Art Weekly Digest: London 09 - 15 October, 2017

Every week The Art Partners post a carefully curated selection of cultural events to see in London.

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Opening Of The Week

Fourthland: BearMotherHouse

Collage by Fourthland from workshop with Xenia. Image courtesy of the artists

Collage by Fourthland from workshop with Xenia. Image courtesy of the artists

BearMotherHouse is a newly commissioned interactive installation by the artist collective Fourthland. The London-based artists, Louise Sayarer and Eva Knutsdotter, utilise their practice to facilitate encounters with people and communities, draw marginalised knowledge into the foreground and explore forgotten modes of social and environmental consciousness.

As part of a new approach to researching and developing knowledge, ideas and suggestions through art, Fourthland’s BearMotherHouse is linked to People Power#10: WE-Dom exhibition at SPACE.

 

The show is on until 6th January 2018 at SPACE HQ 129 – 131 Mare Street, Hackney E8 3RH

 

Hymn For The Weekend

Dalí / Duchamp

Duchamp and Dali playing chess during filming for A Soft Self-Portrait, 1966. Archivo Fotografico Pere Vehi, Cadaques Photo by Robert Descharnes and Paul Averty. ©Descharnes & Descharnes sarl 2016. 

Duchamp and Dali playing chess during filming for A Soft Self-Portrait, 1966. Archivo Fotografico Pere Vehi, Cadaques Photo by Robert Descharnes and Paul Averty. ©Descharnes & Descharnes sarl 2016. 

This exhibition brings together about 80 works by two big artists who at first sight resemble quite dissimilar in their artistic practice. A father of Surrealism Salvador Dali and a giant of conceptual art Marcel Duchamp were friends and influenced each other’s artistic career throughout this friendship. They had similar interests in art – games, eroticism, optics but most importantly they shared the same sceptical way of looking at art and life. This show includes not only most familiar pieces of the two artists but also some unexpected works like photographs by Dali and paintings by Duchamp.

This exhibition will be on view until 03 January 2018 at the Royal Academy of Arts, 6 Burlington Gardens, W1S 3ET

 

In Focus

Laurent Grasso: The Panoptes Project

Laurent Grasso, Untitled, 2017

Laurent Grasso, Untitled, 2017

“The Panoptes Project” at Olivier Malingue gallery explores the extreme ambivalence of a highly symbolic organ throughout the history of art – an eye. The major reference in this exhibition is the myth of Argos Panoptes (a giant coated by a myriad of eyes) and all the selected artworks from the collection compliments this exploration of the gaze. This exhibition brings together new works by French artist Laurent Grasso in conversation with remarkable historical pieces by Max Ernst, René Magritte, Francis Picabia amongst others.

The show runs until 9th December 2017 at the Olivier Malingue Gallery, 143 New Bond Street, W1S 2TP

 

Art Discourse

Aurora by Animorph

The strength of auroral activity runs in 11-year cycles Credit: AP

The strength of auroral activity runs in 11-year cycles Credit: AP

Thanks to modern technology we can now get closer to things and places which in the real life are difficult to reach. An installation “Aurora by Animorph” gives the opportunity to its participants to see the Northern Lights when physically being on the upper floor of Royal Festival Hall. This breathtaking experience is accomponied by poetry of a contemporary writer Sigbjørn Skåden who is coming from Northern Scandinavia’s Sami people. In their beliefes it is espeially important to see the Northern Lights as they are people’s spirits.

The performances will be happening from 20 Oct until 22 Oct 2017, at the Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX

 

Last Chance To See

DEBT. Madalina Zaharia

Madalina Zaharia, Negative Space as Things, 2017 Image courtesy of the gallery

Madalina Zaharia, Negative Space as Things, 2017 Image courtesy of the gallery

Madalina Zaharia got inspired to create this show after she had an experience of struggling to pay her debt. Her idea is to dismiss financial disaster, which we see growing every day. Madalina imagines her art in the following way: each brushstroke is a transaction, her abstract illustrations are numbers and sums, her most recent works are her balance sheets, and her sketchbook is her bank account. This is artist’s second solo show in the Tintype gallery and this time her paintings are created on beauty and direct debits.

The exhibition will be on view until 14 October at the Tintype Gallery, 107 Essex Road, London N1 2SL