The Studio: A Tireless, Ongoing Space at the Camden Arts Centre
Fri 7 April – Sun 18 June 2017
The 91-year-old artist Geta Bratescu is representing her home country, Romania, at the Biennale. Those in London can catch her first London show at the Camden Arts Centre which explores the role of the studio as a space for critical reflection. Exhibited works represent the full range of her multidisciplinary practice, with textiles, drawings, photography, installation, collage and film on display.
Read more: camdenartscentre.org
Designed Garden at the South London Gallery
Permanent display open every weekend
Gabriel Orozco’s work features in the biennale’s Arsenale exhibition, VIVA ARTE VIVA, curated by Christine Macel. If you haven’t been yet, this provides an ideal excuse to visit his garden designed for the South London Gallery. Circular forms, a central motif in Orozco’s work, abound in the garden - multilevel swirls of brick form seating, planters and water butts. Built with the support of the horticulturists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, this spot is a calming cultural oasis.
Read more: southlondongallery.org
ARTIST ROOMS at Turner Contemporary, Margate
Sat 27 May – Sun 24 Sep 2017
In Venice, Phyllida Barlow has packed the six rooms of the British Pavilion with her monumental sculpture. To mark the occasion Turner Contemporary in Margate is showing a taster selection of her works from the ARTIST ROOMS collection and it’s only a train ride, rather than a flight, away. The show will include Barlow’s work untitled: upturnedhouse, 2, 2012, a large-scale sculpture of an inverted house cobbled together from recycled materials, as well as other sculptures and selected drawings made throughout her career.
Venice Agendas, London Exhibition: 'The Contract'
Thu 4 May – Fri 26 May 2017
Venice Agendas returns in 2017 with a number of events across London, Venice, Margate and Folkestone including an exhibition, a publication, talks and performances, all of which explore the concept of the contract. This year’s programme kicks off with an exhibition in London at DACS including artworks by Keith Arnatt, Hollis Frampton, Hew Locke, Donald Rodney, Monica Ross and Carey Young and is curated by Gilane Tawadros.
'Weaving Magic' at the National Gallery
Wed 26 April – Mon 28 August 2017
Chris Ofili’s exhibition of works on paper, Poolside Magic, is the inaugural show at Victoria Miro’s new Venice space. Luckily for those in London, the Turner Prize-winning artist’s first tapestry, The Caged Bird’s Song, 2014 - 2017, is also currently the subject of the Weaving Magic show at the National Gallery. Hand-woven by the renowned Edinburgh-based Dovecot Tapestry Studio, this is Ofili’s first ever tapestry. Preparatory works on paper have also been selected by the artist to accompany the exhibition.
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