Art is a big compromise. It starts with a big lie and the success is to make it as true as possible. The moment that you want to talk about something, it becomes a copy of it. You leave out so many things or you put in many others that don’t exist.
Summer brings a profound tension between chilling in the sun and making the most of the time off to explore art galleries and museums. My mantra: always minimum compromise. Before I pack for the holidays, these are a few must-do art exhibitions that you can enjoy by the Med, as you sail your summer away. See you there or back in September!
The emerging from LISTE, the established at Art Basel and the museum exhibitions of Kunstmuseum Basel. At the fairs, I have prioritised those artists I haven’t spoken about or featured yet on the blog. These are my highlights.
Photo London opens next week on Thursday 18th until Sunday 21st at Somerset House in central London. In its third edition, the fair has gained momentum and photography is settling into London’s annual art calendar. To accompany the fair, three exhibitions by Mat Collishaw, Isaac Julien and Taryn Simon will also open at Somerset House. Since the coming week will all be about photography, May’s gallery highlights are commercial exhibitions on the medium. Expect pleasure-seeking from a young Maisie Cousins, a look back at Renate Bertlmann’s feminist wit and timeless elegance on the nature of desire and the gaze by Isaac Julien.
Following two major exhibitions by Richard Tuttle in London in 2014, Tate Modern’s commission of a large textile sculpture for its monumental Turbine Hall and Whitechapel Gallery’s retrospective of the artist’s career from the 1960s, you can enjoy two new coinciding exhibitions until May 13th. The Critical Edge at Pace London and My Birthday Puzzle at Modern Art focus on textile and mixed-material assemblages respectively.
“I like that performance is slightly more provisional. Not such a beautiful finished object. Unlike an object, it is a process that invites people to ask questions and get involved.”
Two to check out this month if you are hungry for images. Two exhibitions of works on paper, photography and collage respectively, that turn the focus onto the medium itself. Two group shows that offer a historical foundation in dialogue with current art practices. Both key for their relevance in our image-saturated age and also for their serendipity in showing works from different periods by the same artists. Just a hint: See Barbara Kruger’s powerful shout-out large frames at Skarstedt and then have a peek of a rare-to-catch small collage at Luxembourg & Dayan.