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Lorna Simpson, Michael Craig-Martin and contortionist office workers

RA Recommends

Published 28 March 2014

From Lorna Simpson’s photographic explorations of gender and race to hallucinogenic visions of deserts and streetscapes; everything worth seeing this week.

  • Lorna Simpson

    BALTIC, 21 March – 22 June
    There has been increasing interest of late in the work of Brooklyn-born artist Lorna Simpson. Her photographic practice flowered in the 1980s, becoming famous for its examination of gender and race: her works juxtapose text fragments with images of African-American men and women, their faces often hidden from the lens. Gateshead’s Baltic now presents the first survey of her work in Europe for over three decades.

  • Lorna Simpson, Chess

    Lorna Simpson, Chess, 2013.

    Duration: 10:25 min. (looped).

    Three-channel HD video installation, black and white, sound.

  • Michael Craig-Martin: Objects of Our Time and Wish List

    Alan Cristea Gallery, 28 March – 2 May
    “Even the simplest things turn out to be more complex than one can imagine,” explained Michael Craig-Martin RA in an interview with Richard Cork in the latest issue of RA Magazine. As the Academician’s sculpture goes on show at Chatsworth, Alan Cristea Gallery – behind the RA on Cork Street – shows his compelling prints of iconic art and design objects, plus Craig-Martin’s selection of graphic works by other artists.

  • The Lost World of Norman Cornish

    Kings Place Gallery, 28 March – 2 May
    Kings Place in London’s Kings Cross stages reliably interesting art exhibitions, including shows on important British artists who aren’t always as visible as they could be in our public galleries. I’m looking forward to visiting the works of coal miner-turned-artist Norman Cornish: paintings of his County Durham mining community, which range from representations of life in the pits to pub interiors where miners and their loved ones relaxed.

  • Burak Dellier: Freedom has no script

    Iniva, 26 March – 17 May
    Turkish filmmaker Burak Dellier presents his first solo exhibition in London from this week at Iniva – a Shoreditch-based space that prides itself in revealing art from a diverse range of countries and cultures. The film installations include a new commission Songs of the Possessed (2014), which spotlights the emotions of office workers – and as a result, the implications of capitalism. In another recent and related piece, Dellier focuses his camera on workers who contort their bodies into yoga positions.

  • Burak Delier, Crisis and Control

    Burak Delier, Crisis and Control

  • Marius Bercea: Hypernova

    Blain Southern, 28 March – 17 April This Friday sees beguiling landscape paintings by artist Marius Bercea presented in Mayfair’s Blain Southern space. His hallucinogenic visions of deserts and streetscapes blend the bright colour of California, where the painter is now based, with motifs and a folkloric feel from the Romania of his birth.

    Sam Phillips is the Editor of RA Magazine.