Do androids dream of electric sheep? Who cares? The real question is: do deep neural networks know what art is? At least, that’s what we think the question is at the heart of brilliant French artist Pierre Huyghe’s new show. The Serpentine is being turned into a giant incubator, filled with buzzing flies, LED screens and artificial intelligence. No clue what it’s about, but it sounds amazing.
American performance art pioneer Chris Burden (1946-2015) is best known for his shocking early pieces that saw him getting shot in the arm and crucifying himself on a car bonnet in the name of art. Later in life he got a bit more health-and-safety-conscious and started making stunning, discomforting sculptures. This Porsche sports car counter-balanced with a massive boulder (above) is Burden at his most striking. And no one had to go to hospital, which is a bonus.
She’s kettled viewers with mounted police, she’s stood in an unwinnable Cuban election and she’s eaten a whole load of soil. Tania Bruguera is not afraid of confrontation. And this year, she’s taking over the Tate Modern Turbine Hall with a performance installation that’s totally shrouded in secrecy.
It opens today (Tuesday October 2), so we haven’t had a chance to see it yet, but what we do know is that it won’t make for easy viewing.
Shockingly violent and often nastily cruel, Spanish baroque old master Jusepe de Ribera really knew how to grab the viewer’s attention. Hundreds of years later, his work still has the power to slap you around a little bit, testament to just how good he was. And now you can see it all without having to fly to Spain. That’s the good news. The bad news is that you have to go to Dulwich Village instead.
Sure, ‘Mantegna and Bellini’ sounds like two cocktails you can barely afford, but don’t let that put you off. This exhibition explores the artistic relationship between two proper old masters, Giovanni Bellini and Andrea Mantegna. They weren’t just linked creatively, they were brothers-in-law, which made for a career-spanning rivalry and relationship that would change art (and cocktail-naming) for ever.
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