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Fred Wilson: Afro Kismet at Pace Gallery until 27 April 2018

An exhibition featuring the artist’s most recent body of work originally produced for the 15th Istanbul Biennial in the autumn of 2017. The exhibition will be Wilson’s first at Pace London. On the occasion of Afro Kismet, Pace will publish a catalogue that will include an introduction by artist duo and Istanbul Biennial curators Elmgreen & Dragset, an essay by the Biennial’s Director Bige Örer, and an interview with the artist conducted by American novelist, playwright and essayist Darryl Pinckney. 👀

The genesis of the exhibition stretches back to 1992 when Wilson presented Re:Claiming Egypt, at the 4th International Cairo Biennale and to 2003 when Wilson represented the United States at the 50th Venice Biennale with Speak of Me as I Am. Wilson’s interest in Istanbul had been piqued for a long time; he conceived of the city as the third leg in a historically and culturally connected eastern Mediterranean triangle which also included Cairo and Venice. Through his research, Wilson developed a conceptual basis for the Istanbul project in which he contextualized pieces from the city’s Pera Museum’s Orientalist collection with new and existing works of his own. “My work is about an issue which is both personal and universal. […] A new meaning emerges from the coming together of art and history […] bring[ing] a fresh perspective to things we are used to seeing in museums. You can say that I tell a history which is not adequately discussed…” Fred Wilson, 2017.

For Pace, Wilson will reconfigure Afro Kismet which includes two chandeliers, two monumental Iznik tile walls, four black glass drip works, and a globe sculpture, as well as installations and vitrine pieces that gather cowrie shells, engravings, photographs, a Yoruba mask, and furniture, among other objects that the artist discovered in his frequent trips to Istanbul throughout 2016 and 2017. Since Venice Biennale in 2003, Wilson’s Murano glass chandeliers, with their shifts in scale, color, and complexity, have become vehicles for the artist’s meditations on blackness, death, and beauty. New chandeliers, included in the exhibition, combine black Murano glass with traditional metal and glass elements of Ottoman chandeliers, thus fusing two histories of craftsmanship and symbolizing the complex relationship between the Venetian and Ottoman Empires.

Throughout the exhibition, Wilson utilizes alluring materials—from richly coloured tiles walls to luminescent glass—to represent and investigate the long-ignored presence of communities of African descent in Turkey. In the two Iznik tile walls, the Arabic calligraphy translates in one case to “Mother Africa” and in the other “Black is Beautiful”. The new globe sculpture titled “Trade Winds” refers not to its original meaning, related to weather patterns, but to the complex and tragic global trade in human beings. The juxtaposition of recent works by Wilson with works from the 19th century – including Orientalist paintings with African subject matter by Alfred De Dreux and William James Müller – not only questions notions of universal knowledge and truth, but also sheds light on a history not thoroughly examined. By combining contemporary objects and museum-quality artefacts, Wilson challenges the assumptions of exhibition methodology and art historical scholarship.

www.pacegallery.com/exhibitions/12917/afro-kismet

Location:
Pace Gallery, 6 Burlington Gardens, London W1S 3ET

Times:
Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 6pm

Entry:
Free

Age of Terror: Art since 9/11 at Imperial War Museum until 28 May 2018

See the UK’s first major exhibition of artists’ responses to war and conflict since the terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001. The exhibition features more than 40 British and international artists, including Ai Weiwei, Grayson Perry, Gerhard Richter, Jenny Holzer, Mona Hatoum, Alfredo Jaar, Coco Fusco and Jake & Dinos Chapman. ☣️⚠️☠️💣

The complex issues surrounding the global response to 9/11, the nature of modern warfare and the continuing state of emergency in which we find ourselves have become compelling subject matter for contemporary artists.

Artists’ unique ways of communicating through their art provide different levels of understanding. The stories they tell, whether first or second-hand, come from alternative viewpoints not always reflected in the mainstream media, often challenge our perceptions.

Through 50 works of art including film, sculpture, painting, installations, photography and prints, many of which are exhibited publicly in the UK for the first time, this exhibition highlights the crucial role of artists in representing contemporary conflict.

www.iwm.org.uk/exhibitions/iwm-london/age-of-terror-art-since-911

Location:
IWM London, Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ

Times:
10am – 6pm daily

Price:
Adults £15 book online

Good Day art exhibition @ Stour Space / until Friday 3rd February 2017 ??

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 9am-5pm daily

@ Stour Space, 7 Roach Road, Tower Hamlets, London E3 2PA

Free entry

www.stourspace.co.uk/portfolio/good-day-january-2017

January 20th 2017 is the day that President-elect Trump takes office. Unbeknownst to many, January 20th also happens to be the day Ice Cube rapped about in his seminal song It Was A Good Day.

A group of artists are celebrating Ice Cube and his positive song with an exhibition dedicated to It Was A Good Day.

It Was A Good Day by Ice Cube was released in 1992, and using the song’s lyrics and historic events—like the debut date of Yo! MTV Raps and results of games between the Lakers and Sonics—Donovan Strain from Murk Avenue concluded that Ice Cube’s “good day” was Jan. 20, 1992.

Artwork by:
Gary Alford
Uslan Cevet
Daniel Cree
Josh Earle
Andrew Goss
Anna Hanlon
Darren John
Dan Jose
Jane Kenny
Chris Mackenzie-Gray
Alan Merrick
Kyle Nielsen
Claudine O’Sullivan
Silvia Ospina
Patrick Schmidt
Donovan Strain
Coby Walsh

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!

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