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Viennese Actionism, Haim Steinbach at the Serpentine and an Academician abroad

Our pick of this week's art events

Published 7 March 2014

From ‘60s performance art to scenes of everyday life in New York; everything worth seeing in the world of art this week.

  • Haim Steinbach

    Serpentine Gallery, London, 5 March – 21 April 2014
    Rather than taking sculpture off the plinth, Haim Steinbach makes sculptures of plinths. The American artist assembles on stands kitsch consumer items, in the process changing everyday things to works of art and examining ideas about how we collect, classify and display objects. Now in his 70th year, Steinbach is the focus of a survey show at London’s Serpentine Gallery from this week.

  •  Haim Steinbach, Installation view, once again the world is flat

    Haim Steinbach, Installation view, once again the world is flat

    Serpentine Gallery, London (5 March - 21 April 2014) © 2014 Hugo Glendinning

  • Viennese Actionism

    Austin Desmond, London, 6 to 20 March 2014
    The Viennese Actionists took performance art to violent extremes in the 1960s, featuring in their highly transgressive pieces acts of sado-masochism. The result is work that rightly repulses us, but marks a key – if very troublesome – moment in art history. Over the next fortnight Austin Desmond presents photographs of their performances, in which there is now a growing interest.

  • Günter Brus, Selbstbemalung 1 (Handbemalung-Kopfemalung-kofzumalung) (Self-Painting 1[Hand painting – Head Painting – Total Head Painting])

    Günter Brus, Selbstbemalung 1 (Handbemalung-Kopfemalung-kofzumalung) (Self-Painting 1[Hand painting – Head Painting – Total Head Painting]), 1964.

    Edition no 29 of 47. Signed ‘Günter Brus’ and editioned verso.

    Black and white photograph. 25.9 x19.2 cm. Photo: Ludwig Hoffenreich.

  • Kwang Young Chun

    Bernard Jacobson, London, 12 March – 17 April 2014
    South Korea artist Kwang Young Chun’s signature material is hanji – mulberry paper, which is used ubiquitously in books and magazines in his native country. Bernard Jacobson, based behind the RA on Cork Street, celebrates the artist’s 70th birthday with a display of recent pieces from his series ‘Aggregation’, in which hundreds of triangles of hanji-wrapped polystyrene accumulate into canvas-like forms on the wall.

  • Kwang Young Chun, Aggregation 13 - AP017

    Kwang Young Chun, Aggregation 13 - AP017, 2013.

    Mixed Media with Korean Mulberry Paper. 215 x 190 cm.

  • Yunizar

    Ben Brown Fine Arts, London, 12 March – 17 April 2014
    The subject of solo exhibitions in galleries in Singapore, Hong Kong and his native Indonesia, Yunizar presents his first European exhibition at Ben Brown Fine Arts in Mayfair. His acrylics are characterised by a mass of naïvely scribbled forms, whose crude shapes belie their complex references to myth and history.

  •  Yunizar, Untitled

    Yunizar, Untitled, 2013.

    Acrylic on canvas. 180 x 150 cm.

  • Last chance: Bill Jacklin RA

    Marlborough, New York, 12 February – 15 March 2014
    The Academy’s Englishman in New York, painter Bill Jacklin RA, has been capturing scenes in his adopted city since he relocated there in 1985. Any stateside readers – or internet surfers – should check out his wonderfully evocative oil paintings of Big Apple life, including chess players in Washington Square Park and birds congressing on branches in Central Park.