From food to female artists, Miami’s drag scene, Andy Warhol, and the internet
NOM, VARIOUS, AMP GALLERY, LONDON
The third project from Laundry Arts, NOM, launched last Saturday 20th October in south London’s AMP Gallery, with a programme which unfolds over two weeks. At its core is an exhibition which will feature work from both established and emerging artists. Alongside this will be a series of talks and other events that will explore the role that food takes in the “construction of identities and cultures”. NOM will culminate in a potluck gathering/closing party, where guests are encouraged to bring a dish of their choice. Spaces are limited and on a first come, first served basis.
NOM runs at London’s AMP Gallery from 20 October – 3 November. Click here for more details
DISAPPEARING ACTS, BRUCE NAUMAN, MoMA PS1, NEW YORK
For more than 50 years, Bruce Nauman has defied categorisation of his work. From neon signs to video installations, sound, and watercolours, Nauman is a serial non-conformist. Disappearing Acts recently opened in two-parts, across New York’s MoMA and MoMA PS1. The show explores what the artist has called “withdrawal as an art form” by utilising removal, deflection, and concealment. It’s the most comprehensive exhibition of Nauman’s work to date.
Disappearing Acts runs at New York’s MoMA and MoMA PS1 until February 2019
BELIEVE, VARIOUS, MoCA TORONTO
The newly relocated MoCA in Toronto launched with a group show, titled BELIEVE. Taking place over multiple floors, 16 artists such as Awol Erizku, Barbara Kruger, Jeremy Shaw, and more, present a multi-disciplinary show which explores “the beliefs and systems that shape our values and behaviours”. Highlights are Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen’s Promised Land – a heartwrenching two-channel film which explores the plight of a group of young men who attempt to cross from Calais – where they’ve sought refuge from Iran and Afghanistan – to London. Elsewhere, Toronto-based Nep Sidhu shares new textile installations, and collaborates with fellow artist, Rajni Perera, on fully working pinball machines. Perera also provides two paintings which, through their mythological god-like characters propose that “represent a proposal for us to open our imaginations to diverse possibilities of experience, acceptance, and new, inclusive power structures”.
Believe runs at Toronto’s MoCA until 6 January 2019
CRY BABY, DEVAN SHIMOYAMA, THE ANDY WARHOL MUSEUM, PITTSBURGH
Artist Devan Shimoyama’s solo show takes inspiration from a series of Andy Warhol’s rarely seen drag portraits and focuses his eye on the black drag queens from Miami – where he was based while making them. Using glitter, sequins, bright fabrics, and rhinestones, Shimoyama elevates the community into mythological-like beings. He told Dazed, “There are not many examples of those bodies in the media, so I’m creating my own fiction and magic to rectify that.”
Cry Baby runs at Pittsburgh’s The Andy Warhol Museum until 17 March 2019
IN THE COMPANY OF – CURATED BY KATY HESSEL, VARIOUS, TJ BOULTING, LONDON
In Company Off brings together some of the most notable contemporary women artists working today – Juno Calypso, Maisie Cousins, and Juliana Cerqueira – with some of the most legendary – Barbara Hepworth, Lee Miller, and Alice Neel. Curated by Katy Hessel of The Great Women Artists (@thegreatwomenartists), the show aims to highlight these legacies, whilst showing “how the impact of their work still resonates with artists working today”.
In The Company Of runs at London’s TJ Boulting until 17 November 2018
A MUCH BETTER ILLUSION, CHLOE SHEPPARD, PROTEIN STUDIOS, LONDON
This Wednesday, Chloe Sheppard presents her first short film A Much Better Illusion, which was shot over the summer of 2018 on 8mm and 16mm film. Centring on Sheppard’s friend and frequent collaborator, Sylvie Makower, the film traverses themes such as isolation, detachment, and mundanity, as the protagonist recites lines of poetry. The film will debut at Protein Studios alongside an exhibition of stills.
A Much Better Illusion runs at London’s Protein Studios for one night only on Wednesday 24 October 2018
I’M HOME, VARIOUS, BLANK 100, LONDON
Ronan Mckenzie adds curator to her title as she invites three other artists to join her in her latest exhibition I’M HOME. Together with Rhea Dillon, Liz Johnson Artur, and Joy Gregory, the group show will celebrate ideas of home and family, and will also include a series of events in the space – from a supper club to a library, and a photography workshop. The venue itself will also be decorated to look and feel like a home, in the hopes of making people feel like they belong in the space. Read our interview with the artist, here.
I’M HOME runs at London’s Blank 100 from 27 October – 4 November 2018. Tickets to all events are free (with a refundable £5 holding fee) and available here
10,143,493, TANIA BRUGUERA, TATE MODERN, LONDON
Tania Bruguera recently launched her latest work at London’s Tate Modern as part of its annual Hyundai Commission, which takes over the institution’s epic Turbine Hall. The show itself is a testament to the power of people, especially in numbers. Thanks to heat-sensitive paint, an image of a refugee named Yusef will appear, depending on how many people are in the space activating the artwork. Read our interview with the Cuban artist, here.
10,143,493 runs at London’s Tate Modern until 24 February 2019. Admission is free
DIPPING SAUCE, MAISIE COUSINS, ELEPHANT WEST, LONDON
Maisie Cousins balances attraction and repulsion in her upcoming show, Dipping Sauce. The newly commissioned works, from Elephant, explore our relationship to food, by “bringing in elements of childhood nostalgia and sensorial references to emphasise the link between memory and eating”.
Dipping Sauce runs at London’s Elephant West from 10 November – 2 December 2018
PLANES, DEANA LAWSON, THE UNDERGROUND MUSEUM, LOS ANGELES
Deana Lawson’s work comes full circle with a new exhibit at Los Angeles’ The Underground Museum with Planes. In 2009, the late Noah Davis (Kahlil Joseph’s brother) was a juror for an art prize, to which an emerging Lawson had submitted her work. Davis was struck by her vision, “which combined a painter’s sense for spatial composition with an ethnographapher’s curiosity of the human condition”. When Davis founded the museum in 2012, he had envisioned for Lawson to hold a solo exhibition there. The show, Planes, is the realisation of this.
Planes runs at Los Angeles’ The Underground Museum until 17 February 2019
ALL I KNOW IS WHAT’S ON THE INTERNET, VARIOUS, THE PHOTOGRAPHER’S GALLERY, LONDON
The way we make, see, and (re)publish imagery has changed radically within the past few years. New exhibition All I Know Is What’s On The Internet (a quote from Trump) sums up the world’s current approach to obtaining and sharing information and knowledge. It also aims to make some sense of this, by “seeking to map and question the cultural dynamics of 21st Century image culture”. Featuring 11 artists, the show, hosted by The Photographer’s Gallery, “investigates the systems through which today’s photographic images multiply online and asks what new forms of value, knowledge, meaning and labour arise from this endless (re)circulation of content”.
All I Know Is What’s On The Internet runs at London’s The Photographer’s Gallery from 26 October 2018 – 24 February 2019