Talk of the Week: David Blandy at the Rose Lipman Building
David Blandy’s latest show marks the 400th year of Japanese-British relations, with a series of animated films that combine old school wood block aesthetic with contemporary anime approach – including Blandy well established anime alter ego. ‘Anjin 1600: Edo Wonderpark’ is being exhibited in a creative project space in Hackney and on September 16 Blandy will be in conversation with curator Keith Whittle, Dr Vernina Gfader and Japanese animator Keiko Shirasishi will be chatting about the collaboration.
Private view Sept 12 6-9pm; talk Sept 16, 6-8pm Rose Lipman Building, 43 De Beauvoir Rd, N1. The exhibition runs until October 26.
Exhibition of the Week: The Temptation of AA Bronson
The port of Rotterdam is a must go destination for this group show curated by, reflecting the ideas of and including the work of AA Bronson. Marina Abramovic has created healing beds with crystals beneath them for the public to use. Terence Koh, K8 Hardy, Mike Kelley and Derek Jarman are all included. This celebration of all things AA is worth making the trip for – especially when Tropicana, a local swimming pool, turns into a place for queer ritual performance on November 2 or when Nils Bech plays at the opening on September 5.
PV of the Week: Oliver Osborne / Luca Knipscher at Vilma Gold
Vilma Gold is spot on with their duet of solo shows opening this Saturday. RA painting graduate Oliver Osborne – who has exhibited alongside other gems like Jack Lavender and Marco Palmieri – is occupying the main space with works that fuse oil paint and digital printing, abstraction and trompe l’oeil. Down the street at 6a Minerva St, American Luca Knipscher is popping up with his work that has a sculptural twisted take on photography, incorporating textiles, photographic emulsion and a sense of decay.
Publication of the Week: Art Cities of the Future from Phaidon
Phaidon’s latest curator-led tome is a book on the art centres of the future – bringing together 12 international emerging hot spots from Lagos to Vancouver, Cluj to Seoul. The choices are spot on. Each city is represented by 8 artists, chose by of curators like Pablo Leon de la Barra and Tracy Murinik. The selection of artists is spot on – with artists like Rabih Mroue, CIprian Muresan, Halil Altındere and Dineo Seshee Bopape profiled. The result is a book that again highlights the ever increasing interesting internationalism of contemporary art world.
Artist of the week: Neil Rumming
Neil Rumming – who featured in Dazed’s Hung and Drawn pages years back – is an artist who refuses to conform. He first gained attention as one of the nominees in the last year of Beck’s Futures exhibition at the ICA with his own take on pop culture painting. In the decade since, he has constantly reinvented himself. His current work is brimming with an abstracted approach to the body – with particularly enjoyable images of noses, hands and implied faces made with acrylic, ink, oil paint and anything he get his hands on. The result is constantly fresh.
Opens at Cole on Thursday September 5th.