previews

  • “Ahmet Öğüt: Happy Together: Collaborators Collaborating”

    Chisenhale Gallery
    64 Chisenhale Road
    April 24 - May 31

    Curated by Polly Staple and Katie Guggenheim

    In recent years, Ahmet Öğüt has auctioned off a self-portrait titled Punch This Painting, 2010; created a school for (and taught by) asylum seekers (the Silent University); legally exchanged the letters of his name with artist Nina Katchadourian; and twinned himself to his colleague Cevdet Erek. For this exhibition, Öğüt will revisit nearly a decade of his comical yet critical collaborations by constructing a television studio as a single, durational work. In it, he will stage a public debate among people he has worked with—all from non-art backgrounds—including a fireman, a lawyer, and a tailor. The catch? Öğüt will seat himself in the audience, but he won’t say a word. The debate will be filmed, edited, and played back during the run of the show.

  • Viviane Sassen, Dóki, 2013, C-print, 17 3/4 × 11 3/4".

    “Viviane Sassen: Pikin Slee”

    ICA - Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
    The Mall
    February 3 - April 12

    Curated by Matt Williams

    Straddling the realms of art and fashion, Kenya–raised Dutch photographer Viviane Sassen has spent much of her career in Africa, abstracting its natural splendor with her signature use of shadow play and color fields. For the works in this solo exhibition, Sassen’s lens traveled across the Atlantic to Suriname, a former Dutch colony in South America, expanding her scope to the global African diaspora. Shot mostly in black and white, this body of work from 2013 documents the community and jungle flora of Pikin Slee, the second-largest village along the Upper Suriname River. Sassen’s postcolonial gaze foregrounds the beauty of this little-known locale and its people as much as it raises questions about race, regional bias, and complex political histories. Travels to Kunsthaus CentrePasquArt, Biel, Switzerland, July–Sept.

  • Aleksandr Rodchenko, Radio Station Tower, 1929, gelatin silver print, 8 7/8 × 5 5/8". From “Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915–2015.” © Estate of Alexander Rodchenko/RAO, Moscow/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

    “Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915–2015”

    Whitechapel Gallery
    77 - 82 Whitechapel High Street
    January 15 - April 6

    Curated by Iwona Blazwick and Magnus af Petersens

    Marking the centenary of Kazimir Malevich’s iconic (in both senses of the word) Suprematist painting, this ambitious exhibition will examine abstraction as an international phenomenon, considering its relationship to politics, its potential as a catalyst for social change, and its imbrication with design. Taking a broad chronological and geographic approach, and with a particular focus on geometric abstraction, the survey will encompass painting, sculpture, film, and photography by one hundred artists as diverse as Carl Andre, Hélio Oiticica, Aleksandr Rodchenko, and Andrea Zittel. Accompanied by a catalogue with essays by the curators and by scholars such as Briony Fer and Tom McDonough, the exhibition will apparently aim at nothing less than reinventing abstraction.