Opening next week on 4 March at The Little Black Gallery, London, is a new exhibition from Australian artist Vee Speers. Bordello is a searing vision of Parisian decadence, taking inspiration from the interiors and vibrancy of the city in the 1920s and 1930s. Shot on location in Paris, Speers’ work is set against the backdrop of surviving bordellos, where the lavish interiors have been preserved. Her photographs provide a seductive exploration of the female form and are produced using a hand-rendered Fresson charcoal process, lending Speer’s images an authentic quality.
David Bailey is known for his iconic portraits of celebrities, but Bailey’s Stardust at National Portrait Gallery, London, of around 300 pictures reveals the true depth of his work. From East End clubs to West End parties, through Aboriginal peoples and the sights of New Delhi, Bailey captures the richness of human life with affection and precision.
A group exhibition, featuring work from John Akomfrah, Phoebe Boswell and Rashaad Newsome, will run from 7 March until 10 April at the Carroll / Fletcher gallery in Central London. Drawing on issues of identity, class, race and gender, these three artists explore the construction of identity on both a personal and cultural level, working in mixed mediums to tell their own narratives and those of the people around them.
Steinkamp is an artist who has been heavily based in the digital media and a pioneer in the world of 3-D animation. Steinkamp’s digitally rendered animations of natural phenomena and movement are projected within the depicted architectural surroundings. This is the artist’s first exhibition in Japan’s capital city. Not only will this exhibition be new for Hong Kong, but it will always feature two new works, which will be on view until 22 March at Lehmann Maupin Gallery in Hong Kong.
About Colour follows Sarah Moon’s major exhibition last year Alchimies at Muséum National D’Histoire Naturelle, Paris. Running until 5 April at the Michael Hoppen Gallery, this show presents pieces she has never displayed to the public before. Featuring works old and new, the exhibition highlights the artist’s outstanding ability to shoot fantastical images in colour.
Showcasing an international comprehension of design, Mercedes Benz Kiev Fashion Days were back this season to celebrate their second year at London Fashion Week. Almost functioning as a taster menu the designers were stacked eclectically back to back. The talent came from emerging designers such as: Anna K, Lara Quint, Lera Leshchova, Paskal, Irina Krasilnikova and Yasya Minochkina.
Tate Liverpool presents Keywords, an exhibition building on Raymond Williams’ study of the vocabulary of culture and society. Published in 1976, Williams’ Keywords has become a seminal work in the study of English, as well as the fields of cultural studies and visual culture. The book contains over 130 short essays on words such as ‘Violence’, ‘Country’, ‘Criticism’, ‘Media’, ‘Popular’ and ‘Exploitation’, providing an account of the word’s current use, its origin and the range of meanings attached to it.
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.
Haus der Kunst reveals a new permanent gallery dedicated to the presentation of its historical archive containing documents on the building’s architecture and history, alongside a talk with Martin Schmidl and Sabine Brantl on 8 March.
Steeped in the tradition of landscape art, walking has been at the heart of many art practices and performances for generations. This exhibition, focusing on both literal and metaphorical artists’ walks and journeys, is the first to examine the astonishingly varied ways in which artists since the late 1960s have used the universal act of taking a walk as a means to explore new realms of creativity. Walk On – From Richard Long to Janet Cardiff, 40 Years of Art Walking opens on 8 February, and brings together the work of almost 40 artists including 2 and 3 dimensional pieces, video and performance.
Darren Almond’s To Leave a Light Impression at White Cube, Bermondsey, includes his photography series Fullmoon and Present Form, enthralling the audience across three large rooms divided by three white walls. Standing at the threshold of the first room, Almond’s large-scale C-type print of Cape Verde, Fullmoon at Cape Verde (2013), moves the viewer from the gallery space to an undefinable realm of winds’ unrelenting quietude. The series of photographs exhibited in this section were taken under the light of a full moon using long exposure in every continent over a period of 13 years.
As winter draws on, escape the cold and blustery weather by making the most of some of the world’s best galleries. From painting to sculpture, established artists and up-and-coming talent, our selection of five of the best current exhibitions provide something for all tastes. Whether it is the playful installations of Turner Prize winner Martin Creed, the photography of Diane Arbus exposing an era of American culture, or the exciting new work of Uri Aran, this weekend provides the perfect opportunity to engage with modern art, wherever you are in the world.