We line-up an extraordinary series of presentations to inform, excite and entertain you this bank holiday weekend. Ranging from the historic to the immersive, our selection provides an insight into key developments in the industry from the 1950s onwards, while inviting viewers to explore contemporary reflections on the urban environment. LACMA surveys the significant impact of the Dwan Gallery and Carré d’Art assesses the influence of American Postmodern Dancers on the Minimalist movement. LOOK/17 explores urbanism and exchange in photography today and Tate Modern provides audiences with a final chance to experience Fujiko Nakaya’s site-specific installation, London Fog.
1. Los Angeles to New York: Dwan Gallery, 1959–1971, LACMA, Los Angeles
LACMA examines the history of the Dwan Gallery, one of the most important galleries of the postwar period in the US, and its founder, dealer and patron Virginia Dwan. Beginning life in a storefront in Westwood in 1959, the Dwan Gallery was a leading avant-garde space during the 1960s, presenting groundbreaking exhibitions. Through a series of paintings, sculpture, films and drawings by renowned artists such as Edward Kienholz, Yves Klein, Franz Kline, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, Ad Reinhardt and Robert Smithson, this exhibition retrieves Dwan’s contribution to the industry and highlights the increasing mobility of the art world during the late 1950s.
2. A Different Way to Move, Minimalismes, 1960-1980, Carré d’Art, Musée d’art contemporain de Nîmes
A Different Way to Move invites audiences to reconsider the intersecting disciplines of visual art, dance and music of the 1960s and 70s in New York in relation to minimalist practices. The pioneering work of American Postmodern Dance artists – most notably Trisha Brown, Lucinda Childs, Simone Forti and Yvonne Rainer – is examined in a renewed dialogue with the works of Carl Andre, Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt, Robert Morris and Richard Serra to name a few. Based on pieces from the collections of the Centre Pompidou, Centre National de la Danse, Collection Lambert-Avignon, Kunstmuseum Basel, MoMA and others, the show takes a look at minimalist forms within a broader perspective.
3. LOOK/17, Cities of Exchange, Liverpool International Photography Festival
The festival launches its month-long programme in the city of Liverpool this weekend. LOOK/17 explores urbanism and exchange through the universality of photography. Working closely with Open Eye Gallery, Tate and other institutions, it invites artists to consider a new city and to observe the shared connections. New commissions include pieces by Wo Bik Wong, Derek Man and Luke Ching. At Liverpool ONE, British-Chinese artist Yan Preston captures the faces of modern China in Liverpool, and photographer Michael Wolf makes an appearance in Building the Civic at the Victoria Gallery and Museum.
4. Fujiko Nakaya, London Fog, Tate Modern, London
Artist Fujiko Nakaya transforms the South Terrace at Tate Modern for the first time with an immersive fog sculpture, animated by a light and soundscape made in collaboration with Nakaya’s collaborators Ryuichi Sakamoto and Shiro Takatani. London Fog invites audiences to escape the everyday bustle of the capital and to contemplate an alternative environment filled with ambient light and sound. Commissioned as part of the BMW Tate Live Exhibition: Ten Days Six Nights, its the ideal installation to explore this bank holiday weekend.
5. Pierre Huyghe, (Untitled) Human Mask, Guggenheim Bilbao
Pierre Huyghe blurs the boundary between fiction and reality in his masterfully staged works. On view for the first time at the Guggenheim Bilbao is (Untitled) Human Mask. Created in 2014, the film takes viewers to a Japanese landscape scarred by the recent tsunami and the Fukushima nuclear disaster. It is filled with people and puppets that behave as equals while animals and plants appear to amble leisurely on both sides of the border of the imaginary. The film’s protagonist is trapped in a surreal setting, performing a routine whose theme, according to the artist himself, is none other than the human condition.
1. Virginia Dwan, Dwan Gallery. Courtesy of LACMA.