The Art Channel visits an exhibition investigating the ‘Uncanny’ in Art Photography. We look at the sensation of both strangeness and familiarity in an image. Focussing on individual works by Sonja Braas, David Claerbout, Julie Monaco and Joel Sternfeld, the film explores how ‘magical surfaces’ arise from photographs which are animated, invented and staged.
The latest film on The Art Channel is online where we review Andy Warhol from The Hall Collection at The Ashmolean, Oxford University’s museum. To subscribe to The Art Channel, visit www.youtube.com/theartchannel1
My new film for The Art Channel is now online. Grace Adam and I visit the exciting exhibition ‘Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture’ at Tate Modern to learn how he developed the ‘Mobile’ and moving abstract sculpture.
At Chatsworth House and Nottingham Contemporary, Pablo Bronstein is exhibiting a series of drawings inspired by Baroque and Palladian design. He is an artist engaged with histories of taste and how it feeds into contemporary life. The project is named ‘The Grand Tour’ borrowing the term used to describe a rite of passage for 18th Century aristocrats sent to Europe to further their education who would in turn bring back artworks to Britain.
In the second part of his exhibition, ‘The Grand Tour’, Pablo Bronstein curates decorative arts from Chatsworth House at Nottingham Contemporary beside a new frieze of drawings imagining ruins along a famous ancient Roman road, the Via Appia.
The Art Channel brings you a film of the Agnes Martin exhibition at Tate Modern including analysis of several major works. Martin was a painter who retreated from New York City to a solitary life in New Mexico in the 1970s, where she acquired a mythic status. But what do her abstract paintings communicate and how might we understand them? Grace Adam and Joshua White lead you through this significant exhibition.
Titled ‘Freedom of Assembly’, Theaster Gates recently showed a new body of work illustrating his interest in labour, community and art historical traditions. The exhibition showed sculptures made from found materials and ‘paintings’ constructed as if building roofs. The Art Channel investigates the show and looks in detail at Gates’ themes and materials.
The artist Y.Z.Kami moves between abstraction and portraiture, drawing on spiritual traditions from his native Iran and Fayoum portraits made as memorials in Roman Egypt. He is exhibiting a series of large, paintings at Gagosian in London’s King’s Cross. The Art Channel takes us inside the exhibition.