Opening today at Tate Modern: The World Goes Pop, an exhibition presenting less known – or, in many cases, virtually unknown – artworks linked to the Pop Art movement. While formally inspired by the pop aesthetics, the artists exhibited (most of them Eastern European, Asian, Latin American and/or Mid-Eastern) used the easily recognisable visual language in a more critical context. See our photos on Flickr.
Category archives: Showtime
Don’t miss tonight’s Grand Opening of The Violet Crab, starting from 7pm @ David Roberts Art Foundation. Inspired by cabaret aesthetics and narratives, artist Than Hussein Clark transforms the gallery’s traditional architecture and spirit into an immersive experiential playground (details below). Artworks for the DRAF collection as well as newly commissioned pieces will be part of the setup.
Numerous live acts will animate The Grand Opening in collaboration with science fiction writer Nina Allan, Anja Dietmann and pianist Fion Pellacini, Pierre Huyghe, dance artist Carlos Maria Romero, live draughtsman Isobel Williams, pole dance by Ayumi LaNoire, go go dancers and more. Over sixty artworks from the David Roberts Collection are present including works by Hans Bellmer, Cerith Wyn Evans, Barnaby Furnas, Marilyn Minter, Helmut Newton, Julian Opie, Grayson Perry, Cindy Sherman and Joana Vasconcelos.
The Grand Opening will be followed by evenings of performances at DRAF on Fri 20th and Sat 21st March. The exhibition The Violet Crab will run from 6 Feb till 2 May.
A weekend trip to Milton Keynes might not be the most obvious idea of cultural outing, but How to Construct a Time Machine, currently on view @ MK Gallery, makes it worth the effort. This exciting group show SEE PHOTOS explores different narratives and meanings of time in works of 26 contemporary artists, a.o. Manfred Mohr, Thomson & Craighead, Mark Wallinger, Raqs Media Collective and Kris Martin.
Quoted from the press release:
The show’s title is taken from a text by Alfred Jarry, written in direct response to H. G. Wells’ science fiction novel The Time Machine. Wells invented and popularised a distinctively modern, fictional concept of time travel, with the time machine as a vehicle that could be operated ‘selectively’. Jarry’s response crafted a pseudo-scientific fiction that presents the time machine and time travel as an instance of ‘the science of imaginary solutions’.
The interpretation of time in the presented artworks is broad and varied, from a cast of meteorite which has been travelling for several billion years, through alphabetically cut sci-fi film to a dazzling life-size model of Dr Who’s Tardis police box that disappears into the space-time continuum. Our favourite pieces are, of course, some of the most absurd ones:
The Time Machine in Alphabetical Order by Thomson & Craighead
A complete rendition of the 1960’s film version of H.G. Wells’ Novella re-edited by the artists into alphabetical order from beginning to end.
Time Capsule from 2011 (to be opened in 2061) by Raqs Media Collective
A time travel device, in form of an aluminium container with contents, which makes it possible for Raqs to claim its contemporaneity with the future. It also constitute an encryption of the state of play between the ways in which the Raqs inhabits the present, interprets the past and faces the future.
100 Years by Kris Martin
A sleek bronze sculpture, size of a football ball, that also acts as a time bomb. It is set by Martin to detonate in 2104.
Other participating artists include John Cage, Martin John Callanan, Jim Campbell, Edgar Cleijne and Ellen Gallagher, Mat Collishaw, Ruth Ewan, Tehching Hsieh, On Kawara, the Lumière Brothers, Chris Marker, Georges Méliès, Manfred Mohr, Melvin Moti, Nam June Paik, Katie Paterson, Elizabeth Price, Sun Ra, Meekyoung Shin, Maja Smrekar, The Otolith Group, Mark Wallinger and Catherine Yass.
The exhibition is curated by Dr Marquard Smith, Head of Doctoral Studies at the RCA. It runs at MK Gallery until 22 March.
These six shows, currently on view in London, will be a real treat for lovers of painting: Luc Tuymans @ David Zwirner, Caragh Thuring @ Chisenhale Gallery (last call, closes on Sunday), Katy Moran @ Parasol Unit, Bill Lynch @ The Approach, Wilhelm Sasnal @ Sadie Coles and, starting on Tuesday @ Tate Modern, a retrospective of Marlene Dumas. See further for photos, links and detailed info.
Luc Tuymans “The Shore” | David Zwirner | till 2 April
Ten new paintings layered with dark and/or controversial meaning. Themes span from Scottish independence, through colonialism to cannibalism. See, think, shiver.
Katy Moran | Parasol Unit | till 8 March
Small abstract paintings that absorb your attention and stir imagination. The longer you look, the better they get.
Press Release | Katy talks about her painting process
Bill Lynch | The Approach | till 15 Feb
Genius painter; suffers from schizophrenia; completely overlooked during his life; dies (2013) and receives post-mortem praise. Sounds familiar? Buy while stock lasts.
Press Release | Roberta Smith on Bill Lynch
Marlene Dumas “The Image as Burden” | Tate Modern | 5 Feb – 10 May
Extensive and probably the most significant exhibition of Dumas’ work to date in Europe. Opening on Tuesday, so photos will follow shortly.
Press Release and related events
Our monthly pick of some of London’s most exciting exhibitions. Conflict, Time, Photography @ Tate Modern, Danh Vo @ Marian Goodman, Richard Serra @ Gagosian Britannia Street, Refraction—The Image of Sense @ Blain Southern (last chance—closes this w/e), Virginia Overton @ White Cube Mason’s Yard and Daniel Silver @ Frith Street Galery. See further for our photos, links and detailed info.
Richard Serra | Gagosian Britannia Street | till 4 March
Four recent steel sculptures/assemblies by the legendary minimalist sculptor
Press Release | Charlie Rose in conversation with Richard Serra
Also worth checking out:
-Alibis: Sigmar Polke | Tate Modern
Coming to London from MoMA, a retrospective of Polke’s rich five-decade career.
-Walead Beshty | The Curve, Barbican
12,000+ cyanotype prints covering the gallery from ceiling to ground
-Roy Voss | Matt’s Gallery
Collages made by cutting a word from the back of a found postcard and inserting it on the front
-David Altmejd | Modern Art
Creepy head sculptures made from crystals, mirrors, fake hair, jewellery etc.