The Frieze London and Frieze Masters art fairs return to Regent’s Park this week after a one-year hiatus. At that time, Londoners had ample room to reflect on what matters most to the city’s rich cultural landscape.
While many surely missed the social energy and market momentum of art fairs during the lockdown, it was also a time to rediscover London’s stellar art institutions and how they contribute to the fabric of our lives. a very different way of the two pop-up tents. in one of the Royal Parks of London.
For that, here’s a roundup of things not to miss in museums this week.
Until October 17
In “curtain call, variations on a madness,” Montreal artist Abbas Akhavan continues to explore the potential of chroma key green screen technology, which he associated with his fascination with an ancient building material made of basement, water and straw called ear. For the Chisenhale commission, he filled the gallery with an overflowing green wall, at the top of which he placed cob sculptures reproducing the shapes of a colonnade that once led to the Arch of Palmyra in Syria, including a large one. part was tragically destroyed by ISIS in 2015.
By mixing the endless possibilities offered by the green screen and the dark history of the destruction of the heritage site, the installation is in a way a portal through time and space, and leaves the viewer feeling transported with it.
“Abbas Akhavan: Recall, Variations on Madness” can be viewed at 64 Chisenhale Road London E3 5QZ
South London Gallery
Until November 21
Incredibly, this is Alvaro Barrington’s first solo exhibition at a British institution. The star of the market, which is represented by a full eight galleries internationally – is a prolific producer, and his bespoke installation at the South London Gallery responds to the architecture of the space in a way I have never seen before. Entitled “Spider The Pig, Pig The Spider”, the exhibition presents several new bodies of work which, in keeping with Barrington’s practice, play with historical and contemporary cultural references, including a new series of Hermès blankets coated with concrete and suspended like clouds. mixed media paintings and paintings that embrace children’s television character Peppa Pig with pigs from Orwell’s animal farm.
“Alvaro Barrington: Spider The Pig, Pig The Spider” can be viewed at 65-67 Peckham Road London SE5 8UH.
To mix together
Until December 12
If you want to get a glimpse of today’s contemporary painting landscape, “Mixing It Up” is a must-see. The exhibition brings together the work of 31 contemporary painters, from the emerging Iraqi artist Mohammed Sami, whose poetic paintings trace traumatic memories of the military conflict and the lives of refugees to the striking recent works of Lisa Brice, which evoke the worlds dreamlike images of women painters at work, who ignore the masculine gaze of the history of art that has so often cast them as muses and models.
“Mixing It Up: Painting Today” is presented at Hayward Galley, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX.
Camden Art Center
Until December 23
London-based artist Phoebe Collings-James presents her first UK institutional solo exhibition titled ‘A Scratch! A scratch ! – after Mercutio’s reaction to being killed by Tybalt in Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet-the expansive exhibit presents a sensory environment of sound and sculpture that, invoking the traditions of mythology, folklore, and queer noir sound, explores themes of grief, sorrow and desire.
New works on display include a group of torso boxes resembling Roman armor plates, multi-panel clay paintings engraved with images, words and phrases, and an audio patchwork of sounds captured on travels dailies in the streets of London echoing out of the water – vases filled. It also includes new poetry recordings generated in Tarot Circles, led by artist and poet Daniella Valz Gen over the past year.
“Phoebe Collings-James: a scratch!” A scratch! “Is visible at the Camden Art Center Arkwright Road London NW3 6DG
Until January 2
Anyone can submit their work for consideration for the Royal Academy’s annual summer exhibition, meaning it offers a true bird’s-eye view of the landscape of contemporary art and architecture. . Delayed until the fall of this year due to the pandemic, it features work by leading artists including Njideka Akunyili Crosby and Rose Wylie, as well as many emerging talents. Hanging in the main AR galleries, it’s always a delight and full of discovery, and if you’re in the mood to buy, most of the works are also for sale.
“The Summer Exhibition” is on display at Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BD
Until January 9
His practice as a potter working with clay and his deep religious belief are central to the work of Theaster Gates, who says both of them teach you how to “shape the world.” Fittingly, the Chicago-based artist’s latest outing at the Whitechapel Gallery is titled “A Clay Sermon” and includes work spanning two decades of production, from the first hand-thrown jars to his Afro-Mingei sculptures to large scale. The artist has also selected historical ceramics from public and private collections to display alongside his own, and is launching a new film rich in music that takes the form of a sermon on clay.
The exhibition is also seeping through London with an intervention in the ceramic galleries of the V&A and a simultaneous exhibition at White Cube Mason’s Yard. The project will culminate next summer when the artist assumes the annual commission of the Serpentine Pavilion.
“Theaster Gates: A Clay Sermon” can be viewed at 77-82 Whitechapel High St London E1 7QX
This one is a bit of a cheat because, as of this writing, we don’t yet know what the Korean-American concept artist has in store for her installation in Tate Modern’s cavernous Turbine Hall. The institution is notoriously silent about the commission until it is officially unveiled, which will be later today, but we are confident enough to add it to this list. The artist, known for working with microbial and other unconventional materials, cryptically hinted that the new work will be an “aquarium of machines,” and the institution said it would build on on themes on which the artist has focused throughout his career, exploring the links between art and science, and working to activate different senses. We are titillated.
“The Hyundai Commission: Anicka Yi” is on view at Turbine Hall Bankside London SE1 9TG
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