SHOW OF THE WEEK: Film in Space curated by Guy Sherwin
Looking back at the conceptual art of the 1960s and 1970s is very hot right now. Projects at Artissima, the last aisle at Frieze Masters and a number of shows at Space studios are part of this trend of reexamination. This winter film artist Guy Sherwin has brought together an exhibition of experimental film, focusing on the 1970s London Filmmakers’ Co-operative. Expect lots of digital and analogue film manipulations from artists like Dans Hays, Neil Henderson, Gill Eatherley and Sherwin himself.
Dec 15 2012 – Feb 24 @ Camden Arts Centre
ART BOOK OF THE WEEK: David Noonan
Christmas has come early. David Noonan’s retrospective catalogue published by the always inspiring JRP Ringier is an amazing collection of this Australian artist’s fascinating exploration of performance, material and printing. Bringing together images from his show at the Palais de Tokyo to recent solo at Stuart Shave Modern art, this book is a must for fans of collage, experimental printing and the darker side of found imagery.
WEBSITE OF THE WEEK: The Silo
Another project that looks back at the old as something new. This incredible blog is devoted to bringing together artists that seemed to have slipped off the radar but are worthy of reexamination. Raphael Rubenstein’s describes his project as “a personal, revisionist “dictionary” of contemporary art”. New artists are added slowly but with this level of involved research and information it’s worth the wait. Proof that ‘the new’ is a very relative term.
ARTIST OF THE WEEK: Amalia Pica
Argentinian artist Amalia Pica hasn’t done badly with her relocation to London. She’s garnered solo shows at Chisenhale and now Modern Art Oxford. It’s all well deserved. Her conceptual work ranges from installation to public interventions to performance documentation to mixed found object sculptures. All is held together by irreverent ideas that indicate that even bigger things are to come.
Dec 13- Feb 10, Modern Art Oxford
ART LEGEND OF THE WEEK: Mike Kelley
Book your flights now. Stedelijk’s long awaited Mike Kelley retrospective is guaranteed to be the show of the year. He was working on this show before his sad death this year and over 200 works will be on show. Kelley’s influence on contemporary art is enormous but more than anything he was a true original mixing music, comic books, stuff toys, philosophy, technology, the uncanny and everything else in his giant art mixing bowl. A true legend.