Skepta, Alexandra Palace, London
OK, so it’s SOLD OUT, but this is Skepta’s biggest London gig in time, and his first since the major Mercury Prize win, so it’s worth heading there to try blag entry or pay something extortionate for a tout ticket. Considering how he rolls deep, expect some great cameo performances from his crew. Maybe Drake!?
2 December alexandrapalace.com
Art Basel, Miami Beach, Miami
Arguably December’s biggest event, the American show is set to host 267 galleries, showcasing influential works from the fields of modern and contemporary art, alongside a tight edit of work by the new generation of emerging creatives. Walk through Collins Park and SoundScape Park to observe this year’s large-scale artworks, and look out for work by the likes of Wolfgang Tillmans, Richard Avedon, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Barbara Kruger in the main exhibition hall.
1 – 4 December. www.artbasel.com
Robert Rauschenberg, Tate Modern, London
Taking place at London’s recently extended Tate Modern gallery, the Robert Rauschenberg exhibition will run through until April 2017. Marking his first major showcase in the UK for 35 years, the exhibition will feature iconic works from his career spanning six decades, including many of the large-scale pop art screen prints that have come to influence many an emerging artist today.
1 December 2016 – 2 April 2017. www.tate.org.uk
Elmgreen & Dragset, Changing Subjects, FLAG Art Foundation, Chelsea, New York
New York’s FLAG Art Foundation is currently hosting Changing Subjects, a solo exhibition by famed Berlin-based duo Elmgreen & Dragset. Whilst many of the absurdist art projects in the duo’s back catalogue have been large-scale (think 2005’s Prada Marfa desert boutique and this summer’s Van Gogh’s Ear sculpture located outside of the Rockefeller Center), Changing Subjects takes a look at a series of site-specific sculptures from the past 20 years.
Until 17 December www.flagartfoundation.org
Havana Film Festival, Havana, Cuba
Cuba’s Havana Film Festival has been pioneering new Latin American cinema since 1979. Taking place each year in the city of Havana, many of the documentaries previously debuted at the festival have lensed the rich history of Cuba, its vast and varied landscapes, its diverse living conditions and of course, the country’s vibrant musical traditions.
8 – 18 December. www.habanafilmfestival.com
Give Me Yesterday, Fondazione Prada, Milan
Curated by Francesco Zanot, Give Me Yesterday celebrates the Fondazione Prada’s new exhibition space located in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan, which is solely dedicated to the medium of photography and visual languages. The exhibition itself showcases work by 14 Italian and international artists who have used photography as a personal diary from the early 2000s through to today. Look out for work by Ryan McGinley, Greg Reynolds and Melanie Bonajo.
21 December 2016 – 12 March 2017. www.fondazioneprada.org
If You Leave, Red Gallery, Shoreditch, London
New London exhibition If You Leave, is set to showcase 20 photographs (edited down from 200), in 20 different handpicked-venues, selected by 20 curators (from magazines, galleries and collectives worldwide). Launching at Shoreditch’s White Room/Red Gallery space this week (before each image is moved to an individual East London venue for a further three weeks), the exhibition aims to promote the widest possible array of emerging talent by favouring a single photograph over a series of images.
1 – 21 December. iylshowcase.tumblr.com
the art fair +plus-ultra, Spiral Garden, Tokyo
Tokyo’s the art fair +plus-ultra has a reputation for championing cutting-edge Japanese contemporary artists. Spanning a full 360-degree concept, the annual two-part exhibition showcases work by emerging artists, selected by gallery directors, often available to purchase at comparatively reasonable prices. 2016’s the art fair +plus-ultra is set to accommodate a total of 40 artists and galleries.
17 – 20, 22 – 25 December systemultra.com
Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures + Conversation with Sandy Nairne and Alison Jacques, ICA, London
To coincide with the current Teller on Mapplethorpe currently exhibition running at London’s Alison Jacques Gallery, the Institute of Contemporary Arts are screening Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures – Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato’s documentary on the photographer’s life. Ahead of the screening Sandy Nairne – the Director of the National Portrait Gallery who curated Mapplethorpe’s first solo exhibition in 1983 – and Alison Jacques herself, will be in conversation discussing the prolific photographer.
20 December www.ica.org.uk
Viktor & Rolf, NGV International, Melbourne
NGV International gallery features two of the most significant fashion designers of the 21st Century: Viktor & Rolf. Renowned for their mastery of the avant-garde, the exhibition explored the duo’s career-defining ethos
of wearable art, throughout their illustrious 25-year career.
Until 27 February 2016. www.ngv.vic.gov.au
Bon Iver, Music Hall of Williamsburg, New York
Since the minute Bon Iver dropped his third studio album 22, A Million back in September, we haven’t been able to turn it off. We’ve also been desperate to see the man himself perform the album first hand, and with almost two weeks of live dates on offer in New York this month, it’s possible. When it comes to optimum Bon Iver intimacy, we suggest the Music Hall of Williamsburg.
3 – 14 December www.musichallofwilliamsburg.com
Eric Baudelaire, A Form that Accommodates the Mess, Barbara Wien Gallery, Berlin
Having transitioned from the social sciences to the field of art, Eric Baudelaire’s journey to becoming an artist was anything but conventional. Often referencing sound, image, oral history and historical narratives in his work, the visual artist and filmmaker is perhaps best known for his short films Letters To Max and The Ugly One that have both been both selected for international film festivals.
9 December 2016 – 10 February 2017 www.barbarawien.de
Infinite Mix, Hayward Gallery, London
The Hayward Gallery had to extend this video art show’s run until 11th December because of its huge popularity. Which means you have just 1/3 of the month to catch this incredible series of audio-visual artworks from the likes of Jeremy Deller, Kahlil Joseph and Ugo Rondinone. Be warned though: it’s not at its usual Southbank location, but in the gallery’s temporary venue at 180 The Strand.
Until 11 December theinfinitemix.com
Zaha Hadid: Early Paintings & Drawings, Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London
2016 saw the sad passing of the visionary architect. Head down to the Serpentine’s Sackler Gallery to look at the abstraction, explosion, deconstruction and mass production at the heart of Zaha Hadid’s earlier works.
8 December 2016 – 12 February 2016 serpentinegalleries.org
Rise Festival, Les Deux Alpes, France
If you’re more into the après-ski than the skiing, look no further than Rise Festival. Taking place at an altitude of 2,600m in Les Deux Alpes, the mountain festival boasts a stellar line-up of house and techno artists including Seth Troxler, Artwork, Bondax and Richy Ahmed, all playing in the midst of the snow-capped mountains.
10 – 17 December. www.risefestival.co.uk
Main image: If You Leave, Image curated by Ain’t Bad, Photography Cristina Coral