The line between looking at art and looking at people looking at art is a very fine one. Both have a sweet pleasure. The art opening is one of life’s true great free things – often there’s booze, artists and other of life’s weird people to chat too and then doesn't even include the art! These are the top ten art openings to whet you appetite this week.
Berlin-based artist Andro Wekua was steadily on the way to becoming the art world’s answer to David Lynch, with a very unique take on collage, sculpture and film. For his opening at Athens’ Benaki Museum, he’s now sidestepping to architectural sculptures that draw on his Georgian heritage.
Lisson gallery has a great double bill of artists opening this week. Christian Jankowski creates a performance combining Polish weightlifters with public sculpture, while Egyptian artist Wael Shawky continues to prove he one of the best artists to emerge from the middle east.
89plus is finally getting its first exhibition in collaboration at Zurich’s LUMA Foundation space in Westbau. Entitled ‘Poetry will be made by all’. Ubuweb is also getting involved in this project in praise of youth.
Internet royal artist Brad Troemel is taking a break from Jogging, Etsy et al and heading to Berlin’s Future Gallery for a solo show to coincide with Transmediale. Expect a lot of coinage, humour and great intelligence.
The utter genius of Mike Nelson is hitting Toronto’s The Power Plant for his first solo show in Canada. He’ll be transforming the space into a wild installation that should make Canadians brave the minus 30 degree Celsius winter to see.
New Zealand’s Denny has his first solo show at Daniel Bucholz’ beautiful west Berlin space this week. The work is a genius take on the weirdness and ideology of creative internet conference culture.
Curator Hanne Mugaas is transforming the Norwegian port of Stavanger into a hub of international art. This week she’s opening Norwegian Art and Feminism 1968-89, the solo work of Amy Bessone and a project from K8 Hardy and Wynne Greenwood. All women of worth.
Canadian sculptor David Altmejd’s work has changed a lot since he exhibited at the Venice Biennale with a room of mirrors, giants made of taxidermy, crystals and plants. These elements are still there but reworked in a more linear form, within giant cracked clear vitrines. Best pop down and see eh?
This is more an event than an opening but so worth seeing. In honour of JRP|Ringier’s Baldessari book, 50 artists will read and perform work from the tom including Laura Owens, Ed Fornieles, Brendan Fowler, Brian Roettinger, Jim Shaw and Jordan Wolfson. Wow.
Feb 2 1-3pm; Democracy Forum, Japanese American National Museum
111 North Central Ave, LA. RSVP here.
If one thing makes you book a plane and go to LA for the art fair it is Cabinet Gallery’s incredible John Knight show inside Fitzpatrick-Leland House on Mulholland Drive containing objects and print editions from the artist, as well as curated work by Danny McDonald and Jay Chung & Q Takeki Maeda.
Strictly by appointment only via firstname.lastname@example.org