Gered Mankowitz: Vintage Stones marks the 50th anniversary of the Rolling Stones’ formation and brings together over 1000 previously unseen vintage silver gelatin prints. Shot by the group’s photographer, Gered Mankowitz, the exhibition includes the earliest surviving prints of the band, both on and off stage, and documents the period 1965-1967 when they were still relatively unknown. Running at Atlas Gallery, London, until 31 January, the pieces will also be available for purchase.
The comprehensive project América Latina 1960-2013 is a bright example of a discourse presentation in a frame of exhibition space. It aims to give a panorama of Latin American photography from 1960 up to today, and unites 72 artists from 11 countries. Curators of the exhibition, Ángeles Alonso Espinosa, Hervé Chandès, Alexis Fabry, Isabelle Gaudefroy, Leanne Sacramone and Ilana Shamoon, state that the focus of research was an evolving relationship between text and photographic image that actually doesn’t imply an imperative presence of a photograph in a piece: besides photography, the show displays video art, installations, collages etc. However, this accent is quite reasonable in relation to the historical orientation of the project that inevitably provokes reference to the particular social and political situation in Latin America countries.
The first major large-scale retrospective in Europe devoted to Photorealism is currently running at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery until 30 March. Surveying the genre’s development from the 1960s to today, the exhibition moves from the likes of Charles Bell, Audrey Flack, Don Eddy, Chuck Close and John Salt, through a second generation of painters like Gus Heinze into its contemporary digital manifestation.
From Thatcherite Britain to 21st century recession and industry decline, influential photographer Paul Reas (b.1955) has documented the experiences of the working class. This project comes together in the international premiere of his first major retrospective on display at the Impressions Gallery, Bradford, from 10 December to 8 March. One of the key artists to emerge from the new wave of British colour documentary in the mid-1980s, Reas combines acerbic wit and sharp observations to reveal and critique British class culture, critiquing the new corporate and commerical world.
Issue 56 December / January of Aesthetica is in shops now! In this edition we consider the importance of reflecting upon the things you have done, as well as those you didn’t do and will go on to do in the future. We start with Hello, my name is Paul Smith, which is on now at the Design Museum, London, and looks at the art, fashion and creative ingenuity of one of Britain’s leading designers. We also examine The Desire for Freedom. Art in Europe since 1945 at MOCAK in Krakow, Poland. At MoMA in New York, European art is also being showcased: Isa Genzken’s installations and sculptures are the subject of a massive retrospective, which surveys the layers of her work.
The calendar flips over to the final month of the year this weekend, meaning there’s not long left to catch the best art exhibitions around the world before the festive season entirely takes over. The start of December brings with it, alongside jugfuls of mulled wine and piles of mince pies, a whole feast of exciting new shows, from James-Joyce inspired presentations to gigantic marble islands. So, to get your December off to the very best of starts, here’s our top selections for this Saturday and Sunday…
Osborne Samuel presents With A Conscious Eye: An Exhibition of Three Photographers from 4 to 21 December. The exhibition showcases three of the UK’s leading contemporary photographers, each of whom use their medium to provide unique and powerful insights into the lives and traditions of various communities and individuals around the world.
For the second time, the Michael Hoppen Gallery opens Splinter, a one-day art fair on 30 November. As before, the event will offer a wide range of 19th, 20th and 21st century photography from well known practitioners including Joe Szabo, Araki (polaroids), Karl Blossfeldt, Colin Jones and Shoji Ueda to anonymous work.
The Uneventful Day brings together the unique and interconnected work of three young artists: Jim Woodall, Alexander Page and Luke Burton. Featuring installation, photography, videos and drawings, the show examines humanities’ relationship with landscape and architecture. Running 28 November to 21 December at Carroll / Fletcher, London, the three individuals unite to create a distinct presentation that celebrates both their solo projects and their combined ideas.
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.
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.
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.