The essential gallery openings this week

From the Lynch of the art world to some serious spoken word: here are our top ten gallery openings

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Wael Shawky Cabaret Crusades- The Horror Show File

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.

ANDRO WEKUA

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.

Opening Jan 29 8pm; Exhibition runs Jan 30 – Mar 23. 

Andro Wekua
Andro Wekua Sunset

CHRISTIAN JANKOWSKI AND WAEL SHAWKY

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.

Opening Jan 30 6-8pm; Exhibition Runs Jan 31 – Mar 8. 

 

Wael Shawky
Wael Shawky Cabaret Crusades- The Horror Show File

"POETRY WILL BE MADE BY ALL" 

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.          

Opening Jan 30; Exhibition runs Jan 30 - Mar 30.

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Luma, Content Is Relative Poetry Will Be Made By All

BRAD TROEMEL

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.

Opening Jan 31 7-10pm; Exhibition runs Feb 1 – 28.

Brad Troemel
Brad Troemel

MIKE NELSON

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.

Opening Jan 31 8-11pm; Exhibition runs 1 Feb - 9 May. 

Mike Nelson
Mike Nelson Quiver of Arrows

SIMON DENNY

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.

Opening Jan 31 7-9pm; Exhibition runs Jan 31 – Mar 15.

 

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Simon Denny Sebastian Kim

KUNSTHALL STAVANGER

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.

Opening Jan 31 6pm.

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Portrett av en trendsetter (Portrait of a Trendsetter) Elisabeth Haarr, 1986, installation detail, courtesy of Kunsthall Oslo

DAVID ALTMEJD

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?

Opening Jan 31 6-8pm; Exhibition runs Feb 1–Mar 8. 

David Altmejd

MORE THAN YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT JOHN BALDESSARI, VOL. 1 AND 2 

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.

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Prima Facie (Third State): From Aghast to Upset John Baldessari, 2005 Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid

JOHN KNIGHT

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 art@cabinetltd.demon.co.uk

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