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25 August 2012

This weekend’s highlights include Private White VC’s pop-up store in London’s Covent Garden, art festival in St Moritz and Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti’s latest album Mature Themes.


—Ecce Homo Trilogy 1

Chinese artist Kinwah Tsang explores the theme of judgment and its implications through a series of large-scale installations mixing video screening walls with text paintings on aluminum plates. Ecce Homo, or “behold the man,” reflects Tsang’s long-term interest in Friedrich Nietzsche and references his take on western philosophy and religion, housed in Hong Kong’s historic Pedder Building.

Pearl Lam Galleries, 6/F, 601-605, Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street. Open Monday to Saturday, 10.00-19.00. Until 27 August


—Private White VC pop-up shop

Named after British WWI veteran and Victoria Cross recipient Jack White and run from the factory owned by his great grandson James Eden, Private White VC has just launched its pop-up shop in London’s Covent Garden. Designer Nick Ashley has thoughtfully updated a collection of military-inspired menswear and unveils an autumn/winter collection focusing on high quality home-sourced materials.

46 Monmouth Street, Seven Dials, Covent Garden. Open Monday to Friday, 11.00-19.00. Until 26 January


—St Moritz Art Masters

The fifth edition of St Moritz Art Masters is now on, featuring over 30 art shows and exhibitions at various locations in and around the city. On show are works by Ron Arad, Mimmo Rotella, Hamish Fulton and Tom Sachs among many others. This year the festival focuses on Brazilian art and architecture, marking the completion of the first building by architect Oscar Niemeyer in Switzerland on the Lake St Moritz. The country is also represented by artists Vik Muniz, Adriana Varejão and Saint Clair Cemin.

At locations throughout St Moritz. Open daily from 10:00 until late. Ends 2 September


—Zhang Huan, The Mountain is Still a Mountain

Working with the ancient Chinese medium of ash, acclaimed artist Zhang Huan has created a series large-scale monochrome canvases to adorn the stark walls of White Cube gallery exhibition space in Bermondsey. Huan depicts a fractured cross-section of Chinese society from cultural and religious leaders to anonymous portraits that document his lifetime, a period of profound change in the country’s history.

White Cube Gallery, 144-152 Bermondsey Street. Open Tuesday to Saturday 10.00-18.00, Sunday 12.00-18.00, closed on Mondays. Until 26 August


—Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti: Mature Themes

Continuing his ascent from being poster boy for prolific oddball DIY recording artists (13 albums in the last decade), Ariel Pink is now crossing into becoming poster boy for mainstream studio-produced gold. Mature Themes mainly flirts with vintage soft rock textures of the 1970s but keeps a foot in sleazy slow jams and the odd psychedelic freak out too. In Pink’s world, growing up sounds a lot of fun.

Mature Themes is available to buy now


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