Viewing articles from 2016/06

Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London W2 3XA

Alex Katz: Quick Light

Alex Katz: Quick Light; Installation view; Serpentine Gallery, London (2 June - 11 September 2016)

Alex Katz’s output in recent years has been both prolific and critically acclaimed and the Serpentine Galleries’ current exhibition ‘Quick Light’ showcases exactly why. Drawn from the recent past, idyllic and plentiful landscapes and tantalising cityscapes feel both contemporary and vigorously of the moment of their captured. Review by William Davie

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Roman Road, 69 Roman Road, London E2 0QN

Jessie Makinson: Fake French

Jessie Makinson, Fake French, installation view, Roman Road, London, 9 June - 15 July 2016

Jillian Knipe reviews an exhibition of new paintings by Jessie Makinson that take inspiration from a multitude of art historical and cultural reference points.

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David Zwirner, 24 Grafton Street, London W1S 4EZ

Francis Alÿs: Ciudad Juárez projects

Paradox of Praxis 5: Sometimes we dream as we live & sometimes we live as we dream Ciudad Juárez, México

Ciudad Juárez bears the scars of geopolitical conflict and drug-related violence. Plagued by turf wars and trafficking, in recent years the city has seen escalating levels of brutality, with kidnappings and murders commonplace. The landscape is now marked by this tension – abandoned buildings line the streets and children play among the debris. In ‘Ciudad Juárez projects’ Francis Alÿs takes this territory as his focus. Review by Rosie Ram

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CHEWDAY’S Ltd, 139 Lambeth Walk, London, SE11 6EE

Gabriele Beveridge: Eternity Anyways

Eternity Anyways, Installation View

Less interested in a prescriptive rhetoric on consumer culture than exploring how the poetic and the personal can be addressed under contemporary conditions, Beveridge sits on the line between ambivalence and celebration – investigating a fascination between the lure of consumer images and objects and the values that they preserve and perpetuate.

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SWG3 Gallery,100 Eastvale Place, Glasgow G3 8QG

Sarah Rose: Difficult Mothers

Sarah Rose: Difficult Mothers, installation view at SWG3, 2016

The construction of this awkward environment is by no means accidental, Rose is intentionally creating a heightened sense of self-awareness so as to encourage thoughts around how we relate to ecosystems, to ourselves and to other people. Review by Rosie Aspinall Priest

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Grundy Art Gallery, Queen Street, Blackpool FY1 1PU

Mark Leckey: This Kolossal Kat, that Massive Mog

Mark Leckey: This Kolossal Kat, that Massive Mog, installation view at Grundy Gallery, Blackpool

From a giant inflatable moggy slumped against the gallery wall, to a projected animation of a rhythmically flicking black line, this exhibition brings together a number of works made by Mark Leckey over the last nine years that feature the character, and more precisely the tail, of Felix the Cat. Review by Laura Mansfield

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Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Durslade Farm, Dropping Lane, Bruton, Somerset BA10 0NL

Martin Creed: What You Find

Installation view, ‘Martin Creed. What You Find’, Hauser & Wirth Somerset, 2016 © Martin Creed Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth Photo: Hugo Glendinning

As he speaks on the exhibition, Creed gives a clear impression that the works created for ‘What You Find’ diversely attempt an artistic investigation into the collision of art and life. Review by Emma Rae Warburton

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Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, London WC1N 1AZ

FOUND

Rachel Whiteread, Untitled (Found), 2016

Emma Rae Warburton reviews 'FOUND', an exhibition curated by Cornelia Parker featuring contributions from almost sixty artists alongside items from the Foundling Museum's collection.

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Fundació Gaspar, Carrer de Montcada, 25, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

Anthony McCall: Solid Light, Performance and Public Works

Anthony McCall, Circulation Figures, 1972/2011, Room Installation, Fundació Gaspar, Barcelona, Spain.

The show creates a dialogue between McCall’s later and earlier works, from 1972 onward, presenting the artist’s film and installation pieces alongside his works on paper, drawings, schematic diagrams, photographs and projects for open-air spaces. Review by Cassie Davies

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Revue Gallery, 14 Greek Street, London W1D 4DP

Freddy Tuppen: Sous Sol

Sous Sol installation view

Works that exist in the public realm depend upon other factors for their contexts. The artist is forced to relinquish an amount of control, the parameters by which meaning is defined are altered and continue to alter throughout the lifespan of the work. What to think, then, about an immersive installation situated in the former porn-studio basement of a Soho gallery, run by emerging gallerists and functioning as a nightclub for a year? Betsy Porritt reviews

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