A glance at the past draws our 5 To See together this weekend. Moderna Museet stages the first major European retrospective of pioneering performance artist Marina Abramović, while Arnolfini celebrates its former live art events in Performance Archive Display. In London, Skarstedt examines the continued power of pictures in the digital age, bringing together appropriated images by artists from the 1960s to the present day. Robert Mapplethorpe’s rare early works, dating from the late 1960s until the mid-1980s, are also on display at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in Paris.
1. Marina Abramović, The Cleaner, Moderna Museet, Stockholm
Marina Abramović has been using her own body as a vehicle to push herself to the ultimate limits and expand the boundaries of art for the last 40 years. The Cleaner comprises over 120 works spanning five decades, and will highlight her pioneering performance work through the mediums of film, video installations, live art, scenographies and photographs. This is the artist’s first major retrospective in Europe, who collaborated closely in its production. The works on show date from the 1970s to the present day, and feature pieces conceived with Ulay between 1976-1988.
2. Double Take, Skarstedt, London
Skarstedt examines the theme of appropriation and how it has been explored by different generations of artists using photography in new show, Double Take. With the democratisation of the image through social media and the internet, it explores the continued power of pictures in shaping ideas of identity, gender, race, desire and sexuality.Works on display are by leading artists from the 1960s to the present day, and the exhibition takes as its starting point Robert Heinecken’s seminal series of photograms Are You Rea, 1964-68, as well as works by Richard Prince, Barbara Kruger and Louise Lawler.
3. Robert Mapplethorpe, Objects, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris
The gallery presents a selection of unique early pieces by artist Robert Mapplethorpe, shown for the first time in Paris. Dating from the late 1960s until the mid-1980s, these rarely exhibited works demonstrate the artist’s range of techniques and his commitment to a personal vision throughout his life. These objects and collages reflect his radical and provocative approach, which was embedded in the sociocultural context of the New York gay underground community. Included in the exhibition is a rare 1968 collage,Untitled (Madonna Medaillon), and Jay Kiss (1973) which highlights the fetishist dimension of Mapplethorpe’s work.
4. Performance Archive Display, Arnolfini, Bristol
Arnolfini is showing archival displays of three key performance pieces that took place at the gallery in the 1970s and 80s. Three performances are represented in the exhibition. First up is documentation of Alastair MacLennan’s Is No – a solo presentation in 1988 that included a 54 hour long durational performance in gallery one and the ground floor foyer, spreading out into the city as a walk/procession by the artist. Gradually Going Tornadore presents Paul Neagu’s performance from the 1970s, and Rosemary Butcher Dance Company’s Passage North East is remembered in film. The piece was performed outside the gallery on Bristol Harbourside: it began on the other side of the dock and the dancers were then rowed across to complete the work outside the gallery, close to the audience.
5. John McCracken, David Zwirner, New York
Drawn primarily from the last decade of the artist’s career, the works on view at David Zwirner explore varying articulations of seriality within his diverse oeuvre, and the way in which he engaged formal concerns as a means of composing simple, but deeply resonant sculptures and installations. McCracken occupies a singular position within the recent history of American art, as his work melds the restrained formal qualities of Minimalist sculpture with a distinctly West Coast sensibility expressed through colour, form, and finish.
1. Richard Prince, Untitled (eyelashes) , 1982-1984. Ektacolor Photograph.