With the rain lapping down and the streets turning grey, this weekend is certainly one for sheltering away in a warm gallery with some of the world’s best exhibitions for company. Whether you’re in the mood for the cheerily colourful or the stripped back and reflective, there’s bound to be something in the art world to keep out the cold this Saturday and Sunday. Here are a few ideas of shows you might like to try.
1. Dana Schutz, The Hepworth Wakefield
Expect explosive colour and imaginatively comic worlds in this first UK solo exhibition from Dana Schutz, one of the most significant young contemporary artists in America. Exploring the peculiarity of the human situation and the ethics of embarrassment, this collection of Schutz’s figurative paintings sees the playful and provocative intertwine with the dark and deadpan. A technicolour foray into the absurd, certain to inject startling brightness into this damp and dreary weekend.
2. The Best Dutch Book Designs, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Continuing a long and proud tradition, the Stedelijk Museum returns will its annual celebration of beautiful, captivating and thoughtfully-created books. From over 300 entries, including, for the first time, an e-book and an app, a jury of some of the biggest names in the Dutch print world selected 33 texts they deemed the best in the Netherlands, looking at content and form, illustration, design and typography. Focusing on books that are handsomely made and lovingly cared for, this exhibition is a haven for those who cannot resist leafing through elegant pages.
3. Diane Arbus, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
A parade of postwar America in all its diversity comes into focus in this retrospective of celebrated photographer, Diane Arbus. Fascinated with the tangling of reality and fiction, theatre and authenticity, Arbus created a powerful, controversial survey of the metropolis of the 1950s and 1960s, capturing children, carnival performers, nudists, transvestites, eccentrics and a whole host of quirky, fascinating figures in her portraits. Be prepared to get lost once again in Arbus’ peculiar warping of the familiar and the estrangement of the known as this latest exhibition sends a striking message back to the photography world of this unique and unforgettable icon.
4. André Saraiva: Dream Concerts, MOCA, Los Angeles
The thrill of a show poster and the allure of a concert line-up is played with in this teasing new exhibition at MOCA. Bearing no date, these posters excite and confuse, leaving audiences unsure whether these star-packed show bills are still to come or something missed and legendary from long ago. Straddling the line between reality and imagination, wishful thinking and actuality, this presentation revels in the public art of posters that has tempted and entranced thousands of passers-by across the streets of the world.
5. Abdulnasser Gharem, Edge of Arabia, London.
The most significant Saudi conceptual artist of his generation and a lieutenant colonel in the army, Abdulnasser Gharem’s work throws down a challenging gauntlet to the way art is practiced in the isolated, rapidly-changing Saudi cultural landscape. A mélange of all the different strands of his practice – photography, video, painting, sculpture and performance – this pivotal and immersive exhibition sets up sensitive questions and generates provoking connections to his country’s heritage and future. A key individual in building up artistic audiences in Saudi Arabia, this is a unique opportunity to explore Gharem and his work at its best and most challenging.
1. Dana Schutz, Photo: Bob Collier / PA Wire.