Martine Syms at Sadie Coles
For her second show at Sadie Coles, the young American artist wants to explore performed identities in the digital age by engaging with gallery visitors. But instead of meeting the real Syms, you’ll encounter her interactive avatar, made using advanced VR and motion capture technology. You’ll be able to interact with Syms’ avatar via your mobile phone.
Martine Syms: Grand Calme is at Sadie Coles HQ, 62 Kingly Street, W1B 5QN from 6 September to 20 October 2018.
DRAG at Hayward Gallery
This group show, featuring over 30 artists including VALIE EXPORT, Cindy Sherman, Robert Mapplethorpe, Adam Christensen and Paul Kindersley, considers how gender and identity are constructed and enacted. Using the medium of the self-portrait, the show brings together historical and contemporary perspectives on drag to explore themes ranging from politics and oppression to class and fetishism.
DRAG: Self-portraits and Body Politics is at HENI Project Space, Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX until 14 October 2018.
Mikhail Karikis at Whitechapel Gallery
The Greek-British artist Mikhail Karikis worked with a group of local schoolchildren for this new Whitechapel Gallery commission. Appropriating Ted Hughes’s 1993 children’s science fiction novel The Iron Woman, Karikis film looks at how sound can empower and encourage change.
Mikhail Karikis: No Ordinary Protest is at Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High St, London, E1 7QX until 6 January 2019.
Ketty La Rocca at Amanda Wilkinson
The Italian conceptual artist who passed away in 1976 was a member of Gruppo 70, a collective founded in Florence by a group of artists dedicated to “visual poetry”. Featuring two of La Rocca’s important bodies of work, Riduzioni and the Craniologie, the show reveals the artist’s search for an alternative language to the one of the male-dominated 1970s.
Ketty La Rocca: The Ritual of Gesture is at Amanda Wilkinson Gallery, 1st Floor, 18 Brewer Street, London, W1F 0SH until 27 September 2018.
Victor Burgin at Richard Saltoun
Inspired by a photograph of the Basilica in Pompeii taken by Neapolitan photographer Carlo Fratacci in 1864, conceptual artist and writer Victor Burgin created Voyage To Italy. Composed of a single screen video and two photo-text works, Burgin reinterprets the original photograph from a number of different perspectives to consider the potency of archaeological spaces, the act of looking, the presence of absent figures and the subjective point of view.
Victor Burgin: Voyage To Italy is at Richard Saltoun, 41 Dover Street, London, W1S 4NS until 29 September 2018.
On Collecting: Panza Collection Archives at Hauser & Wirth
What does it take to start an art collection? This two-week show and series of events looks at the practices of Giuseppe and Giovanna Panza, who accumulated an impressive contemporary art collection over more than five decades. One of Sol Lewitt’s wall drawings will be realised during the exhibition as a performative act along with a presentation of various archival material including correspondences with artists and research material.
On Collecting: Panza Collection Archives is at Hauser & Wirth, North Gallery, Savile Row, London, W1S 2ET until 15 September 2018.
Enter Through The Headset 3 at Gazelli Art House
In partnership with Blue Hire VR, Gazelli Art House presents virtual reality works by artists from their Gazell.io online residency. Michael Takeo Magruder, design studio Mbryonic (Tom Szirtes and Xan Adderley) with Xavier Sole and CiRCA69 (Simon Wilkinson) will each showcase works that reflect on the impact of human existence and sustainability. Expect to be immersed in a fabricated metropolis based on descriptions from the ‘Book of Revelation’ in Takeo’s A New Jerusalem or the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall filled with decapitated heads in Mbryonic’s Appropriation.
Enter Through The Headset 3 is at Gazelli Art House, 39 Dover Street, London, W1S 4NN until 30 September 2018.
Ed Ruscha at the National Gallery
The industrial buildings of Los Angeles take centre stage in Room 1 of the National Gallery. Loosely inspired by a series of American landscape paintings by Thomas Cole (1801-1848) – also currently on view at the National Gallery – Ruscha’s series Course of Empire sets simple, utilitarian structures against changing skies to explore the cyclical nature of progress.
Ed Ruscha: Course of Empire is at the National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN until 7 October 2018.
Tomma Abts at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery
The winner of the 2006 Turner Prize gets her first UK institution survey at the Serpentine Sackler this summer. For the past 20 years the German painter has worked to a consistently small format for her abstract oil and acrylic paintings. Here, her intuitive, intense optical experiments from the past 10 years will be shown alongside never-before-seen works.
Tomma Abts is at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, West Carriage Drive, London, W2 2AR until 9 September 2018.
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