The weekend is a great time to leisurely enjoy art. At Aesthetica we have compiled some of the best current exhibitions for you to enjoy this weekend. From Berlin to New York, we take a moment to consider the contemporary art that is bound to inspire. Starting with Jay DeFeo at Whitney, New York, read all about the top five experiences of art across the world.
1. Jay DeFeo: A Retrospective, Whitney, New York
The Rose, (1958-66) took Jay DeFeo a staggering eight years to produce. The 2,000-pound painting is now an iconic piece of the Whitney Museum’s collection and is to be exhibited with more than four decades worth of DeFeo’s work in this comprehensive retrospective. Featuring nearly 150 works, the show traces the themes and interests the artist followed in her drawings, photographs, collages, jewellery and her monumental paintings. Arranged chronologically, the works range in weight, from mere ounces to nearly one ton.
2. Yinka Shonibare MBE: FABRIC-ATION, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield.
This is the first major UK survey of the British Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare MBE. Taking place across three of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park’ s indoor galleries and their outdoor space. FABRIC-ATION features over 30 vibrant works from 2002 to date, and includes sculpture, film, photography, painting and collage. Shonibare’s work carefully explores and confounds stereotypes of race and class, engaging with ideas around identity and authenticity.
3. Art13, London.
When there’s not enough time to get to every gallery in the world, there’s the joy of art fairs. They collate the best in private galleries and bring them to your doorstop, giving visitors the opportunity to browse and purchase from the international market. London’s new global art fair, Art13, has a long list of exhibitors, 70 percent of participating artists will be attending a fair in London for the first time and 50 percent of works will be produced by non-western artists.
4. Peter Fischli/David Weiss: 800 Views of Airports, Sprüth Magers, Berlin.
Airports are not usually wells of inspiration for artists, but Peter Fischli and David Weiss take the limbo like space as a reference point to read the changing global character of the 20th century. Since the 1980s the Swiss duo has photographed over 800 airports, depicting images that range from interior lounges to the runway. Presented without opinion and in a range of sizes, the collection of photographs represents the development of standardisation, while the exhibited sculptures’ physical presence symbolise contemporary civilization.
5. Michael Bauer: Slow Future-H.S.O.P.-Opus, Alison Jacques Gallery, London.
Bauer’s new series of oil paintings line the walls of the Alison Jacques Gallery. The artist’s inaugural exhibition at the gallery, his works demonstrate an extraordinary range of production, varying from fine-brush doodling to heavy layers of thick paint. In the middle of large canvases, Bauer builds rich amalgams of fascinating personal detritus, suspending tangled recollections of historical trivia, friends’ anecdotes, forgotten bands, maligned painters’ mistakes, and so on.
1. Untitled (for B.C.), 1973, Photo collage on mat board, 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 in. (24.1 x 19.1 cm), Private collection © 2012 The Jay DeFeo Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, Photograph by M. Lee Fatherree.
2. Yinka Shonibare MBE, Revolution Kid (Fox Boy), 2012. Courtesy the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery.
3. Nobuyoshi Araki (Japan)Kaori, 2004 Courtesy of Nobuyoshi Araki and Michael Hoppen.
4. Copyright Peter Fischli / David Weiss, Installation view, “Common Ground”, 13th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice, Courtesy Sprüth Magers Berlin London.
5. Michael Bauer, Slow Future – Haak, 2013, Oil on canvas 180 x 175 cm, 70 7/8 x 68 7/8 ins.