The work of this master of black-and-white photography rose to fame when he anonymously documented the Soviet-led invasion of Prague in August 1968. Having then fled to England, he continued his existence as photographer on the road. His images combine strong composition with a raw, emotional impact; indeed he has spoken about the importance of only shooting subjects that hold a personal meaning for him. This is the first retrospective in the US since 1988, and the first ever to emphasise original vintage prints and early photographic experiments.
The international fine art photography fair is now in its 18th year and in 2014 will host 143 galleries and 26 publishers and artbook dealers in the Grand Palais. Two special exhibitions are running alongside, with The Museum of Modern Art (New York) showing Recent Acquisitions (2013–2014), and a remarkable display of The Alkazi Collection’s early photography from South Asia, usually housed at the Alkazi Foundation for the Arts in New Delhi. There will be book signings galore and a stellar line-up of talks and events, including Thomas Ruff, James Bridle, Martha Rosler, David Campany and Boris Mikhailov.
Frederic, Lord Leighton (1830–1896) was a friend of the royal family and President of the Royal Academy. He was also a great traveller and collector, and a celebrated artist in his day. The Leighton House Museum now opens its doors to rarely seen masterpieces by those leading artists of the Victorian period who were hosted and entertained by Lord Leighton in their heyday. Exceptional paintings from the collection of Juan Antonio Pérez Simón will be on display for the first time in the UK, including works by Charles Edward Perugini, John William Waterhouse and Lawrence Alma-Tadema, as well as Lord Leighton himself.
American conceptual artist Elaine Sturtevant was better known by her surname alone. Hers was the art of appropriation, although she referred to this borrowing as ‘repetition’. She explored the work of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Marcel Duchamp, Jasper Johns and many others, always imperfectly copying and reflecting the art back on itself. It’s a mode of enquiry that foreshadowed the excess of images and imitation that the internet has given us. Awarded the Golden Lion award for lifetime achievement at the 2011 Venice Biennale, Sturtevant sadly died earlier this year, while preparing for this major retrospective which will finally give her work the attention it deserves.
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This solo show of Larry Bell’s paintings and sculptures celebrates the artist’s long-held fascination with light and his intuitive working process. In the reflective gleam of mirrors, greys and silvers split into a rainbow of colours. This is Bell’s first exhibition in Hong Kong and will include a new series of sculpture called Light Knots, which use an industrial metallic plating process that he first encountered in the early 1960s. A new series of collages on red Hiromi paper also show the artist playing with light, reflection and spatial ambiguity, toying with our visual perception and the subjective nature of all that we see.