Juergen Teller: Woo
Head over to the ICA for the opening weekend of Juergen Teller’s exhibition Woo. Famed for his provocative celebrity portraits, this retrospective also explores a more personal side to the German photographer. On display alongside commercial photography are intimate portraits of long-time collaborators such as Björk (pictured) as well as relatives. This includes Irene im Wald (2012), a previously unpublished series that Teller calls a “love letter” to his mother, showing her in a forest close to his childhood home in Germany.
Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, SW1Y 5AH. Open Tuesday to Sunday 11.00 – 18.00, Thursday 11.00 – 21.00. Until 17 March.
FILM FESTIVAL: ROTTERDAM
42nd International Film Festival Rotterdam
Renowned for its commitment to bringing newcomers to the fore, Rotterdam Film Festival once again boasts a vast array of exciting films by veterans and fresh talent alike. Unlike Cannes and Berlin, Rotterdam has built its name around eschewing celeb-studded events in favour of experimental and international cinema. Its Hivos Tiger Award is the centrepiece, judged this year by a panel that includes Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei. Highlights of the opening weekend to catch include Jean-Charles Fitoussi’s L’Enclos du Temps (pictured) and Hivos Tiger Award Nominee Longing for the Rain by Chinese filmmaker Yang Lina.
At various locations across Rotterdam. Until 3 February.
ART SHOW: LOS ANGELES
Los Angeles Art Show
Now in its 18th year, the LA Art Show returns this week with exhibitors from across the United States and the world. With galleries from Russia, Venezuela, China and Korea, the show welcomes a diverse range of artists. A definite must-see is the China: FUSION exhibit. Overseen by the Chinese Ministry of Culture, the exhibit showcases emerging artists from the country, emphasising the synthesis of eastern and western culture through content and form. Other highlights to catch during the weekend include the Letters from Los Angeles exhibit, examining typography in art from the city and a painting session with West Hollywood-based painter Davyd Whaley.
Los Angeles Convention Center, South Hall J and K, 1201 South Figueroa Street. Open Thursday to Saturday 11.00 – 19.00, Sunday 11.00 – 17.00. Until 27 January.
Good Design Award
Tokyo’s d47 Museum is showcasing a handpicked selection of the 2012’s winners of the Good Design Award, a prize that has been highlighting innovative Japanese products since 1957. This weekend is your last chance to visit the exhibition located in the midst of Tokyo’s busy Shibuya district. Dedicated to promoting goods from all over the country, d47 has chosen between three to eight items to represent each of Japan’s 47 prefectures. Some of the 230 products on display are also available for purchase for those that acknowledge the power of good design in enhancing one’s quality of life.
d47 Museum, 8th floor, Shibuya Hikarie, 2-21-1 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, 150-8510
Until 27 January. Open daily 11.00 – 20.00
Nosaj Thing: Home
LA producer Jason Chung, aka Nosaj Thing, has been creating woozy electronica for the past few years. Recently high-profile rappers such as Kendrick Lamar have started to call on his talents. But on his second full album Home, released this week, the bombast of hip-hop is left behind with Chung opting for dreamy melodic soundscapes and pulsing electro. It’s punctuated by well-selected guest vocalists such as Blonde Redhead’s Kazu Makino and last week’s Monocle music pick, Toro Y Moi. For Chung, it seems Home is about sticking to what you know.
‘Home’ is available to buy now.