Kara Walker

Camden Arts Centre

11 October 2013 - 5 January 2014


Kara Walker is known for her powerful visual narratives that explore the intersection of race, gender, and sexuality. Her thought-provoking and raw approach to these issues has garnered much acclaim, especially for the manner by which she examines the psychology of slavery through fictional narratives. 

Walker radically reinvented the traditional 19th-century silhouette portrait, elevating the practice of tracing onto and cutting out black paper figures into a formidable, grand format for her “nightmarish fictions.” The exhibition explores many aspects of Walker’s art, especially her transformation of the cut-paper silhouette into lyrical and argumentative expression. The graphic nature of the artist’s work, both in content and format, moves from the wall to moving picture in this presentation of silhouettes, drawings, prints, and video. As race remains one of the most difficult conversations to have in America, this exhibition is especially timely amid the discourse on race today, 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation. 

Camden Arts Centre
Arkwright Road
London 
NW3 6DG


http://www.camdenartscentre.org

Kara Walker

Camden Arts Centre

11 October 2013 - 5 January 2014


Kara Walker is known for her powerful visual narratives that explore the intersection of race, gender, and sexuality. Her thought-provoking and raw approach to these issues has garnered much acclaim, especially for the manner by which she examines the psychology of slavery through fictional narratives.

Walker radically reinvented the traditional 19th-century silhouette portrait, elevating the practice of tracing onto and cutting out black paper figures into a formidable, grand format for her “nightmarish fictions.” The exhibition explores many aspects of Walker’s art, especially her transformation of the cut-paper silhouette into lyrical and argumentative expression. The graphic nature of the artist’s work, both in content and format, moves from the wall to moving picture in this presentation of silhouettes, drawings, prints, and video. As race remains one of the most difficult conversations to have in America, this exhibition is especially timely amid the discourse on race today, 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation.

Camden Arts Centre
Arkwright Road
London
NW3 6DG


http://www.camdenartscentre.org

ALISON GOLDFRAPP: PERFORMER AS CURATOR

19 October - 2 March 2014

The Lowry

The Lowry arts venue in Salford has begun a new programme of  art exhibitions examining the relationship between the performing and visual arts. First up as guest curator is Alison Goldfrapp, one half of internationally acclaimed group Goldfrapp. 

A graduate in performance art herself, Goldfrapp has chosen art that resonates with her own distinctive aesthetic as a musician. She has chosen themes of metamorphosis, transformation and identity through the medium of fairy tales and magic. Among the artists featured in the exhibition are children’s book illustrator Jan Pienowski, the German early animator Lotte Reinigen, naive American folk artist Henry Darger, and the Surrealist painter Leonora Carrington. 


The Lowry
Pier 8
Salford Quays
M50 3AZ

http://www.thelowry.com

ALISON GOLDFRAPP: PERFORMER AS CURATOR

19 October - 2 March 2014

The Lowry

The Lowry arts venue in Salford has begun a new programme of art exhibitions examining the relationship between the performing and visual arts. First up as guest curator is Alison Goldfrapp, one half of internationally acclaimed group Goldfrapp.

A graduate in performance art herself, Goldfrapp has chosen art that resonates with her own distinctive aesthetic as a musician. She has chosen themes of metamorphosis, transformation and identity through the medium of fairy tales and magic. Among the artists featured in the exhibition are children’s book illustrator Jan Pienowski, the German early animator Lotte Reinigen, naive American folk artist Henry Darger, and the Surrealist painter Leonora Carrington.


The Lowry
Pier 8
Salford Quays
M50 3AZ

http://www.thelowry.com

The British Museum 

Shunga: Sex and Pleasure in Japanese Art

3 October - 4 January 2014

Shunga is the term given to a very specific form of erotic art from 17th century Japan.  So titillating and erotic these were these images, that they remained high taboo in Japan during the 19th and early 20th century. 

The exhibition at the British Museum is the first of its kind and lifts a veil on this little known form of erotic art. As Neil MacGregor, director of The British Museum, says, “The Japanese paint the pleasures of sex like nobody else.” Shunga is the solution to the “lack of archaeological material” and the “little material traces” that tell us how different cultures performed sex, and whether they enjoyed it.

And, somehow, Shunga is surprisingly discreet.  Hardcore pornography it most certainly is not. Although these images showcase overt sexual encounters, their participants cling onto their clothes. In fact, clothing cleverly emphasises the sexiness of the act. For example, Kitagawa Utamaro conveys the intimacy of a couple’s lovemaking in a scene from Poem of the Pillow (1788) by giving us a little glimpse of their entwined legs through the man’s silk jacket. And in Needlework (1794-5), he inserts a subtle sense of eroticism into an otherwise everyday scene by dressing his models in loosely worn clothes and offsetting the flash of a white leg against a bright red undergarment. Artists skilfully modulate the patterns on their models’s robes to suggest the beautiful curving bodies beneath; they use fabrics to adorn and frame the body, like Russian icons… although the sentiment could not be more different. 

A combination of art and sex is at the heart of Shunga, and any exhibition that seeks to explore the relationship between the two is bound to cause a stir…

British Museum
Great Russell Street
London
WC1B 3DG

www.britishmuseum.org

The British Museum

Shunga: Sex and Pleasure in Japanese Art

3 October - 4 January 2014

Shunga is the term given to a very specific form of erotic art from 17th century Japan. So titillating and erotic these were these images, that they remained high taboo in Japan during the 19th and early 20th century.

The exhibition at the British Museum is the first of its kind and lifts a veil on this little known form of erotic art. As Neil MacGregor, director of The British Museum, says, “The Japanese paint the pleasures of sex like nobody else.” Shunga is the solution to the “lack of archaeological material” and the “little material traces” that tell us how different cultures performed sex, and whether they enjoyed it.

And, somehow, Shunga is surprisingly discreet. Hardcore pornography it most certainly is not. Although these images showcase overt sexual encounters, their participants cling onto their clothes. In fact, clothing cleverly emphasises the sexiness of the act. For example, Kitagawa Utamaro conveys the intimacy of a couple’s lovemaking in a scene from Poem of the Pillow (1788) by giving us a little glimpse of their entwined legs through the man’s silk jacket. And in Needlework (1794-5), he inserts a subtle sense of eroticism into an otherwise everyday scene by dressing his models in loosely worn clothes and offsetting the flash of a white leg against a bright red undergarment. Artists skilfully modulate the patterns on their models’s robes to suggest the beautiful curving bodies beneath; they use fabrics to adorn and frame the body, like Russian icons… although the sentiment could not be more different.

A combination of art and sex is at the heart of Shunga, and any exhibition that seeks to explore the relationship between the two is bound to cause a stir…

British Museum
Great Russell Street
London
WC1B 3DG

www.britishmuseum.org

LEO RUBINFIEN

Beyond the War: Seven Photographs from Southeast Asia, 1984-1987

Oct 24 - Nov 30, 2013



In Leo Rubenfien’s images taken in Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines not long after the Americans departed from Saigon, there is no more violence, but the lush and gorgeous landscape of Southeast Asia seems to brood with the silence that remained where the war had been.  Beyond the War is presented in conjunction with another exhibition; Vietnam: The Real War: A Photographic History from the Associated Press.

A Map of the East, from which some of these photographs are taken, is one of the most highly esteemed photography books of the 1990s. It appeared in 1992 together with one-man exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Seibu Art Forum, Tokyo. Rubinfien spent much of the 1980s exploring the lesser known streets and back roads of Japan, his childhood home- as well as China and Southeast Asia, producing a body of work admired for its intimacy, humanity and vivid detail. 

Steven Kasher Gallery
521 West 23rd Street
New York
NY 10011

LEO RUBINFIEN

Beyond the War: Seven Photographs from Southeast Asia, 1984-1987

Oct 24 - Nov 30, 2013

In Leo Rubenfien’s images taken in Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines not long after the Americans departed from Saigon, there is no more violence, but the lush and gorgeous landscape of Southeast Asia seems to brood with the silence that remained where the war had been. Beyond the War is presented in conjunction with another exhibition; Vietnam: The Real War: A Photographic History from the Associated Press.

A Map of the East, from which some of these photographs are taken, is one of the most highly esteemed photography books of the 1990s. It appeared in 1992 together with one-man exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Seibu Art Forum, Tokyo. Rubinfien spent much of the 1980s exploring the lesser known streets and back roads of Japan, his childhood home- as well as China and Southeast Asia, producing a body of work admired for its intimacy, humanity and vivid detail.

Steven Kasher Gallery
521 West 23rd Street
New York
NY 10011

JACQUES HENRI LARTIGUE

Bibi

11 Oct 2013 - 5 Jan 2014


Jacques-Henri Lartigue (1894-1986) thought of himself primarily as a painter and was only ‘discovered’ as a photographer in 1963, at the age of 69, when an exhibition of his work opened at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.  Throughout the course of his life Lartigue created an amazing body of photographs, filling scores of albums with his prints and written diaries.


The exhibition at focuses on photographs from the 1920s that depict Lartigue’s marriage to Madeleine Messager, known as Bibi, his first wife and the mother of his only child. This is the first international showcase of the exhibition following its unveiling earlier this year in Les Rencontres d’Arles.

Bibi features dozens of black and white photographs including images from the couple’s visit to London. The photographs trace Lartigue and Bibi’s relationship from their early days as a loving couple and glamorous socialites - to subsequent upheavals and calamities which eventually led to their separation.

The Photographers’ Gallery
16 - 18 Ramillies St
London
W1F 7LW

http://thephotographersgallery.org.uk/home

JACQUES HENRI LARTIGUE

Bibi

11 Oct 2013 - 5 Jan 2014


Jacques-Henri Lartigue (1894-1986) thought of himself primarily as a painter and was only ‘discovered’ as a photographer in 1963, at the age of 69, when an exhibition of his work opened at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Throughout the course of his life Lartigue created an amazing body of photographs, filling scores of albums with his prints and written diaries.


The exhibition at focuses on photographs from the 1920s that depict Lartigue’s marriage to Madeleine Messager, known as Bibi, his first wife and the mother of his only child. This is the first international showcase of the exhibition following its unveiling earlier this year in Les Rencontres d’Arles.

Bibi features dozens of black and white photographs including images from the couple’s visit to London. The photographs trace Lartigue and Bibi’s relationship from their early days as a loving couple and glamorous socialites - to subsequent upheavals and calamities which eventually led to their separation.

The Photographers’ Gallery
16 - 18 Ramillies St
London
W1F 7LW

http://thephotographersgallery.org.uk/home

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A New Sculpturalism- CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE FROM SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

16 June - 16 September 2013

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California 




A New Sculpturalism examines the work of thirty-eight major and emerging practices in contemporary Los Angeles architecture of the past twenty-five years. What unites this group of architects is not a drive towards a singular aesthetic, style or form but rather a relentless commitment to asking essential questions and challenging the very notion of what architecture is and can be. Their work is distinguished by innovative design, inventive use of materials, and a bold visual vocabulary. Many have deep roots in Southern California, while others have been drawn here from around the world by the magnetic lure of an un-constrained creative environment. Most have strong affiliations with the Southern California Institute for Architecture (SCI-Arc), the Department of Architecture and Urban Design at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of Southern California Department of Architecture. Among the earlier generation of represented architects are Frank Gehry, Thom Mayne, and Eric Owen Moss, from whose practices have emerged younger generations of architects, a number of whom are included in the exhibition.

Celebrating the ideas, projects, and processes that continually seizes the opportunity to redefine architecture, both locally and globally, the exhibition demonstrates how Los Angeles is one of the world’s vibrant centres  for architectural thinking and creation.

www.moca.org

A New Sculpturalism- CONTEMPORARY ARCHITECTURE FROM SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

16 June - 16 September 2013

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California


A New Sculpturalism examines the work of thirty-eight major and emerging practices in contemporary Los Angeles architecture of the past twenty-five years. What unites this group of architects is not a drive towards a singular aesthetic, style or form but rather a relentless commitment to asking essential questions and challenging the very notion of what architecture is and can be. Their work is distinguished by innovative design, inventive use of materials, and a bold visual vocabulary. Many have deep roots in Southern California, while others have been drawn here from around the world by the magnetic lure of an un-constrained creative environment. Most have strong affiliations with the Southern California Institute for Architecture (SCI-Arc), the Department of Architecture and Urban Design at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of Southern California Department of Architecture. Among the earlier generation of represented architects are Frank Gehry, Thom Mayne, and Eric Owen Moss, from whose practices have emerged younger generations of architects, a number of whom are included in the exhibition.

Celebrating the ideas, projects, and processes that continually seizes the opportunity to redefine architecture, both locally and globally, the exhibition demonstrates how Los Angeles is one of the world’s vibrant centres for architectural thinking and creation.

www.moca.org

Kudzania Chiurai

Mallorca Landings Gallery

24 May - 28 July 2013





'On a continent that has experienced more violent conflict than any other, this exhibition follows an individual’s narration of events that lead up to the inaugural speech by the first supposedly democratically elected prime minister. This leader styled along many of our existing African leaders, retells the history of a people from another time, but still Africa’s time…” says the artist. Chiurai references child soldiers, African liberation movements, and civil wars. He tracks the similarities in the societal, political and ideological fabric of states in tumultuous times of transition. Notions of public and private are raised in performances taking place in the streets of Newtown and in basements with limited access. A sound installation scores the gallery experience. Representations of spectacle perpetuated by the media are brought to question. Scenes captured in photographs, drawings and paintings play into popular hip-hop imagery.

In a similar style to previous bodies of work (such as his Dying to be Men series of 2009), Chiurai’s environments are enticing and seductive, but explore very real casualties of African independence and democracy and the effects of globalisation on war. 


Caputxines 11, 07003 Palma de Mallorca, Spain


www.mallorcalandings.com

Kudzania Chiurai

Mallorca Landings Gallery

24 May - 28 July 2013

'On a continent that has experienced more violent conflict than any other, this exhibition follows an individual’s narration of events that lead up to the inaugural speech by the first supposedly democratically elected prime minister. This leader styled along many of our existing African leaders, retells the history of a people from another time, but still Africa’s time…” says the artist. Chiurai references child soldiers, African liberation movements, and civil wars. He tracks the similarities in the societal, political and ideological fabric of states in tumultuous times of transition. Notions of public and private are raised in performances taking place in the streets of Newtown and in basements with limited access. A sound installation scores the gallery experience. Representations of spectacle perpetuated by the media are brought to question. Scenes captured in photographs, drawings and paintings play into popular hip-hop imagery.

In a similar style to previous bodies of work (such as his Dying to be Men series of 2009), Chiurai’s environments are enticing and seductive, but explore very real casualties of African independence and democracy and the effects of globalisation on war.


Caputxines 11, 07003 Palma de Mallorca, Spain


www.mallorcalandings.com

Abelardo Morell

1June - 3 August 2013

Stephen Daiter Gallery



Hallucinatory in their beauty, these elegant images- the solid and perceived – of the concrete and the conceptual – of the sky and the earth, form this exhibition. 
You haven’t seen pictures quite like this before. 

Something strange and wonderful happens when light enters a dark space through a tiny opening. Aristotle described the phenomenon back in the o century B.C. Leonardo in Renaissance Italy sketched the process. In Coney Island and other 19th-century seaside resorts, tourists lined up to see the magical results. Shift to a Boston classroom, the year 1988. Cuban-born Abelardo Morell, teaching an introductory photography course at an art college, was curious to step back in time. On a sunny day, he covered the classroom windows with black plastic, making the space as dark as a cave, cut a dime-size hole in the material, and told his students to watch. Almost instantly the back wall came alive like a movie screen, its surface covered with a fuzzy image of people and cars moving along Huntington Avenue outside. Then the double take: The image was upside down, sky on floor, ground on ceiling, the laws of gravity seemingly gone haywire. This inspires Morell’s work to this day. Mundane backdrops become magical vistas- catch it while you can.


230 W. Superior, Fourth FLoor
Fourth Floor
Chicago, IL 60654


http://www.stephendaitergallery.com/dynamic/exhibit_display.asp?Exhibit=Current&EventID=2

Abelardo Morell

1June - 3 August 2013

Stephen Daiter Gallery

Hallucinatory in their beauty, these elegant images- the solid and perceived – of the concrete and the conceptual – of the sky and the earth, form this exhibition.
You haven’t seen pictures quite like this before.

Something strange and wonderful happens when light enters a dark space through a tiny opening. Aristotle described the phenomenon back in the o century B.C. Leonardo in Renaissance Italy sketched the process. In Coney Island and other 19th-century seaside resorts, tourists lined up to see the magical results. Shift to a Boston classroom, the year 1988. Cuban-born Abelardo Morell, teaching an introductory photography course at an art college, was curious to step back in time. On a sunny day, he covered the classroom windows with black plastic, making the space as dark as a cave, cut a dime-size hole in the material, and told his students to watch. Almost instantly the back wall came alive like a movie screen, its surface covered with a fuzzy image of people and cars moving along Huntington Avenue outside. Then the double take: The image was upside down, sky on floor, ground on ceiling, the laws of gravity seemingly gone haywire. This inspires Morell’s work to this day. Mundane backdrops become magical vistas- catch it while you can.



230 W. Superior, Fourth FLoor
Fourth Floor
Chicago, IL 60654


http://www.stephendaitergallery.com/dynamic/exhibit_display.asp?Exhibit=Current&EventID=2

WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath

29 June -  29 September 2013

Corcoran Gallery of Art, Houston


This landmark exhibition revolutionizes our understanding of this momentous subject, immersing viewers in the experience of soldiers and civilians during wartime. WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY brings together images by more than 200 photographers from 28 nations and covers conflicts from the past 165 years—from the Mexican-American War through present-day conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Organized not chronologically but around themes such as “The Fight,” “Refugees,” and “Remembrance,” it shows how photography has informed our understanding of conflict over time, and around the world. 

Epic in scope and ambition, and featuring many of the most indelible photographs ever made, ‘WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY’ takes us from the home front to the battlefield and back again.  

500 Seventeenth Street NW Washington, DC 20006 

http://www.corcoran.org/warphoto#sthash.UiF8lvQT.dpuf

WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath

29 June - 29 September 2013

Corcoran Gallery of Art, Houston


This landmark exhibition revolutionizes our understanding of this momentous subject, immersing viewers in the experience of soldiers and civilians during wartime. WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY brings together images by more than 200 photographers from 28 nations and covers conflicts from the past 165 years—from the Mexican-American War through present-day conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Organized not chronologically but around themes such as “The Fight,” “Refugees,” and “Remembrance,” it shows how photography has informed our understanding of conflict over time, and around the world.

Epic in scope and ambition, and featuring many of the most indelible photographs ever made, ‘WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY’ takes us from the home front to the battlefield and back again.

500 Seventeenth Street NW Washington, DC 20006 

http://www.corcoran.org/warphoto#sthash.UiF8lvQT.dpuf

Visions of the Universe

National Maritime Museum

7 June - 15 September 2013

More than 100 images documenting the development of telescopy, photography and our understanding of our place in the universe make up this exhibition at the National Maritime 

The Hubble Space Telescope was sent into space in 1990. Orbiting outside the distorting effects of the Earth’s atmosphere, it has taken awesome images of our universe. This photograph shows Endeavour space shuttle astronauts F Story Musgrave (on the robotic arm) and Jeffrey Hoffman (inside the shuttle) during the first servicing mission, in 1993, which repaired a flaw in the telescope’s primary mirror.

National Maritime Museum
Romney Rd
Greenwich
London
SE10 9NF

http://www1.rmg.co.uk/

Visions of the Universe

National Maritime Museum

7 June - 15 September 2013

More than 100 images documenting the development of telescopy, photography and our understanding of our place in the universe make up this exhibition at the National Maritime

The Hubble Space Telescope was sent into space in 1990. Orbiting outside the distorting effects of the Earth’s atmosphere, it has taken awesome images of our universe. This photograph shows Endeavour space shuttle astronauts F Story Musgrave (on the robotic arm) and Jeffrey Hoffman (inside the shuttle) during the first servicing mission, in 1993, which repaired a flaw in the telescope’s primary mirror.

National Maritime Museum
Romney Rd
Greenwich
London
SE10 9NF

http://www1.rmg.co.uk/