This Week In Art : Monday 24th – Sunday 30th July

This Week In Art : Monday 24th – Sunday 30th July

Our weekly round-up of the best art exhibitions to attend, and engaging reads to keep you up to speed

What’s happening this week

  • A federal Judge has approved another copyright lawsuit against Richard Prince related to the artist’s use of instagram. [The New York Times]
  • Did LG steal from Brazilian Artist Lygia Pape? The artist’s daughter retaliates against the Korean company’s ‘violating’ use of her mother’s artworks.  [Art Net]
  • Alice Cooper is shocked to discover a Warhol classic, forgotten for 40 years… [Guardian]
  • ‘I’m tired.’ – Young South Sudanese artists demand peace. [Independent]
  • An Israeli artist comes under fire for stealing artifacts from Auschwitz. [New York Times]
  • But is it art? Police in Kassel are being trained to tell the difference between crime and performance art. [Art Net]


Our selection of must-see events to put in your calendar:

Edinburgh Art Festival, July 27th to August 27th, Edinburgh, Scotland: For a month this summer, Edinburgh Art Festival will be showing the world its finest visual and performance art. The festival is based on a book by the Scottish intellectual, Patrick Geddes, titled: The Making of the Future: Now (1947). Geddes sought to pair beauty, art and social activism to aid in the rejuvenation of Scottish society after the Second World War, helping to establish it as a country that championed social equality and peace between nations. This year’s festival takes inspiration from Geddes, and looks at the increasing importance of these principles in a tumultuous 2017. [Edinburgh Art Festival]

Josef Koudelka, The Making of Landscape, Edinburgh Art Festival 2017

Reform: Ostrale, July 28th to October 1st, Dresden, Germany: July marks the beginning of the Ostrale Biennial, the third largest art festival in Germany. Sometimes macabre, sometimes humourous, Reform aims to address the power structures and values in the contemporary art world. Without a heavy emphasis on sales, the biennial is free to comment without restraint on the current social issues. Reform is poised to be a brave and exciting exhibition. [Ostrale]

Volksbunker – es lebe das Volk’ (lit. ‘public bunker – long live the public) by ‘Die Auservolkte’ (Madlyn Sauer)’, at Ostrale 2017

What not to miss

Don’t miss your last chance to see these exhibitions, now in their final week:

Rothko Cage Turrell, closing July 28th, Nahmad Projects, London: The first ever three person exhibition in London of these three iconic artists. Nahmad Projects has opted to show three works: a painting from Mark Rothko, a one-of-a-kind hologram by James Turrell, and a sound piece by John Cage. Focusing on the effects of light, sound, space and colour, the exhibition aims to create a multi-sensory experience, investigating the expressive capabilities of ‘silence’ and ‘stillness’ in evoking fundamental human emotions. [nahmadprojects]

Mark Rothko – Rothko Cage Turrell 2017, courtesy of Nahmad Projects

Mirabilia, Silvia Camporesi, closing 28th July, Photographic Fine Art Gallery, Lugano, Switzerland: Following the success of Atlas Italiae, Camporesi delves into Italian myth to present an artistic project that searches for new places, natural wonders and all things bizarre. Instead of documenting the famous images of Italy that we have all come to recognise, Camporesi has portrayed her own version of the country through photographs of the undiscovered. [Photographica Fine Art]

Teatro all’antica – Sabbioneta (Mn), 2017, Mirabilia, Silvia Camporesi – courtesy of Photographica Fine Art

In Abstracto, closing July 29th, Luca Tommasi Contemporary Art, Milan: This aniconic group show pays homage to the fundamentals: paint and pigment. The show features work from Turner Prize nominee Ian Davenport, along with Mark Francis and Patrick Tabarelli. [Partrick Tabarelli]

In Abstracto, 2017 – Courtesy of Luca Tommasi. Arte Contemporanea

DROP CITY Presents CHOREOGRAPHY, closing 29th July, Arcade, London: Envisaged by Paul Becker, CHOREOGRAPHY compiles art, events and text to create a show based on the work of experimental writer/director Marguerite Duras. Two of her films are studied here: India Song (1975) and Baxter, Vera Baxter (1977). In this, the exhibition looks at the central characters and their disconnect from emotional life, the type of women who are often seen throughout Duras’ work. These ‘lovers without love’ make a lonely statement, and yet the gallery will be alive with readings and discussions from artists across the duration of the show. [Mousse Magazine]

Nadia Hebson, The woman says her role from memory, the man reads the text. 2017, Digital print, acrylic, gesso, board, 312 x 440 cm

Catch up

Summer can only mean one thing in the art world: art fairs, and lots of them. Take a day off from the beach to visit these ongoing shows:

Momentum Nordic Biennial of Contemporary Art 2017, till September 27th, Moss, Norway: Does modern life ever leave you feeling alienated? One of the largest art events in the Nordic calendar, the Momentum Biennial is in its ninth edition and alienation is at the heart of the show. M9 attempts to address the confusion caused by social, ecological and technological changes, which have made alien entities a part of our lives. Don’t miss Jenna Sutela’s unique organic installation “Sporulating Paragraph” (2017). [Arterritory]

Untitled Carrier
2016, Jone Kvie, Courtesy the artist

The Diaspora Pavilion, till November 26th, Venice, Italy: Diaspora brings together a group of 19 British artists from diverse backgrounds, who challenge the Venice Biennale to abandon the national pavilion structure. In the wake of resurging right wing nationalistic movements across Europe and America, where ideas about identity and nationality are growing ever more complex, the Diaspora Pavilions’ artists ask if the biennale is exacerbating the problem. Including Yinka Shonibare and other recognizable names, the show is unique in the way it features its emerging artists. The project not only gives artists at the beginning of their careers access to the Biennial, but also aims to mentor them over a 22 month period. These will certainly be artists to watch out for in the future. [Contemporary Art Society]

Hew Locke’s installation view, Diaspora Pavilion, Venice Biennale, Photo: Binita Walia