Phantoms in the Front Yard, an all-male painting collective that exalts the romantic vision of old-world figurative realism in art, has just unveiled a pop-up exhibition at the HSBC headquarters in downtown Vancouver. In this showcase of what might be possible in the interpretation of Shed, we see glimpses of a tenderness that we wouldn’t expect from men, especially while exploring one of the most stereotyped symbols of masculinity, the ersatz tool shed. Among a tight edit of engaging pieces, we are treated to pencil and watercolour renderings of a wandering man among allegorically portrayed sheds intertwined with animals reminiscent of Grimm’s Fairytales. An installation of an actual shed, wallpapered in antique rose-covered paper and filled with paintings of the making of this shed, seems to spiritualise the everyday manual labourers as if they were today’s Goyas.
Interview with Jonathan Sutton on the male art collective, Phantoms in the Front Yard’s new exhibition: Shed.
Poet Philip Davenport curates the world premiere of The Dark Would, running from 7 December to 24 January as part of the Summerhall Winter Visual Arts Programme. Concerned with excavating notions of mortality to dig out old, dead categories of art, such as Concrete Poetry, Conceptual Art and Vispo, this exhibition seeks to re-position artists alongside poets and “outsiders” and free up space for a new wave of practitioners.
Interview with Paul Green, Director of the Halcyon Gallery, on Bob Dylan’s new sculpture exhibition, Mood Swings.
Bob Dylan, known more so for his poetry, music and writing, began introducing his artwork to the world with an exhibition of his Drawn Blank Series in 2007 at the Kunstsammlungen in Chemnitz, Germany. The exhibition included over 200 watercolours and gouache paintings made from original drawings. Within the last six years he has exhibited his drawings and paintings time and time again in some of the world’s most renowned museums and galleries such as the National Gallery of Denmark, the Gagosian Gallery in New York, Milan’s Palazzo Reale and last summer at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Now, Dylan exhibits his most recent sculptures at the Halcyon Gallery in London. The seven gates, glass-top tables and wall hangings made out of iron and vintage objects collected by Dylan resonates the death of industrial America. With this immaculate exhibition it is as if Dylan is returning back to his childhood town of Hibbing, Minnesota; the motto of which is “We’re Ore and More”. Since Dylan has decided not to give any interviews in relation to Mood Swings in order to let the work speak for itself, we had a interview with Paul Green, the Director of the Halcyon Gallery.
Los Angeles artist Alex Prager has spent the last 10 years constructing imagined scenes for her photographic work. Full of colour, tension and narrative, Prager’s images continue to play with the figure of the woman and she draws inspiration from classic Hollywood films, fashion advertising and icons of documentary photography. For the first time her work appears in a solo museum show in the USA in Face in the Crowd at the Corcoran Gallery of Art until 9 March.
Florian Pumhösl’s (b.1971) minimalist triptychs first debuted in London last year and are available to explore once more at Lisson Gallery until 11 January. Made up of a series of three plaster panels progressing in size, these works create an abstract visual language sequence, stamped with an implement called a cliché: an onomatopoeic French word that describes the “cliché” sound a metal press makes each time it strikes the printing process.
Traces marks the UK’s first retrospective of work by Ana Mendieta through an extensive exhibition of films, sculptures, photographs, drawings, personal writings and notebooks, and a slide-room revealing the comprehensive nature of her oeuvre. Before her untimely death in 1985, Mendieta produced a multi-faceted body of work that not only challenged traditional conventions of exhibiting and collecting art, but also enabled her to be situated as a legendary artist in an art historical context as well as the scope of contemporary art today.
A whole century after first revealing his work to America at the New York Armory Show in 1913 to a great ruckus, the art of the unofficial torchbearer of modernism, Constantin Brancusi, is celebrated in a new exhibition at the Paul Kasmin Gallery, running until 11 January. Presenting five key works that helped solidify Brancusi’s reputation, the show aims to make a great celebration of the Romanian-born artist and his lasting influence on the art world and the city of New York.
A group show that proposes a dialogue between historical and contemporary sculpture, attempting to draw a line between a lost past, a sensuous present and an imagined future has to work hard to justify its audacious blurb. This pre-emptive strike on the legendary Lisson Gallery’s 50th birthday delivers an enchanting prophecy and a celebration in an exhibition that easily tops the list of the year’s commercial gallery group shows.
Bloomberg New Contemporaries returns this November to the ICA and will include works by 46 participants. Last year’s edition was immensely successful, attracting over 42,000 visitors and highlighting the exhibition as the place to discover the best emerging artists. With over 1,500 submissions, the selectors, Ryan Gander, Chantal Joffe and Nathaniel Mellors, had the tough job of picking an outstanding selection of art from the most promising artists coming out of UK art schools.
AV Festival 14: EXTRACTION takes place 1-31 March 2014 at venues across the North East of England, including mima (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art), Sage Gateshead, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Tyneside Cinema, NGCA (Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art), Star and Shadow Cinema, Laing Art Gallery and other spaces to be announced. A biennial event, the Festival is thematically curated to engage audiences with current ideas across contemporary art, film, music and wider society. This year’s event features new commissions, UK premieres, solo exhibitions, group shows, concerts and film screenings by international and nationally renowned artists.
Based in London, Paul Fryer utilises electronic media and sculpture to create installation pieces in unexpected exhibition sites. He presented his first solo show in 2005, Carpe Noctum, at Trolley Gallery, London and has gone on to show work all over the world. Glasstress: White Light / White Heat is a Collateral Event of the 55th Venice Biennale and combines the work of 50 artists, including Fyer among others, such as, Mat Collishaw, Tracey Emin, Cornelia Parker and many more. The exhibition will be on display at The Wallace Collection and Fashion Space Gallery in London from 27 November until the end of February. Aesthetica speaks to Fryer about his involvement in the project and his practice as a whole.
First snow has fallen in some parts of the UK and the arrival of the winter freeze has sent the crowds scurrying in from the cold. This weekend is therefore a great time to make the most of the slightly quieter streets and go on an adventure exploring the very best art and culture on offer whilst others hibernate away at home. Whether it’s a hot blast of colour or a quiet space of reflection you need to blow the winter cobwebs away, here are our tips for how you might like to pass this chilly Saturday and Sunday.