Around the World: From giant skull-ptures in Paris to “Ugly Paintings” in NYC

Around the World: From giant skull-ptures in Paris to “Ugly Paintings” in NYC

by Robyn Pullen
6 min

What’s happening around the world this week? We’re glad you asked. As per, we’ve compiled a complete list of all the must-see events, from gallery exhibitions to parties to immersive experiences, that you can hit up over the next few days wherever you are in the world. From Paris’ morbid sculptural installation to New York’s skin-crawling art exhibition, it’s a bit of a weird one. But we know you’ll love it.

Poet Suzannah Pettigrew takes over Dover Street Market, Paris

Dover Street Market’s concept space in Paris has welcomed a variety of artists in the past, but this time it’s being taken over by multidisciplinary artist, Suzannah Pettigrew. Hosted at Dover Street Market 3537 in Paris, the four day exhibition sets out to “decode” Suzannah’s life works, from photography to poetry and particular focusing on her personal project titled “A Sphinx Looking for a Poet”, attempting to offer a deeper insight into the meaning behind her art. Visiting the exhibition in Paris feels like walking into Suzannah Pettrigrew’s own mind, a beautiful portrayal of her navigation through love, grief, sorrow, gratitude, and ultimately life.

Dover Street Market Paris / Suzannah Pettigrew©

In Dallas, David-Jeremiah’s graphic art is layered with meaning

An exhibition showcasing the works of graphic artist, David-Jeremiah, has opened in Dallas, and will be available to view until August 5th. As a previous winner of the 2020 Nasher Sculpture Center Artist Grant Award, David-Jeremiah is an artist who doesn’t just create art that’s immersive but it’s also thought-provoking, making comments on his experiences living in America as a black creative. If you’re into comic-book style graphic art and vivid sculptures, plus a few layers of depth, this is the exhibition for you.

Meliksetian / David-Jeremiah©

Let it rain with Undercloud’s launch at Fitzroy, Berlin

This Thursday, Berlin’s collective Undercloud is inviting you to attend a sunset to sunrise setup featuring a lineup of DJs, including Acidfinky, silver pearl and DJ Strawberry, a select group of music artists who focus on the bouncier side of house, breaks and bass. The event’s launching at Fitzroy, a club space in the heart of Berlin known for hosting non-stop day-to-night events. Will you be hitting up Berlin to party with Undercloud this Thursday? 

@_djstrawberry ©

A collision of old and new in Japanese graphic art just off the streets of London

Hosted at Japan House, London, “WAVE: Currents in Japanese Graphic Arts” is an art exhibition featuring works from 60 artists practising what’s known as “Japanese Graphic Arts”, including pieces from Tanaami Keiichi and Yumura Teruhiko. It’s an explosion of tradition and modernity translated to canvas, exploring the combination of fine art, counterculture, and commercial illustration within Japanese graphic arts, a modern medium that blends the old and the new. Open until August 6th with tickets available to purchase.

Japan House / WAVE©

A New York photography exhibition that’s realer than real

American photographer, Lee Friedlander, known for his realistic and honest portrayals of urban social landscapes, is having 45 of his most iconic as well as some lesser-known photographs showcased in New York. Curated by Joel Coen, the director behind the likes of “Fargo,” and “The Big Lebowski” and a long admirer of Lee Friedlander’s work, the exhibition is a display of photography capturing real people, moments, and places. Hit up the exhibition, open until 28th July.

Nahmad Contemporary / Lee Friedlander©

Heads will roll at Ron Mueck’s installation in Paris

Artist Ron Mueck seems to be bringing the catacombs of Paris to the city’s surface in his new exhibition which features giant sculptures of chalk-white skulls. Found at The Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, the Australian artist’s giant installation is something crazy to see. Titled “Mass” the installation includes one hundred giant human skulls piled high inside the gallery space. If morbid curiosity gets the better of you, you can hit up the installation up until November this year.

The Fondation Cartier / Ron Mueck©

Head to NYC for art with an ugly side at “Ugly Painting”
Whilst we normally go to galleries to see art portraying startling beauty, “Ugly Painting”, an exhibition hosted by the Nahmad Contemporary in NYC, is placing the focus on the opposite. Featuring paintings that deliberately utilise grotesque, garish painting styles as well as subject matters, the exhibition is intended to make you feel slimy, itchy, and uncomfortable just from looking at it. It might seem jarring, but the reality is that life can be dirty and messy, and that’s part of its appeal. Maybe you’ll find a new love for “Ugly Paintings”, open till August 26th.

@nahmadcontemporary ©

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