Advent is well under away and in the midst of carols, Christmas shopping and the increased preparation for the festive period, there’s still plenty of great art out there to enjoy. Escape the bitter winter winds and take a break from all the Christmas planning to make the most of the world’s best art galleries, showcasing some of the finest and most eclectic exhibitions right through December. From the sandy beaches of Miami to the bustling streets of London, here are five of the best to indulge in this Saturday and Sunday.
1. Hello, My Name is Paul Smith, Design Museum, London
Fashion, innovative creation and startling beauty take centre stage in the Design Museum’s elegant new exhibition exploring the world of Paul Smith. Celebrating his colourful career to date, the show casts an eye over the impressive scale of Smith’s work that from humble beginnings in a tiny Nottingham shop in 1970 flourished into global prominence. Including a vast display of his photographs and art alongside a recreation of his office – a real cabinet of curiosities – this expansive new presentation charts the influences, collaborations and designs that made Paul Smith a household name, as well as offering a glimpse into the possible future for this powerhouse of British fashion.
2. SCOPE Miami Beach 2013
Sprawling the golden sands of Miami Beach, SCOPE 2013 gathers together some of the hottest emerging contemporary art. Welcoming 100 international exhibitors across a vast array of disciplines, SCOPE unites the seasoned collectors, curators and taste-makers of the art world. The fair offers audiences the chance to spot new emerging trends and previously undiscovered talent in some of the most exciting burgeoning artists and galleries, dipping their feet in this global cultural sphere for perhaps the first time. SCOPE also promotes music and art together in its collaboration with VH1, which through its own You Oughta Know initiative has helped launch some of music’s most talked about pieces.
3. Joëlle Tuerlinckx: WOR(L)D(K) IN PROGRESS?, Arnolfini, Bristol
The cavernous space of the gallery and the fundamental role of the museum in the community forms the focus of this first retrospective show of Brussels artist Joëlle Tuerlinckx (b.1958). Fascinated with the basic visual components of lines, colours and volumes, Tuerlinckx draws together film projections, video, drawings, collages, photographs and found objects with subtle alterations to the space that highlights the time and space framework of the viewing experience. Specific down to the last millimetre and obsessed with distance and size, this new show seeks to put into question and redefine the irrational and chaotic logic through which we think and navigate our experiences.
4. Stan Douglas: Disco Angola, Victoria Miro, London
The grooves of the nascent disco underground of 1970s New York are mapped onto the civil war of newly independent Angola in Stan Douglas’ (1960), second solo show with Victoria Miro. Incongruent, yet engaged in a subtle and fascinating dialogue, these two scenes of the 1970s capture a pivotal moment in the history of global politics and economy. Wall to wall, the psychedelic shirts, flamboyant dance moves and gold-paneled ballrooms of disco sit opposite images of conflict, coup d’états and historical change to highlight the intersection of documentary and the visual imagery of popular culture, alongside the eye-opening affinities between these two apparently antagonistic cultures that shared the same decade.
5.Anthony McCall: 1970s Solid Light Works, Sprueth Magers, Berlin
Straddling the genres of sculpture, cinema and drawing, Anthony McCall plunges the Spreuth Magers into darkness as visitors are offered the unprecedented opportunity to see three of the artist’s seminal ‘solid light’ works. Whilst the three-dimensional Line Describing a Cone (1973) displays a volumetric form of projected light slowly materialising in the space, Conical Solid (1974) sets up a flat blade of light rotating to hypnotic effect. Four Projected Movements (1975) provides the focal point of the piece as a 15 minute reel is passed through the projector forward, backwards, back to front and front to back, deconstructing cinema to its basic elements of light and time, yet expanding out its boundaries to encompass sculpture and installation art.
1. Two Friends, 1975, 2012.
Posted on 6 December 2013