5 to See: This Weekend

Exhibitions running 20-21 January offer viewers the opportunity to reflect on the modern world, building platforms for introspection.

Associative Compositions

The work of 19th century visionaries is the starting point for a new show at Foam, Amsterdam, which links photography’s inception with the modern day.

Universal Incoherence

In 1921, influential poet T.S Eliot spent time in Margate. A new show draws connections between The Waste Land and visual arts.

New Contemporaries: Vibrant Approaches

In an accelerating landscape, fresh ways of understanding the world become important. Bloomberg New Contemporaries offers insight.

Exhibitions of Change

YSP has consistently positioned itself within the arena of creative social change, a notion continued in a collection that, quite simply, makes a difference.

Complex Representations

In an age of gratuitous image editing and fake news, it is hard to distinguish artificiality from reality. Alex Prager investigates this confusion.

MACK: Curated Perceptions

The way society consumes information is shifting. MACK foregrounds the enduring conceptual importance and materiality of their volumes.

5 to See: This Weekend

Façades are designed to conceal hidden realities. Exhibitions running 13-14 January construct and dissect exteriors to investigate such illusions.

Meaningful Deconstruction

The term “soft power” is used to described how political rhetoric is deployed through culture. Jasmina Cibic examines this rhetoric.

Recurring Voyages

Liverpool is undergoing a period of urban transformation. Tom Wood commemorates an integral part of the community’s quotidian.

Erwitt: An Influential Journey

In 1951, Elliot Erwitt was drafted into the US Army. Carrying a Leica camera, the practitioner began crafting an enduring legacy.

5 to See: This Weekend

Structures define the everyday human experience. The selection for 6-7 December examines the varied manifestations of the term.

Unexplored Visions

The Sahara Desert is the largest hot desert in the world. Magnum photographers respond to its harsh terrain and sublime landscape.

Gursky: A Kaleidoscopic Vision

“I only pursue one goal: the encyclopedia of life.” Urban, global, local or commercial, a unique form of photography delves into the contemporary world.

Interactive Transformation

Light has the power to transform nocturnal landscapes and deliver unique messages. Lumiere London brings together such innovative artworks.

Eliasson: Collective Engagement

Art has the potential to make ideas tangible. Olafur Eliasson aims to turn abstract concepts into palpable structures, engaging with the public sphere.

Irving Penn: Profound Simplicity

Irving Penn began his artistic journey when photography was primarily used as a mode of communication. C/O Berlin celebrates his career.

5 to See: This Weekend

A selection of exhibitions running 23-24 December engage with the shifting ways in which human beings experience the world.

New Artists: December 2017

The December picks look at the backbone of visual representation. Featuring recognisable and alienating landscapes, each image re-assesses space.

5 to See: This Weekend

Expanding perceptions, the selection for 16-17 December investigates new ways of seeing the world.

Unreal Quotidian

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia, is the world’s largest salt flat. This exceptional environment forms the backdrop for Scarlett Hooft Graafland’s images.

Art Fund: Inventive Spaces

The role of the art institution is evolving. Art Fund’s Museum of the Year seeks out innovation, celebrating galleries across the UK.

Shared Tangibility

Viviane Sassen’s series, Roxane II, documents the intimate reciprocal relationship between the photographer and her muse.

Ubiquitous Platforms

Approximately 3.8 billion people use the internet worldwide. ICA Boston investigates the influence of the web on visual art and society.

5 to See: This Weekend

Exhibitions running 9-10 December respond to the immediate environment, documenting urban, natural and individual landscapes.

Global Reimaginings

Magnum Retold asks contemporary photographers to respond to iconic documentary series from the agency’s archives.

Critical Playgrounds

The impact and evolution of technology is foregrounded in the 30th anniversary edition of London Art Fair.

Lyrical Physicality

A site-specific installation at Yorkshire Sculpture Park by Chiharu Shiota investigates themes of loss, nostalgia and life cycles.

Encyclopaedic Landscapes

An exhibition of German photographer Andreas Gursky’s monumental work marks the reopening of Hayward Gallery, London.

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5 to See: This Weekend

The selection for 2-3 December exposes realities about the contemporary experience, delving into current issues and holding up a mirror to society.

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The December / January issue is about ideas. The notion that progress is continuous, and that we can change things if we want to, is a powerful statement.

Deutsche Börse: Universal Systems

The four artists shortlisted for this year’s prize respond to the pervasive nature of information in the accelerating digital age.

Disrupted Narratives

IWM North reflects upon the proceedings in the Syria. The four-part programme invites visitors to consider their association to the country.

Extreme Methodologies

International Center of Photography presents The Day the Music Died, British photographer Edmund Clark’s first solo museum exhibition in the US.

5 To See: This Weekend

The selection for 25-26 November investigates self-definition, uncovering what it means to be formed by experience, locale and popular culture.

Unprecedented Arenas

The NGV Triennial provides a platform for innovative practitioners, foregrounding those who engage with new technologies.

Cohesive Timelines

Uniting a gap of 50 years, Magnum Print Room draws a portrait of America through the medium of monochromatic photography.

5 to See: This Weekend

The selection for 18-19 November delves into the concept of the every day, illuminating aspects of the quotidian in unexpected ways.

Elegiac Sequences

Gabriela Torres Ruiz captures the phenomenon of silence through a juxtaposition of landscapes and deserted structures.

Seminal Installations

At YSP, Wakefield, the Underground Gallery and its external concourse are entirely re-characterised by Alfredo Jaar’s seminal installations.

New Artists: October 2017

Our picks for October are a reflection on the environment as spectacle, with ordinary structures transformed into a visual playground of colour.

5 to See: This Weekend

5 to See for 4-5 November engage with notions of the collective conciousness, inspiring ideas about the creation of a greater whole.

Accessible Perspectives

Following the last year’s success, annual contemporary photography fair fotofever returns to the Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, for its sixth edition.

Infinite Passageways

Photography organisations Magnum Photos and Aperture Foundation come together for a print sale exploring the theme of Great Journeys.

5 to See: This Weekend

28-29 October. This week’s selection explores the wider, experiential concept of space through a multitude of different mediums.

Idiosyncratic Commentaries

Stephen Shore: Selected Works, published by Aperture, presents a collection of images chosen by a group of 15 artists, curators and cultural figures.

Foto/ Industria: Inner Realities

Until 19 November, Bologna’s MAST PhotoGallery is the only institution in the world dedicated to photography focused on industrial civilisation.

Communal Frameworks

A new text from Hatje Cantz charts the aesthetics of architecture and the creative trajectory of one of the best-known duos from Nordic culture in the field.

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