Our pick of this week’s art events: 9 – 15 September

Published 9 September 2016

From a Brutalist labyrinth in the heart of London, to the baroque grandeur of a countryside palace, here’s where to find the best art this week.

  • The Infinite Mix

    180 The Strand, London, until 4 December
    From one iconic Brutalist building to another: with their home closed for refurbishment, Hayward Gallery have gathered together a pioneering group of artists to fill 180 The Strand with immersive sound and image works. Within the concrete labyrinth are hologram-like installations, multi-screen immersions and cinema-style 3D projections, including a newly commissioned work by Domique Gonzales-Foerster, and a new collaboration between Cecilia Bengolea and Jeremy Deller. The latter follows Japanese dancehall queen Batty Bom Bom as she competes in the annual summer dancehall competition in Kingston, Jamaica. The work finds plenty of good company in a show which, in the words of Hayward Gallery Director Ralph Rudoff, explores “cultural histories, including the poetics as well as the politics of music and performance.”

  • Cyprien Gaillard, Nightlife (film still)

    Cyprien Gaillard, Nightlife (film still), 2015.

    14 minutes 56 min.

    3D motion picture, DCI DCP. Copyright Cyprien Gaillard. Courtesy the artist and Sprüth Magers.

  • Michelangelo Pistoletto

    Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, 15 September — 31 December
    Pistoletto has scattered works from throughout his five-decade career amongst the baroque ostentation of Blenheim Palace and its manicured grounds. The aristocratic estate is a far cry from the artist’s own: an old wool mill in Italy, accompanied by eco houses built of rice straw, home to Pistoletto’s experimental University of Ideas and its students. Amid the velvet, silk and gold of Blenheim Palace’s staterooms, the artist’s mountains of rags, tattered boots and smashed mirrors recall a life far beyond landed gentry. As he says himself, “the material for making art is not just canvas, wood or marble, but society itself.”

  • Michelangelo Pistoletto, Venere degli stracci (Venus of the Rags)

    Michelangelo Pistoletto, Venere degli stracci (Venus of the Rags), 1967.

    Courtesy of Cittadellarte - Fondazione Pistoletto.

  • Isolation Chamber Vacation

    Transition Gallery, London, until 2 October
    It has always been thought that the condition of solitude can generate powerful states of mind, perhaps even more so now that it seems unattainable in our hyper-connected society. This show explores cultural representations of being alone, through the work of five artists, as well as ephemera from curator Sarah Cleaver’s research. Juno Calypso displays a series of photographs taken on her ‘one-woman honeymoon’ at a Pennsylvania love hotel, in which her character Joyce explores rituals of feminine beauty with free reign of the hotel’s outrageous bathroom.

  • Juno Calypso, Reconstituted Meat Slice (From the series ‘Joyce’)

    Juno Calypso, Reconstituted Meat Slice (From the series ‘Joyce’), 2013.

    © Juno Calypso / TJ Boulting.

  • Rachel Rose: Lake Valley

    Pilar Corias, London, 2 — 29 September
    Lake Valley is Rachel Rose’s meticulously crafted animated video installation, exploring the theme of abandonment in children’s literature, through the wanderings of one lonely pet rabbit. The video is itself made of children’s books, cut and layered to create a heavily textured world, dense with fragments, myths and memories. Rose’s previous installations have addressed astronauts’ bodies in space, EDM concerts, the lives of zoo animals, and the visual and aural experience of mice and fish. Her work is also featured in The Infinite Mix this week (details above): a testament to her innovative approach to video art.

  • Rachel Rose, Everything and More (film still)

    Rachel Rose, Everything and More (film still), 2015.

    HD video, colour, sound (11 minutes and 33 seconds). Courtesy of the artist and Pilar Corrias Gallery, London and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York. © Rachel Rose.

  • Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Sorrow for a Cipher

    Corvi-Mora Gallery, London, until 8 October
    Yiadom-Boakye’s portraits are an alchemic mix of found photographs, imagination, memory, and experimentation with paint. Though the time and location of her subjects remains obstinately ambiguous, each painting is completed in a single day, in the artist’s Hackney studio. The writer Rachel Cooke described this studio as “a solid thing in a floating world”, and the same could be said of the artist’s figures, whose bold stares meet the eye amid tenebrous backgrounds of green, brown and grey. It is difficult to resist wondering about their stories – to remember that they are, as the artist says, “mere suggestions of people.”

  • Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, The Matters

    Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, The Matters, 2016.

    Oil on linen. 200 x 130 x 3.7 cm. Courtesy: Corvi-Mora, London, and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

  • Alice Primrose is an editorial intern at RA Magazine.