What's Happening In Art This Week

1. Hito Steyerl: Duty-Free Art

Hito Steyerl. How Not to Be Seen: A Fucking Didactic Educational.MOV File, 2013

Hito Steyerl. How Not to Be Seen: A Fucking Didactic Educational.MOV File, 2013

Hito Steyerl. How to be seen: A Fucking Didactic Educational .Mov File. 2013. Still image, single screen 1080p .mov file, 14min.

Hito Steyerl. How to be seen: A Fucking Didactic Educational .Mov File. 2013. Still image, single screen 1080p .mov file, 14min.

Hito Steyerl (Munich, 1966) is a prominent contemporary artist who works in the field of video art. She uses humor to convey her messages and speaks of the proliferation of images and the prominence that the Internet and technologies play in our contemporary lives. More specifically she looks at key issues such as migration, mass surveillance, globalization and feminism. She believes that these issues have the ability to create their own distinct realities. Steyerl also comments on these topics through the medium of writing and essays.

Hito Steyerl's work was recently exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 2015. She was one of the representatives of the German Pavilion.  She also displayed her work at a survey show at New York's Artists space.

Hito Steyerl: Duty-Free Art is on display at Museo Reina Sofía from11 November, 2015 - 21 March, 2016.

2. Picasso Sculpture at MoMA, New York

Pablo Picasso, Bull Cannes (c. 1958)

Pablo Picasso, Bull Cannes (c. 1958)

This celebrated show of Picasso's work consists of over 100 sculpture works and some works on paper and photographs. Picasso was never formally taught sculptor and he did not publicly display many of sculptures. It was not until his 1966 exhibition in Paris, Hommage à Picasso that it became widely known that Picasso was in fact a sculptor. Nevertheless, Picasso dedicated himself to sculpture throughout his life employing both traditional and unconventional techniques and materials.

The exhibition looks at the artist’s lifelong work with sculpture. It is organized in parts, each part corresponds to a distinct period during which Picasso devoted himself to sculpture. Each time Picasso through himself into the world of sculpture he did so with a new intensity and a desire to push the boundaries of this medium.

Picasso Sculpture is on display at MoMA, New York through till 7 February 2016.

3. Silent Explosion: Ivor Davies

Ivor Davies, Anatomic Explosions, 1966, Photo: Michael Broom

Ivor Davies, Anatomic Explosions, 1966, Photo: Michael Broom

Ivor Davies is one of the leading contemporary artists in Wales. Silent explosion is a major exhibition of his worksshowing works from his entire career which spans from 1940s to the present day. The exhibition includes work in a variety of mediums:  painting, sculpture and performance.

 Davies was a protagonist of 'Destruction in Art' and was at a key member of the international network of artists including Gustav Metzger, Yoko Ono and John Latham. Thus, the pervasive theme of the exhibition is that of destruction. In accordance with this theme the exhibition includes drawings Davies' made that harp back to his childhood during the Second World War and the bombing of Penarth. Works made in the last decade, which explore the Davies' political interest in the language and culture of Wales, also evidence Davies' keen interest in destruction.

Silent Explosion: Ivor Davies is on display at the National Museum Cardiff from the 14 November 2015 – 20 March 2016. 

4. Going to Town: Scenes of Urban Life

The exhibition boasts an impressive display of works created by some of the most renowned British artists including works by Sylvia Gosse, LS Lowry, Richard Hamilton,  Edward Bawden and John Nash. The exhibition displays paintings, drawing and prints that show scenes of urban life.  In the 20th Century urban life began to develop and grow at a fast rate. This transformation in the way people lived inspired a new generation of artist to show and comment on these new towns and cities. These artists also depicted the lives of the people who they lived in these cities.

 The urban landscape holds a fascination for many artists as they can see with it both beauty and the tough realities of daily life. The artists within this exhibition address both of these realities and seek to comment on them.  

 Laurence Stephen LS Lowry (1887-1876), one of the artist exhibition in this exhibition, lived and work for more than 40 years in Pendlebury, Lanceashire (in England) and his work depict the urban landscape of these places. Lowry is renowned for his painting of life in the industrial district of North West England in the mid-20th century.

 Going to Town: Scenes of Urban Life is on display at Swindon Museum and Art Gallery from 30 September 2015 – 9 April 2016.

 5. Tim Rudman Iceland, an Uneasy Calm  

Photographic work by Tim Rudman

Photographic work by Tim Rudman

Iceland, an Uneasy Clam features photographic works of Tim Rudman that were taken in Iceland over the last eight years. Rudman is considered to be one of the best contemporary landscape photographers. Rudman's interest in photography began in the 60's during the time he was studying medicine in London. His style is distinctive as he pioneered the process known as Lith Printing. His photographs are characteristically black and white. 

Rudman says that is devoted to the subject of Island as is is ‘a land of myth and magic, of fearsome subterranean power and spectacular scenery’. Fox Talbot Museum curator Roger Watson says ‘The other worldliness of Iceland is something many have tried to capture and Tim’s images in particular capture the isolation and singular landscapes of Iceland’. 

Rudman's work has been exhibited in over 50 countries and he has been the beneficiary of many top international awards. He also writes books, lectures and runs workshops.

Iceland an Uneasy Clam is on display at the Fox Talbot Museum Gallery, Lacock, Wiltshire, from 9 January – 10 July 2016.   


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