ARTINFO U.K. cherry-picks must-see art shows in London and beyond.
Initiated before David Weiss’s sudden death in 2012, “Rock on Top of Another Rock” perfectly captures the unique combination of absurdism and seriousness that has characterized the duo’s production for decades. This tongue-in-cheek take on the idea of the monument stands in stark contrast with the memorials dotted around Kensington Gardens. Realized in parallel with a sister project in Norway, it also taps into something very primal in the way humans transform nature, and brings to mind Britain’s prehistoric monoliths. “In Norway and here, to put one rock on top of another rock in the wilderness is the first thing you do if you want to make a mark,” said Fischli. “We wanted to make something that forces you to stop your car and get out to take a photograph.”
Fischli/Weiss, Rock on Top of Another Rock, March 7, 2013-March 6, 2014, Serpentine Gallery, Outdoor Sculpture.
2. Eddie Peake
Performance sensation Eddie Peake hasn’t had to wait long to make his debut in the blue chip gallery world. His White Cube exhibition will continue with the raucous events that have recently made his name, and include some more sculptural propositions. The ZSL London Zoo’s decommissioned penguin pool will act as an amphitheater for Peake and his acolytes, who will develop a new performance piece in the space filled with objects. “I want to focus on the process of devising a dramatic performance work, and the weirdness implicit in trying to do that in the context of an art gallery,” said Peake, still clearly grappling with his newfound status.
Eddie Peake, Adjective Machine Gun, March 6-April 21, 2013, North Galleries, Inside the White Cube, White Cube Bermondsey.
3. Antoni Tàpies
Art history legends of the late Tàpies’s calibre are all too often circumscribed by their best-known period or work — in the Spanish painter’s case the 1960s and Europe’s post-war abstraction. But there’s much more to the artist as this exhibition, gathering works realized in the last decade of his life sets to demonstrate. Particularly striking here is Tàpies’s use of writing and language redolent of Cy Twombly’s contemporary experiments.
Antoni Tàpies, March 7-April 13, 2013, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London.
— ARTINFO U.K.
(Photo: Fischli/Weiss, “Rock on Top of Another Rock,” 2012. Courtesy of Sprüth Magers Berlin London; Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zürich; Matthew Marks Gallery, New York © 2012 Peter Fischli David Weiss.)