It’s the 1st of November – Halloween is over, it’s officially dark when we leave the It’s Nice That Studio in the evenings, and, has anyone mentioned that it’s a bit cold?
It’s not all doom and gloom though, as around the world our favourite galleries and cultural institutions continue to host exciting and inspiring exhibitions and events to keep us leaving the house during the winter months. From Los Angeles to Amsterdam via London, check out the It’s Nice That team’s top must-see events for the month of November, below.
27 October 2019 – 6 January 2019
Hauser & Wirth, Los Angeles
Calder: Nonspace is Hauser & Wirth’s first exhibition at its Los Angeles location dedicated to renowned artist Alexander Calder. With works filling the South Gallery, central open-air courtyard, and planted garden with thirty stabiles, mobiles, and standing mobiles weaving through a specially-designed environment by Stephanie Goto, the pieces are primarily monochromatic, abstract sculptures that create “volumes out of voids”. In addition to this, the exhibition will feature five large-scale pieces which transform the industrial landscape of the Arts District into “an oasis for contemplation of Calder’s monumental vision”.
Florian Roithmayr: something infinitely distant and strange
17 October – 1 December 2018
Florian Roithmayr captures unexpected gestures, and the consequences of surfaces and materials interacting or overlapping. Working with sculpture to generate and trace material transformations in the processes of making, his practice “consists of materials that create each other in the moment they are put together”.
Rebecca Sampson – Apples for Sale
2 November – 16 December 2018
Foam Museum, Amsterdam
German-American photographer Rebecca Sampson has devoted her working life to a photographic study of the daily life of Indonesian domestic workers in Hong Kong. The images collected in Apples for Sale are a tender and human exploration of the effect that exploitative employment practices have on those forced to live under them.
The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture 2018
26 October – 20 January 2019
Hepworth Gallery, Wakefield
We like the Hepworth Prize for Sculpture because it’s all about recognising British or UK-based talent of any age, or at any stage in their career, who has made a massive contribution to the present and future of sculpture here on our miserable little set of islands. This year’s nominees are Michael Dean, Mona Hatoum, Phillip Lai, Magali Reus and Cerith Wyn Evans. The organisers say that everyone on display “demonstrates a singular voice that pushes the potential of the sculptural object in new directions,” which is pretty much exactly what you want from an afternoon spent in deepest, darkest Wakefield.
Cecily Brown: Where, When, How Often and with Whom
8 November – 24 February 2019
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen
Cecily Brown’s explosive paintings are to take centre stage in Louisiana Museum of Modern Art’s upcoming exhibition, Where, When, How Often and with Whom. Subverting the male gaze is at the heart of the British artist’s work, whose vibrant, large-scale paintings assert an unapologetically feminine eroticism. The show will reflect on the subjectivity of history, which Cecily explores by renouncing linear narratives in favour of fragmented moments and deconstructed interactions.
Robert Blomfield: Edinburgh Street Photography
24 November – 17 March 2019
City Art Centre, Edinburgh
Robert Blomfield spent the 1950s, 60s and 70s photographing Scotland’s urban landscapes; when he wasn’t studying to become a doctor. His collection includes photographs of destroyed tenement buildings and shots of children playing in the context of an ever-changing post-war Scotland. Blomfield’s medical career meant that these images have long been overlooked and forgotten until now. Edinburgh Street Photography pays tribute to the unassuming photographer and allows the general public a glimpse into an era long-gone.
Tomás Saraceno: On Air
17 October – 6 January 2019
Palais de Tokyo, Paris
For this exhibition, Palais de Tokyo granted carte blanche to Argentinian artist Tomás Saraceno. Titled On Air the exhibition is “an ecosystem in becoming, hosting emergent choreographies and polyphonies across human and non-human universes, where artworks reveal the common, fragile and ephemeral rhythms and trajectories between these worlds”. With works taking over the spaces, the artist – supported by scientific institutions, research groups, activists, local communities, visitors, musicians, philosophers, non-human, and celestial phenomena – asks us to rethink our relationship to the planet.
Peter Barber: 100 Mile City and Other Stories
20 October – 27 January 2019
The Design Museum, London
In the first ever exhibition of his work, acclaimed British architect and urbanist, Peter Barber explores the constraints and possibilities presented by London’s current housing crisis, and the role of architecture in creating a more humane city. 100 Mile City and Other Stories includes hand-made models, drawings and large-scale photographs, as well as a selection of Barber’s sketchbooks.
Lily van der Stokker: Friendly Good
27 October – 24 February 2019
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Lily van der Stokker’s practice takes on motifs and conceits that are often unpopular in contemporary art, such as frivolity and decoration, to raise questions around what is typically regarded as feminine and the prevailing standards of good taste. In an interview with John Waters she once said: “I’m trying to be a friendly person and my art has to be about that. I like the colours to be bright and cheap looking, so that I can combine my conceptualism with pleasure.”
Patrick Colhoun: zeropointsixsixrecurring
1 November – 21 December 2018
Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast
The title of Patrick Colhoun’s latest solo show refers to the artist’s belief that they have reached a certain point in their life, both in personal terms, but also as the point where all influences from previous exhibitions have come together. Colhoun is known for his ceramics and in this exhibition, his hand-made ceramics remain the predominant material. More unconventional materials, such as hosiery, Meccano and shotgun cartridges are also present and reflect influences from various parts of the artist’s life.
Katarzyna Kobro and Wladyslaw Strzeminski: A Polish avant-garde
24 October – 14 January 2019
Centre Pompidou, Paris
These two artists, both of them radical in their artistic stance, developed their ideas in everyday life through teaching, publishing and involvement in artistic life. A couple in life as well as in work, they created side by side; while Kobro developed the modern language of sculpture, Strzemi ski forged ahead in painting. While the latter is known for his theory of unism, which pushes the limits around the idea of the organic autonomy of painting, Kobro is remembered for her theory of sculpture as a form of spatial composition. Both of them were also behind one of the leading public collections of contemporary art in Europe, which was unveiled in 1931.
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