Art Weekly Digest: London 20 - 27 February 2017

 

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Opening Of The Week

Salon 001: TSUYOSHI MAEKAWA

 

Tsuyoshi Maekawa, Mannaka Tate no Blue (A18), 1964 ©  of the artist

Tsuyoshi Maekawa, Mannaka Tate no Blue (A18), 1964 ©  of the artist

An exhibition of paintings by Tsuyoshi Maekawa (b. 1936) is the first project to be shown at SALON - Saatchi Gallery’s new project space. Announced by Lévy Gorvy, this exposition brings together the most remarkable works of Maekawa from the 1950 and ‘60s when he became a protégé of Gutai Art Association - the most powerful Japanese avant-garde collective. Having in mind Gutai’s main idea of human spiritual freedom in art, Tsuyoshi Maekawa expressed three-dimensionality of the painting by creating patchy and metamorphic surfaces. 

It will be on show until 14 May at Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York's HQ, King's Road, SW3 4RY

 

Last Chance To See

JOHN BALDESSARI. MIRO AND LIFE IN GENERAL

John Baldessari, Necessary, 2016. Copyright John Baldessari, courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, Paris & London, photography Joshua White

John Baldessari, Necessary, 2016. Copyright John Baldessari, courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, Paris & London, photography Joshua White

John Baldessari has spent many years of his career analyzing the core differences and similarities between painting and photography and between image and language. He has created text-and-image paintings in order to prove further how powerful can be the interaction of three beginnings in art: photography, text and painted image. The Miro and life in General exhibition gives us the opportunity to glance at Baldessari's new works and ultimately questions the very nature of the artist's place within the canon of art history itself.

The exhibition is on view until 25 February at Marian Goodman Gallery, 5-8 Lower John St, Soho, London W1F 9DY

 

Time To Book

PROJECT POLUNIN

Sergei Polunin for Vogue Hommes - Photo by Mario Sorrenti

Sergei Polunin for Vogue Hommes - Photo by Mario Sorrenti

Sergei Polunin, the youngest ever principal of The Royal Ballet has recently changed his path from the traditional ballet into a modern and even contemporary dancing. His goal is to create a new wave of dancing using both film and theatre legacy. His programme at Sadler's Wells brings together many great artists such as composer Ilan Eshkeri, photographer David LaChapelle, choreographer Andrew Kaydanovskiy and includes both classical and modern pieces.

 Performances are every evening at 7.30 pm from 14 until 18 March.

 

Art Discourse

BOREDOM: Curator tal

Documents of Contemporary Art: Boredom, edited by Tom McDonough, courtesy of the artist

Documents of Contemporary Art: Boredom, edited by Tom McDonough, courtesy of the artist

This talk illuminates Boredom - one part of the Documents of Contemporary art series which includes powerful discussions on important themes in contemporary art. 

It will be led by guest editor Tom McDonough (Associate Professor of Art History at Binghamton University) and artist Fulvia Carnevale who will explain different angles of boredom from artistic perspective proving that in contemporary art boredom is not just a signal of critical judgement but can in itself provide a unique aesthetic experience. 

The talk is taking place on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at 7pm at Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High St, London E1 7QX.

 

Hymn For The Weekend

EDUARDO PAOLOZZI

Eduardo Paolozzi, Real Gold (from the Bunk! portfolio), 1972; © Trustees of the Paolozzi Foundation, licensed by DACS

Eduardo Paolozzi, Real Gold (from the Bunk! portfolio), 1972; © Trustees of the Paolozzi Foundation, licensed by DACS

Britain's true pride,  Eduardo Paolozzi (1924–2005) is known as one of the most significant post-war artists and this is a unique opportunity to enjoy over 250 works of the 'godfather of Pop Art'. The retrospective includes his collages, sculptures as well as prints and fashion designs of over five decades from 1950 to 1990. His works were exhibited at numerous Venice Biennale and have influenced some main canons of art education.

The exhibition will be shown until 14 May at Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High St, London E1 7QX.