At the end of February Art14 London will return to Olympia Grand, welcoming over 180 galleries from 40 countries. Running from 28 February until 2 March, the fair brings together contemporary and modern art from all over the world, including regions such as Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Established and emerging artists from cities such as Lagos, Berlin, Beijing, Dubai, Buenos Aires, Osaka, Mumbai and São Paulo will be celebrated in this diverse event. There will also be a programme of talks, performances and collaborations with top London chefs.
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.
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.
Beijing’s Liu Wei grew up as part of generation of artists who experienced rapid urbanisation. But there’s no indication of the Chinese cityscape in this White Cube exhibition, Density. Throughout the show – which is presented over two floors – the audience is taken away from China into an unknown space where the voluminous masses that fill the gallery space are static and lifeless.
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?
Joana Vasconcelos’s vibrant and tactile art will be on display at the Manchester Art Gallery between the 15 February and 1 June. Joana Vasconcelos: Time Machine showcases 20 of the Portuguese artist’s most significant sculptures, including brand new and site specific installations. Renowned for her sculpture, Vasconcelos also produces installations, performances, video and photography. Her work is known for its use of vibrant colour, extensive use of mixed fabrics and detailed craft. Vasconcelos’s work is garish and loud, and often combines unexpected structures with flamboyant decoration. One such work in the collection is Lilicoptère (2012), a helicopter covered with pink ostrich feathers, Swarovski crystals, gold leaf, rugs, walnut wood and wood grain painting.
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.
Ivan Argote is a young Colombian artist, who has been based in France since 2005, where he commenced studies at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Beaux-Arts in Paris. Argote works with a multitude of media, always being provocative in his statements. One of his most widely-known gestures is a graffiti on two Piet Mondrian paintings at Centre Pompidou. Before, he danced to the Cure’s song “Close To You” in front of a black cross by Kazimir Malevich.
In the largest partnership of its kind in England, four art institutions and five universities are working together to showcase the new work of emerging artists in the West Midlands. New Art West Midlands is collaboration between Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Grand Union and Wolverhampton Art Gallery. This initiative exhibits the work of 24 recent graduates from the region’s undergraduate and postgraduate fine art degrees and covers a wide range of media including painting, installation, film, photography, and much more.
Sum of Us examines the relationship of the part to the whole through the work of six Kansas City artists. From 30 January – 28 June, this exhibition at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts will use sculpture, photography, drawing, and many other mediums to interrogate our human status as singular beings that constantly interact with others and belong to a wider collective.
Encounter Fine Art seeks to transform the way in which artworks and audiences interact. Interested in the critical observation of art, the company specialises in the creation of co-existing digital and physical exhibition spaces. Set up by the young-entrepreneurs, Alexander Caspari and Jordan Harris, Encounter deals with artists whose work is in the Tate Collection, been sold at Christies and Sotheby’s, won Channel 4 and Saatchi Gallery’s New Sensations and exhibited in leading Mayfair galleries ranging from The Fine Art Society to Waterhouse and Dodd.
Numerous galleries at the Royal Academy of Arts have been transformed by seven architectural practices from around the world. Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined, is an exploration of the essential elements of the art form and the way in which humans interact with space on a daily basis. Running 25 January until 6 April in the Main Galleries, the exhibition seeks to re-define the traditional architectural showcase and turn it into an immersive and multi-sensory experience.