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.
For their second exhibition, the Chalet Society has focused upon Californian artist, Jim Shaw. From 24 October until 24 January Shaw’s 40-year practice will be under the spotlight. The artist has produced a significant number of incredible paintings, drawings, videos, installations and performances. He is also a compulsive collector, drawing his inspiration from pop culture pieces, comic books, rock music, B movies and amateur paintings. As the title of the showcase suggests, it will be Shaw’s extensive archive of collected memorabilia on display rather than his own artwork.
Two exhibitions that seem, on first impressions, worlds apart have opened, simultaneously, at Turner Contemporary, Margate. Dorothy Cross Connemara and Turner And Constable: Sketching From Nature, Works from The Tate Collection straddle an almost two-century gap, contemporary mixed-media on one side, Romantic painting on the other. However, despite their differences, the two exhibitions complement one another well. The organic, poetic and quietly thoughtful works of Dorothy Cross conjure the smell of salt air and visions of the sea. Tabernacle (2013), a video installation, for example, brings the sound of waves crashing into the gallery space. The physical elements of Cross’ exhibition too, composed mainly of materials taken from the shore – sundried sharkskin, stretched over the shell of an eroded boat, the bones of a whale, strung up over a rusted bucket – carry with them, even within the sterile context of the gallery, the memory of their place of origin. Cross’ exhibition slips, quite effortlessly, into the other, Turner And Constable: Sketching From Nature, in which, through heavy, dark and rich oils, landscape and seascape are obsessively represented and reproduced.
With an interest in the challenges and changes in the art world, FIAC returns for its 40th edition to asses the industry it has been a part of for several decades. Opening on 24 October and running until 27, the fair aims to be creative and responsive while maintaining a spirit of continuity. The participating galleries went through a rigorous selection process in order to maintain high standards, and they also represent a balanced view of modern art, contemporary art and emerging artists.
Frieze London is over for another year and now is the time to reflect upon the many works on display. Drawing visitors in immediately was Dan Graham’s plexiglas spiral sculpture that enabled a moment to consider the art and the surrounding crowds. Perhaps this single show-stopping piece on view at Lisson Gallery’s booth served as a metaphor for the carefully curated array of art exhibited, as audiences were lured in by the presentation and then instantly moved on to see what was next.
As October charges on ahead, hurtling towards a season of winter festivities and celebrations, this weekend offers an ideal chance to take a pit stop before all the revelry begins. Soon clocks change and figures of Hallowe’en and even Christmas time emerge so make the most of one of the last autumn weekends by indulging in some of the very best exhibitions and events across the globe. Here’s a list of our top suggestions for this Saturday and Sunday.
British artist Georgina Starr’s Before Le Cerveau Affamé, currently on show at Cooper Gallery, curated by Sophia Hao, is an adventure from a sleepless mind.
From his dark and delirious examinations of the self and society, Mike Kelley made a name for himself as an artist of international influence. This new exhibition at MoMA is the largest of the artist’s work to-date and the first comprehensive survey since 1993. Running until 2 February, over 200 of his works come together in a showcase that encompasses his most powerful ideas from American class relations to post-punk politics.
As the autumn chill sets in, this weekend is the perfect time to seek refuge in the hottest exhibitions around the world. From the blustery streets of Gateshead to the warming city haze of Los Angeles, there’s ample opportunity to find a warming weekend treat this October. Here’s a look at five of the best shows on offer this Saturday and Sunday.
Born in JiNan City, ShanDong, China in 1990, SunYinXiaowen has grown up all over the world – living in Germany, China and the UK. Having spent time at the University of the Arts London, SunYinXiaowen is now based in London and is due to take part in the Shoreditch Fashion Show on 12 October. Following the success of the first Shoreditch Fashion Show in April, Offbeat will again be offering guests a dynamic, creatively fuelled evening showcasing the best emerging UK fashion designers and artists, musicians and DJ’s as well as mouth-watering street food from the UK’s top street food vendors. Aesthetica speaks to SunYinXiaowen about the show and artistic production.