The weekend really is the best time to relax and soak up our cultural surroundings. With this in mind, Aesthetica has compiled the very best in international art available to appreciate this Saturday and Sunday. Beginning with Bill Brandt’s stunning photography at MoMA in New York, we take a little detour online and look at the exhibitions you can view from your own laptop with Paul Hart’s Truncated. We take a minute to consider the most inspired contemporary art currently hanging in local galleries.
1. Bill Brandt: Shadow and Light, MoMA, New York.
One of the founding figures in photography’s modernist traditions, Shadow and Light offers a critical re-evaluation of Bill Brandt’s applauded career. With a distinctive vision, Brandt was famed for his unique ability to transform the mundane world into something fresh and strange. Influenced by Man Ray and born in London, the photographer’s images explore society, landscape, English literature, and make a significant contribution to our understanding of life in Britain during the mid 20th century.
2. Juergen Teller: Woo! ICA, London.
This weekend will be your last chance to see Juergen Teller’s Woo! as it closes this Sunday. Teller is unique in his seamless ability to produce photographs applauded in both the art world and at the centre of the commercial arena. Considered by many to be one of the most important photographers of his generation, his outstanding creative journey is mapped through the exhibition, from his striking fashion and commercial photography from the 1990s to his new and vastly more personal landscapes and family portraits.
3. Paul Hart: Truncated, ATLAS Gallery, Online.
An exhibition at your finger-tips, ATLAS Gallery present Truncated. A selection of stunning images by Paul Hart, the photographer demonstrates his ability to capture the sensitivity and life of the natural world. UK-based Hart worked for six years in advertising photography, travelling throughout Europe and the USA, before embarking on a freelance career focusing more on the natural world. Truncated is an outstanding collection of black and white woodland, reflecting the natural shapes of the planet. There will also be two images in the window of ATLAS Gallery in London.
4. Alice Anderson: From Dance to Sculpture, Riflemaker Contemporary, London.
Alice Anderson’s performance art, in the past two years, has focused on binding various objects and locations using copper thread and her mythical red fibre. Anderson covers everything from small personal items, like her laptop, to the much larger Cinémathèque Française building in Paris or the Freud Museum in London. Inspired by her childhood, the winding action recalls the invention of games as she unwinds threads from seems and winds them around objects. For the artist, binding an object is an act of reparation, protection, preservation and resistance.
5. Mitsuo Miura: Imagined Memories, Reina Sofia, Madrid.
Mitsuo Miura has lived in Spain since 1966, and his art stands out for its near-geometrical shapes and defined colours, that vary according to the theme addressed. The artist utilises a wide range of methods, techniques and disciplines and he has a close bond with certain languages of the movements that arose in the second half of the 20th century, primarily minimalism. His installations often open up a dialogue between the materials used and the space in which they are placed. Highly-stylised and simple in form, his works make reference to elements of nature.
1. Bill Brandt. Bombed Regency Staircase, Upper Brook Street, Mayfair. c. 1942. Gelatin silver print, 9 x 7 5/8″ (22.8 x 19.4 cm). The Museum of Modern Art. Acquired through the generosity of Clarissa A. Bronfman. © 2012 Estate of Bill Brandt.
2. Photographer: Juergen Teller, Title: Teenager, Suffolk 2010 © Juergen Teller.
3. Buttress, 2006 © Paul Hart.
4. Alice Anderson, courtesy of the artist and Riflemaker.
5. Mitsuo Miura: Imagined Memories, 2013, Vista de la instalacion, Palacio de Cristal, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. Fotografia: Joaquin Cortes/Roman Lores