5 To See This Weekend

Besides all the fantastic showcases already running, there are so many exhibitions opening this weekend, and it is the perfect time to absorb contemporary art. At Aesthetica we have compiled some of the best current exhibitions for you to enjoy with your time off. From Istanbul to Los Angeles, we take you through the most exciting art from across the world. We begin with Whitney Hubbs’ The Song Itself is Already a Skip, at M+B, California running until 9 March.

1. Whitney Hubbs: The Song itself is Already a Skip, M+B, Los Angeles.
With an intriguing title, Whitney Hubbs’ first Los Angeles exhibition is an opportunity to step inside the raw and powerful world of the cinematic photographer. Immersed in darkness, her black and white images swim in sensuality and reach a space free of the clutter of modern life. The photographer’s work is a series of contradictions, uniting the most unlikely elements: harsh and lyrical, improvised and constructed, familiar and yet at the same time completely foreign. Built on unlikely visual patterns, the artist commands her viewers’ full attention in her uncanny creations.

2. Luc Tuymans Graphic Works 1989-2012, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Den Haag.
Tuymans’ impressive oeuvre may seem to centre mainly around painting, but Gemeentemuseum Den Haag present his first ever retrospective of graphic work. This collection reveals another aspect of his work that is of equal importance as his painting. As an investigative artist, Tuymans makes use of countless pre-existing images and photographs. The collection of visual materials leads to the production of graphic work, and this can eventually give rise to a painting. The artist’s approach to painting is somewhat unusual in that he paints just one day a week, and therefore has to get his paintings right first time. But his graphic work is an arena for him to experiment.

3. Claerwen James, Flowers Gallery, London.
Claerwen James presents several new paintings and monotypes at Flowers, London. During her undergraduate degree in Zoology at Oxford James spent her time painting. Regardless of the fact she chose to study a PH.D, it was painting she really loved, rather than science. As a consequence she retrained at the Slade School of Fine Art and graduated in 2003. In this collection, all of the paintings began as photographs, some found and some taken by the artist herself. She believes that the awkwardness of the photographs is crucial to the painful, elegiac quality of the paintings.

4. Prix Pictet: Power, İstanbul Modern, Karaköy.
Photography, in its often stark and bold form has the power to change and shock. As such, the photography prize, Prix Pictet aims to raise public awareness of the environmental and social challenges humanity faces today. Focusing on the theme of “power”, this exhibition features the work of 12 shortlisted photographers. The selected striking images question the environmental forces at work in the world, representing how the same energies that result in disaster and despair can also generate hope and renewal.

5. Alice Channer, Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Linder, The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield.
Linked together, but uniquely individual, Hepworth presents three exhibitions by Alice Channer, Jessica Jackson Hutchins and Linder Sterling. Uniting all three artists is their engagement with the legacy of Barbara Hepworth as part of the process of making new works for their exhibitions. Light-boxes, collage assemblages, sculptures made from everyday objects and ambitious installations are among the diverse practices employed by each artist in their inventive art that explores representations of the human body.

1. © Whitney Hubbs and courtesy of M+B, Los Angeles.
2. The Conversation (Het Gesprek), 1995, Zeefdruk / Screenprint, Uitgegeven door Middelheim Promotors, Antwerpen / Published by Middelheim Promotors, Antwerp, Oplage van 150 / Edition of 150 10 AP.
3. Claerwen James, courtesy of Flowers Gallery and the artist, 91.5 x 81 cm, oil on board.
4. Luc Delahaye, A Rally of the Opposition Candidate Alexander Milinkevich, 12 March, 2006, Minsk, Belarus.
5. © Jessica Jackson Hutchins 2012 Image courtesy Timothy Taylor Gallery London.