Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2018
New Contemporaries is the UK's leading organisation supporting those looking to do the art thing. This, their annual show, is always a useful way to keep that finger on the artistic pulse, to see what the flip those arty kids wearing those smocks, Reebok Classics and berets are actually up to. Here the work of 57 artists will fill both spaces of the South London Gallery across a range of mediums. And if you believe in the true purpose of art - making a tidy profit from someone else’s work - we suggest spunking all your cash on whoever you think will make it big.
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Gavin Turk: Who What When Where How and Why
It's the third major retrospective at Damien Hirst's Newport Street Gallery, and this time it's the turn of Gavin Turk — incidentally the third white male — to get his moment in the sun. Turk, a fellow YBA, has become big and famous for pioneering plenty of the forms of contemporary British sculpture, including the painted bronze sculpture, the waxwork, the recycled art-historical icon and the use of rubbish in art. This exhibit is a showcase of works throughout his career — art that's often high concept and concerned with issues of authorship, authenticity and identity. Damien Hirst says it's work "about language and the spaces between things – about identity and being somebody and nobody... he plays with our preconceptions of what’s there and not there, of what art is and how it functions." Expect to see bin bags, tyres, waxworks and figures from pop culture at this one.
Nathaniel Rackowe: Black Shed
Thankfully, exploding sheds aren’t an every day occurrence - they'd be a pretty massive safety hazard. Still, this extraordinary light sculpture by Nathaniel Rackowe looks as if it’s exploding upside down and ready to flip inside out. The eery acid yellow light seems to be so strong that it is the force that is splitting the garden structure, so you might want to schedule this delight for a night time gawk for the full effect.
Pippy Houldsworth Gallery: 5 Years at Heddon Street
Pippy Holdsworth Gallery are turning 5 and they’re celebrating by indulging by showing their favourite artists since swinging opening their front doors. Amongst the stuff on show here we're particularly eager to check the recent works of the anonymous collective, The Bruce High Quality Foundation, and their angst-filled reactionary art to Brexit — defacing politicians is their specialty. With over 35 artists to explore, the gallery proudly shows off 5 years of impeccable taste.
Here's one we've been hyped about for quite some time. It's the first major retrospective of the supremely talented German artist Wolfgang Tillmans at Tate Modern, and it promises to be an evocative, powerful and groundbreaking take on the world we've found ourselves in. Tillmans is an artistic master of plenty of trades including still life and abstract photography, video, digital slide projections, publications and recorded music; all presented in the innovative way that's made the guy a household name. The starting point of the exhibition is 2003: the year Iraq was invaded, when anti-war demonstrations erupted and when Tillmans became aware of the changing world. That gives a fairly good idea of the kind of stuff on display — socio-political works that tackle the big issues such as war and activism. This isn't one to let pass you by, friend.