Since its launch in 1999, the Artangel initiative, Open, has sought to commission outstanding works of art by artists working and living in the UK. In partnership with BBC Radio 4, Artangel Open showcases work across multiple locations and forms of media, including film, sculpture, sound installation and much more.
For the Dallas Biennial 2014 (DB14) over 50 national and international artists come together to exhibit work in multiple venues across Dallas. Running for four months until 31 May, DB14 fills Texas with exhibitions, performances and lectures. Making the event accessible to everyone, work is displayed in non-profit spaces, galleries, warehouses, artist-run spaces, corporate offices, on a billboard and in a magazine.
Harry Callahan exposes the urban experience through photography in his series City at Pace/MacGill Gallery. Running until 8 March, nearly 50 of Callahan’s gelatin silver prints will be on display, showcasing his exploration of the American city from the 1940s to 1970s. The photographer’s striking black-and-white photographs capture not only the physical landscape of the metropolis, but also reveal the state-of-mind of city dwellers.
Limited edition prints by James Welling, John Chervinsky, Lucas Foglia, Irina Rozovsky and signed copies of Peter Mitchell’s Strangely Familiar are available through Light Work’s 2014 Subscription Programme. Running for over 40 years, Light Work is an artist-run, not-for-profit organisation, providing direct support to artists through residencies, publications, exhibitions, and a community-access digital lab facility. Every year the Subscription Programme includes four limited-edition prints, one signed book and a subscription to Contact Sheet, one of the longest-running photography magazines in the world. All of the proceeds go directly back to the supporting photographers.
The Dhaka Art Summit pioneers initiative for South Asian art which brings together artists, curators, galleries and visitors from across Bangladesh and the world. A major non-profit platform, the event was conceived to support museum-quality exhibits in Bangladesh, the development of South Asian art and international artistic exchange.
The work of David Bailey is celebrated in Bailey’s Stardust at the National Portrait Gallery, London, from 6 February. All of the selected images have been chosen by the photographer and make up over 250 portraits. Running until 1 June this will be one of the Gallery’s larger-scale photography exhibitions. One of the world’s most distinguished and distinctive photographers, Bailey has made an unrivaled contribution to the visual arts. His portraits are instantly recognisable as carrying an imaginative and personal character.
The second year of Jeddah Art Week (JAW) presents in its 2014 programme 13 exhibitions, several public performances and an international conference on global visual culture in venues across Jeddah, Saudi Arabia until 6 February. Over 1,500 visitors were attracted to JAW in its first year, and building on this success the Art Week aims to promote engagement with local creative practices and international contemporary art, as over thousands of years the port of Jeddah and the gateway to Mecca have stood as a crossroads, traditionally welcoming and accommodating varied cultures and people.
Experimentation is the key component to innovation. It’s essential to try new things and to gather your inspiration from as many sources as possible. This means that you have to step outside of your comfort zone from time to time, and engage with something that you might not normally encounter. Inside Issue 57, we begin with a discussion around the parameters of photography and the role that light, colour and subject play with What Is a Photograph?
Jed Divine’s solo photography exhibition at the Bonni Benrubi Gallery celebrates the development of his work into new territory, interrogating the spaces of the artist’s daily life and experience.
One of America’s most important contemporary photographers will be celebrated at The Hepworth Wakefield this February in the UK’s first major survey of work by Philip-Lorca diCorcia. The vast amount of images selected offers a unique opportunity to appreciate the full depth and complexity of diCorcia’s practice. Running 14 February until 1 June, the exhibition includes over 100 photographs from six major series.
Fly fishing is perhaps not the most popular topic for cinema, yet Eric Steel’s lyrical film, Kiss the Water, shows a new side to this niche hobby by focusing on the devotion and love of one woman to her craft. Reading the obituaries of The New York Times, the story of Megan Boyd, a woman who created intricate and beautiful fishing flies from her cottage in remote Scotland, stood out to Steel. Despite having no knowledge of fishing or Scotland, he was mesmerised by the story behind the woman.
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.