It's time to prioritise - several excellent exhibitions close after this weekend, so we've included a few in this week's highlights to make sure you don't miss them by accident.
Zarina Bhimji's Yellow Patch was premiered simultaneously in Walsall and the Whitechapel to rave reviews; it's your last weekend to catch her evocative filming at the New Art Gallery. Up in Leeds, the Gary Hume showcase comes to a close and just before the final weekend of his exhibition at Nottingham Contemporary, Thomas Demand discusses the architectural influences on his work with the editor-in-chief of Domus. The talk has sold out but will be available via thisistomorrow. You can see the full list of recommended shows that are closing this week by clicking here.
Next week, it's the turn of the Original Print Fair at the Royal Academy, and the Estorick showcase their stunning collection of work by Giuseppe Cavalli.
Meanwhile there are several classy shows opening across London, only a few of which are included below. Last week we mentioned Phyllida Barlow opening at the Henry Moore Institute, plus you can catch a show she's curated for Baltic. In Redchurch Street, the Londonewcastle project open A Wall is a Surface with an interesting cross-section of artists from Martin Creed to Rose Davey, and we're intrigued by Needle In A Cloud at Fold Gallery.
We update the diary as news comes in - sometimes galleries confirm months in advance, sometimes it's a matter of days. But we like the flexibility, and are always looking for an interesting show. You can keep posted on our selection of the best exhibitions across the UK by visiting the site anytime.
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| ||Prints by George Shaw and Michael Landy - Edgelands |
Cambridge CB2 1RB
Editor's pick: until 23/09/2012
Edgelands, that uncertain and overlooked zone, neither city nor countryside, lingering on the urban edge. George Shaw's series Twelve Short Walks, 2005 is drawn from revisited scenes of his childhood on the Tile Hill council estate in the suburbs of Coventry. Michael Landy's Nourishment, 2002 features life-sized images of weeds - 'street-flowers' the overlooked and neglected vegetation of Edgelands.
| ||Euan Uglow - Paintings and Drawings |
Browse & Darby
London W1S 3LP
12/04/2012 to 11/05/2012
Open Mon-Fri 10am-5.30pm
| ||Giuseppe Cavalli - Master of Light |
Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art
London N1 2AN
18/04/2012 to 17/06/2012
From his earliest photographic works from mid-1930s Cavalli revealed an extraordinary ability to create intensely poetic compositions with the simplest of means: constellations of everyday domestic objects, bathed in vivid Mediterranean light. This exhibition presents works from across the artist’s brief career, s brought to an end with his premature death in 1961.
| ||Matthew Monahan |
Stuart Shave/Modern Art
London W1W 8DF
13/04/2012 to 12/05/2012
Monahan embraces the physical shift and transition of ideas between drawing and sculpture, reflecting on museological and art-historical conventions of display, and in particular the fundamental relationship of the figure and its support. In tending toward notions of ancientness and the futuristic, his work suggests the representation of a temporal imagining in which ideas of archaeology, antiquity, fantasy and science fiction coexist. His work is physically worked: carved, drawn, cast, and built-up from materials including plasterboard, sheet glass, oil, wax, paper, and bronze.
| ||Needle In A Cloud |
London EC1R 0AA
14/04/2012 to 19/05/2012
Open Fri-Sun: 12-6 or by appointment
"The idea for the show comes from a moment I had on an airplane recently. The infinite expanse of the clouds and sky, and the total, intimate, objectivity of the water droplets reflecting the planes shadow upon the clouds caused a moment of realization so disconcerting that, I knew if I thought about it any further, I would focus the moment too much, where flying in a plane would become too real and I would become afraid of flying. Out of this comes 'Needle in a Cloud', the sharp and the vast, the precise and the deliberately obscure." / Dan Davis
| ||Willie Doherty |
London E3 4RR
18/04/2012 to 27/05/2012
Open Weds-Sun 12-6pm
Matt’s Gallery hosts an exhibition of Willie Doherty’s black and white photographs from 1985–1992, which have rarely been exhibited before. These early works developed conceptual and formal strategies that resided in Doherty’s practice over the next two decades to the present. In particular, they foreshadow his distinctive use of voiceover and disjointed narrative in the body of the video works he has subsequently produced.
| ||Thomas Demand - Model Studies |
Acclaimed German artist Thomas Demand is best known for his large scale photographs that question the medium as a faithful record of reality. His exhibition at Nottingham Contemporary is a result of a residency at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles where he discovered the archive of the celebrated architect John Lautner (1911 – 1994).
Demand’s exhibition is based on 12 architectural models he discovered in the Lautner archive.
| ||Zarina Bhimji - Yellow Patch |
New Art Gallery Walsall
Walsall WS2 8LG
Open Tuesday- Saturday 10-5pm
Yellow Patch was shot on location in Mumbai, Kutch and Gujarat. Focusing primarily on landscapes and interiors, Bhimji has created a poetic and evocative exploration of place. Yellow Patch demonstrates Zarina’s interest in space, characteristic attention to detail and her remarkable, sensitive handling of light.
| ||Gary Hume - Flashback |
Leeds City Art Gallery
Gary Hume was a key figure in the YBA generation of artists. His reputation grew throughout the following decade. Flashback is a major series of monographic touring exhibitions from the Arts Council Collection.
| ||Switch - selected by Phyllida Barlow |
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
Gatehead NE8 3BA
06/04/2012 to 24/06/2012
SWITCH, selected by internationally renowned artist Phyllida Barlow, is the opening exhibition at BALTIC 39, a new hub for contemporary art located on High Bridge in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne.
The exhibition at BALTIC 39 explores further the processes an artist navigates in the act of making and prioritises such moments over any completed object or final outcome, in a setting that demands the re-consideration of an artwork’s centre.