November 2013

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Tomorrow: Elmgreen & Dragset, Victoria and Albert Museum

1 October 2013 – 2 January 2014

Enter the world of Norman Swann, elderly architect and proprietor of an elaborate apartment in South Kensington. As Norman struggles to deal with the burden of his cultural heritage, the arrival of his unscrupulous former student, now a famous architect to the stars, threatens to destabilise his fragile existence.

This ambitious site-specific installation functions as a stage set for an unrealised drama, presenting a highly-choreographed environment of a grand domestic setting. Scandinavian artist duo Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset transform the V&A’s former Textiles galleries to redefine the way in which art is presented and experienced. Explore the relationship between sculpture, architecture and design as objects from the Museum’s collection are presented alongside artworks, furniture and every day items to create unexpected encounters

Elmgreen & Dragset, Tomorrow, 2013, Installation images courtesy of the artists and Victoria Miro, London and the V&A

Elmgreen & Dragset, Tomorrow, 2013. Installation images courtesy of the artists and Victoria Miro, London and the V&A.


ISLAND, Dairy Art Centre

11 October – 8 December 2013

Ai Weiwei, John Armleder, Sylvie Auvray, Tom Benson, Valentin Carron, Jake and Dinos Chapman, George Condo, Ann Craven, Thomas Demand, Fang Lijun, Urs Fischer, Théodore Fivel, Sylvie Fleury, FOS, Cyprien Gaillard, Gunjan Gupta, Anthea Hamilton, Thilo Heinzmann, Terence Koh, Sergej Jensen, Rashid Johnson, Per Kirkeby, Adriana Lara, Franck Leibovici & Diemo Schwarz, Ursula Mayer, Takashi Murakami, Order of the Third Bird, Jagannath Panda, Mai-Thu Perret, Sigmar Polke, Laure Prouvost, R.H. Quaytman, Ugo Rondinone, Sterling Ruby, Tomàs Saraceno, Julian Schnabel, Cindy Sherman, Dirk Skreber, Haim Steinbach, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Thukral and Tagra, Andro Wekua, Douglas White, Zeng Fanzhi.                                                    

The Dairy Art Centre is pleased to present Island, an exhibition bringing together the works of over forty established and emerging international contemporary artists. It is constructed as the unfolding chapters of a novel based on Aldous Huxley’s Island of 1962, autopian story and counterpart to the Brave New World written thirty years earlier.

Inspired by some of the themes of the novel, the exhibition presents a selection of works from the collection of Dairy Art Centre founders, Frank Cohen and Nicolai Frahm, whilst also including loans from the Americas, Asia and Europe, and a dozen new commissions and first-time releases.

Dairy Art Centre, Island, 2013, Installation images courtesy of the Dairy Art Centre

Dairy Art Centre, Island, 2013. Installation images courtesy of the Dairy Art Centre.


Orpheus Twice, The David Roberts Foundation

20 September — 14 December 2013

Juliette Blightman, Marcel Broodthaers, Jason Dodge, Félix González-Torres, Rodney Graham, David Maljkovic, Bruce McLean, Katrina Palmer, John Stezaker, Danh Vo.

Borrowing its title from a work by Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Orpheus Twice considers the relationship between artworks and their often fragmented, forgotten, or remote origins and sources. The exhibition explores the particular moment when an absence or a loss turns into an image, in all its multiple meanings. And when an image turns into an absence. The exhibition is a journey; Who is Orpheus?

An exhibition curated by Vincent Honoré.

DRAF, Orpheus Twice, 2013, Installation images courtesy of DRAF

Orpheus Twice, 2013. Installation images courtesy of the David Roberts Foundation


Marking Language, Drawing Room

10 October 2013 – 14 December 2013

Pavel Büchler, Johanna Calle, Annabel Daou, Matias Faldbakken, Karl Holmqvist, Bernardo Ortiz, Shahzia Sikander

Throughout the twentieth century, and in particular since the 1960s, artists have mined language for the subject and matter of their art, incorporating the mode, format and meaning of text into their work. For their first collaborative project, Drawing Room, London and The Drawing Center, New York, will present parallel exhibitions that explore the relationship between linguistic communication and drawing in recent art. The selected artists take language and the written word as the subject of the work itself, rather than to influence interpretation of an accompanying image. Together the two exhibitions present an international selection of artists from the United Kingdom, Belgium, Colombia, Greece, Lebanon, Norway, Sweden, Argentina and the United States. Collectively these artists demonstrate an inventive use of words and text, creating works that are visually rich and that evoke multiple meanings.

Installation shot of Marking Language at Drawing Room, 2013. Photo Dan Weill

Installation shot of Marking Language at Drawing Room, 2013. Photo Dan Weill


Reflections from Damaged Life. An exhibition on psychedelia, Raven Row

26 September – 15 December 2013

To many artists in the sixties who referred to the counterculture, or who used hallucinogenic drugs as an artistic tool, the term ‘psychedelic’ was seen as compromised and the idea of a ‘psychedelic art’ resisted. It is for this reason that ‘psychedelic art’ cannot be easily categorised as a genre; neither can it be understood as an entirely overlooked art form.

This exhibition sets out to question what ‘psychedelic art’ might be, and reassess the artistic problems it poses. Rather than through the framework of counterculture and the hippie scene, it focuses on how specific artistic practices inflected the drug culture and its concepts of transformation and non-human perception. It seeks to redefine the psychedelic in terms of an art that deals with events and effects: events in social space as well as in the nervous system, and effects that spread as a kind of unconditional exchange between free subjects in a new sensorial community. The exhibition explores the experimental spirit, conceptual fluidity and formal obscenity of the psychedelic, and aims to expose the viewer to the experience of ‘otherness’ through artworks that deal with the non-sentimental sensitivity of the hallucinogenic drug experience.

Öyvind Fahlström, The Little General (Pinball Machine), 1967-68, Collection Sharon Avery-Fahlstrom, Photograph by Marcus J. Leith, Image courtesy of Raven Row

Öyvind Fahlström, The Little General (Pinball Machine), 1967-68. Collection Sharon Avery-Fahlstrom. Photograph by Marcus J. Leith. Image courtesy of Raven Row.



Hurvin Anderson, reporting back, Ikon, Birmingham

25 September — 10 November 2013

Ikon presents the most comprehensive exhibition to date of paintings by Birmingham-born artist Hurvin Anderson (born 1965), evoking sensations of being caught between one place and another, drawn from personal experience. It surveys the artist’s career, including work made while at the Royal College of Art, London, in 1998, through the acclaimed Peter’s series, inspired by his upbringing in Birmingham’s Afro-Caribbean community, and ongoing works arising out of time spent in Trinidad in 2002. Filling Ikon’s entire exhibition space, reporting back traces the development of Anderson’s distinct figurative style.


Ged Quinn, New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall

9 October 2013 – 5 January 2014

The New Art Gallery Walsall is delighted to present a major solo exhibition of paintings by Ged Quinn.  The exhibition will survey Quinn’s practice over the last four years, bringing together paintings from private collections in Europe and America as well as a brand new body of work created especially for this project. The exhibition will testify to the breadth of the artist’s practice and will include landscapes, portraits and still lives, resplendent in references to history, myth and popular culture from across and through time.

QUINN 87 Air Rectified. A Digression of Earth

Ged Quinn, Air Rectified. With a Digression of Earth, 2013, oil on linen, 200 x 277 cm. Private Collection. Courtesy of the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London. © the artist.


X-Operative, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge

17 November – 20 December 2013

X Marks the Bökship is setting up shop at Wysing Arts Centre for a five week exhibition that includes specially commissioned artist-made display structures by Adam Burton, Sophie Demay, Rory Macbeth, Beatriz Olabarrieta and Keef Winter, a bookshop, publishing space and series of events on the themes of distribution, production, reading, writing and performance. For the duration of the exhibition Rebecca Jagoe will be the Bökship’s writer in residence at Wysing.

X Marks the Bökship is a bookshop and project space for independent publishers in London. It specialises in small press publications by artists and designers. It promotes contemporary publishing activity through book launches, events and production resources that bring together individual practitioners to create a local publishing community.

X-Operative, 2013, Image courtesy of Wysing Arts Centre

X-Operative, 2013. Image courtesy of Wysing Arts Centre