In the coming week there is:
Sarah Charlesworth: Doubleworld
Opening 24 June – 20 September 2015
Sarah Charlesworth has investigated pivotal questions about the role of images in our culture. This exhibition at the New Museum features Charlesworth’s poignant series “Stills” (1980), a group of fourteen large-scale works rephotographed from press images that hauntingly depict people falling or jumping off of buildings. Her ‘Stills’ series is accompanied by other prominent works by the artist. The title of the exhibition is taken from one of her photographs, Doubleworld (1995), from the series of the same name, which presents two nineteenth-century stereoscopic viewing devices, each holding a stereophotograph depicting two women standing side by side. This is the first major survey in New York of the artist’s work to date, encompassing an innovative career that played a crucial role in expanding the possibilities of photography and establishing the medium’s centrality to contemporary art.
New York, NY 10002
Opening 14 February – 22 November 2015
Portraits offers a glimpse of the people behind the collections, the artists, collectors and individuals who shaped the Whitworth. This exhibition puts on display the people who are gathered together by the Whitworth’s collections, crossing centuries, continents and media. Not all the works are conventional portraits. Instead, the exhibition focus on the artists. Featuring works such as Francis Bacon’s portrait of his friend Lucian Freud to a self-portrait of Adolf Wölfli made in a mental asylum.
The University of Manchester
Portraits and Other Likenesses from SFMOMA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Opening 8 May – 11 October 2015
Organized in partnership with the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), this exhibition explores how portraiture has evolved from a form of personal identification to a genre as invested in fiction, subversion, stereotype, and fantasy as it is in the description of physical traits. Featuring more than fifty artworks ranging in date from the early 1930s to our own time, Portraits and Other Likenesses from SFMOMA demonstrates how artists interested in issues of identity have negotiated a vast array of European, African, and American visual-cultural forms to redefine what it means to make a portrait.
Museum of the African Diaspora
685 Mission Street
Keith Arnatt: Absence of the Artist
SPRÜTH MAGERS LONDON
Opening 1 – 26 September 2015
The Absence of the Artist betrays the artist’s deadpan wit, wholly characteristic of Arnatt’s response to the various conflicts stimulating the art world throughout the late 1960s. The viewer is presented with a paradox: a sign, posted on a brick wall and photographed in black and white, declares the absence of the artist. Yet by denying his absence, he thrusts himself forward, seemingly emphasising the artist’s role. The Absence of the Artist highlights a fierce ambivalence about the artist’s role that was prevalent at the time.
Sprüth Magers London
7A Grafton Street
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
Opening 29 July – 31 October 2015
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac is delighted to host an exhibition of sculptures, which are part of Expansion Fieldby Antony Gormley in the Space Out exhibition at the Halle in Salzburg. Space Out continues the artist’s investigation of body and space, interrogating the body as place and architecture as the primary conditioner of our experience of space.
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
Liu Jianhua: To Be Done
Opening 20 August – 24 September 2015
A spiritually uplifting solo exhibition ‘To Be Done’ which opens 20th August. Liu Jianhua’s current exhibition displays his Blank Paper series. The series consists of white porcelain rectangle pieces which at first glance look like ‘blank sheets of paper’ mounted on the walls of the gallery. However, one must not be fooled by the simplicity of the shows first appearance, as the viewer realises when wandering the exhibition space there is a surreal atmosphere, that vibrates from the coiled corners of the fragile ceramic sheets, things are not what they initially seem.
15C Entertainment Building
30 Queens Road Central