What's Happening In Art This Week

Serrano Uncensored

Serrano, Residents of New York (Meow Wolfman), 2014 

Serrano, Residents of New York (Meow Wolfman), 2014 

American photographer Andres Serrano has always been controversial. He is most famous for depicting corpses, sexual acts and body fluids, but his work conveys much deeper levels of breaking convention and juxtaposing serene images and vulgar materials. The Museum of Fine Arts in Brussels is now showing an overview of Serranos work, including his latest commission “Denizens of Brussels” - portraits of homeless people in this Flemish city. These portraits are not inside the museum though, but can be seen as posters throughout the city centre. By showing 4 of Serrano's works that have been vandalised, the museum also wants to give attention to censorship and art vandalism.
“ANDRES SERRANO uncensored photographs” can be visited until the 21st of August 2016

The Anatomy of Portraiture

Van Dyck – Cardinal Guido Bentivoglio (1623)

Van Dyck – Cardinal Guido Bentivoglio (1623)

The famous portrait painter Anthony van Dyck traveled through many European countries, painting royals and upper class citizens. Over 100 of his portraits can now be seen at The Frick Collection in New York. The exquisite exhibit explores Van Dyck's versability as well as his stylistic development. Through works that are lent from museums all over Europe and from rpivate collectors as well, visitors can take an in-depth look at how Van Dyck became one of the most loved portrait painters of the 17th century.
Van Dyck's work can be visited in New York until June 5th 2016.

Conceptual Art in Britain

Michael Craig-Martin – An Oak Tree (1973)

Michael Craig-Martin – An Oak Tree (1973)

Tate Britain shows from April 12th how artists working in Britain from 1954-1979 transformed the nature of art, through the Conceptual Art-movement. The exhibition shows work of artists like Hamish Fulton, Ed Herring, Susan Hiller and Bob Law, who worked during a time of political and social change. The key role of British art schools like the Royal College and Sant Martins is explored, and important work like Michael Craig-Martin's An Oak Tree and Roelof Louw's Soul City is shown, next to multiple objects that are usually not on public display.
This exhibit is on at Tate Britain in London, daily from 10.00-18.00 until August 20th 2016.

Florescent Lights in Birmingham

Dan Flavin, pink out of a corner (1963). Picture: Stephen Flavin

Dan Flavin, pink out of a corner (1963). Picture: Stephen Flavin

The Ikon gallery takes Dan Flavin's statement “It is what it is and it ain't nothing else” as a departure point for their exhibiton of fluorescent light works by this American artist who died in 1996. Flavin was a friend and colleague of artists like Sol LeWitt, Barnett Newman and Donald Judd, sharing an interest in art that refers to nothing else than their own precense. Industrial materials and intense color define his fluor works, made throughout his entire career. The exhibit comprises multiple floors and promises to be a thorough overview of Flavin's work.
Dan Flavin's work can be seen in Ikon from April 13th to June 26th, 2016

 

Extra tickets for Bosch in the Netherlands

Jheronimusch Bosch, De Hooiwagen (1515)Serrano Uncensored

Jheronimusch Bosch, De Hooiwagen (1515)Serrano Uncensored

The Jheronimusch Bosch exhibit in Den Bosch, the Netherlands, is a hit all over the world. The exhibit, which runs through May 8th, has been sold out for ages, but he good news is that the museum has extended the opening hours of the museum. There are now extra tickets available in May for most evenings, and the exhibition will end with two night openings on the 7th and 8th of May. If you haven't been able to see this unique collection of Bosch' exciting paintings, this is the final chance. The exhibit is celebrating the 500th year since his death in his native town of Den Bosch, and there are multiple other Bosch-related activities in and around the city.
The NoordBrabants Museum is open day and night until May 8th 2016.

 

 

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