Fatal Attraction: Piotr Uklański Photographs
17 March – 16 August
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
The standard introduction to the work of Polish artist Piotr Uklański refers to his use of a vast variety of media, from textile installations to collage, so the Met’s decision to focus on photography alone brings a fresh approach. Nearly half the works here are from a little known series entitled The Joy of Photography (1997–2007), which mimics the styles of Eastman Kodak’s 1979 how-to guide in a tongue-in-cheek homage to photography. Alongside this are some of the works that earned Uklański his reputation for controversy, including a work that uses headshots of Nazis as depicted in film and television (The Nazis, 1998) and intimate portraits that expose the inner workings of ‘the art world’. A simultaneous ‘artist’s choice’ installation opens at the same time (until 14 June), showing Uklański’s selections from the Museum’s collection, expanding on the theme of Fatal Attraction.
Piotr Uklański, Untitled (Skull), 2000, Collection of the artist
18 – 21 March
Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai
Set amid the spectacular environs of the UAE’s skyscraper city, Art Dubai is now into its ninth year. With a varied selection of over 90 regional and international galleries, and a programme of film and radio commissions, exceptional artist and curator residency opportunities, and the now essential Global Art Forum, the event promises to retain its status as the leading international art fair in the Middle East. This year’s curated section will focus on Latin America, with a show put together by Luiza Teixeira de Freitas, curator of the young galleries section at last year’s ARCOmadrid.
Dubai’s Al Fahidi Historical District (2013), Courtesy Art Dubai
Kahlil Joseph: Double Conscience
20 March – 16 August
MOCA Grand Avenue, Los Angeles
Double Conscience is MOCA’s presentation of Kahlil Joseph’s m.A.A.d, a double screen projection that shows life in contemporary Los Angeles. Filmmaker Kahlil Joseph won the Grand Jury Prize for Short Films at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012 for his film Until The Quiet Comes, made for musician and producer Flying Lotus, and recently worked on Video Girl with British star FKA Twigs. For m.A.A.d, he worked with hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar to create a booming and evocative LA soundtrack. Capturing everyday life in predominantly African American neighbourhoods, m.A.A.d. is a powerful portrait of the city.
Kahlil Joseph, still from the film m.A.A.d., 2014, Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Chayse Irvin
21 March – 5 July
Museum der Moderne, Salzburg
Andrea Fraser’s groundbreaking work is informed by critical and feminist theory and the legacy of artists’ engagement with feminism and institutional critique. This first comprehensive survey of her work in Austria represents around 50 works, including performance, text works, video, installations and photographs, providing a substantial overview of her vital work over the past three decades. Her celebrated performance Museum Highlights (1989) will be presented, along with her audio installations for the Austrian pavilion at the 45th Venice Biennale in 1993, through to recent works such as Men on the Line (2012), backed up with an extensive archive of videos and documentary material.
Andrea Fraser, Projection, 2008. Galerie Nagel Draxler, Berlin/Köln
Made in Brazil
21 March – 9 August
Casa Daros, Rio de Janeiro
In a beautifully restored neoclassical building in Botafogo, Casa Daros aims to create a space for communication and discussion on the arts, with a growing programme of workshops and courses for artists and the general public. Made in Brazil is the first exhibition at Casa Daros dedicated exclusively to Brazilian art, and seeks to analyse and pay homage to the institution’s own artistic environment. Artists on show include Miguel Rio Branco, Waltercio Caldas, Cildo Meireles, Antonio Dias, Milton Machado, José Damasceno, Vik Muniz and Ernesto Neto.
Vik Muniz, Toy Soldier, 2003. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Vik Muniz
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