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12 shows to see this weekend complete with videos, reviews, links and suggested reading
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Max Beckmann, Woman with Mandolin in Yellow and Red (1950), oil on canvas, 36 1/4 x 55 1/8 in (92 x 140 cm) © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2012
Max Beckmann, Woman with Mandolin in Yellow and Red (1950), oil on canvas, 36 1/4 x 55 1/8 in (92 x 140 cm) © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2012

LONDON Barbican Art Gallery

Bauhaus: Art as Life

The biggest exhibition of its kind staged Britain for over 40 years, Art as Life brings together well-known and little seen works from modern world's most famous art school. Look out for pieces from Josef and Anni Albers, Walter Gropius, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, László Moholy-Nagy, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and others.

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Suggested reading: Josef Albers: To Open Eyes

© Josef Albers, Set of four stacking tables, c.1927. © The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation/Artists Rights Society, New York and DACS, London 2012
© Josef Albers, Set of four stacking tables, c.1927. © The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation/Artists Rights Society, New York and DACS, London 2012

NEW YORK Whitney

Yayoi Kusama

Well-known for her all-encompassing dot patterns, as well as her heterogeneous uses of various media, this retrospective, newly transferred from London, features works spanning the 83-year-old Kusama's entire career.

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Suggested reading: Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929), Accumulation, c. 1963. Sewn and stuffed fabric, wood chair frame, paint, 35 1/2 × 38 1/2 × 35 in. (90.2 × 97.8 × 88.9 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase 2001.342. © Yayoi Kusama. Photograph by Tom Powel
Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929), Accumulation, c. 1963. Sewn and stuffed fabric, wood chair frame, paint, 35 1/2 × 38 1/2 × 35 in. (90.2 × 97.8 × 88.9 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase 2001.342. © Yayoi Kusama. Photograph by Tom Powel

PARIS, Pompidou

Anri Sala

The Albanian-born video and installation artist's specially commissioned monograph consists of four films, shot on Sarajevo, Berlin, Bordeaux and Mexico City, as well as photographs, music boxes and drums. Sala urges visitors not to think of them as separate pieces, but as a single work. 'My intention is not to highlight one of the films or objects exhibited, but to create a special correspondence between them and to give the tempo to the spectator while suggesting a path through the exhibition' he says.

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suggested reading Anri Sala

Anri Sala, Long Sorrow (2005), Fondazione Trussardi (2005), Milan
Anri Sala, Long Sorrow (2005), Fondazione Trussardi (2005), Milan

BOSTON Galerie Klüser

Alex Katz Print

Though the New York visual artist might be better known for his painting, this collection of around 100 vibrant, colourful prints, produced mainly in the latter half of the 20th century, offer a refreshing overview of Katz's work. Proof that figurative art can still look startlingly modern.

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Suggested reading: Alex Katz

Alex Katz, Three Women on Pink (2007), oil on canvas
Alex Katz, Three Women on Pink (2007), oil on canvas

MUNICH Pinakothek der Moderne

Women: Pablo Picasso, Max Beckmann, Willem de Kooning

Curators at Munich's Pinakothek draws together 90 paintings from these three titans modern art to examine the role attributed to women in their art.

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Suggested reading: Picasso

Pablo Picasso, Olga Picasso (1923), oil on canvas, 51 1/4 x 38 1/4 in (130 x 97 cm) © Succession Picasso/ VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2012
Pablo Picasso, Olga Picasso (1923), oil on canvas, 51 1/4 x 38 1/4 in (130 x 97 cm) © Succession Picasso/ VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2012

BERLIN Deutsche Guggenheim

Gabriel Orozco’s Asterisms

Gabriel Orozco’s Asterisms, the eighteenth project in Deutsche Guggenheim’s series of artwork commissions, is a two-part sculptural and photographic installation comprising thousands of items of detritus the artist has gathered at two sites—a playing field near his home in New York and a protected coastal biosphere in Baja California Sur, Mexico, that is also the repository for flows of industrial and commercial waste from across the Pacific Ocean.

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Suggested reading: Conceptual Art

Gabriel Orozco, Sandstars (Detail), (2012) © Gabriel Orozco
Gabriel Orozco, Sandstars (Detail), (2012) © Gabriel Orozco

MOSCOW, Gorky Park

Touch the Music

While Rem Koolhaas builds the new home for Moscow's Garage contemporary arts centre, Dasha Zhukova's gallery hosts Touch The Music, a free interactive display and workshop series, showcasing the instruments from Mobiles Musik Museum (Dusseldorf) collection. 

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suggested reading: The Music of Painting

Touch The Music
Touch The Music

ROME Galleria nazionale d’arte moderna e contemporanea (GNAM)

WARHOL: HEADLINES

Previously shown in the National Gallery of Art in Washington and Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt, this exhibition focuses on the constant theme of Warhol’s relationship with the media from print to TV. The show begins with designs from the mid 50′s, moving on to paintings from the 60′s and on to print, photography and electrical media, with the final leg showing works carried out with the graffiti artists Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

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Suggested reading: Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol, Headlines
Andy Warhol, Headlines

BREGENZ Kunsthaus Bregenz

Reading Ed Ruscha

The exhibition focuses on Ruscha's interests in words, reading, writing and books over the period of fifty years. The artworks shown in Bregenz include word paintings created especially for the exhibitiion, canvases consisting of front views of books whose covers boast words like Atlas, Bible, Index, or Standards and Norms as well as works painted directly onto book covers.

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Suggested reading: They Called Her Styrene

Ed Ruscha Photo: Miro Kuzmanovic © Kunsthaus Bregenz
Ed Ruscha Photo: Miro Kuzmanovic © Kunsthaus Bregenz

SAO PAULO, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil

Antony Gormley

New and familiar works form Antony Gormley's first solo exhibition in Brazil, staged with the assistance of the British Council. After Sao Paulo, it heads to Rio and Brasilia.

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Suggested reading: Antony Gormley 

Antony Gormley's Event Horizon, Sao Paulo 2012
Antony Gormley's Event Horizon, Sao Paulo 2012

SYDNEY, various venues

18th Biennale

Australia's largest contemporary visual arts event takes  'all our relations' as its theme. Look out for collaborative works, on a pleasant, human scale, such Lee Mingwei's The Mending Project , wherein the artist repairs a piece of clothing that the gallery-goers bring in.

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Suggested reading: The Wallpaper City Guide to Sydney

Lee Mingwei's The Mending Project, photo Anita Kan
Lee Mingwei's The Mending Project, photo Anita Kan

TOKYO, Metropolitan Museum of Photography

Rinko Kawauchi: Illuminance, Ametsuchi, Seeing Shadow

Last chance to catch Rinko's mid-career retrospective. Surprisingly, for so well-liked a photographer - and a finalist in this year's Deutsche Borse prize - this her first solo exhibition in the Japanese capital. Expect delicate, poetic and worldly images.

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suggested reading: The Photography Book

Rinko Kawauchi, untitled (2009)
Rinko Kawauchi, untitled (2009)

 


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