This weekend offers the perfect opportunity to enjoy the best of contemporary art. The Biennale of Sydney and Art Paris Art Fair bring together fascinating and varied selections, while exhibitions at the Camden Arts Centre, Timothy Taylor Gallery and Ffotogallery showcase the impressive work of individual artists. The photography of Paul Reas and paintings of Alex Katz use bold colour to create striking images of their societies, while the delicate beauty of SIlke Otto-Knapp’s art creates a dreamy state inspired by dance and performance. Here is our selection of this weekend’s best exhibitions.
Scream in London will be opening an exhibition by Chinese artist Liu Bolin on the 3 April. The exhibition, titled The Heroic Apparition, is the latest in Bolin’s unseen works of camouflage trickery. Based in Beijing, Bolin’s work highlights the socio-political tensions within China.
Art Paris Art Fair opens today at the Grand Palais in a celebration of contemporary and modern art. Running 27 – 30 March, the fair gathers 144 galleries from around 20 countries, offering guests the chance to revel in art that spans sculpture, photography, painting, design and art books. This year, China is the the guest of honour and the fair aims to uncover new art scenes and talents from the area. Young galleries are also highlighted in the Promises section, looking at the emerging art industry across the globe. A variety of strands join together to make a unique art fair, one that seeks to discover new visions of art.
Running from March 28 – May 10 the exhibition, Frontcountry: Lucas Foglia will address the the wild and sparsely populated American West, with all its romantic and historical connotations. This is a landscape currently facing a massive social and economic upheaval as a new mining boom transforms the lives of those living there.
You Imagine What You Desire is a fitting title for Sydney’s 19th Biennale running until 9 June. Spread across five venues – which span the width of the city and includes an island in the middle of Sydney Harbour – the programme forces audiences to slowly absorb the ideas, beauty and creative energy of each venue’s work. This year’s Biennale doesn’t have a didactic theme but simply aims to activate audiences’ desires.
The Aesthetica Art Prize returns this spring with new and inspiring artworks that discuss some of the most poignant issues of our times. Critically acclaimed by the art world and loved by visitors in 2013, the Aesthetica Art Prize is set to become one of the key events in the UK for engaging with new talent.
With so much exciting contemporary art on show, make sure to factor a gallery visit into your weekend plans. Explore the delicate beauty of Jim Hodges’ work in Minneapolis, David Hepher’s striking landscapes in London, juxtaposing urban and country life, or the fascinating conceptual career of the iconic Yoko Ono in Bilbao. Here are our pick of the top five exhibitions to see this weekend.
Personal Choice: Collectors’ selections from their own collections is Moscow-based Garage Center for Contemporary Culture’s exhibition about the collector of high end contemporary art who is Russian. While the exhibition is about the construction of the contemporary medium of Russian art collecting, it is also necessarily about the influence of international art collecting standards. While many of the artists in the exhibition are Russian, many are not, and those who are often work or worked outside of Russia.
Woman’s Hour are a four piece band based in London and formed in 2011. The band consists of siblings Fiona Jane (vocals) and William (guitar), along with Nick (bass) and Josh (keyboards). Their latest single Her Ghost is out now via Secretly Canadian. Their unique sound is enhanced by their interest in visuals and they have worked regularly with artistic duo Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, allowing them to collaborate on videos and artwork. We speak to vocalist Fiona Burgess about August Sander and the band’s search for inspiration.
A biennial is at its best, according to veteran biennial curator and critic Hou Hanru, when it is “culturally related to the local traditions of the exhibition site but open to international exchanges.” This Janus-faced idealisation of the international art event speaks to contemporary discourse on the global versus the local, a binary that regularly exercises biennial makers, participants and viewers. Located literally in time and space yet populated conceptually by global concerns, the biennial runs the risk of becoming fundamentally dislocated.
I just wanted to kill my sister… but I ended up killing my brother my other sister and my mother… I tried to kill myself but it didn’t work; the gun wouldn’t shoot, solemnly recounts a partially visible character on a screen set diagonally across the corner of the back of Ikon gallery’s first floor exhibition space. The video, There, The Gun (2010), is from critically acclaimed Iraqi artist Jamal Penjweny’s Saddam is Here show, which is currently on display at Birmingham’s Ikon gallery until the 21 April.
National Theatre’s Lyttelton Exhibition Area from 7 April – 1 June will host a photographic exhibition portraying the 1960s singer-songwriters living in Laurel Canyon and the new wave bands in downtown 1970s New York. This juxtaposition of two completely different movements in music have been made available by the Corbis Photographic Archive