Time to wake up your creative juices in the light of the impending arrival of Spring. February is sure to shake you up with exhibitions from Doisneau, Linder, Patti Smith, Lichtenstein and Gutai.
Top exhibitions that you can’t miss this February
Femme / Object (Woman / Object) – Linder
Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France
Feb 1 – April 21
Liverpudlian visual and performance artist Linder Sterling is the English feminist who made a name for herself by standing up and questioning the way in which society perceived the female form. Now, she is staging a one woman show at MaM. ‘Femme / Object (Woman / Object)’ brings more than 200 of her prized works together, from her famous photographic collages to the edible dresses, first seen in 1982, that got everyone talking when Lady Gaga wore one in 2010. You’ll also see the influence of punk and post-punk music at play, which gave birth to the cover of the Buzzcock’s iconic album sleeve ‘Orgasm Addict’. Morrissey once said, ‘At every stage, your work – recordings, photography, montages, etc – reads as screams’.
This exhibition is the first retrospective of Linder’s work and is a must see.
Camera Solo – Patti Smith
Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada
Feb 9 – May 19
The legendary musician and artist, Patti Smith, is letting us take a glimpse into her world at the AGO this late winter, through an intimate exhibition of personal objects, photography and film. Making a name for herself on the punk scene of the late 70s, this exhibition reveals a different side to the musicians artistic vision and displays the connection between Smith’s fascination with poetry and photography. For those who are fond of Patti’s unfiltered, raw approach to music, they will not be disappointed as the same qualities are found within these works; 70 black and white Polaroid prints, objects and the short film ‘Equation Daumel’.
Suitable for fans of the musician, the artist and also those who want to see snapshots of time past.
Spazio Oberdan, Milan
February 15 – May 1 2013
More than 200 photos taken in Paris between 1934 and 1991 by the iconic French photographer on display in Milan at Spazio Oberdan. Famous for the photo of The Kiss at the Hôtel de Ville, Doisneau can be considered one of the pioneer of photojournalism ad that’s how his 100 anniversary of his birth is celebrated, a retrospective that embraces his poetic and his love for the Ville Lumière.
Tate Modern, London
February 21 – 27 May 2013
First full-scale retrospective of this artist in over twenty years, it will bring together 125 paintings and sculptures. Key works like Look Mickey (1961) and Whaam! (1963) will be on display, manifesto of his language made of cominc strips and advertising imagery. Workshops and conferences will complete the experience.
Guggenheim Museum, New York
February 15th – May 8 2013
The first U.S. museum retrospective exhibition ever devoted to Gutai, the most influential artists collective and artistic movement in postwar Japan and among the most important international avant-garde movements of the 1950s and ‘60s, will include many works organized thematically and chronologically. On display a wide range of media like paintings (gestural abstraction), conceptual art, performances, films, installations and kinetic art for a total of 120 objects by 25 artists in order to represent properly the movement.
Also in collaboration with Elisa Della Barba
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Palazzo Strozzi in Florence welcomes a new exhibition which focusses on family. 11 Contemporary photographers have been selected to display their own takes on family, in multiple and idiosyncratic ways, which underline the similarity more than the difference of families.
2014 is the year the French embrace Mapplethorpe’s unique aesthetic, with not one, but two exhibitions dedicated to his hard-hitting 70s and 80s imagery. Interestingly the link between the two exhibitions is that they both evaluate the photographer’s work as that of a classical artist.