As September rolls into October, a whole host of new exhibitions open their doors, leaving us spoilt for choice when it comes to 5 To See. We begin in London with the reopening of the Saatchi Gallery, welcoming visitors with a fresh face and open arms, as well as an all-female exhibition to boot. Sculpture is also a hot topic, with notable exhibitions showcasing the work of Daphne Wright and Louise Nevelson. Exploring a breadth of critical and topical issues from the block representation of industrial forms right through to static emotional landscapes, this week’s shows anticipate exciting things to follow this Autumn.
1. Champagne Life, Saatchi Gallery, London
In alignment with the gallery’s 30th anniversary, Champagne Life is the first exhibition at the Saatchi to showcase only women artists. 14 practitioners across a variety media have been chosen in celebration of the diversity among women of art, as well to provide a platform for those who may not necessarily otherwise get a chance at the spotlight. The work is just as shocking and exciting as is expected from the Saatchi, with pieces such as Soheila Sokhanvari’s taxidermy horse balanced on a blue balloon standing out as one of the most memorable. Running from 1 October- 29 October, this exhibition should not be missed – if for no other reason than the taxidermy horse.
2. EVA & ADELE: You Are My Biggest Inspiration, Musée D’Art Moderne, Paris
EVA & ADELE, the self-titled Hermaphrodite (sic) Twins, bring their futuristic and gender-fluid world to Paris in the form of their new exhibition, You Are My Biggest Inspiration. The couple – renowned for their hyper-feminine style juxtaposed by their “phallic shaved heads” – are regulars at gallery openings and other such events, and will be making sporadic appearances to perform at their new exhibition throughout its duration. The exhibition, running from today until 26 February, is based around two video installations, two sculptures and a publication gifted to the Musée D’Art Moderne by the artists, which is featured alongside a variety of other works. A showcase unlike any other, it provides a glimpse into the life of these infamous walking works of art.
3. Daphne Wright: Emotional Archaeology, Arnolfini, Bristol
Arnolfini hosts the most extensive solo exhibition of Wright’s work in the UK to date. Opening today and running until 31 December, the exhibition features many major sculptural works, as well as films, prints, drawings and new produced works. Collectively, the showcase explores materials as expressions of unspoken human emotions. Themes such as parenting, ageing and the human relationship with animals feature heavily, demonstrating that beneath our emotional innocence always lies something more threatening. Having based herself in Bristol for the last 25 years, this is an intimate exhibition, both for Wright and Bristol as a city. Much of the work is tied to the urban landscape, giving it poignancy for visitors, be they Bristolians or those just passing through.
4. Louise Nevelson, PACE Palo Alto
Similar to the Arnolfini, PACE gallery is showcasing the work of highly acclaimed female sculptor, Louise Nevelson. Running through until 11 December, this must-see show pays tribute to the artist, highlighting her practice between the mid-1950s and the 1980s. Inspired by Cubism, Nevelson’s pioneering sculptural technique made her an iconic figure of post-war New York. Using scraps of wood and other pieces of discarded materials, the artist’s freestanding and wall-mounted sculptures symbolise unity amongst disparity. Exhibiting Nevelson’s early works alongside those from later in her career, the artist’s process is strikingly clear, allowing viewers to understand in further depth the evolution of her psychological and artistic motivation.
5. Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries, 1971-1989, AGO, Toronto
Paying homage to a highly influential era of Toronto art history, the Art Gallery of Ontario’s new exhibition features over 100 works from 65 different artists. Drawing heavily from the gallery’s collection, the exhibition explores the progressive spirit of Toronto in the 1970s and 1980s, when artists living in the city began to upturn and reinvent the conventions of painting, sculpture, photography, video, installation and performance. The showcase, running until 7 May, is organised according to theme and accentuated by references to the Toronto cityscape, emphasising the importance of the location within the artwork. Alongside the works featured, there will be a series of live performances, as well as a film and video festival.
1. Louise Nevelson, Dawn’s Wedding Chapel IV (1959-1960). Wood painted white. Courtesy of Pace Gallery.