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Five art shows to see this week: Whitechapel Gallery, New Art Exchange and more

13 – 19 January

Published 13 January 2017

From fearless female characters to propaganda posters against the Franco regime, we guide you through the best art to see this week.

  • Terrains of the Body: Photography from the National Museum of Women in the Arts

    Whitechapel Gallery, London, until 16 April

    Travelling from the National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington D.C.), this collection of photographs and video installations presents the many facets of womanhood, as captured by some of the most celebrated women artists of our times. From the intimate and dark self-portrait of photographer Nan Goldin in bed with her ex-boyfriend, to the image of performance artist Marina Abramovic Hon RA riding a white horse, this display of works offers varied perspectives on notions of female identity and sexuality.

  • Marina Abramovic, The Hero

    Marina Abramovic, The Hero, 2001 Chromogenic Print.

    National Museum of Women in the Arts, Gift of Heather and Tony Podesta Collection, Washington, D.C..

    Chromogenic Print. 126x126cm. © Marina Abramovic Archives Photo: Lee Stalsworth.

  • Art Revolutionaries

    Mayoral, London, until 10 February

    Inspired by the Spanish Pavilion at the Paris Exposition Internationale des Arts and Techniques dans la Vie Modern of 1937, Art Revolutionaries commemorates 80 years since the inauguration of the international art fair. The Spanish Republic commissioned the Spanish Pavilion in the midst of the Civil War – and its purpose was to reveal, through art, the atrocities committed by Franco’s regime. Like the original Pavilion, this Mayoral show features works by Spanish modernist masters, such as Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Alexander Calder and Julio Gonzalez, as well as rare anti-Franco propaganda posters.

  • View of exterior mural, Spanish Pavilion, 1937, Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans le Vie Moderne, Paris.

    View of exterior mural, Spanish Pavilion, 1937, Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans le Vie Moderne, Paris.

    Arxiu Historic del Collegi Oficial d’Arquitectes de Catalunya, Barcelona.

    Photo by Roness-Ruan.

  • UNTITLED: art on the conditions of our time

    New Art Exchange, Nottingham, until 19 March

    This exhibition offers the chance to examine “the conditions of our time” through the eyes of twelve contemporary British artists, whose practices have often been informed by their African diaspora heritage. The show tackles current topics, ranging from social media to political activism, using both traditional and new mediums, including painting, gaming, live performance and bookbinding. The artists in this show investigate the paradoxes and contradictions of the world we live in.

  • Larry Achiampong and David Blandy , FF Gaiden ESCAPE

    Larry Achiampong and David Blandy, FF Gaiden ESCAPE, 2017.

  • Frank Bowling RA

    The Arts Club, London, until 27 April

    Born in British Guiana, Bowling moved to London when he was 19, to begin his artistic career. It wasn’t until he travelled to New York in the 60s, where he encountered Abstract Expressionists such as Rothko and Newman, that he began to develop his abstract style. By spontaneously dripping colours and experimenting with textures on the canvas, Bowling developed his signature “poured paintings.” This survey show spans Frank Bowling RA’s 50-year career.

  • Frank-Bowling , Pecking Pablo

    Frank-Bowling, Pecking Pablo, 1979.

    Acrylic on canvas. 117 x 198 cm.. Image courtesy the artist and Hales London New York. Copyright the Artist.

  • Tschabalala Self

    Parasol Unit, London, until 12 March

    Shown for the first in the UK, Tschabalala Self’s vibrant canvases explore the fantasies surrounding the Black female body within contemporary culture. Energetic, sensual and dynamic, the American artist’s mixed-media collages and drawings depict expressive and bold female characters. Using diverse materials and techniques – including African textiles sewn directly onto paintings – Self’s work subverts and re-imagines images of Black women.

  • Tschabalala Self , Carma

    Tschabalala Self, Carma, 2016.

    Fabric, linen, Flashe®, acrylic and pastel on canvas. 182.9 x 121.9 cm (72 x 48 in). Courtesy of Jackson Tang, Florence Photograph by Dan Bradica.