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Our pick of this week’s art events: 8 – 14 July

Published 8 July 2016

From a trip down the memory lane of Turner Prize winner Mark Leckey to two Edwardians locked in a never-ending kiss, we guide you through the best of this week’s art events and exhibitions.

  • Liverpool Biennial

    Various venues, Liverpool, 9 July–16 October
    Did you know that Liverpool is home to Europe’s oldest Chinese community? Or that 10,000 children took to the streets of Liverpool in 1985 to demonstrate against the withdrawal of unemployment benefits for school leavers? Now in its ninth edition, the Liverpool Biennial celebrates the former European Capital of Culture’s rich history. But as well as looking to the past, the UK’s largest international arts festival also focuses on the future, with artists collaborating with local children for the first time. Video artist and 2008 Turner Prize winner Mark Leckey reminisces about his own Merseyside childhood in his autobiographical film Dream English Kid, 1964–1999 AD, showing at the Blade Factory at Camp and Furnace.

  • Mark Leckey, Mark Leckey at the Blade Factory, Camp and Furnace

    Mark Leckey, Mark Leckey at the Blade Factory, Camp and Furnace.

    Photograph: Joe Fildes.

  • David Hockney: The Yosemite Suite

    Annely Juda Fine Art, London, until 19 August
    David Hockney RA is the name on everybody’s lips at the moment. For his solo exhibition at the Royal Academy, ‘82 Portraits and 1 Still-Life’, he has returned to the conventional medium of oil on canvas, but throughout his career Hockney has always dabbled in new technology – in the early Eighties it was Polaroid, before he progressed onto the colour photocopier. In 2010 he once again ventured into unknown technological territory, adopting the iPad as his chosen canvas allowing him to paint in the Impressionist tradition – en plein air. The resulting series of 24 large-scale images, first displayed at the Royal Academy in 2012, show the lushness of Yosemite National Park, California, with a flattened Pop Art spin.

  • David Hockney, 'The Yosemite Suite’, Annely Juda Fine Art

    David Hockney, 'The Yosemite Suite’, Annely Juda Fine Art.

    Courtesy The Artist and Annely Juda Fine Art.

  • Ragnar Kjartansson

    Barbican Centre, London, 14 July–4 September
    Filmmaker, performance artist, painter and draughtsman: Ragnar Kjartansson has many strings to his bow. This retrospective marks the first comprehensive look at the Icelandic artist’s work to take place in the UK and it covers a lot of ground – from the 144 paintings meticulously following the life of a young model (The End, 2009), to new performance piece Second Movement (2016) in which two women in Edwardian costume embrace in a never-ending kiss. It is apparent throughout that Kjartansson’s friends and family have been long-term collaborators in his work – we encounter his parents in Take me here by the Dishwasher, Memorial for a Marriage (2014), while in Me and My Mother, Kjartansson is repeatedly spat at by his mother – and this serves to further blur the lines between fantasy and reality.

  • Ragnar Kjartansson, Still from "Me and My Mother 2015"

    Ragnar Kjartansson, Still from "Me and My Mother 2015", 2015.

    Single-channel video, colour, sound.. Courtesy of the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York and i8 Gallery, Reykjavík.

  • Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker: Work/Travail/Arbeid

    Tate Modern, London, 8–10 July
    What is art in the 21st century? Tate Modern has always asserted the importance of live performance as a modern art form. The opening of Switch House last month and the announcement that there will be a regular performance art programme and dedicated curator, Catherine Greenwood, shows Tate’s ongoing commitment to the art form. Dancer and performance artist, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, moves her theatre-based dance Vortex Temporum (2013) – a visual interpretation of a polyphonic musical arrangement – to a gallery setting, exploring the concept of ‘Art’ with a capital ‘A’. Work/Travail/Arbeid is performed by dancers from de Keersmaeker’s company, Rosas, who are accompanied by musicians from the Belgian orchestra Ictus Ensemble. The work fills the Turbine Hall for three days, transforming it into a live performance space.

  • Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Work/Travail/Arbeid

    Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Work/Travail/Arbeid.

    © Anne Van Aerschot.

  • Christine Ay Tjoe

    White Cube Bermondsey, London, 13 July–11 September
    There’s something wonderfully organic about Ay Tjoe’s vast canvases. The paint is applied thinly, as though it were seeping through the canvas rather than having been applied to the surface. The Indonesian painter’s first UK show features twelve seemingly abstract paintings, although on closer inspection, scratchily drawn helicopters appear against the blood-red smatterings of paint in Demonic Possession (2016) and in Greed and Greed 1 (2016), the outline of majestic mountains emerge. Having begun her career as a graphic artist, drawing and line have always played an important role in Ay Tjoe’s work, which has seen her experiment with a range of mediums from textiles to sculpture and large-scale installations.

  • Christine Ay Tjoe, Demonic Possession

    Christine Ay Tjoe, Demonic Possession, 2016.

    Oil on canvas. 200 x 230 cm. © the artist. Photo © White Cube (George Darrell).