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Brenna E Murphy

Hung & Drawn

Heads up on this week's new in art from new shows to books and awesome websites

SHOW OF THE WEEK: New Contemporaries 2012

It’s New Contemporaries time again at the ICA, and hopefully no one is replicating the ‘fragrance’ performance work that made everyone retch last year. It’s a colourful line up this year and as ever worth a peek. Our top tips are Samuel Taylor's photographic neo-classicism and abstract painter Tyra Tingleff with her unique fusion of history and something nearing pixilation. Until Jan 13. [Check our Dazed coverage here]

ART BOOK OF THE WEEK: Robert Montgomery: Echoes Of Voices In The High Towers

Mono-kultr has made a name for itself with immaculately produced mini magazines collaborations with artists like Taryn Simon, Ryan McGinley and Martino Gamper. Their first foray into artist books is with Dazed alumni Robert Montgomery. MONO.LOG #01 an A2, 3 part comprehensive book of bringing Montgomery’s text poetry and street interventions together at one time. It would be rude not to buy it.


Oregon-based artist Brenna Murphy's eponymous website is in itself an ever-evolving artwork. She's got her own thing going which began as a cacophony of homemade video GIFs and noise files and has developed into a 3D-rendered psychedelic freak out of abstract computer shapes and forms. Chances are, every time you stumble upon this artist’s page it will have transformed.


Todd Levin pays homage to the weird genius of Cindy Sherman in an incredible doll themed group show at Spruth Magers which is open now. Entitled The Vivisector, this macabrely installed show focuses on the weird end of art objects with photographs by Bellmer, Bruce Nauman neons, works from Georges Bataille’s collection and of course lots of puppetry photographs by Sherman at the top of her game. Until January 26 at Sprueth Magers London

OPENING OF THE WEEK: Steven Claydon at Sadie Coles

You can’t not love Steve Claydon. His first exhibition with Sadie Coles, after leaving the now sadly defunct Hotel gallery, opens this week. Entitled Rat. Pearl. London. Onion. You never know what you’re going to get with him – pixel 2D pieces, reinvented idea of classical busts with odd as hell plinths, architectural assemblages. However this is guaranteed to be the opening of the week. Private View 29 November - Opens November 30, Sadie Coles, 4 New Burlington Place W1