Viewing articles from 2017/04

Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Market Street, Preston PR1 2PP

Maeve Rendle: I Remember All

I Remember All, a spectacular new film and performance work by Maeve Rendle, was inspired by Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull. Text by Amy Botfield

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The Power Plant, 231 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8, Canada

Jonathas de Andrade: On Fishes, Horses and Man

Jonathas de Andrade: On Fishes, Horses and Man, installation view at The Power Plant, Toronto, 2017

In his solo exhibition at the Power Plant, Jonathas de Andrade astutely mines the racialized socio-economic conditions specific to north-eastern Brazil in order to explore the ways in which archetypes, ideologies and fictions both conceal and construct lived experience. Review by Alex Borkowski

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Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London W2 3XA

A World View: John Latham

A World View, John Latham, Speak, 1962, Installation view, Serpentine Gallery, London, 1 March 2017 - 21 May 2017

Neither chronological nor particularly thematic, the show’s organisation drives home one of the main characteristics of Latham’s work: to a greater or lesser extent all of it reflects his peculiar and esoteric theories of universal time, and his theory of art as event. Review by Anya Smirnova

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Luxembourg & Dayan, 2 Savile Row, Mayfair, London W1S 3PA

The Ends of Collage: London

Installation view, The Ends of Collage, Luxembourg & Dayan, London, 10 March - 13 May 2017

While on one count, the show’s conception of collage is flawed, it presents a complete and compelling account of its connection to other mediums. Review by Henry Broome

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CANAL, 60 De Beauvoir Crescent, London N1 5SB

Justyna Scheuring: Everyone, Merry-Go-Round

Justyna Scheuring: Everyone, Merry-Go-Round, CANAL

Scheuring spoke in her performance about the desire to express suffering caused by a sense of alienation. At the same time she tried to draw attention to the impossibility of conveying the overbearing experience to others by means of established cultural codes. Review by Dr Dominik Kuryłek

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Drawing Room, Unit 8 Rich Estate, 46 Willow Walk London SE1 5SF

Drawing Biennial 2017

 Drawing Biennial 2017, Photography by Dan Weill

Drawing Biennial 2017 offers insights into how artists contend with a world in rapid and disorienting flux. A snapshot of contemporary drawing practices, the exhibition includes more than 200 new and recent works on paper by leading international artists of different generations.

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ACUD Gallery, Veteranenstraße 21, 10119 Berlin Mitte, Berlin

Monira Al Qadiri: Bubble

Monira Al Qadiri: Bubble, installation view at ACUD, Berlin

For her first solo exhibition in Germany at ACUD Gallery in Berlin, Monira Al Qadiri presents a simple combination of sculptures and video works created in the past five years. Review by Anaïs Castro

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Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Ahertajantie 5, 02100 Espoo, Finland

Olafur Eliasson: Pentagonal Landscapes

Olafur Eliasson: Pentagonal Landscapes, installation view at EMMA, 2017

Strolling through Olafur Eliasson’s remarkable Pentagonal Landscapes exhibition re-awakens the mind to the dynamic complexity of spatial experiences. To accomplish this, Eliasson not only brings together a host of authentic and reflected vistas, but also convincingly manifests their fragmentary, confounding and, ultimately, ephemeral nature. Review by John Gayer

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Copenhagen Contemporary, Trangravsvej 10–12, 1436 Copenhagen K

Anselm Kiefer: For Louis-Ferdinand Céline: Voyage au bout de la nuit

Anselm Kiefer. For Louis-Ferdinand Céline: Voyage au bout de la nuit. Installation shot, Copenhagen Contemporary 2016.

Four full-size aeroplanes occupy the corners of the vast gallery, each based on a 20th century warplane from Kiefer’s private collection. They are impotent, made from malleable lead and brittle zinc and leaning on rusted props and boulders. Giant poppies burst from a cockpit and ripped-open wings are adorned with sunflowers or weighed down with Kiefer’s signature lead books. Review by Jessie Bond

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Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Abandoibarra Etorb., 2, 48009 Bilbo, Bizkaia, Spain

Abstract Expressionism

View of the installation at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao: Abstract Expressionism

The rationale behind this blockbuster-style show is that the movement was a multifaceted group phenomenon, involving artists from all mediums and practices, and spanning the East to West Coast of America. Prominent names such as Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko or Willem de Kooning are not typically associated with group shows; rather represented in large-scale solo retrospectives dedicated to exploring their individual oeuvres. The exhibition is a major feat; most of these works haven’t been seen in tandem since 1959. Review by Philomena Epps

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Hauser & Wirth, 23 Savile Row, London W1S 2ET

Maria Lassnig, A Painting Survey, 1950 – 2007

Schicksalslinien / Be-Ziehungen VIII (Lines of Fate / Re-lations VIII)

With relentless honesty, wit and self-irony, the Austrian painter Maria Lassnig explores her corporeality and shocks by simply making tangible the most fundamental common experience of us all – inhabiting a human body. Review by Katharina Günther

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