Alasdair McLellan & Lev Tanju: The Palace | ICA
London Southbank is their home, their palace. Alasdair McLellan has been documenting the PWBC (Palace Wayward Boys Choir) skate team since 2009, when they first came together. Through his photographs he shows not only their skills, but more importantly their friendship and lifestyle. There is a DIY feeling throughout the whole exhibition. A collection of old and new photographs, accompanied by a video of PWBC’s founder: Lev Tanju.
12 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH | July 8 – 24, 2016 | https://www.ica.org.uk
Ragnar Kjartansson | Barbican Centre
Ragnar Kjartansson is an Icelandic performance artist. There is happening a lot in this exhibition. Be prepared to see a mix of music, film, drawing, painting, sculpture and live performance. Every visit will be different, so choose wisely. Or visit the exhibition multiple times. On Saturdays and Sundays between 1 and 4 pm a boat performance on the lake is planned. There will be Edwardian costumes and women. I that doesn’t convince you, maybe the ‘ten troubadours singing for eight hours a day’ will.
Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS | July 14 – September 4, 2016 | http://www.barbican.org.uk
Made You Look: Dandyism and Black Masculinity | The Photographer’s Gallery
Have you already heard of the ‘black Dandy’, not to be misstaken with the Dandy. When Oscar Wilde and Salvador Dali were only showing their flamboyant sense of style, black Dandies are all about politics. Politics and fashion, two worlds apart one would think. Although more alike than expected, as proven by this exhibition.
The exhibition is curated by Ekow Eshun.
6-18 Ramillies Street London W1F 7LW | July 15 – 25 September 25, 2016 | http://thephotographersgallery.org.uk
Reliquaries | Coates & Scarry
Henry Hussey discovers a traditional way of art making versus the contemporary craft. All his works are textile based. Embroideries and digital prints on found (political) fabrics. Hussey has a lot of ideas, but only a few of them make it to the end of the time consuming process of embroidery.
8 DUKE STREET, ST JAMES, LONDON. SW1Y6BN | July 12 – 30, 2016 | http://www.coatesandscarry.com
Thrush Holmes & Jonathan Lux: Modernist Lunch | Beers London
Artists with both their own practices are now put together, their work is so similar that matching them could be a bizarre thing to do. Holmes and Lux make their paintings very colourful bold and big. Two works almost become one, their only border being the end of the canvas and the piece of wall in between, they even start to tell a story together. What is most prominent in both oeuvres is food, so a Modernist lunch it is.
The two artists have a totally different approach to art and the process, that could maybe make the difference.
1 Baldwin Street, London EC1V 9NU | July 15 – August 20, 2016 | http://beerslondon.com
SITE:LAB: NOTHING IS DESTROYED | Open Source Gallery
A collection of voids, gaps and leftover spaces related to architecture, or “anarchitecture” is the best way to describe this exhibition. Gordon Matta-Clark’s work ‘nothing is created, nothing is destroyed, everything is transformed’ shows his idea of “anarchitecture”.
The Rumsey Street Church in Michigan is where it al begun. The project where objects are extracted from that particular church, or projects related to the church. The exhibition shows architectural artifacts and work by Paul Amenta, Lora Robertson and Nick Kline.
306 17th Street, Brooklyn | July 9 – 30, 2016 | http://open-source-gallery.org
En Foco Presents Mask: Photographs by Frank Gimpaya | Bronxmuseum
Frank Gimpaya was inspired by painter Georges Seurat, more specific by his 1882 rendering of The Veil. The painting stuck into his mind, so he decided to use it as work material for the photography classes he was teaching. This resulted in a photographic interpretation of The Veil. Not just one photograph, no a series of photographs that questions identity and changing personas, with a half mask as an accessory. Or not? “A mask does not hide an identity. It is an identity”, according to A. Eric Arctander.
1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx, New York 10456 | 13 Jul 2016 – 25 Sep 2016 | http://www.bronxmuseum.org
BOYS AND GIRLS CAN STILL DRAW | Nathalie Karg
This group exhibition is put together by looking for parallels and differences in paintings and drawings. Where does a painting stop, where is the drawing taking over. I would say there is a vague overlapping middle. All artists ( Marina Adams, Joe Andoe, Peter Barrickman, Steve Dibenedetto, Gaby Collins-Fernandez, Andrej Dubravsky, Andreas Fischer, Joe fyfe, Margrit Lewczuk, Erica Mahinay, Amir Nikravan, Joanna Pousette-Dart and Kristen Schiele) were asked to submit paintings and drawings on paper. The gallery brought together a good variety of artistic styles, mostly part of a ‘minimalistic’ category.
291 Grand Street, New York, NY 10002 | July 6 – August 26, 2016 | http://nathaliekarg.com
Paul Inglis: Chroma City | Turn Gallery
Paul Inglis explores the process of building and printing with wood, resulting in geometric, abstract, colourful sculptures, ‘Urban Forms’ he calls them, and woodblock prints with the same visual features. His works are about repetition and recreating shapes from memory.
37 East 1st Street New York, NY 10003 | June 22 – August 14, 2016 | http://turngallerynyc.com
Group Exhibition, AIRspace 2015–2016, Abrons Arts Center
Another groupshow and a definite mus see is AIRspace, a project of Abrons Art Centre. As the final of the exhibition season 2015-2016, the Centre creates a residency for artists and curators. A mix of both emerging and mid career artists. Next to creating and displaying, they get the chance to teach certain school groups. Participating artists are Daniel Bejar, Doreen Garner, Maria Rapicavoli, George Terry, Jaimie Warren and Joshua Lubin-Levy.
466 Grand Street (at Pitt Street), New York, NY 10002 | June 29 – August 28, 2016 | http://www.abronsartscenter.org