The Serpentine Gallery has stolen a march on the Saatchi show with their blockbuster there, a massive undertaking with 200 works by 50 artists. The curators were Hans Ulrich Obrist and two others. Matt McCormick's 'The Subconscious Art of Graffiti Removal' has removals men carrying out a pastiche of Newman and then Rothko, whitewashing all the way. Mika Rottenberg investigates obesity, not without a cynical side-sweep. Is this show bordering on the endgame, as US critics viewing the show before transhipment indicated. Is the hidden agenda that US Art is brazenly political here? If so, in London it appears falsely provocative.
Rock on Top of Another Rock
Placing one rock on top of another is a seemingly simple gesture, and, as the Swiss artistic duo, Peter Fischli and David Weiss, themselves said, an archaic means of man making his mark.
Yoko Ono: To the Light
The Serpentine Gallery’s Yoko Ono: To the Light is the artist’s first London-based retrospective in over a decade. A hugely influential early conceptual artist and Fluxus group member, Ono was among the pioneers of the 1960s’ artistic commitment to participation, ephemerality, and the everyday.
Kerry James Marshall: Along the Way
Finishing its last call on 22 October 2006 was the exhibition entitled 'Along the Way', covering the work of the American artist Kerry James Marshall from Chicago. This excellent show had already been at the Camden Arts Centre in London, followed by the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, then to The New Art Gallery Walsall.
China Power Station: Part 1
At Frieze Art Fair, Saskia Sassen spoke compellingly about how artists can find potential in underused urban spaces, working to give such places a value that goes beyond the concrete terms of real estate. 'China Power Station: Part 1' echoed the strategy of exhibiting in vacant industrial spaces by taking over Battersea Power Station in October 2006, making this abandoned yet spectacular site accessible to curious visitors for the first time in decades.
Michelangelo Pistoletto: The Mirror of Judgment
Michelangelo Pistoletto was a key figure in the development of conceptual art and a founder of the important and influential Arte Povera movement. From early childhood however he grew up in Turin. Remarkably, this Serpentine Gallery exhibition is the first public exhibition of his work in Britain since 1999, although he had in the period from l966 over 20 international exhibitions in Europe, Asia, and the USA.