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Five art shows to see this week: BALTIC, Turner Contemporary and more

27 January – 2 February

Published 27 January 2017

From paintings inspired by the picturesque villages of Sussex to the architectural sculptures of Do Ho Suh, here are some of the best shows to visit this week.

  • Disappearance at Sea – Mare Nostrum

    BALTIC, Gateshead, until 14 May

    The Mediterranean Sea has, tragically, become synonymous with the current refugee crises, in which many fleeing conflict and repression have embarked on extremely unsafe journeys across the seas. Through a diverse range of works – including photographs by Wolfgang Tillmans RA, and an investigative project produced by the research centre of Forensic Architecture – this show reveals a variety of responses artists have had to this contemporary humanitarian crisis.

  • Wolfgang Tillmans  , Italian Costal Guard Flying Rescue Mission off Lampedusa

    Wolfgang Tillmans, Italian Costal Guard Flying Rescue Mission off Lampedusa, 2008.

    c-type print. Image Courtesy Maureen Paley, London.

  • Entangled: Threads and Making

    Turner Contemporary, Margate, until 7 May

    Enchanted by the making process behind Sky (2012) – the rich tapestry work by American artist Kiki Smith – writer and critic Karen Wright has curated an exhibition around the notion of craftsmanship and gender within art. With a focus on the traditionally “feminine” mediums of knitting, embroidery, sewing and woodcarving, this show features the works of more than 40 women artists whose diverse practices are based on handmade manufacturing. Unusual materials such as hair, plants, and clothing are waved, entangled and knotted to produce colourful artworks, such as Caroline Achaintre’s handmade tufted hanging rugs.

  • Caroline Achaintre, Bernadette, 2016

    Caroline Achaintre, Bernadette, 2016

    Installation view: Entangled: Threads & Making, Turner Contemporary, 28 January – 7 May 2017

    Courtesy Turner Contemporary Photo © Stephen White

  • Do Ho Suh

    Victoria Miro, London, until 18 March

    With his translucent architectural sculptures, artist Do Ho Suh transforms the gallery into a dreamy domestic space. Inspired by his nomadic life (born in South Korea he later moved to New York and London), Suh’s works explore the idea of home as a physical space as well as an incubator for memories. From his childhood house to his recent London apartment, his sculptures are often detailed replicas of the houses in which he has lived. Playing with the see-through, colourful qualities of synthetic fabrics, his installation works often feature corridors that connect one room to the other, encouraging the viewer to cross them.

  • Do Ho Suh , Passage/s

    Do Ho Suh, Passage/s, 2016.

    Polyester fabric on stainless steel pipes. Dimensions variable. © Do Ho Suh Courtesy the Artist, Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong and Victoria Miro, London.

  • Sussex Modernism: Retreat and Rebellion

    Two Temple Place, London, until 23 April

    After visiting this show, you might think about Sussex differently. With over 120 works, Sussex Modernism explains how a young generation of radical artists and writers moved to the picturesque villages and coastal towns of Sussex during the first half of the 20th century. From the innovative painting style of Bloomsbury Group members Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, to the Surrealist collaborations of Edward James and Salvador Dalí, all of the Sussex artistic communities had in common the drive to experiment with the artistic, political and social norms and conventions of the period.

  • Duncan Grant (1885 - 1978) , Venus and Adonis

    Duncan Grant (1885 - 1978), Venus and Adonis, c.1919.

    Oil paint on canvas. 63.5 x 94 cm. Tate © Tate, London 2015 / DACS 2016.

  • Sonia Boyce: We move in her way

    ICA, London, until 2 April

    Sonia Boyce avoided taking a leading, directional role within her new multi-media installation We move in her way, instead inviting vocalist Elaine Mitchener, performer Barbara Gamper, several dancers, and a selected audience to freely interact with the space of the ICA Theatre, sculptural objects, and their own bodies. Boyce was interested in the unplanned actions of the participants and their surprising responses to the environment she created. Improvised dance movements, vocal sounds and unpredictable encounters became the fundamental elements of this Dada-inspired art game. The documentation of this game have been turned into a multimedia installation – a process Boyce calls “recouping the remains.”

  • Sonia Boyce RA

    Sonia Boyce RA

    We move in her way at the ICA, 2017.

    Photographer: George Torode