Winter makes its presence felt this weekend as the first hoards of Christmas shoppers crowd the streets and rumours of oncoming snow storms begin. This Saturday and Sunday is therefore a great time to get prepared and get your fix of the best art from around the world before the roads freeze over and the white stuff hits. Here’s a run-through of our top exhibitions, from the bracing streets of Edinburgh to the busy boulevards of Paris, that are well worth dragging you away from the fire this weekend.
Lisson Gallery is widely known as one of the most influential and longest-running international contemporary art galleries in the world. Its two exhibition spaces in London champion the careers of pioneering artists and continue to support the wide-ranging potential of emerging and new talents. We provide insights into the upcoming exhibitions Nostalgic For The Future and Florian Pumhösl.
New commissions by Alison Turnbull and Matt Calderwood are based within the architecture of the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea. The work of both artists appear in two solo exhibitions at the gallery this autumn. Paintings, drawings and sculptures all respond to the history, space and elemental forces making an impact upon the building. The two showcases will run 9 November – 23 February.
A Dialogue Through Art: Works from The Jan Krugier Collection is a two-part auction, composed of works from the dealer’s renowned collection. Jan Krugier was represented many major artists, and later became the world’s foremost Pablo Picasso dealer. One of the pieces set for auction is a wooden African mask from the Ivory Coast and was of vital importance to Picasso. The mask was a source of much inspiration and it influenced two of his best known works, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907) and Guernica (1937). We speak to Susan Kloman, Head of African and Oceanic Art at Christie’s, about the mask and African art.
New Dehli artist, Subodh Gupta (b.1964) presents his first solo show in Bangalore in a series of visual diary entries at Galleryske until 7 December. Recording journeys made and food tasted on his travels around the world, this pictorial archive glimpses into the interior life of one the most audacious contemporary artists, recently dubbed as the “sub-continental Marcel Duchamp” by The Guardian.
With the Barbican hosting its finale, this comprehensive review of the relationship between Pop Art and design from Vitra Design Museum has just gone up a notch: its European tour finishing on a high with the addition of works from leading British institutions such as the V&A, Tate and many private collectors. These 200 works are housed within a curvaceous set designed by AOC Architecture and Village Green Studio, immediately transporting visitors into the bold and mischievous world of Pop Art.
As the toffee apples stock up and the calamitous noise of fireworks fill the sky, the start of November welcomes in a brand new season of festivity and celebration. However, smoking bonfires and screeching rockets aren’t the only means of celebrating this weekend with a whole host of sizzling exhibitions on offer, ready to set your Saturday and Sunday off with a bang. Revel in some of the best art shows from around the world as we count through our top five picks.
Bringing together a group exhibition of 20 young to mid-career artists from Australia, The Fine Art Society Contemporary examines the current masterpieces coming out of the country from 13 November until 21 December. Chosen by Guest Curator Geoffrey Cassidy, the works do not necessarily reflect the stereotypical landscape art to come out of Australia previously. The pieces in Australia: Contemporary Voices offer an alternative narrative, highlighting the complexities of the urban society.
Renowned for transforming the domestic and everyday urban objects into sculpture, Burlington Gardens, the Royal Academy’s new venue for contemporary art, comprises over 50 pieces from Bill Woodrow’s (b.1948) oeuvre in a new exhibition, running from 7 November until 16 February 2014.
Chris Burden, a master of many modes of expression, would have found favour with the Renaissance Humanists. But his capacity with design, architecture and engineering dominates the current exhibition at the New Museum, Chris Burden: Extreme Measures. Each floor showcases only a few works, as most are either very heavy, expansive, or both. But the intricacy within each example is quite dense with many layers of nuance and meaning, suggested and inferred.
In the catalogue prepared for the first ever Contemporary African Art Fair to take place in the world, the foreword by Koyo Kouoh, the fair’s Cameroon-born artistic director, draws attention to many important aspects of the fair. However, one of the most crucial points she makes is as follows: “The global reception of African art has morphed from the shadows of dusk into the splendour of rose in the course of a decade.” Just as it has been with Middle Eastern art in the last decade, African art has also been on the global artistic agenda. Bringing together 54 African countries under one roof, as well as 70 emerging and established artists, the fair comprises of 15 exhibitors from Abidjan to Lagos. The variety of art produced across African countries; sculptures, photography, paintings, installations, mixed-media pieces of completely different artistic movements all reflect the richness of Africa’s history and geography as well as the contemporary cultural abundance inherent within the infrastructure of the continent.
The surprisingly captivating marriage of Gonzalez-Torres and Hirst sounds like a much worse idea than it actually is. Take an endless, amorphous, intellectually charged installation by a brilliant dead conceptual artist, and pair it with some second-rate paintings by a living conceptual artists who is better known for the depth of his wealth than of his work, and you have the perfect show for Frieze.