Check out our #6toSee for April 2017, a selection of six art exhibitions at some of the London’s best art galleries. Our critics pick the six must-see art exhibitions in London for this month. We hope you like them!
1. Óscar Tusquets Blanca : ‘Gran Benidorm’. London Art Biennale. London. 29 th March to 2th April. Oscar Tusquets Blanca’s celebration of Benidorm is an original and enticing take on a city often visited but rarely understood. His series of paintings explore the architecture, history and character of Europe’s leading tourist destination with a vibrant ferocity. Putting aside Benidorm’s much maligned reputation, Tusquets Blanca has uncovered the irresistible energy of the place and found the humanity hidden behind the concrete skyline. ‘Gran Benidorm’ is not only a homage to a thriving vacation metropolis but a testament to the vision and empathy of a modern day master. Paintings from the ‘Gran Benidorm’ series will be featured as part of the London Art Biennale.
2. Andrés Jaque. ‘Intimate Stranges’ at Fear and Love: Reactions to a Complex World’ exhibition. Design Museum. London. Until 23 th April 2017. Andrés Jaque work explores the role architecture plays in the making of societies. He has been considered one of the most challenging contemporary European architects. He also studies and works on the way network culture is designing and defining new forms of behaviour and interaction. Focusing on dating apps, his audio-visual installation ‘Intimate Strangers’ presents a series of tales about how our pursuit of sex and love through social media is changing the way we view the city, our bodies and our identity.
3. Secundino Hernández. ‘Paso’. Victoria Miró Gallery. London.1th April to 6th May. Secundino Hernández’s second solo exhibition at Victoria Miro takes place across gallery locations at Wharf Road and Mayfair and features works made especially for the galleries, including large-scale abstract paintings and a new series of figurative works. Meaning ‘step’, the exhibition title, Paso, refers to a series of movements through abstraction and figuration. At Wharf Road, Hernández will show abstract paintings that continue his investigation into gesture and form while extending the innovative techniques of accumulation and removal for which he has become widely known.
In a new body of works on display at Victoria Miro Mayfair, figurative forms are conjured from a dynamic interplay of lines and marks. Hernández thinks of these works as “invented portraits” – modelled not on specific individuals but analytical of techniques, such as chiaroscuro, used to delineate and describe a figure in space. For the artist, the process of “making and unmaking” these works speaks metaphorically of how identity is forged through time: “We are all constructed from these broken moments. We continue, we fall, and we continue again.” Together, the works in the exhibition reveal an extended consideration of process and image, and the expanded scope of the artist’s pictorial language
4. #LatinBritEs: Edgardo Antonio Vigo. ‘Un Arte A Realizar‘ [An Art In Becoming] Richard Saltoun Gallery. London. 3th April to 19th May. The first solo exhibition in the UK dedicated to Argentinian artist Edgardo Antonio Vigo, a pivotal figure of the 60s and 70s South American avant-garde and recently the subject of an exhibition at MoMA, New York, in 2014. He is recognised internationally as the founder of mail art in Argentina. Touching on the fields of performance, sculpture, mail art, and land art, he was at the epicentre of a truly international network of artists and poets. Vigo’s commitment to radical forms of poetry manifested itself in the periodicals Diagonal Cero and Revista Hexa’gono, of which he was editor, and became an important vehicle for social and political critique in Argentina.
This exhibition features a selection of artworks, multiples, magazines and performance documents spanning Vigo’s entire life: from original photographs of his early “useless machines”; to his prints, multiples and mail art commenting on the social and political system; and the stand-out sculptural work Poemas Matematicos(In)Comestibiles (1968) made out of two welded aluminium sardine cans – this exhibition gives a taste of Vigo’s quizzical presentation of art as a riddle to be solved by spectators who are turned into active creators.
5. #LatinBritEs: Alicia Reyes McNamara. ‘Nowhere else’. South London Gallery. London. 7th April to 11th June. Following six months as the South London Gallery’s Graduate-in-Residence in the Outset Artists’ Flat, Alicia Reyes McNamara presents ‘Nowhere else’, her first solo show in a public institution. Reyes McNamara’s work aims to challenge incomplete identities constructed by two-dimensional ideas of Latino culture. Her work translates the Mexican American or Chicana identity through her explorations of language as a territory and space to challenge ideas of authenticity within a diaspora. Combining sculpture, painting and video work in the exhibition, Reyes McNamara investigates key texts by Mexican American theorist Gloria E. Anzaldúa, Dominican American writer Junot Díaz, and Cuban American poet Gustavo Pérez Firmat.
She has adopted a cartoon-like aesthetic for its approachability to convey difficult subject matter and make it appear light and at times humorous and all the more revealing. Reyes McNamara is interested in the changing identity of the Latino diaspora and how authenticity is being negotiated within the hollow remnants of Western imposed views of the tropics. Alicia Reyes McNamara recently received her MFA from the University of Oxford’s Ruskin School of Art, after completing her BFA at California College of the Arts. Her work has been included in the Bloomberg New Contemporaries exhibition at the Bluecoat and ICA this year.
6. #LatinBritEs: Rodrigo Red Sandoval . ‘Anastasis’. Curated by Anaïs Lerendu with artists Andrea Zucchini, Marco Strappato, Jean-Baptiste Caron, & Wanda Wieser . White Crypt St Mark’s Church. London. 30th March to 29th April. Mexican artist Rodrigo Red Sandoval, with a background in design and philosophy, has been awarded with Bloomberg New Contemporaries (2016). His exploration begins with phenomenological approaches related to how humankind makes cognitive processes and creates knowledge, non-verbal languages, and ideologies that fuse with social and subjective fabrications. Red’s oeuvre embodies objects observed in the perceptible world and how they shift, mutate or change position, taking into account their immersive character in space and their eye-catching/aesthetic qualities, such as the intensity of their shape, texture, colour and dynamic forms.
Through sculpture, installation and photography, Rodrigo’s work seeks to blurry dimensions and topologies: He attempts to reach and mix different spheres of existences in a deconstructive manner, creating a space for imagination and possibility while using speculation and exploring poetic forms.
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