Mark Havens’s Out of Season series depicts the disappearing motels of Wildwood, New Jersey, bringing out the interplay of an idealised past and its inexorable disappearance. Wildwood is a small barrier island at the tip of southern New Jersey, containing the highest concentration of mid-century modern hospitality architecture in the United States. These motels have remained unchanged for half a century, but are now slowly being demolished – vacant pools and forecourts replete with retro patterned uniformity are flanked by empty chairs, and haunted by a tangible absence. Havens attempts to halt the irreversible flow of time through these images, capturing a bygone era of simple leisure time. Artificial palms stand suspended, preserved in the same air as the photos themselves. Havens is a professor at Philadelphia University. His work has featured in publications such as The New York Times, and has been exhibited internationally. www.markhavens.com.
The Hepworth Wakefield and International Dialogues in Art Projects at London Art Fair
Until 19 January, the 26th edition of the London Art Fair, showcasing the best of Modern British and contemporary art, will feature its first museum partnership with The Hepworth Wakefield.
Magnum Photos’s Manifesto, an exhibition celebrating the legacy of the agency, foregrounds the ideas behind its founding and development.