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21 January 2012

This weekend’s highlights include a new cinema in Dublin, an art fair in London and a debut album by Diagrams.


—London Art Fair

Over 100 galleries from the UK and overseas, including Beaux Arts, The FAS Contemporary and Austin/Desmond Fine Art have come together to showcase works from the early 20th century to the present day. As well as exhibits, the fair hosts educational seminars, with talks this Saturday include Spotting and Nurturing Artistic Talent Ahead of the Curve held by Contemporary Art Society Director Paul Hobson.

Business Design Centre, Islington, N1. Until 22 January


—Naoki Ishikawa: Halluci Mountain

Explore great heights this weekend with climber Naoki Ishikawa’s photographs of the world’s most exhilarating mountains. Taking its name from the word “hallucination”, this outstanding exhibition of over 40 shots includes views from the summit of Mount Everest and other expansive landscapes at the top of the world. Capturing peaceful serenity after many grueling treks, Ishikawa did it so you don’t have to.

Scai the Bathhouse, Kashiwayu-Ato, 6-1-23 Yanaka, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0001. Open 12.00-19.00, Tuesday to Saturday. Until 22 January


—Light House Cinema

What a difference a year makes. In early 2011 the Light House cinema in Dublin fell foul of financial difficulties and shut its doors. One vigorous public campaign and a rescue mission by Element Pictures later and the cinema is re-opening to screen its first films this weekend. Promising a mixture of international arthouse titles, Irish cinema and also mainstream classics, the cinema’s opening gambits are Shame, The Artist, W.E. and J. Edgar.

Light House Cinema, Market Square, Smithfield, Dublin 7


—Jean Dubuffet: The Last Two Years

This weekend the Pace Gallery is showcasing a lesser-seen side of inspirational French painter Jean Dubuffet. The 1980s marked Dubuffet’s eighth decade and a shift from his intentionally amateuristic “low art” aesthetic that had previously defined him, to wild expressionism that closed his final years. The exhibit contains 20 of Dubuffet’s works from 1983 to 1984 embracing Pollock-style abstraction.

The Pace Gallery, 510 West 25th Street. Open Tuesday to Saturday 10.00-18.00. Until 20 March


—Diagrams: Black Light

South London-based bedroom beatmaker Sam Genders is rapidly growing into a far more widescreen persona and also a full-blown band, as the Diagrams moniker now encompasses live members. But what’s stayed the same on Black Light, his debut album after last year’s self-titled EP, is his knack for mixing some of the purest pop songs from an indulgent synth-palette. Sunshine pop from the darkest of places.

Black Light is out now


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