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.
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.
This new exhibition, featuring graduating RCA Contemporary Art Students, explores the indistinct spaces that reside between chatter and silence. Open 6 until 23 March at the Royal College of Art galleries, it features the likes of John Cage, Alexandrina Hemsley and Lina Lapelytė.
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.
Michel François is renowned for being a conceptual artist in the fields of sculpture, film, paintings, print and photography. His work illustrates the artists conviction that the meaning of art is determined through its combination with others in relation to an exhibition space. This exhibition, which will be running from 30 April until 22 June 2014, will be integrated throughout the whole Ikon Gallery.
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.
The Festival International D’Art Toulouse was founded initially last year bringing together major artists, some of whom had never had a significant exhibition in France before. This 2014 edition of the Festival running from 23 May to 22 June presents projects made for unusual venues, which are placed in a sequence around the River Garonne. The festival also showcases exciting performances and concerts presented over its opening weekend. This event a highly varied and inclusive experience with a packed programme oriented towards today’s young scene whilst offering a refreshing variety of genres.
With February coming to a close, make sure to mark the beginning of March with a visit to one of the brilliant contemporary art exhibitions showing this weekend. With highlights including previously unseen photos by Robert Capa in New York, a diverse survey of contemporary Australian artwork in Sydney, and an exciting and thought-provoking look into the power of capitalism by Isaac Julien in London, there is something to see wherever you are. Here are our top five picks of current exhibitions.