Collating the work of six artists, Flowers Gallery’s Spring Photography Selection represents work exploring the relationship between the human body and the surrounding physical and emotional landscape. Navigating between the constructed and the observed, the included pieces jump between portraying the lived experience to reenactments of vulnerability through cinematic narratives. The works challenge viewers to consider their own position in relation to the artist and the observed, reflecting on how the human condition is determined its environment.
Superreal, explores the layered meanings and interpretations of the real as it is represented in photography and video art. Drawing on the presentation of the landscape, the human figure, the world of architecture, various objects and natural phenomena, these images explore alternative realities despite their use of the photographic or video image, traditionally understood as a reflection of actuality.
Nearly 50 pieces of Alexander Calder’s influential sculptural works are on show at Pace, London from 19 April until 7 June. Also including his painting, Calder After the War is a comprehensive exhibition of the artist’s practice from 1945 to 1949, which is widely considered to be the most important period of the his career. The presentation features more than 25 mobiles, stabiles and standing mobiles on the gallery’s ground floor, while the gallery’s newly renovated first floor presents over 20 of Calder’s rarely seen paintings and gouaches.
On 23 April DNA Berlin opens Fold & Break, a new solo exhibition by Bulgarian artist Mariana Vassileva. Her practice examines numerous elements of life, exploring mobility, urban living, the intense feelings experienced within reality, the difference between the individual and the collective, the connection between people and nature and the questioning of social, political and ethical structures. Fold & Break is an exhibition of sharp observations and contemplations, reflecting on the connections between artist and audience.
So Much I Want to Say: From Annemiek to Mother Courage is the fifth presentation of works from the Goetz Collection at Haus der Kunst and opens tomorrow. The title is borrowed from an early video work by Mona Hatoum from 1983. It is based on the material of a performance: While Mona Hatoum’s voice repeatedly says, “So Much I Want to Say”, images depict a woman’s face being obscured by men’s hands. Born in Beirut in 1952, Hatoum’s works focus on individuals who are socially marginalised and silenced because of their origin and gender. Works by female artists constitute nearly half of the pieces in Ingvild Goetz’s collection of media art. These works represent and illustrate the key stages of the feminist discourse and feminist film theory since the 1970s. With works by Chantal Akerman, Andrea Bowers, Rineke Dijkstra, Cheryl Donegan, Mona Hatoum, Lucy McKenzie & Paulina Olowska, Tracey Moffatt, Ulrike Ottinger, Ryan Trecartin, Rosemarie Trockel, and T.J. Wilcox.
Artist Ellie Harrison opens her installation, Rage Receptacle, tomorrow in Leeds. Running until 27 April the outdoor project is part of Transform my Leeds and will give participants a chance to let off some steam. The Leeds-based artist constructs a temporary, interactive booth that questions how, when and why we encounter anger in our daily lives. Through a sequence of games, tasks and activities – Harrison invites the public to decide on how best to express frustration. This standalone piece is part four of Harrison’s The Grief Series which examines the 7 stages of mourning. This work is in collaboration with Paula Chambers and Bethany Wells and Harrison speaks to us about her work with grief and the audience. She is also hosting an artists’ talk The Making Of The Rage Receptacle on 19 April at 6pm at West Yorkshire Playhouse.
Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s new work, Puz/zle has its UK premiere at Sadler’s Wells on 24 & 25 April. One of Europe’s most exciting and prolific choreographers, Cherkaoui has made more than 20 shows, including zero degrees (2005, with Akram Khan, Antony Gormley and Nitin Sawhney), TeZukA (2011, based on the iconic work of manga artist Osamu Tezuka), and the award-winning Babel (2010) and Sutra (2008). Puz/zle is a Sadler’s Wells co-production with Cherkaoui’s company, Eastman. The work questions the seeming importance of order and linearity, and explores whether there is more than one way of solving a puzzle, telling a tale and simply living. Working closely with past musical collaborators – Corsican polyphonic group A Filetta, Lebanese singer Fadia Tomb El-Hage and Japanese musician Kazunari Abe – Cherkaoui dissects the form of composition and identifies the various themes that can shape a song.
Niki de Saint Phalle is best known for her colourful, voluptuous goddesses, her shooting paintings and the spectacular exhibition SHE – A Cathedral at the Moderna Museet in 1966. The exhibition Niki de Saint Phalle: The Girl, the Monster and the Goddess reflects her seminal role in art history, while also shedding light on a previously overlooked side to her oeuvre. The life-affirming goddess is juxtaposed with the girl and the monster in the film Daddy, where Niki de Saint Phalle avenges darker aspects of her childhood.
Leighton House Museum open a new photographic exhibition celebrating some of the most applauded Royal Academicians of recent times, shown in the context of their studios. Including images of Dame Elisabeth Frink, Sir Peter Blake, Antony Gormley and Grayson Perry, Studio Sittings: Photographing Royal Academicians is a collection of contemporary photographs of present day artists shown their Victorian counterparts, drawing fascinating parallels between the nature of the artist’s studio today and in Victorian times.
A unique exhibition platform, Art Basel‘s Unlimited sector will this year feature 79 artworks, the largest number of projects to date. Curated for the second consecutive year by Gianni Jetzer, Director of the Swiss Institute in New York, Unlimited will showcase a strong selection of works, many of museum quality, including pieces by Carl Andre, Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Lygia Clark, Michel Majerus and Gina Pane. Emerging talents – including Esther Kläs, Emil Michael Klein, Oscar Murillo and Amalia Pica – will be shown alongside established artists Ai Weiwei, Martin Creed, Thomas Demand, Theaster Gates, Antony Gormley, Susan Hiller, Walid Raad and Thomas Schütte.
Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF) continues an extensive programme of music, performances, and film screenings as part of Sharjah Biennial 11 (SB11), Re:emerge – Towards a New Cultural Cartography, which opened 13 March and will continue through 13 May. For SB11, Curator Yuko Hasegawa proposes a new cultural cartography that reconsiders the relationships between the Arab world, Asia, the Far East, through North Africa to Latin America.
AWOL Studios in Manchester host their eighth Open Evening on 17 May from 4pm until 9pm. With 81 studios and workshops, AWOL Studios at Hope Mill is home to over 120 artistic and creative individuals practising a diverse range of disciplines including fine art, jewellery, fashion, photography, sculpture, animation, film making and crafts.