Our pick of this week’s art events: 6 – 12 November

RA Recommends

Published 6 November 2015

From the beautiful Art Nouveau designs of Alphonse Mucha to the otherworldly work of Anne Hardy, we guide you through our recommendations of art events and exhibitions to see this week.

  • Alphonse Mucha: In Quest of Beauty

    Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, 7 November – 20 March 2016
    You will recognize his work, even if you don’t know his name: Alphonse Mucha created some of the most distinctive, widely reproduced poster art of the twentieth century, and his gorgeous, swirling, decorative designs became synonymous with the popular Art Nouveau style. This exhibition features drawings, paintings, photographs and posters, and centers on the idea of beauty, the core principle underlying Mucha’s artistic philosophy. The Czech-born artist believed that beauty could improve people’s lives, and should be accessible to all, not just a luxury for the rich.

  • Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture

    Tate Modern, London, 11 November – 3 April 2016
    Trained as an engineer, Alexander Calder was a pioneer of kinetic art, transforming sculpture from static object into moving, constantly evolving work, incorporating choreography and sound. This is the largest ever UK exhibition of Calder’s art, featuring around 100 works from throughout his career, from early figure wire portraits to motorized mobiles and delicate suspended sculptures in primary colours. The show explores the American artist’s fascination with form in space, and reveals how his practice developed in tandem with avant-garde theatre and dance.

  • Alexander Calder, Triple Gong

    Alexander Calder, Triple Gong, c. 1948.

    Calder Foundation, New York, NY, USA. Photo credit: Calder Foundation, New York / Art Resource, NY. © ARS, NY and DACS, London 2015.

  • Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2015

    Jerwood Space, London, 4 November – 13 December 2015
    This group exhibition offers the chance to see the work of three talented, up-and-coming photographers: Matthew Finn, Joanna Piotrowska and Tereza Zelenkova. All three are recipients of the 2015 Jerwood/Photoworks Award, and the diverse work they present in this show was created with the help of funding and mentoring offered by the prize. Matthew Finn’s photographs present an intensely intimate and honest picture of his relationship with his mother, Jean, who has recently moved into an assisted living residence, Joanna Piotrowska’s feature teenage girls recreating poses from self-defence manuals, re-contextualising these gestures in domestic settings, and Tereza Zelenkova has taken eerie, black and white images of the Czech Republic, exploring local legend and folklore.

  • Matthew Finn, Untitled, from the series Mother

    Matthew Finn, Untitled, from the series Mother, 2015.

    Originally commissioned through Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2015 © Matthew Finn.

  • Artists’ Moving Image Practice in Britain: From 1990 to today

    Whitechapel Gallery, London, Friday 6 – Saturday 7 November 2015
    Artists’ moving image has its roots in performance and installation art, experimental and radical filmmaking, and since 1990 has blossomed into a significant, vibrant art practice in its own right. However, in spite of much critical interest, broad uptake by artists, and increasing popularity, the field has not yet been fully explored or historicized. This conference at the Whitechapel Gallery aims to change that. Over two days, a mix of artists, curators, film historians, art historians and critics will discuss the history and unique features of this important strand of visual culture, focusing on the key role British artists and UK institutions have played in its development.

  • George Barber, Fences Make Senses (detail)

    George Barber, Fences Make Senses (detail), 2015.

    HD video, 26'. Courtesy Waterside Contemporary, London.

  • Anne Hardy: FIELD

    Modern Art Oxford, 7 November – 10 January 2016
    Anne Hardy makes intriguing, complex works: environments that incorporate sculpture, installation, photography and audio. For this solo show at Modern Art Oxford, she has turned the whole gallery into a series of immersive landscapes, constructed from wood, concrete, carpet and other found materials. Evoking the fiction of writers such as J.G. Ballard and Haruki Murakami, these landscapes – or “fields” – seem to belong to other worlds.

  • Anne Hardy, Peripheral palisades faded into remote vision

    Anne Hardy, Peripheral palisades faded into remote vision, 2014-2015.

    Photo printed to vinyl, wood, concrete,strip lights and carpet. © Anne Hardy, courtesy Maureen Paley, London.