Our pick of this week’s art events: 23 – 29 January

RA Recommends

Published 23 January 2015

From Christian Marclay’s return to White Cube to progressive paintings by RA alumni.

  • Christian Marclay

    White Cube Bermondsey, London, 28 January–18 April
    Following the huge success of his 24-hour video installation The Clock (2010), which montaged thousands of movie clips to chronicle the passing of a day, Christian Marclay returns to White Cube with a solo show that includes the video Pub Crawl (2014), whose soundtrack is provided by empty glasses, cans and bottles found on London streets.

  • Christian Marclay, Untitled

    Christian Marclay, Untitled, 2014.

    Courtesy of White Cube.

  • Tania Kovats

    Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury, 27 January–28 February
    Fellow British artist Tania Kovats, in contrast, fills glass vessels for her installation All the Sea (2014), the centrepiece of her show at Sidney Cooper Gallery at Canterbury Christ Church University. A year instead of a day is the metric, with each of the 365 bottles containing water collected from seas across the globe, furthering Kovats’ investigation into natural materials and processes.

  • Tania Kovats, All the Sea (detail)

    Tania Kovats, All the Sea (detail), 2012-14.

    Commissioned by Fruitmarket Gallery. Image courtesy Sidney Cooper Gallery.

  • Helen Frankenthaler and Aimée Parrott

    Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London, until 21 February
    From the natural fluid of water to the synthetic material of paint, which, once thinned with turpentine, was pooled on canvas by Helen Frankenthaler Hon RA to produce her seminal ‘stain’ paintings. Recent RA Schools graduate Aimée Parrott also uses staining in her work, in which watercolour, once permeated through a polyester mesh, forms thin layers of pigment. Pippy Houldsworth Gallery compares their practices from this week.

  • Aimée Parrott, First Hand, Second Hand

    Aimée Parrott, First Hand, Second Hand, 2014.

    Watercolour and acrylic medium on bleach treated canvas. 160.7 x 120.5. Courtesy Pippy Houldsworth Gallery. Copyright the artist.

  • Mary Ramsden: Swipe

    Pilar Corrias Gallery, London, until 28 February
    Another RA School alumna, painter Mary Ramsden, privileges a process of masking rather than staining. Strokes of paint in a single colour, or rectangles of white, consciously block out layers underneath, so that the subsumed elements either echo at the edges or from the deep. Pilar Corrias presents a solo exhibition of her latest work.

  • Mary Ramsden, Remote

    Mary Ramsden, Remote, 2014.

    Oil on board. 51 x 41 x 3.5. © the artist. Courtesy Pilar Corrias, London.

  • Rubens and His Legacy: From Van Dyck to Cézanne

    Royal Academy of Arts, London, until 10 April
    And it would be remiss of me, while discussing painting, to not remind readers that the RA’s show on Rubens – ‘the prince of painters’ – opens this weekend. It is as much about Rubens as the history of painting, mapping how fantastic artists who followed afterwards were influenced by the Flemish master, from Delacroix and Constable to Cézanne and Cy Twombly.

  • Peter Paul Rubens, The Garden of Love

    Peter Paul Rubens, The Garden of Love, c.1633.

    Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid/Photo © Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado.