The iconic Palais de Tokyo undergoes a radical transformation at the hand of internationally renown artist, Philippe Parreno, from 23 October until 12 January 2014. Having worked across film, sculpture, performance, drawing and text, Parreno turns his attention to the exhibition as a medium in and of itself, playing with the architectural possibilities of the space in which art is displayed as the springboard for this latest show.
Zoe Strauss’s most interesting work may be her most abstract — pictures of construction materials, earth moving machines, geometry of interiors and exterior façades, lights in a night sky. But it is easy to see why critical attention is mostly directed toward her man-in-the-street images. She captures with uncanny precision the psychoses and traumas, sometimes jubilant, of the harrowed and haunted underclass. While there may be an aura of celebration in some of the direct and jaunty portraits she takes, ultimately a vaunted sense of ego captured photographically cannot transcend an obvious underlying marginality.
With an interest in the challenges and changes in the art world, FIAC returns for its 40th edition to asses the industry it has been a part of for several decades. Opening on 24 October and running until 27, the fair aims to be creative and responsive while maintaining a spirit of continuity. The participating galleries went through a rigorous selection process in order to maintain high standards, and they also represent a balanced view of modern art, contemporary art and emerging artists.
Frieze London is over for another year and now is the time to reflect upon the many works on display. Drawing visitors in immediately was Dan Graham’s plexiglas spiral sculpture that enabled a moment to consider the art and the surrounding crowds. Perhaps this single show-stopping piece on view at Lisson Gallery’s booth served as a metaphor for the carefully curated array of art exhibited, as audiences were lured in by the presentation and then instantly moved on to see what was next.
As October charges on ahead, hurtling towards a season of winter festivities and celebrations, this weekend offers an ideal chance to take a pit stop before all the revelry begins. Soon clocks change and figures of Hallowe’en and even Christmas time emerge so make the most of one of the last autumn weekends by indulging in some of the very best exhibitions and events across the globe. Here’s a list of our top suggestions for this Saturday and Sunday.
Opening today, The Social: Encountering Photography is the first festival of international contemporary photography in the north-east of England. The event collates new commissions and UK premieres with iconic works from leading international practitioners in museums, galleries and found spaces across the region. Running until 23 February, the images are spread between Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art and a selection of other venues.
After touring the globe offering free programmes and projects concerned with the urban, the BMW Guggenheim Lab has finally returned home to New York with a final exhibition. Running until 5 January, the exhibition showcases some of the best contributors and Lab team members who helped bring the project to life throughout their international journey.
BERLONI, formerly EB&Flow, has opened a new space in central London this Frieze week. Launching with an exhibition by Artists Anonymous, the new gallery takes over the entirety of the three-story, Margaret Street space with a surreal distortion of its interiors. The building will be transformed by real trees, turf and Victorian wallpaper, and audiences will find themselves in an unnatural ecosystem. Aesthetica speaks to Robin Mann, who co-directs the gallery with Margherita Berloni, about the show and his enjoyment of Frieze London.
For the first time Tate Modern will stage an international comprehensive survey of the work of Mira Schendel (1919-1988). As one of Latin America’s most important and prolific post-war artists, she has made an influential contribution to the art world. Along with her contemporaries Lygia Clark and Hélio Oiticica, Schendel reinvented the language of European Modernism in Brazil. Running until 19 January, the exhibition exemplifies how Tate is continuing to rethink and re-present the history of modern and contemporary art by showcasing those working outside of USA and Europe.
As intricate as they are intriguing, Yayoi Kusama’s White Infinity Nets pull the viewer into the depths of the artist’s psychedelic perspective of the world and leaves you, in fact, seeing dots.
In this first exhibition dedicated exclusively to his paintings, London’s Timothy Taylor Gallery celebrates the work of Berlin-based artist, Volker Hüller (b.1976). Noting a decided move from figuration towards the abstract, this show creates dense, disjointed and textured webs as materials merge and ideas combine in canvas collages.
British artist Georgina Starr’s Before Le Cerveau Affamé, currently on show at Cooper Gallery, curated by Sophia Hao, is an adventure from a sleepless mind.