5 to See This Weekend

Make sure to catch up with the world of art this weekend by visiting one of the many excellent exhibitions currently on show. With highlights including the famous photographs of David Bailey in London, the bright and playful paintings of Bernard Frize in Paris, and the innovative installation of Micol Assaël in Milan, there is no excuse to miss out. Our top picks for this weekend showcase some of the best contemporary artists working today, in some of the most interesting galleries across the globe.

1. Doug Wheeler, David Zwirner, New York
In his second solo exhibition at the gallery, Doug Wheeler will create a new type of installation that he refers to as “rotational horizon work”. The immersive installation challenges conceptions of space by focusing on the way light changes along the horizon as the earth turns. Interested in aviation, the artist investigates the illusory nature of the landscape as seen from the skies and uses this experience to destabilise the traditionally static act of viewing art. Wheeler’s new form builds on his pioneering work in the field on light environments, made popular in the 1960s and 1970s.

2. Philip-Lorca diCorcia Photographs 1975-2012, Hepworth Gallery, Wakefield
As one of the most influential contemporary photographers, diCorcia’s work explores the blurring of fiction and documentary. Showcasing over one hundred photos, this is the first UK exhibition to present a survey of his career spanning forty years. While the photographer often uses real locations and people instead of actors or models, his shoots are carefully planned to create a stylistically staged environment. DiCorcia’s close attention to detail and dramatic use of lighting can be seen in his striking series Hustlers (1990-92) which depicts male prostitutes of Los Angeles and marks the start of his unique style of street photography.

3. David Bailey’s Stardust, National Portrait Gallery, London
Celebrating over 50 years of the legendary photographer David Bailey, Stardust features over 250 iconic and thought-provoking portraits. Demonstrating the huge breadth of Bailey’s work, several rooms pay homage to subjects including actors, musicians and models, as well as highlighting his large portfolio of work outside celebrity culture. The exhibition follows the influence of travel on the photographer’s art, with rooms devoted to his time in East Africa, Papua New Guinea and Delhi, among others. With all images personally selected and printed by Bailey, the exhibit tells the story of a remarkable career.

The title of Assaël’s solo exhibition combines Greek words in a purposefully meaningless way in order to prevent any pre-made perceptions. The artist creates environments which challenge the individual’s sensorial reaction through the use of temperature conditions, light, electrical engineering and magnetism. Exhibiting six of her installations, HangarBiccocia will explore how Assaël’s work interrogates the act of viewing art by immersing the spectator in unsettling environments, such as Untitled (2003), a 5×5 metre iron room in which powerful fans blast hot and cold air at those inside.

5. Bernard Frize: Hello my name is Bernard Frize, Galerie Perrotin, Paris
Saturated with colour and showcasing paintbrush techniques, Bernard Frize’s art explores the organic nature of painting through vibrant means. Layering thick acrylic paints in a way which is at once precise yet free, the artist’s work pays close attention to colour, line and shape as he provides a canvas stage for the pigment, water, gravity and effects of drying to influence the outcome. Simple in appearance, Frize’s work allows the audience imagination to search for images and meaning beneath the surface.

1. Bernard Frize: Hello my name is Bernard Frize © Adagp, Paris 2014, Photo: Claire Dorn, Courtesy Galerie Perrotin.