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The best art shows happening across the Western hemisphere.

Anri Sala, “1395 Days Without Red” 2011 Copyright; Anri Sala, Sejla Kamerid, Artangel, SCCA/2011, Courtesy Nmarian Goodman Gallery, Hauser & Wirth, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019

HUMAN DIVISION 

The Gropius Bau exhibition venue in Berlin has gathered some 28 internationally acclaimed artists, all working in a variety of mediums, to contribute to a remarkable group show, Walking Through Walls. The exhibition marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and sees the 28 artists explore the detrimental effects of human-made barriers and divisions. The show falls into three sections of investigation; firstly, the experience of physical walls; secondly, the psychological effects of walls, both real and metaphorical; and lastly, the struggle to overcome these divisions. Through the symbol of the Berlin Wall, the show also provides a commentary on existing political issues and current social divisions.

  • When: Until 19 January 2020
  • Where: Gropius Bau, Niederkirchnerstraße 7, 10963 Berlin, Germany


Rachel Howard, Walkaway, 2019, Courtesy the artist and Blainsouthern, Photo Prudence Cuming

DANGER DANGER

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British artist Rachel Howard’s first solo exhibition L’appel du vide in New York comprises works on paper, paintings and sculpture, exploring the whispering, dark voice that compels individuals to leap off the edge of a high building or swerve into oncoming traffic. Translated to ‘the call of the void’, the exhibition explores the ‘what if’ voice of self-destruction. Experimenting with the characteristics of paper, paint and canvas, Howard uses various techniques to create texture and push the boundaries of her chosen materials. The exhibition opens with five large-scale crimson red paintings, which have an immediate arresting effect on the viewer and evoke emotions of curiosity and an awareness of danger.

  • When: Until 16 Oct
  • Where: Blain|Southern 547 W 25th Street, New York, NY 10001, U.S.A.
Barbara Kasten Composition 9D 2018 Digital Chronomgenic Print/ Fujiflex Chrystal Archive 150D 12.5cm Courtesy of Kadel Willborn, Dusseldorf

COOL CONTEMPORARY

Frieze London is one of the British capital’s most inspiring contemporary art fairs, with its main site in Regent’s Park. The show features over 160 galleries, introducing the public to a host of the art scene’s undiscovered gems, emerging talents and current masterminds. Aside from the fair’s Regent’s Park HQ, visitors must not miss the incredible Frieze Sculpture show in the English Gardens at the far corner of the park. The schedule for Frieze London 2019 is extensive and includes Frieze Talks, Frieze Music and Frieze Masters, presenting antique artworks.

  • When: 3-6 October
  • Where: Regent’s Park, Chester Rd, London NW1 4NR, and various other locations in London, U.K.
In Its Familiarity, Golden, Grayson Perry, 2015. Craffts Council Collection: 2016. 19. Purchase Supported by Art Fund (with a contribution by the Wolfson Foundation) and a donation from Maylis and James Grand. Courtesy the artist, Paragon Press, and Victoria Miro, London c Grayson Perry

A LIFE LESS ORDINARY

At the prestigious tapestry workshop Dovecot Studios in Edinburgh, Turner Prize winner Grayson Perry presents Julie Cope’s Grand Tour: The Story of a Life, an incredible series of tapestry works created around a fictional character called Julie Cope. The work itself was originally made for A House for Essex, a collaborative effort between Perry with FAT Architecture for Living Architecture, which saw the partners build a house inspired by the history of the local land on which it stands. The subject of Perry’s tapestries, Julie Cope, is an every-woman, and the ornate, immense tapestry evokes themes of wealth and status that conflict with the ordinary nature of Cope’s existence. This is a rare opportunity to see one of Perry’s large-scale tapestry series inside one of Scotland’s leading tapestry studios.

  • When: Until 2 November
  • Where: Dovecot Studios, 10 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1LT, Scotland
Jean-Francois Millet, ‘The Gleaners’ 1857, Oil on Canvas, 83.5 x 110CM, Musee D Orsay, Paris

A FRIEND IN COMMON  

Not many people know that artists Van Gogh, Monet, Munch and Dalí have something in common. They are all greatly inspired by the works of 19th-century French artist Jean-François Millet. Jean-François Millet: Sowing the Seeds of Modern Art, which is taking place at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, explores the influence that Millet had on his peers, subsequent admirers and the modern art movement in general. Though he received classical painting training in Paris, Millet’s own style was incredibly progressive for its time and included harsh brush strokes, hard lines and intriguing compositions. Millet’s themes were also revolutionary as he focused on the poor and the experience of ordinary peasant life, rather than the lavish obsessions of the aristocracy. The show presents a number of Millet’s works alongside pieces from famous artists who were clearly inspired by Millet’s originals, proving how the artist was an early champion of the modern art movement.

  • When: 4 October – 12 January 2020
  • Where: Van Gogh Museum, Museumplein 6, 1071 DJ Amsterdam, Netherlands