi driver that was driving me around the streets of the city of Colombo took me to a Hindu temple. Pointing to a statue of a divinity he said to me, “Here lies the dancer master”. The statue was beautiful; full of colours, with hands and arms that were made to give the viewer the impression of a dance of the spirit”.

Since then, RUN’s work has taken the direction of multiculturalism and has a distinct ethnic flavour. His signature style can be defined as traditional craft meets fine art with a modern touch of the urban, street art influence. Fascinated with life, feelings, cultures and ideas, RUN welcomes us to a new world – complex, but full of colours, spiritual and vivacious. Known for his love of travel and experiencing diverse, unfamiliar cultures, the artist returns to London with ‘Dancer Master’ to push the boundaries of the known and expected and give a totally different meaning of life and art as we know it.

Bill Viola: Frustrated Actions and Futile Gestures @ Blain Southern Gallery / until 27th July 2013

TIME AND PLACE

Monday – Friday 10am-6pm
Saturday 10am-5pm

@ Blain Southern Gallery
4 Hanover Square, W1S 1BP

FREE ENTRY

The Directors of Blain|Southern present Frustrated Actions and Futile Gestures, a museum-scale exhibition of nine new works by the internationally renowned video artist Bill Viola.

Created between 2012 and 2013, both on location and in the artist’s studio in Southern California, the exhibition presents three distinct bodies of works; the Frustrated Actions, the Mirage and the Water Portraits series. Through these works, Viola engages with complex aspects of human experience, including mortality, transience and our persistent, yet ultimately futile attempts to truly and objectively understand ourselves and the meaning of our brief lives.

Viola’s work focuses on the ideas behind fundamental human experiences such as birth and death, and different aspects of consciousness. Absolutely one of the most interesting video artists of our time, we recommend seeing his highly affecting work first hand, especially as Viola’s most recent London exhibition was back in 2006.

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