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November 1, 2016

15 Things To Do This November

Everything you need to know going on around the world this month, from London to NYC and Amsterdam to Tokyo

  • Written by Brooke McCord

Teller on Mapplethorpe, Alison Jacques Gallery, London

Robert Mapplethorpe, Shoes on Plates, 1984

German-born photographer Juergen Teller has curated an exhibition of the late Robert Mapplethorpe’s work to commemorate what would have been his 70th birthday. The exhibition features 58 iconic images from Mapplethorpe’s archive, including two that Teller has enlarged to over 4 metres in scale that provide a backdrop to the space – one of the photographer’s first partner David Croland wearing a gag and one of model Marty Gibson nude at the beach.
18 November – 7 January.

Paris Photo, Grand Palais, Paris

Roger Steffens The Family Acid, BENRUBI

Roger Steffens The Family Acid, BENRUBI

For four days this month, the 20th edition of Paris Photo will take over the French Capital’s Grand Palais. An international art fair dedicated to the medium of photography since 1997, Paris Photo has grown to accommodate over 170 galleries showcasing contemporary and modern work by photographers from over 35 countries.  The programme of events also includes photobook awards, industry talks, round table discussions and the release of a special 20th anniversary publication.
10 – 13 November.

Andy Warhol: Idolized, David Benrimon Fine Art, New York


New York’s David Benrimon Fine Art gallery is hosting a solo exhibition of Andy Warhol’s work, titled Idolized. It features some of the artist’s most iconic paintings and screenprints and examines his ability to make a commentary on consumerism through the idolization of the mundane and familiar.
3 November – 16 December

Future Estates, The Royal Academy of Arts, London

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Ever find yourself following Twitter accounts with names like @BritBrutalismand @BrutalHouse, wandering London’s Golden Lane Estate, or reading magazines like The Modernist? Feed your inquisition with one of The Royal Academy of Arts’ architecture talks. Following on from their last debate, this talk explores the changing status of Britain’s post-war housing estates, estate regeneration and the alternatives that exist to avoid the growing threat of demolition.
November 28.

Chance The Rapper, Columbiahalle, Berlin

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Yesterday, Chance The Rapper announced via Twitter that he will be starring in Austin Vesley’s debut feature film Slice, slated for release in 2017. The trailer that accompanied the news sees Chance revving up a motorcycle, in what is believed to be a murder mystery movie. Before the rapper becomes Chance The Actor, we recommend catching him perform live in Berlin.
16 November.

Who What When Where How and Why, Newport Street Gallery, London

Gavin Turk 'Pop' 1993 © Gavin Turk

Gavin Turk ‘Pop’ 1993 © Gavin Turk

Marking the first major solo Gavin Turk exhibition since 2002, London’s Newport Street Gallery is set to showcase works that span three decades of the artist’s career. From Cave, (Turk’s now iconic blue installation that was originally part of his 1991 degree show) to Ariadne (a more recent bronze sculpture inspired by the paintings of Italian surrealist, De Chirico), the works featuring in the exhibition are part of gallery owner Damien Hirst’s personal collection.
23 November – 19 March.

Mike O’Meally’s 25 Years of Skate Photography, House of Vans, London

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Australian-born, LA-based photographer Mike O’Meally has spent over 25 years documenting skateboarding culture. Having taken photos of the likes of Tony Hawke and the late Dylan Rieder, and contributed to the likes of Thrasher and Palace’s recently-launched magazine, O’Meally has a talent for lensing both the skill of a skateboarder and their personality. There are currently over 500 of his photographs on display at London’s House of Vans, in a show dedicated to Rieder and the late skateboarder Van Wastell.
28 October – 20 November.

Clockenflap Festival, Hong Kong

Taking place on Hong Kong’s Central Harborfront, Clockenflap is the city’s oldest arts and music festival. Not only does the open-air event space offer a 360-degree panoramic view of Hong Kong’s iconic skyline, but the line-up is impressive, too. Now in its ninth year, the festival is set to host the likes of The Chemical Bothers, Foals, Crystal Castles, Sigur Ros and José Gonzalez.
25 – 27 November.

Toast and Tour: Night of Storytellers, Museum of Modern Art, New York


In addition to the Museum of Modern Art’s current Nan Goldin: The Ballad of Sexual Dependency exhibition that sees almost 700 snapshot like portraits that document domestic violence, drug use, love, sex and the effects of HIV and AIDS, MoMA are running a series of accompanying talks and events. Night of Storytellers offers gallery-goers the unique opportunity to visit both the Goldin exhibition and Teiji Furuhashi’s Lovers after-hours for an intimate discussion on how both are deeply tied to the possibilities of human empathy.
12 November.

Lazarus, Kings Cross Theatre, London

Following its debut in New York, David Bowie’s Lazarus has landed in London. The result of a final burst of creativity – that also gave us his final album Blackstar – before his untimely death, the hallucinatory musical (co-written with Enda Walsh) is based on the British sci-fi film The Man Who Fell to Earth, which sees Bowie play a humanoid alien who came to Earth in search of water, driven from drought on his own planet, before he is stranded and unable to die. The character is played by actor Michael C Hall, alongside fellow original cast members Michael Esper and Sophia Anne Caruso.
25 October – 21 January.

World Press Photo Exhibition, Southbank Centre, London

When you take into consideration the current political climate, the attacks of terror that have happened in just two years, the ongoing refugee crisis and the war in Syria, it’s no surprise that just viewing the photographs showcased in the 2016 World Press Photo exhibition is a deeply harrowing experience. Nothing is so successful in stopping someone to think as an image of the truth. The photojournalism on display taken throughout the last year is a hard-hitting reminder of the horror currently being faced around the world.
4 – 21 November.

International Documentary Film Festival, Rembrandtplein, Amsterdam

The International Documentary Film Festival brings together documentary film-makers and devoted fans in Amsterdam’s city centre. The films often offer the opportunity to gain a unique perspective of some of the world’s most well-hidden communities, poverty-stricken neighbourhoods, wealthy enclaves and never-before-exposed minorities. Often as poetic as they are powerful, the films are broadcast for three days all across the city.
16 – 18 November. 

Gimme Danger, ICA London

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American director Jim Jarmusch – the man behind Only Lovers Left Alive, Night on Earth and Stranger Than Paradise ­– has been working on a new release: Gimme Danger. Chronicling the story of legendary rock-n-roll band The Stooges, the film documents their blend of rock, blues, R&B, and free jazz and their aggressive approach to music that shook the status quo in the 1960s.
13 November.

After Womanhouse, Ace Hotel New York



Jennifer Shear, I Could Be Sleeping but Fighting Capitalism is More Important, 2016

The Ace Hotel’s Gallery presents After Womanhouse, a show curated by Picture Room as an homage to Judy Chicago and Miriam Shapiro’s original Womanhouse 1971 CalArts exhibition in which 21 female performance and installation artists created thematic work based on stereotypical tropes of “women’s work.” This new version brings together a selection of female artists addressing the same topic, from Kayla Ephros, Blanca Guerrero, Aidan Koch, Maia Ruth Lee and Jen Shear.
3rd November – 1st December.

Marina Abramović, Royal Festival Hall, London

Viennale 2012: 'Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present' at Gartenbaukino
Famed Serbian performance artist MarinaAbramović is giving an exclusive talk about her groundbreaking work at London’s Royal Festival Hall this month. Set to discuss everything from the time she turned her body into a canvas whilst studying as an art student in Belgrade in the 1970s to her collaborations with Lady Gaga and Jay-Z, Abramović will discuss how she has radically explored the relationship between artist and audience over the last 40 years.
7 November.


Main image: Massimo Vitali, Cefalu First Surf (3196), 2008. Chromogenic print © Massimo Vitali/Courtesy of Benrubi Gallery, NYC. Exhibitor : BENRUBI.


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