Our pick of this week’s art events: 29 May - 4 June

RA Recommends

Published 29 May 2015

From Ryoji Ikeda’s immersive installation at Brewer Street Car Park to the design icons from the Arts and Crafts Movement, we take you through our top shows this week.

  • Last Chance – Ryoji Ikeda: supersymmetry

    Brewer Street Car Park, Soho, London, until 31 May 2015
    For Remembrance week last November a huge column of white light shot up from Westminster Palace Gardens; it was spectra, an audiovisual masterpiece by Japanese artist-composer Ryoji Ikeda. If you missed that, then don’t miss this – Ikeda’s installation supersymmetry on the top floor of Brewer Street Car Park.

    Following a residency at CERN, the world’s leading particle physics research centre, Ikeda has created a site-specific intoxicating environment: a pitch black room with three glowing white platforms containing waves of dark matter moving to a soundscape. Walk into the next room, behind black curtains, and feel like you’re witnessing the split-second-to-split-second analysis of the Big Bang. Ikeda has created a truly sophisticated interpretation of quantum physics.

  • Ryoji Ikeda, Supersymmetry (experience)

    Ryoji Ikeda, Supersymmetry (experience), 2015.

    Photograph: Jana Chiello.

  • Duane Hanson

    Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London, 2 June– 13 September
    Twentieth-century sculptor Duane Hanson (1925-96) brought the 19th-century realism of Gustave Courbet and Jean-François Millet up to date in his hyper-real sculpture of modern-day Americans engaged in mundane tasks. Works like Flea Market Lady (1990/94, below) draw from a rich visual heritage about the nobility of toil. By representing the American working-classes in this way, in a white space, as art, Hanson raises their status, just like Millet and Courbet did 100 years earlier.

  • Duane Hanson, Flea Market Lady

    Duane Hanson, Flea Market Lady, 1990/94.

    Photograph: Florian Kleinefenn. Image courtesy of Galerie Perrotin.

  • Agnes Martin

    Tate Modern, London, 3 June – 11 October 2015
    American artist Agnes Martin (1912-2004) painted Minimalist canvases, though her works are titled emotively, like Gratitude (2001, below), where peaceful green evokes harmony, and strips of yellow, pink and white conjure the actions of giving and receiving. This summer Tate Modern readdresses this seminal painter, an important female figure in the male-dominated art world of the 1950s and 60s.

  • Agnes Martin, Gratitude

    Agnes Martin, Gratitude, 2001.

    Private collection. Photograph courtesy of Pace Gallery. © 2015 Agnes Martin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

  • Architect-Designers: From Pugin to Voysey

    Fine Art Society, London, 3 – 25 June
    At the tail end of the Industrial Revolution, William Morris and his life-long friend and fellow Arts & Crafts designer William De Morgan paved the way for a patterned future, producing decorative fabrics, wallpaper and tiles on a commercial scale. The Fine Art Society shows excellent examples of their design, including this tile panel by De Morgan – depicting parrots and intertwined snakes, c.1890 – as well as objects by Arts & Crafts-minded architects of the period such as Charles Voysey and Augustus Pugin.

  • William De Morgan, Parrot and Snake tile panel

    William De Morgan, Parrot and Snake tile panel, c.1890.

    Earthenware. Courtesy of The Fine Art Society.

  • London Festival of Architecture

    Locations across London, 1 – 30 June 2015
    During the month of June, the capital will host pop-up projects, workshops, talks, pavilions and open studios examining a range of themes behind building, urban regeneration and how art works with architecture. In the festival’s first week, you’ll notice two temporary structures erected at King’s Cross (below) by four Irish architects practices – these will host talks, performance and events by emerging Irish design talent.

  • Hall McKnight Architects, ID2015, New Horizon_architecture from Ireland, Yellow Pavilion

    Hall McKnight Architects, ID2015, New Horizon_architecture from Ireland, Yellow Pavilion, 2015.

    © Hall McKnight Architects.

  • Weng Contemporary

    40 Elcho Street, Battersea, London, until 7 June 2015
    Weng Contemporary has pitched up camp south of the river, nestling in Battersea nearby the Royal College of Art, Norman Foster RA’s HQ and Will Alsop RA’s creative warehouse studio-space Testbed. Founded by Rudiger Weng, a German contemporary fine art collector and dealer, Weng Contemporary stages a show of original prints to launches a new website www.wengcontemporary.com selling limited editions by internationally-renowned artists such as Gary Hume RA (below) and Alex Katz. One of a few new platforms selling prints, including the RA’s own Art Sales scheme, this initiative helps mark the beginning of an era where it becomes acceptable to not see a work of art in the flesh before purchasing.

  • Gary Hume, 2 Roses

    Gary Hume, 2 Roses, 2009.

    Woodcut. Courtesy of Wengcontemporary.com.

  • One More Time: Cornelia Parker RA

    St Pancras Station, London, from 28 May
    One More Time by Cornelia Parker RA has been installed this week in St Pancras Station, London, for six months. This is the first in a series of site-specific art works by Royal Academicians that will be staged at the station, commissioned by the RA in collaboration with HS1 Ltd, the owners of St Pancras. Parker has created a black replica of the huge Dent clock at the head of the platform, hanging the copy a few metres in front. As visitors arriving at St Pancras walk down the platform, Parker’s black clock conceals the original like a solar eclipse.

  • Cornelia Parker RA, One More Time

    Cornelia Parker RA, One More Time, 2015.

    Photo: Sam Lane.