This winter Mariko Mori invites visitors of the Royal Academy to take part in “a prayer for peace and harmony for each living being on Earth” with immersive installations which reflect the artist’s own Buddhist beliefs and reverence for the natural world. This exhibition, which studies the winter solstice amongst other ecological miracles, is perfectly timed as Mariko’s pieces glow ice-white, mirroring the frosty glaze which currently covers Burlington Garden’s entrance on the coldest day of the year so far.
A pioneer of photographic art, German artist Floris Neusüss depicts the human form, nature, and aspects of domestication through his camera-less photographs. Currently on view at ATLAS Gallery, Ancient and Modern unveils original works by Neusüss from the 1960s and 1970s that have not been previously released from his studio until now.
Over the past fortnight, in an extreme reaction to the Union Flag’s removal from Belfast City Hall, an outbreak of rioting and death threats to politicians has darkened the political climate in Northern Ireland. This dissonance is a testament to how easily local politics can revert back to the brutal years of civil unrest. En route to The Golden Thread Gallery the main road had been closed to facilitate a march by loyalist protestors. A cavalcade of white police jeeps formed a cordon along the path and the sound of a surveillance helicopter punctuated the tense atmosphere as it hovered over the throng of Union Jack flag bearers. I considered my experience of this uneasy situation in relation to the underpinning concerns of the current GT Gallery exhibition The Shadow of a Doubt by the artist Sandra Johnston.
Opening tomorrow at the Musée Ariana, Art for The World showcases FOOD, an international travelling art project. Running from 19 December until 24 February, the show is curated by Adelina von Fürstenberg and focuses on the connection between food and environmental concerns, looking particularly at the preservation of the plant, the choice of nutrition, the consequences of climate change, the poising of agricultural products and the food distribution gap. FOOD is made up of the art exhibition, a selection of short movies and a series of keynote conferences.
Alain Rodier presents New Paintings in Series 2012, a new range of 25 works taken from four different collections. Collating works from the past 12 months, they stand as the fifth major exhibition the Parisian has housed in London, and the first in almost 10 years. Uniting a rich and diverse variety of thematic focuses, Rodier presents works that are evocative and thought-provoking in their visual effect. Rigorously exploring the many dimensions of modern culture, and what it means to be a human in the 21st century, the exhibition evokes both pleasure and pain, illustrated in delicate and sharp paintings. Previously, a world-wide Fashion Photographer, Rodier began his artistic career in London back in 1991, he returns for the first time since 2003 to showcase his most recent work.
Anish Kapoor is one of the most celebrated artists working today and has created some of the world’s most ambitious and recognisable contemporary artworks. This unique exhibition at The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) running from 20 December 2012 until 1 April 2013, will be Kapoor’s first major presentation of his work in Australia, and includes works from the early stages of his career to the present day. It explores the artist’s continual experimentation across a variety of materials including clay, plastic, pigment, steel and wax to create works of great visual power and emotional impact.
US artist Dan Flavin (b. 1933) presents, Lights at mumok, Vienna. Running until 3 February 2013, Flavin uses commercially available fluorescent tubes in standard sizes and colours to create a (literally) sparkling exhibiton. Bound together with a sensual aura, the artist’s works are precise and carefully calculated. Using objects from everyday life, Flavin draws art and normal living together. Although an array of fantastical colours, the thin tubes reflect a minimalist sobriety.
Jerwood Visual Arts (JVA) has announced today the five artists selected for Jerwood Makers Open 2013: a unique commissioning opportunity which recognises rising stars in the world of applied arts. The completed commissions will be presented for the first time in an exhibition at JVA at Jerwood Space, London from 10 July until 25 August 2013, before touring the UK.
In the Republic of Happiness is Martin Crimp’s newest play currently performed at the Royal Court Theatre until 19 January. A violent satire, In the Republic of Happiness begins with the unexpected arrival of Uncle Bob who delivers a long and outrageous message. Disrupting a family Christmas, Uncle Bob’s visit throws up many questions and one certainty: the world will never be the same again. Previously working on The City, Attempts On Her Life, The Country, Face to the Wall (to name a few) at Royal Court Theatre, Crimp talks to Aesthetica about his writing and inspiration.
Thames & Hudson has launched a quest to find the best of the next generation of painters. 100 Painters of Tomorrow opens for submissions on 15 January 2013. This ambitious new project, initiated by Kurt Beers, will culminate in a major publication that will introduce and present each winning artist and their work. Internationally advertised, the final book will create a snapshot of the best new talent in painting across the globe.
Lure, a new major solo exhibition by Kate MccGwire’s is on show at All Visual Arts in London. The title Lure is a dual reference to the ring of feathers used by a falconer to call and command their birds, and to the siren-like call of the work itself. It evokes the combination of our fascination with the iridescent, exotic specimens on display and the desire to look closer in spite of the disquieting atmosphere they create.