The Art and Culture Magazine: Inside Issue 58
Sensing Spaces sees architectural practices create a multi-sensory experience.
Samantha VanDeman finds beauty and life in decaying and forgotten spaces.
Biyi Bandele tells us about his new release Half of a Yellow Sun.
Richard Ayoade speaks about his latest project The Double.
Music and fashion are closely connected, but can musicians design?
Music documentaries have significantly exploded over the past few years.
Fuerzabruta celebrates street theatre and disregards reality for dreams.
The creators of Blink demonstrate the success of new British writers.
Film of the Month
Notes on Blindness: Rainfall
Directed by Peter Middleton and James Spinney
12 mins 15 sec, 2012
After losing his sight in 1983, john Hull kept an intimate diary over three years, deconstructing his experience of blindness in relation to his family, his identity and his faith.
Screened at ASFF 2013
Picks from the Blog
After the devastation caused by World War II Britain was in desperate need of hope, optimism and re-development. During the course of the war Britain suffered the tragic loss of 383,800 soldiers’ lives. The desire to raise Britain from rubble and ash and restore its former greatness found voice through the Festival of Britain organised by the labour government of Clement Atlee in the summer of 1951, exactly one hundred years after the Great Exhibition of Britain in 1851.
Described by John Lennon as the world’s most famous unknown artist, Yoko Ono has spent a lifetime living in the shadow of her famous marriage and her revered late husband. Half-A-Wind Show, an epic retrospective visiting the Guggenheim Bilbao, is the chance to allow her the recognition she deserves.
Other Primary Structures is an exhibition of important sculptural work at The Jewish Museum, New York. The works are drawn from around the world and were produced between 1960 and 1970. Building upon the seminal 1966 exhibition Primary Structures, which set up Minimalism as an art class, the exhibition revisits the theme of 20th-century geometric abstraction from a global, rather than strictly Western or Northern, perspective.
It’s one of life’s niggles that food never looks quite as good as it does in the picture. Be it glamorised packaging or botched recipe attempts, so often one is left thoroughly underwhelmed. This ambivalence is the theme for The Art of Dining’s latest pop-up restaurant Say Cheese – The world of Martin Parr in five courses, a unique photo-culinary experience offering some very interesting twists on some quintessentially English dishes.
Conceptual artist and filmmaker Shezad Dawood will premiere his latest short at the Marrakech Biennale at the end of February. Shot in Morocco’s Sidi Ifni, Towards the Possible Film examines histories of violence and future dystopias, played out across parallel universes. The 20 minute film follows two blue-skinned astronauts who emerge from the sea and are confronted by the desolate landscape’s local inhabitants, a group of post-apocalyptic cavemen, resulting in a tense stand-off and climactic act of violence.
Beijing’s Liu Wei grew up as part of generation of artists who experienced rapid urbanisation. But there’s no indication of the Chinese cityscape in this White Cube exhibition, Density. Throughout the show – which is presented over two floors – the audience is taken away from China into an unknown space where the voluminous masses that fill the gallery space are static and lifeless.
One of America’s most important contemporary photographers will be celebrated at The Hepworth Wakefield this February in the UK’s first major survey of work by Philip-Lorca diCorcia. The vast amount of images selected offers a unique opportunity to appreciate the full depth and complexity of diCorcia’s practice. Running 14 February until 1 June, the exhibition includes over 100 photographs from six major series.
Jed Divine’s solo photography exhibition at the Bonni Benrubi Gallery celebrates the development of his work into new territory, interrogating the spaces of the artist’s daily life and experience. Devine’s previous work of platinum palladium prints have been lauded for forty years, distinguished by their delicate small-scale monochrome still lifes, landscapes, and portraiture, a selection of which will be on view in the Project Space.
Ivan Argote is a young Colombian artist, who has been based in France since 2005, where he commenced studies at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Beaux-Arts in Paris. Argote works with a multitude of media, always being provocative in his statements. One of his most widely-known gestures is a graffiti on two Piet Mondrian paintings at Centre Pompidou. Before, he danced to the Cure’s song “Close To You” in front of a black cross by Kazimir Malevich.
Los Angeles photographic art exposition, photo l.a. returns for its 23rd edition from 16 – 19 January. The long-standing event takes up residence in the iconic LA Mart building for the first time this year. Alongside the photography fair a number of galleries nearby will be working in unison to bring the best of art in LA to an international audience.
During the past decade there has been a proliferation of cultural practitioners interrogating the global politics and ethics of food production, distribution and consumption. In light of this, the Delfina Foundation has chosen 10 artists, curators and thinkers to explore the politics of food in the organisation’s first theme-based residency. The exhibition will run 20 January until 15 February.