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.
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.
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.
3 am can be an extraordinary hour when some fear ghosts and monsters are on the prowl, when animals feel able to move without human detection and the young feel able to express themselves freely. The Bluecoat’s latest exhibition, 3 am: wonder, paranoia and the restless night brings together the work of 22 artists whose work explores this nocturnal hour, capturing and commenting on the activity of those who utilise its time.
The Marian Goodman Gallery in New York presents a major solo show of Thomas Struth’s photographic art from 10 January to 22 February 2014. Struth studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, Düsseldorf. His work was recently exhibited for a major travelling retrospective that included the Museu Sarralves, Portugal, the K20 Kunstsammlung Nordhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, the Whitechapel Gallery, London, and the Kunsthaus Zurich in Switzerland (2010 – 2012).
The agriculture of sub-Saharan Africa and the labour of everyday life on the land is brought into focus in this new body of work from Jackie Nickerson, on display at Brancolini Grimaldi from 22 November to 25 January. Creating photographs stamped with the realities of farming life, yet shot through with an element of the absurd as faces disappear and shrubbery replaces personalities, Terrain makes a point of emphasising the role of agriculture in defining African culture and society.
Ruth Campbell became the tenth winner of the annual Sproxton Award for Photography, announced at the London College of Communication’s MA Photography Final Show on 14 November. The prize was set up in memory of Andrew Sproxton who, in 1972, together with Val Williams, created the Impressions Gallery of Photography in York, one of the first specialist photography galleries in the UK and Europe.
Photographer and screenwriter Charlotte Colbert playfully examines the link between the imagined and the real in the context of the home in a new exhibition at Gazelli Art House, London. A Day at Home draws the figure of the writer and the housewife together as two individuals struggling to avoid being drawn into their setting and their imaginings respectively. Running 29 November until 15 December, the black and white images are shot on medium format film and are displayed within the context of their original negative, alluding to surreal fragments of a dream.