FIVE MUST-SEE ART EXHIBITIONS YOU SHOULD GO TO THIS FALL
Old and new masters, surrealists and expressionists, painters and photographers: when it comes to contemporary art, there’s plenty to devour this autumn
1. Jean-Michel Basquiat, Barbican, London
Jean-Michel Basquiat’s story is a remarkable one. The graffiti artist turned painter became the star of the 1980s New York art scene. His youthful signature style of obsessive scribbling, ambiguous symbols and mask-and-skull imagery coincided with the emergence of a new art movement, Neo-Expressionism. Since his death at 27, Basquiat’s reputation has soared and his angry eclectic style seems even more relevant now than ever before. The Barbican, a world-class arts center in London, currently holds the first large-scale exhibition of his oeuvre, featuring over 100 works.
* On view until January 28, 2018
2. Anni Albers, Guggenheim, Bilbao
Among the foremost textile designers of the 20th century, we find Anni Albers. The German-American artist studied at the famous Bauhaus in Weimar, a period that sparked her ceaseless experiments with textile art. Albers was on a constant quest for new patterns and uses of fabrics, whilst being heavily inspired by pre-Columbian folklore and modern industry. Convinced by the importance of her oeuvre in redefining the artist as a designer, Guggenheim currently covers Albers’ seven decades of work in a retrospective. Touching Vision contains full-color reproductions of Albers’s most significant weavings, draperies and wall coverings.
* On view until January 14, 2018
3. Trigger: Gender as a Tool and as a Weapon, New Museum, New York
Few questions in society are as fraught as those evolving around gender. “Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon” investigates gender’s place in contemporary art and culture at a moment of political upheaval and renewed culture wars. The exhibition at New York’s New Museum gathered over 40 contemporary artists, whose works explore the concept of gender by looking at it beyond the traditional male-female binary. Among them are trans artists and gender nonconforming artists, who choose to express their identities in more fluid and inclusive ways and like to challenge everything you think you know about gender.
* On view until January 21, 2018
4. Eiki Mori, Kenna Kakashi Gallery, Tokyo
Eiki Mori got into the public eye with “Intimacy”, a 2014-series that depicted a year in the young photographer’s life through portraits of his male partner and close friends. Mori continues to dazzle the Japanese art world. After projects that focused on male nude models and same-sex marriage in Japan, the photographer now presents his latest work. In ‘Family Regained’, shot through a blood-red filter, he explores the diversity of families in the modern world.
* On view until November 30, 2017
5. Guillaume Bruère, Galerie der Moderne Stefan Vogdt, Munich
One of new artists on the rise this fall is undoubtedly Guillaume Bruère. This French all-rounder’s oeuvre encompasses painting, drawing, sculpture and performance. At its core, his multimedia artworks provide a glimpse into the complexities of his psyche. Produced at rapid speed in a highly concentrated, almost trance-like state, these electrifying and extremely touching compositions and portraits uncover the most dark facets of the human mind. This 21st century reincarnation of Egon Schiele is definitely one to keep an eye on!
* On view until November 22, 2017