The art world is wide and varied. Here are Swide’s picks of must-sees in July: London, New York, Paris, Milan or Berlin?
Milan: Elas Lassry
July 6 – September 16
Elad Lassry’s photography represents familiar subjects – people, animals, places – but it’s the way the artist portrays them to create a weird, desolate feeling, that captures your attention. The poses and nature are unnatural and the objects almost don’t belong to their role, not clarifying whether they have symbolic meaning or not.
Padiglione di Arte Contemporanea, Via Palestro 14, Milano tel. 0039-88446359
London - Britain Creates 2012: Fashion + Art Collusion
July 6 – July 26
The exhibition brings together the UK’s most prestigious fashion designers to collaborate with Britain’s leading visual artists on specially commissioned works of art as part of the London 2012 Festival. Pairings include Giles Deacon & Jeremy Deller; Hussein Chalayan & Gavin Turk and Matthew Williamson & Mat Collishaw.
Victoria&Albert Museum, Cromwell Road London SW7 2RL, Tel. 0044-02079422000,
New York - Alighiero Boetti: Game Plan
July 1 – 30 October
It will be the largest presentation outside of Italy of works by Italian artist Alighiero Boetti (1940–1994) to date. Organized chronologically, the exhibition will span Boetti’s entire career beginning with his sculptural works, or objects as he preferred to call them, comprised of everyday materials including wood, cardboard, and aluminum.
MoMA, 11 West 53 Street, New York, Tel. 001-2127089400
Berlin: Bernhard Martin
June 30 – August 31 2012
Known for riding the nostalgic wave of New German Painting, Bernhard Martin (1966-) returns to Berlin with his new exhibition, built up of negative, yet beautiful, works that are reminiscent of Dali’s soft self-portraits. All brushed with a sense of clouded coldness, he says that he wanted to, ‘harmonize the evil with the unfathomable’. Strong words, no? Why not explore the thoughts of a ‘mind-hungry traveler’ yourself?
Galerie Thomas Schulte, Charlottenstraße 24 D-10117 Berlin tel: +49 (0)30 2060 8990
Paris: Josef Albers, a painter in America
July 20 – October 14 2012-06-08
German-born American, Josef Albers (1888-1976), is highly respected in the art community for his abstract paintings and Study of colour. With his disciplined approach to composition, he is famed for the hundreds of paintings and prints that make up the collection known as ‘Homage to the Square’ and it is these and the works that come just before the collection that form the basis of his Paris exhibition. The exhibition is a celebration of the triumph of colour and is worth a look.
The Centre Pompidou Place Georges-Pompidou 75004, Paris tel +33 (0)1 44 78 12 33
Written by Elisa della Barba and Ben Taylor