Edmund Gardener ‘Dazzle Ship’

Tate Liverpool, England

As it comes to the end of its year-long view, take your chance to visit the joint-commissioned ‘dazzle ship’ in one of Liverpool’s dry docks.

Designed by Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diaz, it is a contemporary version of the original dazzle ships that were in use during the First World War. Lavished in stripes of black, red, green and yellow, the boat stands out.

The system of ‘dazzling’ ships used disorienting shapes to make it difficult for enemy vessels to estimate the ship’s speed, range and direction of travel.

The now century-old idea was originally developed by Norman Wilkinson, a British marine artist, and was applied to over 2,000 ships during World War One. Overseeing the application was another artist, Edward Wadsworth, who would go on to produce a series of paintings on the subject – including Dazzle-ships in Drydock at Liverpool (1919). Each British dazzle design was unique, so a solid workforce was required. Many of the patterns were designed by women from the Royal Academy of Arts, London.

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‘Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design’

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Africa

This exhibition showcases work from a variety of fields and disciplines, including furniture design, graphic arts, fashion, architecture, art, craft, film and photography.

‘Making Africa’ juxtaposes art from the mid-20th Century, when the continent was celebrating liberation from colonialism and looking forward to a more positive future, with more recent work.

The exhibition does not pose a comprehensive picture of design in Africa because the continent – which comprises ’54 nations, more than 2000 languages and cultures, and a billion inhabitants,’ – is, ‘simply too large, too complex and too diverse for that.’ Instead, it offers a new story.

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‘Metageography. Space – Image – Action.’

The State Tretyakon Gallery, Russia

‘In the late 1960s when air travel was commonplace and the first photos of Earth from space appeared, perceptions of time and space underwent a radical change.’

‘Metageography’ places artistic responses to the change alongside the experiences of art historians and geographers from three generations between the 1960s and 2000s.

This exhibition’s concept, which hankers around a milestone in human history, is an incredibly interesting one. At this time, our direction of perception changed: from outwards, inwards. From that point onwards, Earth was not solely our base, but a small feature in a massive horizon filled with darkness.

The exhibition, which forms part of a special sixth Moscow biennale of contemporary art, includes work from artists Nadezhda Anfalova, Francisco Infante and Olga Zovskaya.

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‘Conversations through the Asian collections’

Art Gallery of News South Wales, Australia

This exhibition, which aims to create ‘dynamic conversations’ between old and new works of Asian art, is now in its second stage – having been renewed with several additions to its collection.

One of the recent acquisitions of the exhibition is a set of six paintings by Zhang Xiaogang. These works, which include his ‘Bloodline: Big Family’ and ‘Amnesia and Memory’ series from the 1990s, document his contemplations on human nature and change – particularly the change he himself has observed after living through very different periods in China’s recent past.

‘Conversations’ is described as a ‘unique chance to see… contemporary works beside the historical art that inform and inspires them.’

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Lara Stace, Editor (Art)