The Art Newspaper–previews

New York's Performa 09

Performa 09 is the third biennial of new visual art performance, held in collaboration with 80 institutions, and featuring more than 150 international artists in about 110 events organised by 40 international curators—all in just three weeks. Read more…

Manchester International Festival

This is the second Manchester International Festival, which got off to an impressive start two years ago with the debut of “Il Tempo del Postino” (the theatrical presentation of 15 artists curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Philippe Parreno that also showed at Art Basel in June) and Damon Albarn’s Monkey opera. 2009’s offering has some equally headline-grabbing events, including the major performance event “Marina Abramovic Presents…”. Read more…

Kienholz: the Hoerengracht

The Hoerengracht (Whore’s Canal) is a dark, intricate, large-scale installation work by US artists Ed Kienholz (1927-94) and his wife Nancy Reddin Kienholz (b1943). The piece, made between 1983 and 1988, has been shown in venues around the world since 1989, but never before in London. Read more…

Jenny Holzer

US artist Jenny Holzer’s text works are so prolific she even has a regular Twitter feed, posting in uppercase (as with her other text works). The exhibition of her works at Fondation Beyeler shows pieces from various phases of her career, and she has been closely involved in its presentation. Read more…

Philippe Parreno at the Pompidou

2009 is French artist Philippe Parreno’s year, and the pinnacle is his first major presentation in his home country since 2002. Read more…

Ed Ruscha: 50 Years of Painting

“Each piece cultivates its own labyrinth that you can enter in to, if you were to spend a little time thinking about it.” So says Hayward Gallery director Ralph Rugoff, but it’s not a sentence you would immediately associate with the often stark, minimal paintings of Ed Ruscha. Rugoff says that through his experience of curating this autumn’s exhibition, he has discovered “layers and layers” to these “deceptively simple-looking” paintings. “The more you think about them, the more you can spin out all sorts of references and resonances that these works are setting into play,” he told The Art Newspaper. Read more…

Carsten Nicolai: Aoyama Space

German artist and musician Carsten Nicolai’s work is concerned with scientific experiments involving sound, light and space. The main presentation is four 2009 works from the “Aoyama Space” series. The name derives from a photographic studio in Tokyo’s Aoyama district, in which there is a concave room designed to create a seemingly endless space. Read more…

Newspeak: British Art Now

The Hermitage continues its “20/21” contemporary art programme with “Newspeak: British Art Now”, the museum’s second collaboration with London’s Saatchi Gallery after “USA Today” in 2007, which kicked off the 20/21 project. Since then the Hermitage has shown paintings by US artist Chuck Close, textiles by Russian artist Timur Novikov, photography by Russian artist Boris Smelov, and gothic sculpture by Belgian artist Wim Delvoye. Read more…

Damien Hirst at the Wallace

Damien Hirst has returned to actually painting his own paintings, and he has decided to show his new series of 25 works created between 2006 and 2008, “No Love Lost”, within the lavish surroundings of London’s Wallace Collection this autumn. Read more…

Moscow Biennale

Moscow’s third biennale of contemporary art is tied, for the first time, to one venue, Dasha Zhukova’s vast Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, under one curator, Frenchman Jean-Hubert Martin. He has chosen “Against Exclusion” as the overarching theme of the core exhibition, a title he sees as encompassing a number of aspects. “One of the references in the background of this title is certainly the issue of civil rights in Russia, the way individual freedom is treated,” Martin told The Art Newspaper. “Of course that is not a point that is addressed by most of the artists in the exhibition, but it is behind the exhibition as a whole.” Read more…