Premiums Interim Projects is the Royal RA Schools’ annual exhibition. Running until 19 March, the showcase features work from 16 postgraduate students in their second year of study. Located in the galleries in Burlington Gardens, it provides an opportunity for audiences to view new work by emerging artists at the interim point of their postgraduate study at the UK’s first art school.
A comprehensive collection of the work of Italian Futurism produced between 1909 and 1944 has opened at the New York Guggenheim. Running until 1 September, this is the first chance to see work of over 79 artists in the United States. Titled, Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe, the exhibition strives to examine the history of the movement from its beginnings with F. T. Marinetti’s Futurist manifesto in 1909 through to its demise at the end of World War II.
Cold Wave is Hannah Whitaker’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles. The exhibition will run at the M+B Gallery from 15 March 26 April, with a special opening reception on 15 March, 6-8pm. This show of Whitaker’s artwork displays her interest in the Austrian logician Kurt Gödel who introduced the notion of unknowability to mathematics. His ideas in the field problematised early 20th century philosophical claims to truth and knowledge.
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.
Running from 16 April – 22 June, shown together for the first time, five of Chris Marker’s multi-media installations will be on display at the Whitechapel Gallery as it celebrates the Director who is best known for his dedication to the “essay film”. This free exhibition of the influential filmmaker’s work will present films and photographs from throughout his notable career.
Collected Works is a diverse group exhibition running from 7 March until 26 April at Atlas Gallery, showcasing key photographers and landmark acquisitions from the gallery’s dealings with important and vintage imagery over the years. With everything from prints by Robert Capa and William Klein, to contemporary works by Paolo Ventura and Nick Brandt, this is a collective display of important art from the last two decades.
Established in 1996, The Deutsche Börse Photography Prize highlights a living photographer, from any country, which it feels has meaningfully contributed to photography in Europe with a specific body of work. Past winners include Richard Billingham, Broomberg & Chanarin, Andreas Gursky, Boris Mikhailov and Juergen Teller. The prize, seen as one of the largest art prizes in the UK, aims to stimulate public debate about the use of photography and to bring the medium to the forefront of the public eye.
Art14 London ran from 28 February until 2 March drawing in galleries and institutions from around the world to Olympia in Kensington. But, with so many art fairs saturating the art world every season, one may not be against harbouring an aversion to their overwhelming non-descript stature – however Art14 subtly offered something far more captivating.
Running until 16 March 2014, Arcana is a vibrant exhibition which draws on the mystic origins of the word ‘arcana’ as a celebration of secrets. While these artists are all different in their style, choice of medium and execution, the works are being brought together to unify a sense of sanctity as well as the notion of the revealed, concealed and of portals and the mystery.
The best emerging artists are showcased in the sixth annual RSA New Contemporaries at the Royal Scottish Academy Galleries, Edinburgh, until 12 March. The exhibition features a carefully curated selection of 63 graduates selected from the degree shows in 2013, offering a unique insight into the Scottish artists of the future.
American photographic artist Roger Ballen has spent most of his adult life living in Johannesburg documenting what he calls his “interior”. The startling image-making intercourse with the darker layers of Africa that this entails delivers more than a Roger Ballen Interior; it is the kind of art that hits so hard that it demands a confrontation with the viewer’s interior, too. Having worked for many years as a geologist, Ballen’s work asserts the need to descend to the disturbing dimensions of human experience in order to mine the baffling anatomies of instinct that animate us all. On the cusp of the release of Asylum of the Birds his twelfth book, Ballen talks to Aesthetica about how his artistic evolution is currently in the mood for a party.
This February Lexington Art League, unveiled NEW MOON at Triangle Park, Kentucky, as part of Luminosity. Running until 28 March, NEW MOON, by Caitlind r.c. Brown and Wayne Garrett, is an interactive outdoor installation built from steel, electronics, and 5,000 incandescent light bulbs (both new and burnt out). The fourth in a series of light sculptures utilizing re-appropriated domestic light bulbs, the piece is both a departure from the duo’s archetypal CLOUD installations and a further exploration of communal interaction, the social nature of light, and play. Aesthetica speaks to the pair about working in Kentucky and the ideas behind their art.