Our pick of this week’s art events: 13 – 19 November

RA Recommends

Published 13 November 2015

From Kara Walker’s striking sketches, to Winter Light at Waddesdon Manor, we recommend five exhibitions across the UK to see this week.

  • Kara Walker: Norma

    Victoria Miro (Mayfair) London, 13 November – 16 January 2016
    The second of two Kara Walker solo shows at Victoria Miro, this exhibition presents a selection of drawings and models made in preparation for a production of the Bellini opera, Norma, which the American artist directed and art directed this summer. The opera was originally set in Roman Gaul, but Walker relocated the action to an unnamed west or central African country under brutal European colonial rule in the 19th century. Walker’s pastel and watercolour sketches are striking, skillful and politically charged, offering a fascinating insight into the creative process behind the theatre production.

  • Kara Walker, Masks

    Kara Walker, Masks, 2015.

    Watercolour on paper. 127 x 97cm. Courtesy the Artist, Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York and Victoria Miro, London © Kara Walker.

  • Claude Cahun: Beneath This Mask

    East Gallery at NUA, Norwich (a Hayward Touring exhibition from Southbank Centre, London), 10 November – 9 January 2016
    Born just on the cusp of the twentieth century, Lucy Schwob had a strikingly modern vision, anticipating the work of Cindy Sherman and many other contemporary artists and writers. Adopting the pseudonym Claude Cahun in 1917, the artist created extraordinary Surrealism-influenced self-portraits in which she adopted multiple androgynous, otherworldly personas. She used her chosen medium – silvery black-and-white photography – to blur the boundaries between male and female, self and other. Sadly, few of Cahun’s negatives survive today, as she was forced to flee France when the Nazis invaded and much of her work was destroyed. This exhibition includes 42 contemporary giclee prints made from scans of the original works.

  • Ragnar Kjartansson: The Visitors

    The Vinyl Factory Space at Brewer Street Car Park, London, 11 November – 6 December 2015
    After being shown in museums and galleries in New York, Bilbao and Boston, Ragnar Kjartansson’s The Visitors is now coming to The Vinyl Factory Space at Brewer Street Carpark in London. The multi-channel audio-visual work is spread across nine-screens, each showing individual musicians in separate rooms in a bohemian mansion, all playing along to the same song. Wherever it’s been screened, the work has been very popular – so why not see for yourself what all the fuss is about?

  • Ragnar Kjartansson , The Visitors

    Ragnar Kjartansson, The Visitors, 2012.

    nine channel HD video projection with sound, 00:64:00.. On loan from the Gund Gallery at Kenyon College, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Graham Gund. Installation view, The Visitors, MOCA Cleveland, 2015. Photo: Tim Safranek Photographics..

  • Winter Light at Waddesdon: Bruce Munro

    Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire, 11 November – 3 January 2016
    As the dark winter nights are drawing in, the lights at Waddesdon Manor are turning on. For the final part of his residency with the Rothschild Foundation, installation artist Bruce Munro has created …–…SOS, a new piece of audio-visual light art inspired by Morse code communication. Glowing tents guide visitors around the nocturnal wooded landscape. Other illuminated artworks on view at Waddesdon include a light show by Woodroffe Bassett design and Joanna Vasconcelos’s Lafite - two illuminated 10 metre high candlesticks made from 574 wine bottles.

  • Bruce Munro, ...---... SOS

    Bruce Munro, ...---... SOS, 2015.

    © Bruce Munro 2015, Waddesdon Manor. Photo: Mark Pickthall.

  • Susan Hiller

    Lisson Gallery, London, 13 November – 9 January 2016
    Often cited as one of the most influential multimedia artists of her generation, Susan Hiller works with cultural artefacts, using them to explore our collective experiences of unconscious and paranormal phenomena: dreams, memories and visions. This Lisson Gallery exhibition is the artist’s first solo show in London since her major Tate retrospective in 2011, and features a broad range of work including early pieces such as Painting Blocks (1970-84) – sculptural objects made from cut up paintings – and new works like On the Edge (2015), 482 postcards depicting 219 locations on the edges of Britain.

  • Susan Hiller , Towards an Autobiography of Night

    Susan Hiller, Towards an Autobiography of Night, 1983.

    12 C-type photographs, hand painted with gold ink. each 50.8 x 76.2 cm. © Susan Hiller; Courtesy Lisson Gallery. Photograph: Jack Hems.

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