Take the opportunity to engage with the revival of printmaking, Arab architecture or American photography at one of the many thought-provoking contemporary art exhibitions on show this weekend. The exhibitions at Millennium Gallery, ICA Philadelphia and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art directly engage with concepts of space and the idea of a changing city reflecting its people, while Ullens Contemporary Art’s Art Post Internet examines how the increasingly dominating presence of the internet is changing our conceptions of culture, taking us out of the city and into the cyber. Here are our pick of the top five exhibitions to see this weekend.
1. Lynch, Burroughs and Warhol, The Photographer’s Gallery, London
Working across fields including filmmaking, creative writing, painting and performance, David Lynch, William S. Burroughs and Andy Warhol are some of the most renowned artists of the last 60 years. This exhibition provides the opportunity to explore the photographic work of each, from Lynch’s dark and brooding industrial structures, to Warhol’s stitched images of everyday scenes, and the uniquely dynamic style of Burroughs’ rarely acknowledged photography. Each fascinating in their own right, when viewed in dialogue the images provide a snapshot of the changing, and multi-faceted face of America since the 1960s.
2. Printing Sheffield, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield
Celebrating the longstanding tradition of artist printmaking in England, this exhibition explores how contemporary artists are embracing the medium in diverse and innovative ways. Prints by artists including Kid Acne, James Green and Jo Peel bring a vibrant and witty edge to the creative scene and update the artistic form for the 21st century. Many of the artists use the city of Sheffield itself as a point of inspiration, depicting the landscape and architecture through their art.
3. Ruffneck Constructivists, ICA Philadelphia
11 international artists feature in this group exhibition which attempts to define a contemporary manifesto or urban architecture and change. The term “Ruffneck Constructivists”, a play on “Russian Constructivists”, evokes thugishness as an expression of abjection and shows how spaces are reconfigured as a result of political and social factors. Sculpture, video and photography make up this emotive reflection on the struggles of urban living and those defiant bodies reshaping the environment as a result.
4. Arab Contemporary: Architecture, Culture and Identity, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark
Reflecting on how architecture bears identity and shapes the cultural uniqueness of a country is this collection of works focussing on locations such as the new city of Dubai, old Yemenite civilizations and the expansive desert. Picking out features of visual culture and conceptions of space shared by different Arab countries and regions, the exhibition traces a uniting frame of reference within Arab architecture and asks what ‘Arabian’ might mean today.
5. Art Post Internet, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing
The omnipresence of the internet is the focus of this exhibition, questioning how an ‘internet state of mind’ in which we are acutely aware of the networks which determine production, influences the creation of art. New understandings of materiality, changes to the circulation of culture and differing experiences of the image are all explored in Art Post Internet. This thought-provoking collection features art from the likes of Harm van den Dorpel, Petra Cotright, Marisa Olson and many more.
1. Tim Portlock, Sunrise, 2011, archival pigment print, 72 x 54 inches, 2011. Courtesy of the artist.