Off to Artissima? From Toilet Paper’s Maurizio Cattelan to the late Tetsumi Kudo, here’s the names you don’t want to miss
Turin’s art fair Artissima is one of the most interesting and well curated around, with the city itself playing home to a whole bunch of amazing instutions. Running all weekend, as the fair prepares to kick off tomorrow, we select our pick of the artists and exhibitions worth seeking out in Italy’s ‘Detroit’.
The late Tetsumi Kudo’s work (which is on display at Christophe Gaillard’s stand at Artissima) is always an incredible thing to see in real life. A true unique whose work included strange psych-electro-organic-penis sculptural objects in cages or his fluro graphic works on paper. He’s also Paul McCarthy’s favourite artist – need we same more?
SHIT AND DIE
Artist Maurizio Cattelan teamed up with curators Myriam Ben Salah and Marta Papini for this off-site exhibition project with a dose of the puerile humour of the man behind Toilet Paper magazine. This multi-venue show examines the hopelessness of mortality through the work of artists including George Condo, Dorothy Iannone and Andra Ursata. The Tumblr alone is worth checking out if you can't make it.
BUNKERING IN PARADISE / THE REST OF US JUST LIVE IN IT
This three person pop-up show brings together hot London artists Sebastian Lloyd Rees, Max Ruf and Adriano Costa. Rees, half of art duo Lloyd Corporation, in particular is worth seeking out for his take on urban materials, abstraction and the socio-political meaning of production.
Spooner’s performance work is part of the fair’s new Per4m strand. Her work Seven-Thirty till Nine (2014) consists of a singing pianist playing famous pop songs – but the lyrics have been reworked by the artist to become an ode to loneliness and alienation. Bring your own tissues.
The Sandretto Re Rebaudengo is one of Turin’s best known and most brilliantly curated collector-institutions. Ostrowski, who studied under Albert Oehlen, was bigged up in Dazed’s feature on abstraction for good reason. His large solo show Just Do It is being shown alongside the second half of the London ICA show Beware Wet Paint and an exhibition of Iza Genzken paintings.
This artist is so good that if you get a whimper of an exhibition it's worth seeking out. On show at Isabella Bortolozzi’s stand, Macdonald makes strange sculptures out of ephemera from old toys to art books. A former member of Art Club 2000, Macdonald work is weird, playful and simply damn good.
DEGENERATION OF PAINTING
The Fondazione 107 has a rather huge painting show (paintings are big these days) on but there are some great younger names in there to check out. Such as the marble emoticon-influenced wall pieces of Gabriele de Santis or the ever productive New York artist Brad Troemel’s graphic vegetable dye works.
Artist Jeremiah Day is taking former US Senator Frank Church as the subject of work at his solo installation at Arcade. He led investigations into US political structure questioning assassination plots and surveillance culture. An interesting examination of research, failed utopian politics and the darker side of the Western world.
Gamper is king of the art design crossover and this show at Pinocotea Angelli (a reworking of his Serpentine solo) looks at how a curated selection of design objects effect our lives using a shelving system designed by Gamper himself and other iconic names like Ettore Sottsass, Gio Ponti and something we can all relate to – IKEA.
RACHEL DE JOODE
Berlin gallery Neumeister Bar-Am has devoted their Artissima stand to Rachel de Joode, an artist working with digital forms and the imagery of flesh and the body in objects that play between two and three dimensions. The results can be a bit unsettling and even disgusting but never bland.