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Our pick of this week’s art events: 10 – 16 June

Published 10 June 2016

From performance art that deconstructs the art object to multimedia that contemplates Latin American culture, we guide you through the best of this week’s art events and exhibitions.

  • Francis Alÿs: Ciudad Juárez projects

    David Zwirner, 11 June – 5 August
    Francis Alÿs’ new exhibition at David Zwirner showcases a body of multimedia works that were created in, and are also about, Ciudad Juárez. Since 2010, the formerly thriving border city in Mexico has been decimated by drug-related violence, with turf wars breaking out between rival gangs. In the video installation Paradox of Praxis 5: Sometimes we dream as we live & sometimes we live as we dream, Ciudad Juárez, México (2013), Alÿs repeatedly kicks a burning football in order to light his way through the sleeping city, which under the cover of darkness conceals its troubles. In addition to video installations the exhibition will also feature a range of paintings and drawings, including Linchados (2010), showing a faceless mob gathered around a burning car.

  • Francis Alÿs (in collaboration with Julien Devaux, Rafael Ortega, Alejandro Morales, and Félix Blume), Paradox of Praxis 5: Sometimes we dream as we live & sometimes we live as we dreamCiudad Juárez, México

    Francis Alÿs (in collaboration with Julien Devaux, Rafael Ortega, Alejandro Morales, and Félix Blume), Paradox of Praxis 5: Sometimes we dream as we live & sometimes we live as we dreamCiudad Juárez, México, 2013.

    Detail of video still. Courtesy David Zwirner, New York/London.

  • Cecily Brown: Madrepora

    Thomas Dane Gallery, 11 June – 23 July
    Cecily Brown’s vast, sexually charged canvases are thickly painted with swathes of darkly pigmented paint. Inspired by a variety of artists, Brown’s fleshy tones recall the nudes of Francis Bacon, while her abstraction of form evokes the work of the Abstract Expressionist Willem De Kooning. The artist’s fascination with the human body is apparent in a recent work, One Life to Live (2015) – a painting reminiscent of Rembrandt’s The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp (1632) – in which a semi-abstract, seemingly nude figure lies before a mass of observers. This exhibition, which will extend across both gallery spaces, will display an assortment of new and older works, several of which have been taken from the Brown’s private collection.

  • Cecily Brown, One Life to Live

    Cecily Brown, One Life to Live, 2014 - 2015.

    Oil on Linen. Image courtesy the artist and Thomas Dane Gallery, London.

  • I am NOT tino sehgal curated by Francesco Bonami

    Nahmad Projects, 10 June – 20 July
    Since 1917, when Duchamp presented a porcelain urinal signed ‘R. Mutt’, the art world has debated the significance (or insignificance) of the art object. The diminishment of the material in favour of the conceptual is the principle that lies at the heart of ‘I am NOT tino sehgal’. The first project by new contemporary gallery, Nahmad Projects, the event features performances by 30 young international artists. Highlights include a work by Anna Fafaliou, in which visitors are arranged in sleeping positions around the gallery space, and Proverb Exchange by multimedia artist Susanne Kass, in which people are invited to teach each other phrases in different languages. All the works adhere to a strict brief, which specifies using the art of performance artist Tino Sehgal, who is known for his ‘constructed situations’, as a starting point.

  • Anna Fafaliou, Sleep

    Anna Fafaliou, Sleep, 2016.

    Courtesy of the artist and Nahmad Projects London. Photo Benedict Johnson..

  • Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today

    South London Gallery, 10 June – 4 September
    ‘Under the Same Sun’ brings together work by 40 artists from 13 Latin American countries. The exhibition at South London Gallery explores artists’ responses to the political and socio-economic situations that have affected these nations, through a range of media from video to painting. A highlight is A Logo for America (1987/2014) by Chilean-born filmmaker Alfredo Jaar. The film shows, an animated billboard that previously lit up Times Square, featuring the words ‘This is Not America’ inside an outline map of the USA. Held in conjunction with the Guggenheim’s global art initiative, the works are displayed in both the gallery’s main site and its newly acquired exhibition space – a renovated Fire Station.

  • Alfredo Jaar, A Logo for America

    Alfredo Jaar, A Logo for America, 1987.

    Colour video with sound, 10 min., 25 sec., edition 2/6. Original animation commissioned by The Public Art Fund for Spectacolor Sign, Times Square, New York, April 1987. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Guggenheim UBS Purchase Fund..

  • The Science of Imaginary Solutions

    Breese Little, 10 June – 17 September
    Next to Pizza Hut in London’s Bethnal Green lies a time machine: Breese Little’s new gallery space, which opens this week with a show of era-spanning art ranging from a Neolithic stone basin and pestle to sculptures made in the last few months. The theme is how we view history, and in particular its shared symbols and stories, so RA Schools alumnus Matthew Darbyshire recreates the Farnese Hercules in miniature in cork, while a work by the Italian modernist master Lucio Fontana sees a small-scale pink-lacquer Egyptian-style pyramid perforated with lines of circles.

  • Lucio Fontana, Piramide

    Lucio Fontana, Piramide.

    Metal, Pink lacquer. 11 x 13 x 13 cm. Courtesy Austen Desmond Fine Art.