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Go See: Ishmael’s April Edit

Ishmael Lartey

Insights Student Editor

Looking for some top tips for exhibitions to explore over the easter holidays and beyond?

 
Ishmael selects three intriguing shows to look out for in April based on his interest in painting, installation and abstract art.

Marguerite Humeau: Echoes

Credit: (above, feature and listing image) Installation shots, ‘Marguerite Humeau, Echoes’ at Tate Britain. Photogragh, © Tate, Joe Humphrys.
French artist Marguerite Humeau’s work is research-led and usually takes the form of large-scale installations which feature sound and sculpture. She’s fascinated with myths, the past and the present. For this piece, Marguerite has transformed the gallery into part temple and part laboratory.

Before you step into the space you’re met by a large wall. This wall acts as a barrier to create a greater immersive experience as the audience walks around it and into the installation. The use of platforms, walls and colour emphasize the feeling of stepping into a new surreal environment. Her use of audio around the room really plays with your perspective. The simplistic and abstract forms of her sculptures contrasted with the overlaid audio makes you question what is actually functional within the installation.

Find out more about the ideas behind Marguerite’s installation on Tate Shots

Until 15 April 2018
Marguerite Humeau: Echoes, FREE
Tate Britain
Millbank
Westminster
London SW1P 4RG

Murakami & Abloh: Future History

Credit: Takashi Murakami and Virgil Abloh, ‘Times Nature’, © Virgil Abloh and © Takashi Murakami. Photo by Lucy Dawkins.
Murakami and Abloh have produced a unique series of works for this show at the Gasgosian. Abloh trained in engineering and architecture and is now better known as a fashion designer. This collaboration with artist Takashi Murakami is the latest in many partnerships with creatives from other fields.

The artists released this statement about their work together: “We are driven by an innate ambition to make art works that are shaped by societal observations—in a variety of media—which by their existence produce a new cultural impact.” ‘Future History’ had such a strong commercial appeal, but I wasn’t sure about the message. Two yellow paintings stood out for me: a pair of canvasses which had the words ‘off-white’ printed on them, in the style of ‘be careful this is fragile’ on a package, and the words ‘Hollow’ were sprayed with black paint on them. Catch this show before it closes to draw your own opinion.

Until 7 April 2018
Murakami & Abloh: Future History, FREE
Gagosian
17-19 Davies Street
London W1K 3DE

Bernard Cohen

 

Credit:Credit: Bernard Cohen, ‘It’s a Matter of Dancing with Chaos’, TateShots.
Video © Tate Digital, London 2017. If you can’t make the show, find out more about Bernard and his sketchbooks in this video above.

 

Bernard Cohen is a British artist. Ten of his works are in the permanent collection of the Tate Gallery. According to Cohen each piece has a different story (or even multiple stories) behind it. His paintings are created with a strong understanding of tradition and a connection with everyday existence and experience.

I was interested in the visual experience. The bigger scale allowed for better engagement with the pieces, I felt like if it was smaller then it would have the opposite effect. If you’ve got time head over to Tate Britain and make up your own mind.

Until 3rd June 2018
Bernard Cohen, FREE
Tate Britain
Millbank
Westminster
London SW1P 4RG
 
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