A massive piece of chalk occupies the kerbside immediately outside the gallery door. Across three of its planes is carved the title of this exhibition of new work by long-term collaborative duo Heather and Ivan Morison at WORKS|PROJECTS until 15 March. The Bristol rain has softened the chalk’s surface, but still it bears the scars of the heavy machinery by which it was rent from the earth, along with rust-stains left by the chains that brought it here.
Cult cool, design duo Virginia Ferreira and Chris Neuman never fail to cause a stir. However this season they have steered away from their archetypal East London look, citing their muse as the refined “Parisian woman”. The show notes told a tale of an “Iconic Parisian woman during the devastation of WWI” although it was immediately apparent that their vision was not one of a victim.
Make sure to catch up with the world of art this weekend by visiting one of the many excellent exhibitions currently on show. With highlights including the famous photographs of David Bailey in London, the bright and playful paintings of Bernard Frize in Paris, and the innovative installation of Micol Assaël in Milan, there is no excuse to miss out. Our top picks for this weekend showcase some of the best contemporary artists working today, in some of the most interesting galleries across the globe.
Opening this month is Public Intimacy: Art and Other Ordinary Acts in South Africa, a collaborative exhibition from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA). Challenging the typically perceived visual history of a country divided by apartheid, the exhibition, including the work of over 25 artists, delves into the intimacy of everyday life in South Africa. Spanning a range of mediums, Public Intimacy presents a frank and honest portrayal of a community still undergoing change, exploring how the politics of South Africa are embedded within the acts of the everyday.
Sarah Maple’s God is a Feminist is an exploration of identity, feminism and religion. Her diverse and engaging practice spans video and painting. From 28 February until 15 April Maple’s work appears at Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast. Aesthetica speaks to Maple about her controversial work and her thoughts on contemporary feminism.
There is no better way to escape the panic of Central London than slipping through the courtyards of Bloomsbury into SOAS’s Brunei Gallery. It’s worth a visit for the Japanese roof garden alone, holding an air of constant unchanging silence as the city pulses and roars below. The current show in this solitary sanctuary is Recalling the Future, an exhibition of Post-revolution Iranian art. Set across two floors of the gallery, the presentation is an eye-opening exhibition of 29 artists, some of which have never exhibited in the UK.
In a city where dining experiences “pop-up”, sales flash, and oysters are a tasteless travel ticket, fashion has had to break from a light jog into a sprint. Ready for submersion into a harsh urban sphere, Bernard Chandran’s AW14 collection channels all of the strongest parts of menswear tailoring, with the cinching and finesse of women’s wear.
Painting Now at Tate Britain celebrates a selection of five contemporary painters, each displaying a synopsis of their unique stylistic vision. The artists that were on display were: Tomma Abts, Gillian Carnegie, Simon Ling, Lucy McKenzie and Catherine Story. Areas of the gallery were confined according to artist, and the works intertwine between abstraction, realism, fauvism and any number of painterly tools from the reaches of art history. Painting Now does not present a survey of the state of painting today where the artists involved are the next generation in a new sweeping movement of painters. What it did offer, was a fleeting glimpse at the ever-evolving boundaries of painting being questioned.
ARCOMadrid opens 19 February and brings together the best art from artists working in Spain and internationally. The fair is for contemporary art professionals, art-lovers and the general public, with initiatives to suit their different interests. The first two days are devoted to collectors, curators, and directors of museums, biennials and art centres, when the fair is the best meeting point and space for sharing projects.