For its 15th edition, Art Rotterdam has moved to a new location at the Van Nellefabriek. Running 6 – 9 February, the fair now brings together all sections under one roof. The extensive programme includes Main, New Art and Projections, which is the second edition of the innovative video section. In addition to Art Rotterdam, the city becomes a hub for the art industry and a there are numerous pop-up shows, open studios, museum exhibitions and artist presentations. Audiences will have the opportunity to explore the entire location as a free shuttle bus runs between the Van Nellefabriek, the Museum quarter and the Wilhelminapier.
Ivan Argote is a young Colombian artist, who has been based in France since 2005, where he commenced studies at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Beaux-Arts in Paris. Argote works with a multitude of media, always being provocative in his statements. One of his most widely-known gestures is a graffiti on two Piet Mondrian paintings at Centre Pompidou. Before, he danced to the Cure’s song “Close To You” in front of a black cross by Kazimir Malevich.
Carroll / Fletcher‘s current exhibition Now Showing is conceived as a journey that explores the fundamental elements constituting filmmaking; each piece investigates experimental approaches towards technical processes, narrative structures and the history and culture of filmic material.
Freedom Riders is powerful and harrowing in equal measure. The film follows the inspirational story of six months that changed America permanently. From May until November of 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives – and many endured savage beatings and imprisonment – for simply travelling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South. The piece will screen tonight, 24 January, at the Pegasus, Oxford.
Bringing Scandinavian Noir to the English coast is John Skoog’s stark yet poetic film Redoubt. Towner Museum and Art Gallery, Eastbourne, has commissioned the 2013/14 ars viva prize winning photographer and filmmaker to create a film for his first solo UK gallery exhibition. Redoubt will be shown from 25 January to 6 April and will be accompanied by Near Dark, an exhibition curated by Skoog himself.
Photographs of well-known faces playing various roles in unusual settings will be on display in Dark Tales, the first solo show by internationally acclaimed Rich Hardcastle at Mead Carney.
The third edition of the Saint-Etienne Nouveau Siècle Festival returns to Saint-Priest-en-Jarez, France this spring. Working with the Opéra Théâtre de Saint-Étienne and the Musée d’art moderne, it creates a focal point for contemporary American art through a new strand, The New York Moment, which presents a series of exhibitions that bring together key figures in the New York art scene from the 1970s to today.
Until 19 January, the 26th edition of the London Art Fair, showcasing the best of Modern British and contemporary art, will feature its first museum partnership with The Hepworth Wakefield. As part of this new partnership, the gallery will be exhibiting a unique collection of British Modernism, as well as a brand new collection of international Dialogues to be curated by Adam Carr of MOSTYN in celebration of the 10 year anniversary of the London Art Fair Art Projects series.
Bringing together photographs, photograms, videos, and works on paper, Unexplored Territory is a collection of varied and interconnected work from Kevin Cooley and Phillip Andrew Lewis. Opening at Kopeikin Gallery on 11 January and running until 22 February, the exhibition seeks to understand how everything has the potential to be simultaneously beautiful and destructive. Utilising the power of representation and metaphorical analogies, both of the artists offer audiences a unique view into their artistic spaces without repeating subject matter.
Having just scooped up 2013′s Turner Prize, the work of Laure Prouvost (b.1978) is now available to catch a glimpse of at the Contemporary Art Society’s 59 Central Street London venue until 17 January 2014. Moving restlessly between disciplines of film, performance, sound and site-specific installation, the exhibition captures the diversity and complexity of this artist whose name has now become a topical buzzword of the contemporary art scene.
The inaugural Jerwood Open Forest exhibition examines art in the environment and what it has the potential to be in its broadest definition. This unique, multisensory exhibition of new work charts the five selected projects over a six-‐month period of research and development. Juan delGado, Adam James, Amanda Loomes, artist duo Semiconductor (Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt) and Chris Watson collaborating with producer Iain Pate, have expanded on the concept of their ambitious proposals, engaging with forest sites across England. In doing so the artists have produced exciting new bodies of work comprising sculpture, film, audio, and performance, which will open on 15 January at Jerwood Space.
For Stan Douglas‘ 12 solo show at David Zwirner, the artist will debut a new film Luanda-Kinshasa on 9 January, marking the first time the artist has filmed on location in New York. The film is set in a reconstruction of the legendary Columbia 30th Street Studio, which was based in Midtown Manhattan and home to some of the most renowned musical recordings of the 20th century. Operated by Columbia Records between 1949 and 1981 in an abandoned Armenian church on East 30th Street, the studio was popular with artists working across all genres. Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue (1959), Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited (1965), and Pink Floyd’s The Wall (1979) were amongst the seminal records made at “The Church”. Other artists using the studio were Leonard Bernstein, Johnny Cash, Aretha Franklin, Glenn Gould, Billie Holiday, Vladimir Horowitz, and Charles Mingus, among many more, with musical genres ranging from classical to musicals, jazz, pop, and rock.