This is Gillian Wearing’s first solo exhibition in Spain since 2001. Most of the works included have been created by the 1997 Turner Prize winner over the past 15 years. Eight large-format video installations, a sculpture (a rare piece in Wearing’s production) and 11 photographs are exhibited in Gallery 1 of the Institut Valencia d’Art Modern. Works such as Bully (2010), which is a method acting class that re-enacts one man’s experience of being bullied, or the more recent Fear and Loathing (2014) are present in the show together with previous pieces such as the video installation Secrets and Lies (2009) in which a group of men and women, anonymously describe intensely personal experiences wearing masks. See more pictures after the jump.
Björk is a contemporary icon whose contributions to music, video, film, fashion and art have influenced a generation worldwide, back in March, MoMA in New York opened up a major mid-career retrospective. Thames & Hudson released a tome detailing Björk’s boundary pushing body of work. Seven distinct booklets came together to create “Bjork: Archives” with one publishing the intimate correspondence with philosopher Timothy Morton in which they search for “a definition of me and my friends’ stance in this world, which I felt his writing came very close to already. Of course I’m still searching but this email chat of ours got pretty close and we shared a couple of coordinates trying to define what “ism” a pop musician from iceland would be [...]“. “Björk: Archives” features contributions from Klaus Biesenbach, Alex Ross, Nicola Dibben, Timothy Morton and Sjón and is designed by M/M (Paris) is out now. Click here for more and see some spreads after the break.
Nowness presents the third installment of MINI’s The Cultural series. This time New York-based creative Ana Kraš travels to Belgrade to explore the cultural traditions that influence her work. This Aaron Rose-directed short is an architectural tour of the Serbian capital and playfully captures Kraš’s magpie spirit. “Most things happen to me because I wasn’t making a plan,” she says. “Rather, I was going with the flow.” Watch the video below and follow Ana through the streets of her hometown!
Agnes Martin was a key figure in the male-dominated fields of 1950s and 1960s abstraction. She is perhaps most recognised for her evocative paintings marked out in subtle pencil lines and pale colour washes. Although restrained, her style was underpinned by her deep conviction in the emotive and expressive power of art. Martin believed that spiritual inspiration and not intellect created great work. “Without awareness of beauty, innocence and happiness” Martin wrote “one cannot make works of art”. This is the first retrospective of Martin’s work since 1994, you have time until next October to see this exhibition, tie a knot in your handkerchief!
Tracey Emin, one of Britain’s most celebrated contemporary artists, has provided cover artwork for the new Penguin Modern Classics editions of Henry Miller’s novels Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn. They are scribbles and Schiele-esque swirls, shadowy dark smudges of bodies in motion and, as you may have guessed, they perfectly fit the books’ content.
On May 17 in one of MoMA’s prestigious sixth-floor galleries opened Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960–1971. This exhibition is a major event of the museum’s summer season and surveys the decisive decade that led up to Ono’s unauthorized exhibition at MoMA in 1971, bringing together approximately 125 of her early objects, works on paper, installations, performances, audio recordings, and films, alongside rarely seen archival materials. Get more info about lectures and related events clicking the link below.
Yayoi Kusama’s new exhibition Give Me Love takes place at New York’s David Zwirner gallery, and features a collection of her enormous brightly coloured canvases, her bulging Pumpkin sculptures and the interactive installation The Obliteration Room. See more pictures after the jump!
“At the end of January 1980, on the streets of Paris, I followed a man whom I lost sight of a few minutes later in the crowd. That very evening, quite by chance, he was introduced to me at an opening. During the course of our conversation, he told me he was planning an imminent trip to Venice. I decided to follow him” —from Suite Vénitienne by Sophie Calle.
In Suite Vénitienne, Sophie Calle’s first artist’s book she notates, in diaristic, time-stamped entries, her surveillance of Henri B. in Venice. She also carefully observes her own emotions as she searches for, finds and follows him. This Siglio reissue is a completely new iteration of Suite Vénitienne, designed in collaboration with Calle, to be the definitive English-language edition. This new, beautiful edition allows readers to devour this compelling and crucial work. Hit Read more to have a closer look.
Nathalie Du Pasquier started drawing as soon as she met her husband George Sowden in 1979 in Milan. She was introduced to the world of design and shortly after, in 1981, became a founding member of the iconic postmodern design movement Memphis. From then on she didn’t stop drawing, every day she would draw a whole new modern world, from very small items like jewelry to entire cities. Don’t Take These Drawings Seriously is the first and definitive compilation of all the unpublished drawings from 1981 to 1987, which had been sitting in the drawers of Nathalie’s studio for over 30 years. This unique book has been carefully edited and designed by Apartamento magazine’s co-founder Omar Sosa together with Nathalie Du Pasquier and is an excellent welcome document of an fundamental period in modern design. Have a look at some spreads after the jump!
The Hepworth Wakefield presents the UK’s first museum survey of work by Greek-American artist and feminist icon Lynda Benglis. This highly anticipated exhibition will be the largest presentation of Benglis’ work in the UK, featuring approximately 50 works that will span the entirety of her prolific career to date. Check the link below for more info!