This weekend, we inject a sense of nature and colour into our 5 To See, mimicking the vibrancy of the autumnal flora. In the UK and the U.S., two shows bring the outdoors into the gallery space: Ai Weiwei’s cast-iron tree trunks and roots adorn the interior of Lisson Gallery, whilst Otobong Nkanga’s drawings and tapestries draw on botanical and geological histories. Elsewhere, colour is key in Chiharu Shiota’s spacial installation in Berlin, something that is reiterated in Timothy Taylor Gallery’s retrospective of the vivid work of modernist architect Luis Barragán.
1. Prix Marcel Duchamp, Centre Pompidou, Paris
For the first time, the Centre Pompidou showcases the work of this year’s three Prix Marcel Duchamp finalists – Yto Barrada, Ulla von Brandenburg and Barthélémy Toguo – as well as recently announced winner, Kader Attia. With this group exhibition the ADIAF and the Centre Pompidou bring a new dimension to the competition, both providing shortlisted artists with the opportunity to exhibit in a leading institution and connecting the Prize with new audiences. This first collective presentation highlights a number of shared themes and approaches.
2. Ai Weiwei, Roots and Branches, Lisson Gallery, New York
In this, the artist’s first solo exhibition with Lisson Gallery in New York, Ai Weiwei populates the space with felled, cast-iron tree trunks, nearly 16 feet in length, and a series of iron root sculptures set against the backdrop of a wallpaper installation. The seven sculptures on display create a forest of displaced objects and reveal the artist’s interest in tradition and contemporaneity as well as the prevalence of displacement in post-modern societies.
3. Otobong Nkanga, Nottingham Contemporary
Antwerp-based Nigerian artist Otobong Nkanga’s first solo show in the UK is hosted by Nottingham Contemporary. Comprised of tapestries, performances, drawings and installations, these works trace a range of botanical and geological histories. The exhibition focuses upon two site-specific installations: the first – which is also a new commission – features a collection of museum display cases, a wall drawing and a two-part tapestry, whilst the second, sees the artist bring the natural world into the gallery space in a new version of her installation Taste of a Stone.
4. Chiharu Shiota, Uncertain Journey, Blain|Southern, Berlin
Chiharu Shiota’s latest site-specific installation forms part of her first exhibition with Blain|Southern and is also featured in the Last Words in the current issue of Aesthetica. Known for her immersive pieces such as The Key in the Hand, which appeared at the Japanese pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2015, Shiota’s intricate networks of coloured yarn create visual planes for the viewer to explore. Uncertain Journey centres on a single installation, set within the gallery’s atrium.
5. Architecture of Color: The Legacy of Luis Barragán, Timothy Taylor Gallery, New York
Recognised as one of the greatest second-generation modernists, architect Luis Barragán’s (1902-1988) vast oeuvre is explored in a new exhibition at Timothy Taylor Gallery – the first presentation of his work in New York since his retrospective at MoMA in 1976. The show examines Barragán’s architectural practice, his spiritual sense of aesthetics, and his unique use of colour, whilst also celebrating his legacy through the artworks of his contemporaries, those influenced by him, and those with whom he shares a visual and deeper synergy.
1. Rene Burri, Cuadra San Cristobal Mexico City,1967-68 by Luis Barragán. © Rene Burri/Magnum Photos.