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Fall Previews: European Edition
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BRIGHT COLOURS & REBELLIOUS ATTITUDE

by ArtSlant Senior Editor Charlotte Jansen

There’s always a back-to-school feeling when September comes round, no matter how long ago you closed that chapter; it brings a certain feeling of dread and sweaty-palmed anxiety, and the peculiar impulse that you should buy a pencil case. Most gallerists no doubt have the same feeling; after a long summer closure, poor souls are forced back to dust down the artworks and open up their doors.

Autumn in London in terms of shows can by now be loosely divided into two categories, opening BF (“Before Frieze”) and AF (“After Frieze”). You definitely don’t want to be “during Frieze”. The international art fair has had such a catastrophic effect that there is a paucity of interesting shows over the next few months in London, either erring towards the highly conceptual or going the other way and entirely missing the mark. Any wise gallery will surely save their best shows for the New Year. I hope.

Still, having trawled the slim pickings there are some thrills, and a motif of rebellion and bright colours in some of the best shows opening across the city in the next three months. Here are some of them...

 

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BITTERSWEET NOSTALGIA IN AMSTERDAM

by ArtSlant Senior Editor Andrea Alessi

More than birthdays, more than New Year’s Eve, there’s something about September that viscerally marks the passage of time. A feeling of nostalgia hides under the angle of the Earth’s axial tilt. It blows in on cooling winds, grows with the lengthening shadows. It begins gradually, the bittersweet end of Summer, then suddenly there’s no time left.

Last September the Stedelijk Museum reopened. Has it really been a whole year? Indeed. We’ve attended stellar exhibitions dedicated to Mike Kelley, Aernout Mik, and Lucy McKenzie. Last month the museum’s Creative Director Ann Goldstein announced her resignation after just four years. Has it already been four years? Elsewhere on the Museumplein, the Van Gogh Museum briefly took up residence in the Hermitage and then returned better than ever and the Rijksmuseum opened its beautifully renovated building to tremendous fanfare and intimidating queues. Big things happen. Milestones in our diaries are reached, then scratched out. We turn the page and move on.

Yes, September is a good time to reminisce but also to look ahead. So pause here. Acknowledge the passage of time. Now get ready. As August’s balmy limbo releases us from its pacifying embrace, Amsterdam’s gallery scene blinks awake to the standard harmony of exhibition openings. We welcome artists having their first Amsterdam solo shows into the fold and say hello to old favorites as they filter into their galleries’ exhibition cycles (time for another Roger Hiorns show at Annet Gelink – it’s been two years? Dawn Mellor at Gabriel Rolt – three!?)...

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BRUSSELS ART DAYS

by ArtSlant Senior Editor Andrea Alessi

There’s something appealing about Brussels’ approach to the reopening of its contemporary art galleries in September. Some cities take a couple weekends of openings to repopulate their galleries with new artworks. Others have one night when the entire local art scene switches on, decisively ending the August blackout. These evenings are fun – whether they come in staccato bursts or roaring symphony – but they’re also exhausting. And if you happen to be craving actual art over appetizers and aperitifs, you might have to tune back in at a later date.

Brussels does things a bit differently, letting you ease back into the art (and surrounding scene) over a three-day gallery event. Sure, there are the coordinated openings en masse, but if you miss one, don’t worry: you might not get the wine, but the art will be there tomorrow. And the next day. During Brussels Art Days, when thirty of the city’s galleries keep extended hours from Friday to Sunday, the social and economic calculations that lead viewers Up- or Downtown no longer seem quite so urgent. How very civilized...

 

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SARAH LUCAS: Situation
Whitechapel Gallery
October 2nd - December 15th
 

More LON Editor's Choice...

 

PIERRE BISMUTH: Jugement civil no 71/2013
Bugada & Cargnel
September 12th - October 12th

 

More PAR Editor's Choice...

 

SHARON HAYES: Public Appearances
Tanya Leighton Gallery
September 6th - October 26th

 

More BER Editor's Choice...

 

TIM ROLLINS AND K.O.S.: The Time Machine
Xavier Hufkens
September 6th - October 12th

 

More BRX Editor's Choice...

 

OLGA BALEMA: Body of Work
Galerie Fons Welters
September 7th - October 12th

 

More AMS Editor's Choice...

 

 
    


Posted by ArtSlant Team on 9/13/13

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