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22 August 2014


Harmony Korine

Gagosian Gallery’s latest New York location is presenting a little-known side of US filmmaker Harmony Korine – noted for cult films Kids and most recently Spring Breakers – with the director’s paintings on show. In his second exhibition at the gallery, Korine forgoes the use of conventional materials and tools in favour of brooms, masking tape, house paint and squeegees. With these he has created images that, like his films, both engage and repel, and fall in line with his self-labelled “Mistakist” manifesto – for Korine, all mistakes are good. Given past exhibitions, expect the paint to still be wet on the canvas so that viewers can make their own mistakes, too.

Gagosian Gallery, 821 Park Avenue. Open Monday to Friday, 10.00-18.00. Until 29 August.


A Breathing Bulb

Like a person’s chest rising and falling with each breath, or the distant rays of a lighthouse on a the rocky shore, Ian Whittlesea’s new work “A Breathing Bulb” illuminates the gallery at Marlborough Contemporary 24 hours-a-day. A lonely bulb occupying the centre of the room brightens and falls to blackness – Whittlesea likens its pulse to that of meditation and transformation. The piece was created to explore how conceptual art can alter the physiological and physical state of the viewer. It is said that if you stand outside the gallery at night the building is transformed into a pulsating beacon. But we’re still in the dark as to whether the bulb is ever changed over the month-long exhibition.

Marlborough Contemporary, 6 Albemarle Street, Mayfair. Open Monday to Friday, 10.00-17.30 and Saturday, 10.00-16.00. Until 6 September.


Go-Betweens: The World Seen through Children

Tokyo’s Mori Art Museum is showcasing Go-Betweens: The World Seen through Children, an attempt by 26 photographers and artists to see things from a child’s eye view. New York-based photographer O Zhang’s “Daddy & I” sheds light on international child adoptions arising from China’s one-child policy. Also not to be missed is the Japan debut of works from international artists such as the videographer Rineke Dijkstra, whose “I See a Woman Crying (Weeping Woman)” explores school children’s response to Picasso’s “Weeping Woman”. The exhibition is on until the end of August and is a great way to end the summer holidays with the family and kids in tow.

Mori Art Museum, 53F Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku open daily 10.00-22.00. Until 31 August.


Language of the Wall

Explore the ever-evolving and dynamic world of street art this weekend at Pera Museum in Istanbul. Language of the Wall curated by Roxane Ayral is Turkey’s first exhibition dedicated to the raw and imaginative works of American and European graffiti writers and street artists. On display is an array of works from artists such as New Yorkers Carlos Rodriguez (known as Mare 139) and Gaia, and Istanbul’s own crew – No More Lies. The exhibition is an attempt to bring the street into the museum and create a forum for discussion and debate.

Pera Museum, Mesrutiyet Caddesi No 65, 34443 Tepebasi, Beyoglu. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10.00-19.00 and Sunday, 12.00-18.00. Until 5 October.


Celebration: Albumin

Baltimore band Celebration are combining the slightly less than complementary bedfellows of psychedelia and soul – one is about escape, the other is about hard truths –and this tug of war can often be a little painful. But Celebration seem too busy to notice on Albumin – a wonderfully garish mess that’s wearing all the clothes in the dressing-up box and not asking anyone’s permission. It’s a big, brazen, sound that scoops up ‘70s MOR, ‘80s pop and pretty much nothing from the ‘90s onwards (the charts were a bit ashamed of having a good time in the '90s) and you may as well invite yourself along to the party.

‘Albumin’ is available to hear now.


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