Liverpool Biennial 2012, The Unexpected Guest, is set to open tomorrow, Saturday 15th September and will run until the 25th November. Curated by Sally Tallant, it is the largest contemporary festival in the UK and runs for ten weeks every two years, comissioning the most exciting artists from around the world. In 2010 the event attracted over 600,000 visitors marking Liverpool as a City rich in visual arts.
Electronic music is unavoidable in modern society, we hear it constantly pumping out of clubs, cars, bars and on the radio every single day. Acknowldeging this, the Science Museum, London, will be taking an entire day, on the 29th of September, to examine the roots of this now wide-spread music. Oramics to Electronica- Talk Series will take a close look at the originators and inventors of this influential genre.
Four years after opening a public space in London, David Roberts Art Foundation is packing and moving to a new larger location at Mornington Crescent. The 19th Century former furniture factory will be opening it’s doors as an art gallery on the 21st of September with the new exhibition House of Leaves, curated by Vincent Honoré.
Breaching Experiments is the new exhibition by Finish artist Pilvi Takala at Site Gallery. Over the past decade Takala has developed a critical body of singular performance pieces, unpicking those conventions created within micro-social environments. Breaching Experiments brings together several of Takala’s recent film based works as well as two performances to take place during the exhibition. Her films are often filmed covertly, capturing and observing or in some cases re-enacting seemingly bizarre social situations. Awkward, provoking, uncompromising and at times unbearably embarrassing, Takala exposes the unspoken rules of society and draws intrinsic conditions to the surface.
‘I have a stag for you’ the woman heard.
‘She was astonished and delighted, she could barely speak.’
‘But he’s very thin’ the friend went on ‘he’s borderline’
‘He much does he weigh?’ was all she asked.
‘As much as a man’ he said.
Extract from Berlinde De Bruyckere. Romeu my deer 2012.
Kimathi Donkor’s new exhibition Queens of the Undead, will be unveiled at Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) at Rivington Place from 13th September until 24th November. A presentation of a series of new commissions by the artist celebrating heroic black women from history, alongside selected earlier works, involving dramatic large-scale paintings expressing pathos, wrath, devotion and irony.
The Imposter, a critically acclaimed new documentary, sets itself up as an investigation, looking into the story of a master impersonator. Frédéric Bourdin, a Frenchman of Algerian background, was 23 when he successfully passed himself off as a missing 16-year old from Texas. Despite having an accent in English, brown eyes instead of blue, and little memory of his supposed former life in the US, the young man was welcomed back by his ‘family’ with great emotion.
Conceived specially for an arresting 19th century corrugated iron chapel in Kilburn, known as The Tin Tabernacle, Nowhere Less Now is British artist Lindsay Seers’ ambitious new installation. From the unlikely connections between the chapel, the birth of her great great uncle, George Edwards, the birth of Mina Bergson, artist and sister of French philosopher Henri Bergson, and her own birth exactly 100 years later to the day, Seers has created a journey across time. Entangling global histories with intimate stories, the work explores image-making mediums, sea-faring and migration.
Frieze Masters presents a unique perspective on the relationship between old and new art and presents over 90 of the world’s leading galleries. The speakers taking part in Frieze Masters Talks are Cecily Brown & Nicholas Penny, Glenn Brown & Bice Curiger and Luc Tuymans & Dominique de Font-Réaulx, forming an integral part of the inaugural edition of the fair. The talks programme at Frieze Masters is intended to describe how contemporary artists engage with art from ancient to modern and will consider what remains relevant in the present by discussing not only how artists perceive historical collections but also the role that this encounter plays in their work.
Gary Hume’s exhibition 2 at Sprüth Magers Berlin presents new works by the artist this September. For the artist’s second solo show in Berlin, the gallery will showcase an intimate series of works on paper, to be displayed for the very first time, completed by the addition of gloss paint upon the glass of the frame. These multi-layered compositions will be shown alongside three recent paintings on aluminium.