Sifting through some of the photo news that’s come my way this week, here’s a quick round up of some of shows and events that are worth keeping an eye on.
- The Austerity Games
“…we had to make our own uniforms by sewing Union Jack badges onto our tracksuits” (Audrey Mitchell, 200m silver)
The Austerity Games is an ongoing study of senior British Olympians by photographer Joseph Turp and is showing at The Cloister’s, People’s Palace, Queen’s Building, Queen Mary, University of London. Nearest tube Mile End (Central line).
From the news release: “The athletes were at the peak of their physical capabilities in 1948. Six decades on, their portraits reveal a different kind of physical magnificence. These elder statesmen of the games who competed in a post-war environment of scarcity are an inspiring and timely example for the 2012 Olympics and future games.
“My images aim to show the Olympians in glorious, honest detail; capturing the beauty of these lived-in faces. These portraits are a celebration of the 1948 London Olympics, and those who participated in them. The preparation for the 1948 ‘Austerity Games’ was chaotic. There was no time, no money, and little sponsorship. Athletes often had to fund their own transport, race without any knowledge of the track they were faced with, and bunk down in the nearest RAF barracks. There was no Olympic village, only an Olympic spirit. Despite this, ‘The Austerity Games’ were a great success, and boosted morale after the war.”
The Austerity Games is free of charge. The exhibition is open 27 July to 21 August 2009.
- Thomas Demand has a major new solo show coming up at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin from 18 September – 17 January 2010.
- First UK show of American photographer Ryan McGinley with Moonmilk at Alison Jacques Gallery from 11 September – 8 October. See Eric William Carroll’s AMP blog post Ryan McGinley Meet F Holland Day for an interesting comparison.
- 3rd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art from 25 September-25 October. “The 3rd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art will present groundbreaking work by artists from often marginalised centers of contemporary art such as Africa and Oceania, whilst maintaining the ethos of the first two Moscow Biennales by providing an international showcase for the cutting edge of Russian art.”
- Frieze Art Fair London, UK from 15-18 October. Now in its seventh year about 150 contemporary art galleries from around the world will be taking part. “The UK’s most important art event and one of the world’s most influential contemporary art fairs. The selected galleries will present outstanding work by over 1,000 of the world’s most innovative artists and these works will be presented alongside Frieze Art Fair’s unique curatorial programme of artists’ projects.”