Art Piece From Around Town: Simon Lee Gallery

  Dutch conceptual artist Bas Jan Ader (1942-75) produced/performed a slender volume of works before his tragic, inexplicable disappearance at sea. The action documented above is titled 'On the way to a new neoplasticism, Westkapelle, Holland' (1971) and shows the artist building an abstract composition in Mondrian-esque colour palette and hard-lined shape with his own body. Jan …

Francis Alys: The Ciudad Juarez Project

Francis Alÿs could be the 21st century conceptual Peter Bruegel, at least if he would be measured against the Renaissance painter’s profile as it appears half way through Jem Cohen’s ‘Museum Hours’ (2008). In one scene, a museum guest lecturer discusses the Dutch painter with a small audience, highlighting his ‘respect for everyday scenes, ‘games, …

Art Piece From Around Town- Serpentine Gallery

Etel Adnan's show is important, centrally located and so visually rich that it elevates the exhibition straight into the top ten cultural highlights around the city: tapestries, paintings, ceramics, folded watercolours, books of poetry and a meditative film in one of my favourite exhibition spaces. After the recent success of the works by Hilma af Klint, …

Abbas Kiarostami

The uniquely inspired Iranian cinematographer, whose films seeped existential enquiry, sensitivity and humanity, died on Monday 4th July 2016 at the age of 76. His legacy comprises 'The Close-Up' (1990), the award-wining 'Taste of Cherry' (1997), poetry and photographs of wobbly raindrops shielding his many travelled roads.  

Art Piece From Around Town- Tate Britain

The current exhibition 'Conceptual Art in Britain 1964-1979' (until 29 August 2016) at Tate Britain features a sculptural work by Ed Herring titled 'Proposition' (1970). It comprises of a filing cabinet and 400 postcards, each one of which was for some time kept by participants and then collected by the artist. Herring said: 'The whole idea of the activity …

Photo London 2016: Favourites (Part 2)

6.Marc Sommer (Esther Woerdehoff Gallery) When socially-oriented photography gets too much, Marc Sommer's absurd juxtapositions refresh like a glass of cold water on a hot day. The Strasbourg-based, self-taught photographer infuses his images with dark or ironic humour and builds up a scene on paradoxes and tricks. Especially compelling is the quiet, contemplative character of the …

Photo London 2016: Favourites (Part 1)

The second iteration of Photo London (19-22 May 2016) boasted more than eighty galleries from the art capitals (New York, London, Paris, Berlin) but also from cities further afield -Madrid, Sydney, Moscow or Argentina. Big players exhibited next to the smaller ones, gallerists next to publishers, which ensured that the event remained abuzz throughout the whole of …

Joachim Koester at Turner Contemporary

  *entry for this year's Burlington Magazine Contemporary Art Writing Prize Postmodernism has come to carry a range of connotations, chief among them the notions of disorder, destabilisation and difference. Whether we feel saturated by this complex discourse by now or are still returning to its core problems, its undermining of linear and conclusive narratives …

Maruša Sagadin at Space Gallery

*This is a variation on an article I wrote for Questa Non Arte, to be found here: https://questanonearte.com/2016/04/26/quarrelling-with-the-world-marusa-sagadin/ Having never been to Hackney neighbourhood in London before, it took me a good while to find my way to the Space Gallery where I intended to see Maruša Sagadin’s first UK exhibition. Uncertain about the direction I …

Bilder der Welt

  'This capacity to see better is the reverse side of mortal danger.' Harun Farocki: Bilder der Welt und Inschrift des Krieges (Images of the World and the Insctiption of War, 1989)