The weekend is a great time to leisurely enjoy art. At Aesthetica we have compiled some of the best current exhibitions for you to enjoy this weekend. From Paris to New York, we take a moment to consider the contemporary art that is bound to inspire. Starting with Linder Sterling at The Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, read all about the top five experiences of art across the world.
1. LINDER: Femme/Object, The Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, ARC.
For the first time, Linder Sterling’s work is collated into a significant retrospective. Including 200 works drawn from over four decades, Sterling’s diverse practice is presented as a whole to offer a comprehensive guide to the British artist’s works. Her career began in Manchester (England) in the mid 1970s during the cultural explosion of punk, as such the zest and energy of these movements are evident in her early works and have held a sustained influence over her continued body of work. With a focus on her artistic output, Femme/Object embraces the breadth of Sterling’s creative spirit and collaborative energy as she explores the fields of art, fashion, music and dance.
2. Man Ray Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, London.
Man Ray is a man who needs no introduction. As one of the most influential and innovative artists of the 20th century, Man Ray worked to establish New York Dada along with his close acquaintance Marcel Duchamp. In this major photographic exhibition, the National Portrait Gallery takes the artist’s interest in portraiture as its focus. Showcasing 150 vintage prints taken between 1916 and 1968, this collection records a unique album of defining images of Man Ray’s contemporaries.
3. Jim Shaw: The Rinse Cycle, BALTIC, Gateshead.
With just one week left in this exhibition, The Rinse Cycle, is definitely worth a look. A large collection of works by the influential American artist Jim Shaw, the presentation deals with his continued experiments with popular culture, art, history, politics, religion and myths. A long-awaited for full survey of Shaw’s practice, the space features over 100 paintings, sculptures, drawings and videos from the past 25 years that often took years to complete. Emerging in the late 1970s, Shaw’s imagination is dramatically apparent, as his work dissect visual culture in an entirely new way.
4. Robert Adams: The Place We Live, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid.
Widely regarded as one of the most significant and influential chroniclers of the American West, Robert Adams exhibits his first European retrospective. Including photographs and a wide range of texts taken from his writings, The Place We Live offers a unique insight into the artist’s creative practice. Presented in black-and-white, and dated between 1965 and 2007, the exhibition features 300 images ranging from his early pictures of quiet buildings and settlers to his recent images of beaches and migratory birds.
5. Blues for Smoke, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
Viewing art through the lens of the Blues and Blues aesthetic, Blues for Smoke is an interdisciplinary exhibition that explores a wide range of contemporary art. Approaching Blues, not just in the musical sense, but as a field of artistic sensibilities and cultural idioms, the showcase presents works by over 40 artists from the 1950s to the present day, along with materials collected from music and popular entertainment. Taking it’s title from jazz pianist Jaki Byard’s 1960s solo album, the exhibition unites artists and art worlds that are often divided, within and across lines of race, generation and canon.
1. Linder, Sans titre, 1979, Photomontage original, Collage sur page de magazine ©Linder.
2. Catherine Deneuve, 1968 by Man Ray, Private Lender © Man Ray Trust ARS-ADAGP / DACS.
3. Jim Shaw, Untitled (US Presidents), 2006. Courtesy the artist and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead.
4. Robert Adams, Longmont, Colorado, 1979. Gelatin Silver Print, Yale University Art Gallery.
5. Stan Douglas, Hors-champs, 1992, Two-channel video installation with stereo sound 13:20 minutes, Courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner Gallery, New York, Image courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner Gallery, New York © Stan Douglas