In the coming week there is:
Opening 12 September – 31 October 2015
This marks the fifth exhibition of new paintings by Maureen Gallace. Her recent works find her training her eye on the sea, translating the simultaneously calm and unnerving duality inhabiting the coasts. Evoked by means of a deliberate yet improvisational hand, Gallace’s graceful marks make it feel as though time spent looking at the ocean has been stretched spontaneously, waves frozen into a hesitance that can exist only in memory or its evocation.
507 W 24th Street
Bruce Nauman: Selected Works from 1967 to 1990
Opening 21 May – 26 September 2015
This exhibition presents key works by Bruce Nauman spanning three decades. Nauman’s radical interdisciplinary approach has challenged conventions while producing new methodologies for creating art and meaning. His rigorous, ascetic engagement with the existential dichotomies of life/death, love/hate, pleasure/pain has embraced performance, video, holography, installation, sculpture, and drawing. From the attitudes and forms of his Post-Minimalist and Conceptual work to his most recent sound installations, persistent themes and ideas appear: the use of the body as material; the relationship between image and language, art and viewer; and the generative interaction of positive and negative space.
4 rue de Ponthieu
Nicholas Mangan: Ancient Lights
Opening 3 July – 30 August 2015
Presenting a major new film installation by Melbourne-based artist Nicholas Mangan that continues his recent investigations into the relationship between energy and social transformation. Ancient Lights is the first solo exhibition of Mangan’s work in the UK and comprises two new films, presented within a specially conceived installation powered entirely by an on-site solar PV system. This new work is the culmination of Mangan’s extended research into the physical and conceptual power of the sun, and the role that it has played in human economy, culture and technology throughout history.
64 Chisenhale Road
Gavin Turk: Now
Open from 18 March 2015
This neon artwork, displays the median population of the world at the time of its initial illumination. The sign is intended by the artist as ‘a symbolic threshold: inviting visitors and observers to transcend through a fixed point in time as they pass underneath it into the building’s New Wing’. Turk describes the installation as an artwork which bears ‘testimony to each individual’s solitude, power, and transient existence as part of an unimaginably expansive whole.’ The installation of Now marks the opening of Somerset House’s New Wing, which has recently opened its doors to the public for the very first time in over 150 years.
New Wing Façade
Hauser & Wirth
Opening 28 August – 31 October 2015
Featuring works made in wood, plastic, neon, wool, canvas and carpet tiles, the exhibition highlights Creed’s innovative approach to a broad range of materials and his ongoing fascination with the commonplace. For Creed, there is no border between life and art. His approach means that he can use any form of expression or media, since the key element for him is the process of creation – in his words, ‘trying to live life better’. Frequently he will make works that develop out of a set of instructions or rules he imposes on himself. Seeing what happens when certain components are tied down is typical of the playful spirit in which he lets his ideas develop.
Hauser & Wirth
The M+ Sigg Collection: Chinese art from the 1970s to now
Opening 1 July – 20 September 2015
Spanning forty years and bringing together works by artists such as Ai Weiwei, Cao Fei and Zhang Peili, this is an exhibition that charts the emergence of contemporary art in China, from early subversive works and events on Tiananmen Square in 1989 to the vibrant art scene of today.
The University of Manchester