In Focus Next Week: January 26 - February 1

January 25, 2015

The focus of the last week of January will be hard to keep. Scattered all over the global scene, contemporary and urban art galleries will be opening many interesting shows. Strong concepts, unique expressions and a good dose of feminism will be on show in New York at Judith Charles gallery Immediate Female group show, as well as at Nancy Hoffman with the show by Michele Pred suggestively entitled Choice. Europe will be a bit more urban art oriented, with two great shows coming up: in Berlin, Cut it Out! is opening at Urban Nation, and a solo exhibit by ETNIK at Varsi gallery in Rome. Photography lovers will be able to enjoy spectacular aerial shots by Antoine Rose in London’s French Art Studio, while collectors will have the rare opportunity to enrich their collections with a $100 photo by Larry Clark happening at Ooga Booga store in LA.
However, there are five events we believe are must-sees in the upcoming week, for all of those residing or visiting the designated cities. From a brilliantly curated, art historically relevant painting exhibitions, to a lively art weekend, Londoners, New Yorkers, Berliners and Antwerpians are in for lots of art treats!

Transmediale 2015 - Capture All

Opening: January 28

Haus der Kulturen der Welt

Berlin, Germany

...The 28th edition of transmediale – Capture All – will be taking place from January 28th to February 1st 2015 at Haus der Kulturen der Welt (House of World Cultures) in Berlin. The project is funded as a cultural institution of excellence by The German Federal Cultural Foundation. Capture All title suggests the exploration of the limits of digital culture, and ways in which it has been quantifying work, free time and life itself. Organizers have announced a part of the many exciting things waiting for us at the end of January… Check out the interesting programs!..

Body and Matter: The Art of Kazuo Shiraga and Satoru Hoshino

Opening: January 29

Dominique Lévy Gallery

New York, USA

...Kazuo Shiraga and Satoru Hoshino belong to different generations, never having shown in the same space before, nor has their work been discussed in relation to each other before. Each of these distinguished artists pursued their own artistic path, one in oil painting, and the other one in ceramics. Experimentation and bold diversions and elaborations of traditional practices took both Shiraga and Hoshino into novel modes of expression, the innovative understanding of their medium, ultimately leading to altering of the perception of the emerging contemporary art audience...

Antwerp Art Weekend

From January 29 to February 1

Antwerp, Belgium

...The city of Antwerp harbours a wide range of contemporary art spaces: internationally renowned galleries, museums, residencies, project spaces and pop-up exhibitions. All of these join forces for the 1st Antwerp Art Weekend: two consecutive collective opening nights, artists talks at M HKA, special programmes, and an Antwerp Art Weekend party together with the HISK on Saturday, Januari 31 at De Shop (Rijnkaai 2, 2000, Antwerp)...

Contemporary Visions V

Opening: January 30

Beers Conemporary

London, UK

...To sort through nearly 2000 entrants and pieces of contemporary art seems a near impossible task and to get that list down to the final nine lucky artists that will be exhibited at Beers Contemporary Visions V is an impressive feat (you can see a Widewalls list of 10 Contemporary Artists Under 40 and compare). The idea of the Contemporary Visions group exhibitions, which first emerged in 2010 with a show involving nineteen artists, is to find exciting young contemporary artists(you can check out Los Angeles based Soze Gallery and Mexico City based Fitfy24MX gallery who are both working to support young contemporary artists) that are working in a range of media and are able to push the limits of their particular practice to produce works that are both unique and referential using the history of art to reinvent their chosen practices. Of course, the nine chosen artists were picked by just three jurors, undoubtedly with vast experience between them (here is an interesting article titled Emerging Artist? Satellite Fairs! About exposure and discovery), so reaction to the Contemporary Visions V show will be explicit in deciding if they have managed to identify the current trends in contemporary art...

Luc Tuymans

The Shore

Opening: January 30

David Zwirner Gallery

London, UK

With all the buzz created about the Belgium Luc Tuymans plagiarism lawsuit, we have no doubt his upcoming London show will be a hit.

...Luc Tuymans, one of the most influential contemporary painters in Europe at present, will appeal against the ruling that has found him guilty of plagiarism. At present Luc Tuyman will face no further action, but the judgement states that if the artist creates further‘reproductions’ based on the photos of Katrijn Van Giel or puts the original painting, now owned by an American collector, on public view he will receive a fine of €500,000. The artists defence rested on the definition of the word parody, Tuymans claiming his painting was a parody of the original photograph. In this case the judge felt that the painting was not noticeably different to the original photo, though many will argue against that, and that it displayed no humour, both of those elements being central to the definition of parody (the Age of Appropriation article digs a little further into the whole area of borrowing images)...

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Featured images:

Zeno X Gallery, Courtesy of Antwerp Art Weekend - Oliver Hickmet - A Foreboding Scene of Impending Happiness. Acrylic and Varnish on Canvas, Masonary Screws, Photographic Billboard Print  / Kazuo Shiraga - Tenkosei Kaosho, 1962 - Oil on canvas - 71 5/8 x 107 1/2 inches (182 x 273 cm) - Photo Courtesy Tom Powel Imaging /Transmediale / Luc Tuymans - The Secretary of State, 2005. Photo The Museum of Modern Art, New York and Studio Luc Tuymans

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