Art Weekly Digest: London 12 - 18 June, 2017

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Opening Of The Week

Fahrelnissa Zeid

 Fahrelnissa Zeid, ' Atom and Vegetal Life ' (1962), five-metre oil on canvas, that was sold for US$2.7 million at Christie’s auction at Emirates Towers in Dubai in 2013. Photo courtesy Christie’s

Fahrelnissa Zeid, 'Atom and Vegetal Life' (1962), five-metre oil on canvas, that was sold for US$2.7 million at Christie’s auction at Emirates Towers in Dubai in 2013. Photo courtesy Christie’s

The global art world’s revived interest in Fahrelnissa Zeid has led to a flurry of her works in 2017, including group shows in Haus der Kunst in Munich and GAM di Torino, exhibitions in London, Berlin and Beirut, starting with her retrospective at Tate Modern. Fahrelnissa Zeid was an important figure in the Turkish avant-garde group in the early 1940s and the École de Paris (School of Paris) in the 1950s. Her vibrant abstract paintings are a synthesis of Islamic, Byzantine, Arab and Persian influences fused with European approaches to abstraction.

The show will be on view until 8 October at the Tate Modern, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG

 

In Focus

Found in Amercia

 Installation view of  Found in America  with works by Robert Indiana, ‘ONE through ZERO’ (2003) and Dan Flavin, ‘Untitled’ (1969). Image courtesy of the Waddington Custot gallery

Installation view of Found in America with works by Robert Indiana, ‘ONE through ZERO’ (2003) and Dan Flavin, ‘Untitled’ (1969). Image courtesy of the Waddington Custot gallery

This is a group show of three major 20th century American sculptors: John Chamberlain (1927–2011), Dan Flavin (1933–1996) and Robert Indiana (b.1928). They revolutionised the concept of sculpture and sculpture-making in a way in which contemporary visual art is still very much indebted.

The show is on view until 1st July at Waddington Custot, 11 Cork Street, London W1S 3LT

 

Hymn For The Weekend

2017 Bow Open Show

 Sarah Woodburn, 'Carbon Tear' (2017). Courtesy Nunnery gallery, copyright of the artist

Sarah Woodburn, 'Carbon Tear' (2017). Courtesy Nunnery gallery, copyright of the artist

The 2017 Bow Open Show in Bow Arts’ Nunnery Gallery is a celebration of some of the most exciting artists working in London, and launches alongside Bow Road’s annual Open Studios (16-17 June). This year’s curator is a renowned British sculptor Alex Chinneck, who has selected 19 artists from Bow Arts’ vast artist network. Looking forward to the selection, Chinneck commented: “I hope to collate a conceptually accessible cross-disciplinary body of works that can be enjoyed by any onlooker, irrespective of their interest in the arts.”

From Saturday June 17, the show will be on view until August 27 at The Nunnery, 181 Bow Road, London E3 2SJ

 

Art Discourse

Isaac Julien: Looking for Langston

 Isaac Julien Pas de Deux with Roses (Looking for Langston Vintage Series) 1989-2016. © Isaac Julien Courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro, London

Isaac Julien Pas de Deux with Roses (Looking for Langston Vintage Series) 1989-2016. © Isaac Julien Courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro, London

Isaac Julien is an internationally renowned artist and filmmaker. Looking for Langston is a dreamlike story of black gay men, jazz and the words of Langston Hughes. It was created five years after Julen’s graduation from Saint Martin’s art college in 1989, and became the artist’s breakthrough work. Made at a time of political and cultural tumult, it is regarded as a canonical work in the field of African-American and acclaimed for its poetic qualities, beautiful aesthetic, and requiem of the Harlem Renaissance.

Following the screening, the artist will be in conversation with Tate curator Zoe Whitley. 

This screening takes place on 20 July 2017 at 19.00–21.00 at Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG

 

Last Chance To See

Disobedient Bodies: JW Anderson

 Sarah Lucas artworks at Disobedient Bodies: JW Anderson curates the Hepworth Wakefield.  Photography is by Lewis Ronald.

Sarah Lucas artworks at Disobedient Bodies: JW Anderson curates the Hepworth Wakefield.  Photography is by Lewis Ronald.

A perfect excuse for organazing a getaway weekend out of London to Wakefield. This major exhibition sees Jonathan Anderson, one of the world’s most innovative contemporary fashion designers, exploring the human form in art, fashion and design. The exhibits range from sculptures by Louise Bourgeois, Barbara Hepworth and recent Turner nominee Anthea Hamilton through bulbous contemporary ceramics by Magdalene Odundo to vintage couture by Christian Dior and Madame Grés and also features a new series of photographs by Jamie Hawkesworth.

It is the first show in a series at The Hepworth that will see key figures from creative fields outside the visual arts come and curate exhibitions.

The exhibition runs until June 18 at The Hepworth Wakefield, Gallery Walk, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 5AW