From Larry Clark depicting sex work in 80s and 90s New York to artists turning to drag as a means of expression, and how to see Jenny Holzer’s works for free
SELF-PROTECTION MANIFESTO, SOCIAL CREATIVE NETWORK AND SHADOW SISTXRS FIGHT CLUB, THE ICA, LONDON
Teaming up to produce the “Self-Protection Manifesto”, this Thursday, Social Creative Network and Shadow Sistxrs Fight Club, have curated a night of films screenings – submitted by 16-25 year-olds – as well as performances from Liv Wynter, Kai-Isaiah Jamal, Katayoun Jalili, and Annabelle Sami. The evening will focus on self-protection and attendance is free!
Self-Protection Manifesto Launch runs at London’s ICA on Thursday 16 August, tickets here
I’VE BEEN TO PARADISE BUT I’VE NEVER BEEN TO ME, CELESTE MOUNTJOY (@FILTHYRATBAG), BACKWOODS GALLERY, MELBOURNE
Best known as @filthyratbag, Australian artist Celeste Mountjoy returns with a new exhibition called I’ve Been To Paradise But I’ve Never Been To Me. Described as an expression of “becoming a woman and experiencing sexuality, particularly as someone who was born on the cusp of the digital age and had major exposure to porn and sex at a very early age thanks to the internet”, the show repurposes Playboy covers and introduces her work with leopard print. She explains, “I was obsessed with the ideal woman and how sex was portrayed in the media from such a young age – the crying women are my reflection of how strange, weird and unexpected navigating a transition into being a woman was.” Mountjoy adds that the leopard print works are a “symbol or extension of women as their skin has such a sexy connotation. Sometimes the ladies are riding the leopards and other times they're being eaten by them.”
I’ve Been To Paradise But I’ve Never Been To Me runs at Melbourne’s Backwood Gallery from 31 August – 16 September 2018. More information here
BARE WITH ME, BEGUM YETIS AND MATT KING, DOOMED GALLERY, LONDON
In the last hurrah for east London gallery staple, Doomed, which will sadly close its doors for the final time, fashion photographer Begum Yetis and stylist Matt King will exhibit a series of images “exploring the state of undress”. Titled Bare With Me, the one night only show will explore “contemporary concepts of erotica today” whether via “provoking images of body parts cramped in tight clothing or just being butt naked”.
Bare With Me runs at London’s Doomed Gallery from 6-9pm, 21 August 2018. More information here
ROUGH TRADE: ART AND SEX WORK IN THE LATE 20TH CENTURY, VARIOUS, CLAMPART, NEW YORK
With the impact of women’s and gay liberation movements in the late 60s, America in the 80s and 90s witnessed a sharp turn in the sexual revolution which heavily intercepted with art. Tracing this shift is New York gallery ClampArt’s latest show Rough Trade: Art and Sex Work in the Late 20th Century which explores the ways in which sex work and art intersected at the time. The show features artists who commonly turned to hustling as a way to survive and documented their experiences, like Mark Morrisroe and Aids activist David Wojnarowicz. It also shows how sex work was documented from those immersed in America’s far-reaching sexual subcultures, like photographers Larry Clark and Philip Lorca diCorcia, who documented their surroundings from the outside.
Rough Trade: Art and Sex Work in the Late 20th Century runs until September 22 at ClampArt New York
ARTIST ROOMS, JENNY HOLZER, TATE MODERN, LONDON
There’s a free Jenny Holzer exhibition at the Tate Modern. Featuring the artist’s body of work from the past four decades, visitors can expect to see Holzer’s much-loved “Truisms”, as well as rarely seen works and works which have never been shown in the UK.
Artist Rooms: Jenny Holzer runs at London’s Tate Modern until 31 July 2019. More information here
DRAG: SELF-PORTRAITS AND BODY POLITICS, VARIOUS, HENI PROJECT SPACE, LONDON
Drag is one of the most rebellious acts for asserting personal identity. Tracing how this has unfolded across art history is London’s Hayward Gallery with their latest show DRAG: Self-portraits and Body Politics. Take the way Ana Mendieta used male hair as a way to challenge society’s expectations of how a woman should look and act. Or drag queen Victoria Sin who is paving the way forward for drag as a way to break down gender binaries. Other key names in the show include Robert Mapplethorpe, Cindy Sherman, Samuel Fosso, and Ulay.
DRAG: Self-portraits and Body Politics is on from August 22 – October 14 at London’s Hayward Gallery’s Heni Project Space. More information here
IS IT TOMORROW YET?, COCO CAPITÁN, DAELIM MUSEUM, SEOUL
Exploding into global cultural consciousness when Alessandro Michele featured her designs at the Gucci AW17 show, Coco Capitán has been continuing to build on her scrawling slogan art. Her latest exhibition, It It Tomorrow Yet?, is currently ongoing in Seoul until January next year. Which, alongside her text works, features photography and painting.
Is It Tomorrow Yet runs at Seoul’s Daelim Museum until 27 January 2019, more information here
NSF CRXSS PLXTFORM, VARIOUS, COPELAND GALLERY, LONDON
This weekend, NSF Crxss Plxtform hits south London with a two-day takeover from multidisciplinary artists. Founded by dancer and artistic director, Ivan Blackstock, the festival aims to bring about community change through a celebration of dance and street culture. Free, and featuring Dazed favourites such as filmmakers Jenn Nkiru and Crack Stevens, DJ collective Born N Bread, rapper Denzel Himself, as well as many more. Keep an eye on Dazed this week to meet some of the performers.
NSF Crxss Plxtform runs 17 – 18 August at London’s Copeland Gallery, admission is free
FFOTOVIEW, VARIOUS, FFOTOGALLERY, CARDIFF
Celebrating four decades, Ffotogallery in Cardiff presents Ffotoview – a photographic exhibition featuring the work of 12 Wales-based artists, from Megan Winstone to Ellie Hopkins. Showcasing the diverse narratives coming from the Welsh capital, stories such as the eco-villages of West Wales to Muslim women, and refugees and asylum seekers, are given a platform.
Ffotogallery presents Ffotoview runs at 29 Castle Street, Cardiff until 29 September 2018. More information here
TELL ME HOW LONG THE TRAIN’S BEEN GONE, MARCUS LESLIE, MEDIUM TINGS, NEW YORK
Using James Baldwin’s novel of the same name as its point of departure, Tell Me How Long The Train’s Been Gone, presents the work of Brooklyn-based artist Marcus Leslie at apartment gallery, Medium Tings. Seeking “to give gravity to the transitory occasions in life”, Leslie’s paintings “create dialogue between the emotional dialect of his mental interpretations and colour theory”.
Tell Me How Long The Train’s Been Gone runs at Medium Tings, 591 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn opens 19 August – 2 September 2018. More information here
GO, VARIOUS, SOFT OPENING, LONDON
Piccadilly Circus-based gallery Soft Opening’s latest show asks, “What would happen if London was no longer inhabited by intelligent life?” Presenting a conveyer belt of artworks which seemingly lead nowhere and yet potentially go on forever, through artists Jamie Hawkesworth and Sidonie Roddam, amongst others, Go explores the idea of what will become of objects once human life ceases to exist.
Go runs at London’s Soft Opening until 29 August 2018. More information here
THE PARTY, VARIOUS, ANTON KERN GALLERY, NEW YORK
Maurizio Cattelan, Martin Creed, and Jennifer Rochlin, amongst others, are exploring “the comedic impulse in contemporary art” in a show titled The Party, curated by Ali Subotnick. Using film and artwork to illustrate these ideas, Subotnick explains that he chose the artists because they “are united by a sense of delight in challenging and surprising the viewer and embracing the idiosyncratic”.
The Party runs at New York’s Anton Kern Gallery until 31 August 2018. More information here
PROTECTIVE REMEDIES, JESSICA TREMAINE, 504 ARCH, LONDON
At the end of the month, south east London-based artist Jessica Tremaine will present a series of works which “demonstrate the prevalent belief that humans regard themselves as superior to the natural world”. By utilising sculpture and painting, Tremaine aims to remind us of the ways in which nature can take care of us if we do the same for it.
Protective Remedies runs at south London’s 504 Arch on 30 August 2018. More information here