With a whole lot of exhibitions and occasions vying on your consideration in London throughout Frieze week, Apollo’s editors pick the exhibits they don’t need to miss
The poet and artist Julian Knox, who goes by the title Julianknxx, journeyed to 9 European cities – Lisbon, Hamburg, Berlin, Marseille, Antwerp, Barcelona, Rotterdam, Amsterdam and London – to movie encounters with Black communities. The ensuing set up, Refrain in Rememory of Flight, now on the Barbican Centre’s Curve Gallery (till 11 February 2024), options a number of screens displaying footage of the ocean, cityscapes and our bodies dancing, singing or sleeping, stitched collectively by the sound of Knox reciting poetry. It types a deeply private meditation on the historical past of migration (civil conflict compelled Knox and his household to go away Sierra Leone when the artist was 9). In St James’s Church in Piccadilly, Knox will probably be performing reside with a group choir on 14 October, as a part of a wider programme curated by Ekow Eshun to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the baptism of the abolitionist Quobna Ottobah Cugoano.
In the meantime, the Dulwich Image Gallery is taking an in depth have a look at Rubens’s relationship with and depictions of ladies (a subject Fatema Ahmed writes about within the October concern of Apollo). The present (till 28 January 2024) consists of tender portraits of the painter’s first spouse, Isabella Brant, and his daughter Clara Serena, alongside extravagantly dressed aristocrats and lavish depictions of breast-feeding goddesses (there aren’t sufficient pictures of breast-feeding in artwork). Probably the most surreal and spectacular work is The Start of the Milky Approach (1637), by which the goddess Juno sits on clouds, squeezing streams of breastmilk previous the chubby toddler Hercules on her knee to create a brand new galaxy.
The Los Angeles-based artist Martine Syms – one of many artists chosen for the Apollo 40 Underneath 40 USA – makes use of a variety of media to problem and satirise societal expectations. In three new video works on present at Sadie Coles HQ in London (till 4 November), Syms collages collectively surveillance footage, movie clips and textual content messages to look at the ways in which enhancing can alter our perspective on an individual. These video works are proven inside an set up of photographic wallpapers depicting on a regular basis objects blown as much as a monumental scale, and drawings that mix journalistic commentary with stream of consciousness jottings and diagrammatic illustrations.