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  1. Eric-kessels-list

    Erik Kessels is renowned for his photographic collections as well as, of course, his part in operating KesselsKramer advertising agency. One of his previous exhibitions at the FOAM Gallery in Amsterdam involved him printing out every photo uploaded onto Flickr in just one day; the resulting avalanche-threatening installation inspired an extraordinary awe from the sheer physical volume that would be impossible to communicate with mere statistics on a screen.

  2. Ben-woodeson

    The monopoly “controversial” art holds on being the most reactionary and evocative is well over, just look at the extraordinarily tense artworks of Ben Woodeson and tell me your hands don’t start to claw and your neck itch or however it is you unconsciously react to some impending doom.

  3. Soren_t_running-list

    In her twenties Tabitha Soren was one of the faces of MTV News, “a very loud, pressure-filled time for me” she confesses. Now, that time she spent in front of the camera stands as a marked difference to how she uses it today; winking through a lens, working with one frame of narrative-laden potential at a time. We last featured her ongoing Uprooted project, photographs that see her return to the same spots in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina struck, and now with her large-scale Running series on show at the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (iMOCA), we caught up with her to hear more about where these dramatic, landscape-interrupted works arrived from.

  4. Wide-open-school-list

    The Wide Open School is just that, an inclusive and experimental programme for public learning. The Hayward Gallery is hosting it as part of the Southbank Centre’s Festival of the World, and they have gathered an estimable faculty of some of the UK’s most contemporary artists – Martin Creed, Tracy Emin, Jeremy Deller, Gillian Wearing, Michael Landy, Bob and Roberta Smith for example – as well as another 94 artists hailing from more than 40 countries.

  5. Edward-burtynsky-list

    The Photographers’ Gallery was the first independent space of its kind in Britain, so understandably its reopening in a new, tailored home is important to a very large and dedicated audience.

  6. Paul-elliman-list

    Ecstatic Alphabets / Heaps of Language at New York’s Museum of Modern Art has brought together 12 contemporary practitioners and an estimable spectrum of key 20th Century artists who do as the Dadaists do and eschew rational structures of language, form, sound – taking language, in particular typography, and “freeing it from its communicative and descriptive duties.”

  7. Andy-hope-1930-list

    In the Medley Tour, an exhibition now on show at London’s Hauser & Wirth, Berlin-based artist Andreas Hofer aka Andy Hope 1930, suggests a world populated by superheroes but this is not comic art. It’s not sequential story-telling and it’s not immediately accessible as fine art either, however, the clue is always in the name and Andy Hope 1930 adopted his because he associates “the year 1930 with both the rise of the comic book to a mass medium, and the abandonment of suprematism and Russian constructivism” – both of which are primary signifiers in his work, albeit, somewhat mixed up a là food processor.

  8. Katie-peterson-list

    Katie Paterson is hugely capable of realising complex concepts in the most lyrically simplistic ways. Early on in her career there was a single lightbulb suspended in a dark room, the light it emitted was strange and totally unlike the yellow bleach of a regular lamp. Light bulb to Simulate Moonlight took the spectral measurements of lunar illumination and working closely with lighting specialists, Katie created enough of them to last one person a lifetime of moonlight.

  9. Yasuaki-onishi-list

    Osaka-based artist Yasuaki Onishi uses humble, simple materials – black glue, plastic sheets, nylon thread – but somehow a large space is majestically occupied with his inverted landscapes, the “reverse of volume”, allowing a viewer to occupy a space that would otherwise, perceptively, be given over to something of monumental density. Now showing in Texas’ Rice University Art Gallery, Onishi’s latest installation makes real his interest in the invisible, “like time, or air, or gravity” – constructing a suspension of weight/space/belief that can be observed from all angles and never to the same effect.

  10. Lilianna-ovalle-list

    In the same way Liliana Ovalle incorporates into her designs the incidences of improvised functionality in everyday situations into her designs, her use of colour is just as unexpected and illuminating in its suggestion of how a piece of furniture might be interpreted. A continuation of her Colour Me series, these pieces feature consistent geometric designs that conform to our table and stool-shaped conventions blocked out in vibrant colour on well-crafted, edgy wooden forms.

  11. Alex-katz-list

    Finally, a dedicated exhibition in which to surrender to the years of ineffable greatness that is Alex Katz. Tate St.Ives presents Give Me Tomorrow, a showcase from the octogenarian painter renowned for painting in economical lines and flattened swathes of edible colour. Not only displaying his own collages, canvases and cut-outs, but a curated selection of artists from the Tate’s own collections.

  12. Jaehyo-lee-list

    Jaehyo Lee is a Korean artist who has a very distinctive way of manipulating form, not just through moulding but by cutting, in a way totally un-compromised by the natural shape of the original material. Working with basic materials, Jaehyo performs simple albeit labour-intensive operations, in particular, with nails in charred wood. The nails protrude in a perfectly measured surface, their heads bent in strategic directions so that the overall impression is one of movement and changing depth with each nail looking like a mark on paper. These meticulously constructed physical drawings are a bewildering thing in the flesh and lucky for us in London, they are now on show at the Hada Contemporary until May 30.

  13. Bauhaus-list

    If you hold what you think you know about Bauhaus up to the very illuminating light of the Barbican’s new exhibition, Bauhaus: Art as Life, the effect is pretty spectacular. Preconceptions in the shape of a yellow triangle, blue circle and red square are split in a contextual kaleidoscope that plays the disciplines and their histories off of each other. The result is broad and one that you could never achieve in a classroom. This is perhaps the crowning achievement of this exhibition – and to put an end to this trite metaphor – it sheds a renewing light on the most influential design movement of the twentieth century so that a whole new generation might experience it first hand.

  14. Yale-list

    Are you near New Haven? Then go to Yale – the graphic design MFA candidates are still exhibiting, including recently featured Ryan Weafer and it looks sweet. Especially because they’ve tempted us with this anomalously aesthetic short promo featuring white(noise)outed spaces on walls and plinths where artwork should be – all in a fly-through animation that looks like a architects mock-up but smells like space.

  15. Yumiko-utsu-list

    With her starting blocks firmly placed in surreality, Japanese photographer Yumiko Utsu presents vaguely repulsive but highly astute visual dichotomies that look a bit kitsch and smell like the sea. Food is a highly metaphorical thing, and by using it so gratuitously and in such an aesthetic way, Yumiko creates mini fantasies about how we interact with it that just seems to work. Squid heads? Why not. Now you can see them exhibited at Paris’ Galerie LWS with Mayumi Hosokura in Natures until May 19

  16. Gabriel-dawe-list

    Gabriel Dawe’s latest Plexus site-specific installation sees the artist accumulate thousands of strands of sewing threads, solidifying space in a vibrant, tangible spectrum of colour. The absolute precision of its making allows the viewer to perceive it from all manner of angles with the effect being somewhere between “material and the immaterial.”

  17. Mark-mulroney-list

    Good news! Mark Mulroney’s collage and painted comic abstractions (that featured in issue eight of our magazine) – as funny as the viewer is suggestively minded, or else just nicely composed works of the cartoon variety – are now on show at London’s Galleries Goldstein.

  18. Jamie-shovlin-list

    Since producing a flawed set of watercolours of the 49 books in the Fontana Modern Masters series published in the 1970s and 1980s, contemporary painter Jamie Shovlin noticed that 17 titles went unpublished. Intrigued, the artist has since approached these lost works and imagined what they might have potentially looked like. Tom Hunt of the Haunch of Venison described Shovlin’s conceptual framework as playing with the boundaries between truth and fiction, “often replying retrospectively a logic to an era or a concept that might not have been originally thought of.”

  19. Alex-prager-list

    A trio of exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles and London by contemporary artist Alex Prager present her new series of photographs titled Compulsion. These images, that capture pregnant moments and play with high-melodrama using iconic, cinematic sight-lines, engage the viewer with an immediate emotional response. Compulsion, with its repeating image of an eye, is unmistakably voyeuristic; “the protagonists remain anonymous and distant” and we, the watchers, perpetually observe their tragedy but never take part in it.

  20. Ron-list

    There are times when art makes you feel unsettled, confused or just plain weird. Don’t be afraid though, it’s probably what you’re supposed to feel – so just embrace it man!

  21. Br_list

    Artist Ben Rivers’ work has most recently focussed on hermetic individuals living beyond the reaches of ‘normal’ life (see Origin of the Species, 2008). But the Somerset-born artist’s new exhibition, which opens this Friday at the Kate MacGarry Gallery, revisits his earlier investigations into deserted space. Featuring a new 10 minute, 16mm film, as well as a series of black and white photographs, the artist explores the life of one man (a friend of Rivers’), via the “animistic artefacts” left in his empty flat a year after his death.

  22. Daniel-clowes-list

    Considering how much I enjoy and respect comic artist Daniel Clowes’ work, how frequently I recommend his graphic novels (of late, the morally flawed tale of modern defeatist Wilson) or comics (find a semi-recent compendium of The Death Ray and eat it), or point with embarrassing, potentially threatening, enthusiasm towards his illustrative commissions for the likes of the New Yorker (and to all of the above, most commonly, to pester people to do the same) – I find it difficult to talk about his work in any aesthetic detail.

  23. Jeff-milstein-list

    Jeff Milstein’s 2005-2009 photographs of airplanes, divorced of their surroundings with under bellies exposed like some kind of entomological specimens rather than a hulking weight of airborne steel, are enjoying a year-long exhibition at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington. What better excuse to right a wrong (why didn’t we see these before???) and get them up on the site for you all to enjoy?

  24. Keith_haring-list

    We mentioned this at the beginning of the year as one of the shows to look out for and it is finally here (so someone buy my kidney quick and I can fly over). Keith Haring: 1978- 1982 at the Brooklyn Museum is the first large-scale show to creatively profile one of the most “iconic and innovative artists of the late twentieth century as his formidable talents emerged.”

  25. List-rosie-sanders

    Botanical painting has a long and specific history, cataloguing plant species in excruciating detail, often abstracting them against a plain paper void away from their natural context. Moving away from this conventional approach to botanical art but continuing a tradition of valued documentation of flowers that has earned her five Royal Horticultural Gold Medals, artist Rosie Sanders creates contemporary and striking portraits of backlit blooms in the less than perfect phases of degeneration.

  26. List-danielpalacios_waves

    Creating models so that we might see something invisible (like sound) is a fascinating and perpetuating phenomena between artists and scientists – both striving for physical representations so that we might better understand the thing beyond its theory. What Daniel Palacios’s Waves installation has done is create a beautiful explanation of how sound inhabits space, how the “chaos of infinite variables” that create noise might influence the sinusoidal waves conducted between two turbines connected by a length of rope.

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