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Experimental works to look out for at PAD London 2018

 

Guglielmo Poletti at Rossana Orlandi

PAD London returns to its traditional Mayfair spot for the 12th edition of its week-long showcase of design, art and craftsmanship from the best European galleries. The fair’s unique combination of midcentury, antique and contemporary works will be on display, with new and established talent offering a broad view of creativity and craftsmanship. Here, we select our top picks to look out for…

Amelie Marei Loellmann at Galerie Gosserez

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Oceania review – marvels of the human mind that were ripped off by modernists

‘A freedom that left Picasso and Matisse running to catch up’ … a female tattooed figure, 18th or early 19th century, Aitutaki, Cook Islands. Photograph: Five Continents Museum, Munich

‘A freedom that left Picasso and Matisse running to catch up’ … a female tattooed figure, 18th or early 19th century, Aitutaki, Cook Islands. Photograph: Five Continents Museum, Munich

In around 1900, an artist portrayed a woman with an oval abstract face bisected by a long rigid slash of a nose, who sits with her legs wide apart to expose her triangular pubic hair framing a well-observed vagina. And no, this artist was not Picasso.

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Elmgreen & Dragset: ‘Making art is a headache. Only 2.5% of it is fun’

From gay urinals to a Prada store in the Texas desert, the Scandinavian duo are as playful as they are provocative – as their clashes with Boris Johnson over the fourth plinth rocking horse proved

Handy … the Prada store that was dropped near Valentine, Texas; the duo’s new show is at the Whitechapel gallery in London. Photograph: Matt Slocum/AP

There’s something hanging in the Berlin studio of Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset that is unusual even by their peculiar standards. At first glance, it’s just a punchbag. But, as you approach it, you notice that its blue fabric is decorated with the stars of the European Union. “We’re calling it Anger Management,” chuckles Elmgreen. “We might offer Boris Johnson a 10% discount.”

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‘Breathtakingly beautiful’: Kew’s Temperate House

Five-year project involved moving 10,000 plants and replacing 15,000 panes of glass

Kew’s Temperate House reopens. Photograph: Alicia Canter for the Guardian

After five years, 10,000 plants uprooted and replanted, 15,000 panes of glass replaced, 69,000 sections of metal, stone and timber repaired or replaced, enough scaffolding to stretch the length of the M25, and £41m spent, the largest Victorian glasshouse in the world is ready to open its doors again. The Temperate House in Kew Gardens is once again, as the naturalist Sir David Attenborough describes it, “a breathtakingly beautiful space”.

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Sex, drugs and social media

Sugar, shopping, cash, drugs, booze and smartphones … this great show details how artists have responded – and succumbed – to addictive vices down the ages

Blue-faced corporate trolls … a still from Feed Me, 2013 at the new Science Gallery. Photograph: Rachel Maclean

Can you become addicted to getting a bunch of psychedelic cats aligned in a row? I’ve got to admit it gave me a warm glow when I “won” while playing an interactive artwork by Katriona Beales that mimics online gambling. The pleasure persisted even when her “game” informed me it had been compiling data based on my eye movements.

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Knock knock review – ‘I like a laugh as much as the next miserable critic!’

There are old jokes, new jokes, even Welsh sheep jokes. But the real star of this show about humour in art is the rescued fire station much of it is housed in

Eyes that follow you round the room … Ryan Gander, Dominae Illud Opus Populare, 2016. Photograph: Ryan Gander. Courtesy the artist and Lisson Gallery.

Knock Knock! Who’s there? A Welshman overly fond of sheep. Rodney Graham, seated on a park bench, eyeing the world through two small holes torn in the newspaper he’s pretending to read. A clown and a tin-foil flailing rock-god guitarist. Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse and the real Snow White. Here comes everybody.

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Could a grid of giant filters help clean up Delhi’s polluted air?

Dubai-based architecture studio Znera has developed a concept for a network of towers that would absorb smog. Photograph: Znera/World Architecture Festival

 

Thinking big in the fight against smog, architects have designed 100m-high pollution-absorbing towers for India’s capital city

The Indian capital regularly tops lists of the most polluted cities on earth and its residents even refer to the months when a confluence of events – crop burning, no rain, fireworks – leads to low visibility and breathability as “smog season”.

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The Clock review – ‘The longer you watch it, the more addictive it becomes’

 Christian Marclay’s epic work – a clock created from film clips that tells the actual time – ought to be bleak. But time really does fly when you watch this 24-hour miracle

Time’s up … Christian Marclay’s The Clock. Photograph: White Cube

 

It’s 8.10am and I’m late for my appointment at Tate Modern. I watch the faces of passengers as the train pulls into London Bridge. It’s a Monday and the time is going too fast. One man sweats as he checks his watch. On his way to a bank heist, perhaps.

I didn’t think any of that on my train at the time, though. I revisited my journey after sinking into a white sofa and watching The Clock, Christian Marclay’s epic montage of film clips featuring clockfaces that tells the actual time. Only then, gazing at the cinema screen that’s been built at Tate Modern, did I understand that everyone on a rush-hour train is united by something magical: we’re all sharing the same instant in time.

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Costumed canines by William Wegman – in pictures

Igor or Ivan

Since the 1970s, the American artist William Wegman has photographed his dogs in a variety of poses; now a collection of his Polaroids is being exhibited in the UK for the first time. The series started with Man Ray, named after the surrealist artist, followed by Fay Ray and several generations of her puppies. All of them are Weimaraners: “As pointer-retrievers, they have an innate ability to hold still and focus,” explains Wegman.

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Zaha Hadid’s only house in Russian forest

New photographs and a movie reveal Zaha Hadid’s only completed private residence – a house in the Barvikha Forest near Moscow, for a man she called the “Russian James Bond”.

The late Iraqi-British architect designed Capital Hill Residence for businessman and philanthropist Vladislav Doronin, who runs property companies Capital Group and OKO Group, and is also the owner of luxury hotel and resort brand Aman.

The house’s defining feature is a master suite set atop a slender concrete stalk that raises it high above the tree canopy.

Set 22 metres above the ground, this element of the design offers Doronin complete seclusion. Glazed walls, tucked back from the edge of the floor to create two balconies, afford views out over the tree tops.

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