Here’s our pick of art-related events which might be worth taking a look at this November.
Tate Modern – A Bigger Splash: Painting after Performance
By displaying contrasting paintings by Jackson Pollock and David Hockey, the exhibition will consider different approaches to the blank canvas as “an arena in which to act: one gestural, the other one theatrical”. Exploring the relationship between performance and painting from the 1950s to the present day, the exhibition aims to explore a new way of looking at younger artists who draw upon “action painting, drag and the idea of the stage set.”
14 November – 1 April 2013 Tickets £10.
The Photographer’s Gallery – Shoot! Existential Photography
After World War 1, the photographic shooting gallery began to appear as a fairground attraction. By hitting the centre of the target, the user would trigger a camera which would take a photo of him or her in the act of shooting – a photo they would then take as a prize. It is this attraction that forms the basis of The Photographer’s Gallery’s latest exhibition, where it traces the shooting gallery’s history from fairground attraction to interest for many artists and intellectuals. The exhibition “investigates numerous analogies between taking photographs and shooting” and includes many works by contemporary artists alongside older works. At the end of the exhibition, visitors have the opportunity to have their portraits taken in a photographic shooting gallery.
Runs until 6 January 2013. Tickets: £5; £3.
Somerset House – Cartier-Bresson: A Question of Colour
Henri Cartier-Bresson was said to be “disparaging towards colour photography” believing that, at the time, the technical and aesthetic abilities of colour photography were limited. This exhibition displays over 74 works by internationally acclaimed photographers alongside 10 photographs by Cartier-Bresson that have never been shown before in the UK. The exhibition demonstrates how European and North American photographers “adopted and adapted the master’s ethos famously known as the ‘decisive moment’ to their work in colour.”
8 November – 27 January 2013. Free.
Finborough Theatre – Vibrant 2012 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights
The Finborough Theatre’s Festival of Finborough Playwrights showcases twelve staged readings of twelve works by UK and International playwrights that have been “discovered, developed or championed by the Finborough Theatre.” The theatre has a reputation for discovering new playwrights who “go on to become leading voices in British theatre” and, over two weeks, the festival offers the opportunity to see a range of exciting new theatre.
Runs from 4 November to 22 November. Tickets: £4
National Theatre – The Effect
Lucy Prebble, writer of acclaimed play Enron, returns to the theatre with her new play The Effect. Described as a “clinical romance” the play explores “questions of sanity, neurology and the limits of medicine”. To accompany the play, on 23 November director Rupert Goold and Lucy Prebble, who worked together on Enron, discuss her new play.
Runs from 6 November – 23 February 2013. (Booking for performances 28 January onwards opens 23 November). (Tickets £12 – £28.50).
Tristan Bates Theatre – Golgotha
Identity, family and homeland are the themes of this new play by playwright Nirjay Mahindru. The play follows “two people united by blood and separated by time” as fate intervenes in their hopes for new lives.
Runs from 14 November to 8 December. Tickets: £12; £10
Artangel – Heiner Goebbels: Stifter’s Dinge
First shown in London in 2008, Stifter’s Dinge returns to be presented in two versions – one a revival of the original performance and the other an ‘Unguided Tour’ which allows visitors to explore the space and closely experience the work. In this installation, five pianos hang above pools of water before they begin to play themselves. Described as a “composition for five pianos with no pianists; a performance without performers”, the installation explores weather and nature, objects, projections and music.
Runs until 18 November. Performance tickets: £25; £20, Unguided tour: Free.
Battersea Arts Centre – Forced Entertainment present The Coming Storm
After its successful premiere this summer, Forced Entertainment return to the BAC with The Coming Storm. Stories on subjects from love and death, shipwrecks to falling snow and half-remembered novels to distorted fairy tales are told as the six performers “create, collaborate, ambush and disrupt this epic saga”.
Runs from 20 November to 1 December. Tickets: £17; £13
Gallery One and a Half – Horrorgami
This exhibition showcases 13 of Marc Hagan-Guirey’s original kirigami works – a variation on the Japanese art form Origami. Hagan-Guirey uses this art form to represent an iconic location from a cult horror film – each cut from a single sheet of paper. Paired with light boxes, each construction appears as “spectral and ethereal as the buildings on screen”. The exhibition also encourages viewers to explore the “artifice of fear and its psychological construct”.
Runs until 14 November. Free.