Art agenda: Samba Spirit, Xu Zhen, British Art Today

Monday, January 20th, 2014. Filed under: Art Destinations Entertainment
"Plantacao" (Plantation), Maria Auxiliadora da Silva, 1971, part of the "Samba Spirit" exhibition Oil and mixed media on canvas ©The John Axelrod Collection—Frank B. Bemis Fund and Charles H. Bayley Fund * Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

“Plantacao” (Plantation), Maria Auxiliadora da Silva, 1971, part of the “Samba Spirit” exhibition
Oil and mixed media on canvas
©The John Axelrod Collection—Frank B. Bemis Fund and Charles H. Bayley Fund * Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

(Relaxnews) – Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts celebrates Afro-Brazilian art, Beijing’s Ullens Center profiles contemporary artist Xu Zhen, and the V&A in London welcomes a new swathe of British artists.

Samba Spirit: Modern Afro-Brazilian Art
January 18 – October 19
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Celebrating 20th Century Afro-Brazilian artists and their blend of South American, European and African influences, including Heitor dos Prazeres, Maria Auxiliadoro da Silva, and Waldemiro de Deus courtesy of the John Axelrod Collection.

Xu Zhen: A MadeIn Company Production

January 19 – April 20
Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

Career highlights and specially comissioned works combine, with 30 installation pieces, 20 paintings and 10 videos on display, to create a look at Xu Zhen’s foundational place within the Chinese and Shanghai art movements of the last twenty years.

New Order: British Art Today II

January 24 – March 23
Saatchi Gallery, London

A selection of works from thirteen rising stars including the likes of installation artists Nick Evans and Hannah Perry, wax sculptor Virgile Ittah, and painters Dan Rees and Oliver Osborne.

Itami Jun

January 28 – July 27
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, South Korea

A retrospective for the Japanese-born architect, cherished by the French art world, and one who sought to integrate natural materials into his nature-inspired designs.

Fútbol: The Beautiful Game

February 2 – July 20
LA County Museum of Art

“Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait” and the undulating stadium crowds of “Volta” combine to form the exhibition’s centerpieces alongside other works such as Warhol’s “Pele” and Miguel Calderon’s mischevious “Mexico vs. Brazil” thrashing, shown as it was in a Sao Paolo bar in 2004.

Tino Sehgal: This is so contemporary

February 6-23
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Now cemented as a world-renowned contemporary artist, Sehgal creates performance works known for their ability to surprise and delight gallery attendees in equal measure. So the less that’s known about it in advance, the better.

Henri Cartier-Bresson

February 12 – June 9
Pompidou Center, Paris, France

Painter, photographer and film director Cartier-Bresson is remembered in a retrospective that takes place ten years after the photojournalist’s death, with a three-part exhibition that illustrates his early influences and travels, his time in the US, and his work at the Magnum agency, which he co-founded.


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