Art Sensus has quickly turned around an exhibition of the recently deceased photographer, Eve Arnold. Famous mostly for her Marilyn Monroe portraits, this exhibition also reveals her documentary work in the Far East. It opens March 2nd. Throughout March, The Mayor Gallery exhibits the work of Armando and Bernard Aubertin. Aubertin’s red monochromes and experimentations with fire will be on display. At the very end of the month, The Whitechapel Gallery opens a Gillian Wearing exhibition. And more photography comes this month in the form of Raeda Saadeh’s True Tales, Fairy Tales at Rose Issa Projects, a gallery that focuses on visual art from the Arab world.
The fairly young and very talented Swedish painter, Alexander Klingspor exhibits from what I think is the first time in London. His new body of work, Transformations, touches a little on the surreal but captures beautiful scenes of movement and transition. Sprovieri has been showcasing some wonderful work of late and that trend continues with Boris Mikhailov’s eccentric triptychs. And finally, tonight’s pick of the First Thursday exhibitions is Charli Clark and Caroline Jane Harris’ In this Together, which shows at Arbeit until March 11th.
In cinema, I’m very excited to see that Markus Schleinzer, casting director for Michael Haneke, releases his debut feature Michael. The film centres around a paedophile who keeps a child in his basement. Every bit a Haneke protégée. Michael Winterbottom releases Trishna that received high praise at the London Film Festival last year, starring Freida Pinto. The Danish classic Ordet is re-released, catch it at the BFI – a must for any cinephile. Oscar-nominated In Darkness gives Polish cinema a welcome boost as the legacy of Wajda and Kieslowski can only be revisited so often. Director Agnieszka Holland has worked with both legendary directors previously.
However, film of the month without question goes to Once Upon a Time in Anatolia. Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan is cementing himself as one of the greatest living directors, and this looks like a typical tense and thrilling piece of art. Another of those greatest living directors, Werner Herzog spends time with a death row inmate in Into the Abyss. Lastly, after the success of A Separation, Iranian cinema is on a high. The documentary This is Not a Film follows with an international release – Film writer, David Katz will bring a review to the Wolf in early April.
As for the Wolf this month. We are delighted to have the new website running, with only a few more wrinkles to iron out. We’re also sorting through the many responses to our calls for contributors so expect a whole new range of content to blossom this spring. Hopefully with a few new section editors in place. What is concrete this month is our look at regions of Europe fighting and lobbying for independence from their state. We start, of course, with Scotland next week. And then travel to Nagorno-Karakabh and Transnistria, followed by the Basque region and Catalonia. A much-promised new Chronograph and An Introduction to… feature. Plus, we have a report on what’s next for the Occupy LSX group, post-St Paul’s. We also should be adding an exciting new video to the Auricle, a stop motion video with the Israeli graffiti artists, the Broken Fingaz crew.