L.A. electronica and art book emporia. This weekend in Belgium

Olivier Kosta-Théfaine, Brussels

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French-born and self-taught Olivier Kosta-Théfaine started out as a graffiti artist before graduating to established galleries, though his art is still heavily inspired by his urban surroundings and street culture. He says he sees the city and its suburbs as his muse. “I just use what I see, what I live, because it is what I know. I also often say that I am something equivalent to a sampler: my environment is the subject of my art. I do not have to create, just to observe, then translate.”

Opening 21st March, 18h00
Alice Gallery, Rue du pays de Liège 4 Land van Luikstraat – 1000 Brussels
www.alicebxl.com  

Vincent Delbrouck, Brussels

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Local photographer Vincent Delbrouck, who we recently interviewed here, combines a number or different elements in his work; from pictures and notes to letters and poems, and merges them to create a captivating blend of reality and fiction.“I am influenced more by what’s outside rather than working from within. Instead of working in terms of ‘projects’ I see my creative pattern as being based more on ‘energy’ – an intuitive approach I cannot entirely understand or explain,” says the artist.

Until 5th May
Contretype Gallery, Avenue de la Jonction 1 Verbindingslaan – 1060 Brussels
www.contretype.org

PA/PER VIEW, Brussels

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Print is not dead! This weekend Wiels is running the annual art book fair PA/PER VIEW, a three-day event for lovers of printed words and images. Curated by Frances Horn, the fair brings together more than 35 leading art book publishers – from Belgian Art Paper Editions and Theophile’s Papers, to Roma Publications from the Netherlands and France’s Paraguay Press. An absolute must for lovers of art and print alike.

From 22nd to 24th March
Wiels, Avenue Van Volxemlaan 354 – 1190 Brussels
www.paperviewartbookfair.org

Artists Print, Komplot

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Artists Print is a bit like PA/PER VIEW’s younger and more alternative sister, boasting a selection that focuses more on less-established publishers. This two-day book bash is also offering up some live performance and a special vinyl sale by Shelter Press. Don’t miss the lovely Felicia Atkinson, who we recently interviewed here.

From 23rd to 24th March
Komplot, Avenue Van Volxemlaan 295 – 1190 Brussels
www.kmplt.be 

Manuel Larrazábal Scano and Antonio Guiotto

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The exhibition project ‘coloc’ is the result of a dialogue between two Italian-born artists, Manuel Larrazábal Scano and Antonio Guiotto. They are the first participants in what is to become an on-going series of artistic conversations, the concept being that two artists create art together in the same space, in a city where they’ve never been exhibited before, travelling with just a single piece of hand luggage. Bound to be interesting.

Until 6th April
Anyspace, Rue Van Eyckstraat 59 – 1050 Brussels
www.anyspace.be

Changing States: Contemporary Irish Art And Francis Bacon’s Studio, Brussels

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“If paintings had voices, Francis Bacon’s would shriek” is how The New York Times describes the Irish painter. Bozar is now paying tribute to the provocative ‘master of the macabre’ with an exhibition that includes personal and unfinished pieces from Bacon’s studio, but also the works of a new generation of Irish artistic talent. An interesting mix of old and new that includes pieces from Katie Holten, Brian Maguire, Dorothy Cross and more.

Until 19th May
Bozar Centre of Fine Arts, Rue Ravensteinstraat 23 – 1000 Brussels
www.bozar.be

Sébastien Bonin, Brussels

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SUZY CREAMCHEESE is the title of Belgian photographer Sébastien Bonin‘s latest exhibition. Sébastien, whom you’ve probably already come across on the fashion pages of The Word, demonstrates an entirely different side of his photographic work with this show, playing with the viewer’s perception and perspective; starry skies that turn out to be cardboard in a studio, and other trickery.

Until 13th April
C L E A R I N G, Avenue Louise 292 Louizalaan – 1000 Brussels
www.c-l-e-a-r-i-n-g.com

Mark Hagen, Brussels

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“Mark Hagen, with his Californian, abstract, post-minimal paintings is by far one of the best artists to come out of the Los Angeles art scene,” photographer and designer Hedi Slimane recently told i-D Online. Hagen is an artist who rejects hierarchy and challenges traditional ways of presenting and enjoying art, and Almine Rech is now presenting this rising star’s first solo exhibition in Brussels, focusing on new paintings – his ‘cast tile’ paintings will be on show for the very first time – and sculptures, which interact with the gallery space itself.

Until 10th April
Almine Rech Gallery, Rue de l’Abbaye 20 Abdijstraat – 1050 Brussels
www.alminerech.com

Dan Perjovschi, Brussels

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Dan Perjovschi is a Romanian artist, writer and cartoonist who started out making political drawings and cartoons for a magazine in his home country. His satirical, witty creations comment on our modern political reality and currently grace the walls of museums and art centres the world over, including New York’s Museum of Modern Art. “I look at things with a critical eye, I am open to the paradoxes. But my humour is not cynical, it is informed by empathy,” he recently told the BBC.

Until 8th May
Sorry We’re Closed, Rue de la Régence 65A Regentschapsstraat- 1000 Brussels
www.sorrywereclosed.com

Tauba Auerbach, Brussels

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Californian artist Tauba Auerbach is one of
 the art horizon’s fastest rising stars. With 
the exhibition ‘Tetrachromat’, Wiels explores her vibrant and colourful world of paintings, drawings, photographs and books. Her most prominent work to date is her ‘fold’ series. Before spray-painting the canvas, the artist twists, folds, irons or presses it in order to embed folds into the material, resulting in large-scale, textural paintings stretching the boundaries of two- and three-dimensionality, toying with the perception of space. “At the root of my interest is the question of what consciousness is: what it’s made of and what its limitations might be”, she recently told Art in America.

Opening 22nd March, 18h30
Wiels, Avenue Van Volxemlaan 354 – 1190 Brussels
www.wiels.org

Nosaj Thing, Brussels

Following up on his debut album ‘Drift’, Los Angeeles-based electronic music-maker Jason Chung a.k.a. Nosaj Thing released his sophomore record ‘Home’ in January, and scored a whole lot of praise from music guru website Pitchfork: “Home is an ace of a second album, one which maintains the most important elements of Chung’s painstakingly crafted sound while progressing nicely into a friendlier arena,” they write. Check him out this weekend live in Brussels.

24th March, 18h30
VK, Rue de L’Ecole 76 Schoolstraat – 1080 Brussels
www.vkconcerts.be

Ed Templeton, Antwerp

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Photographer and former professional skateboarder Ed Templeton, who lives and works in California, started out photographing the skater scene around him before turning his lens on everything else, including his personal life. Templeton’s images are a mix of social documentary and personal expression, and explore subjects like teenage smokers or kissing youngsters. The Huffington Post praises his “fascination for overlooked slices of humanity.” With ‘Symptoms’, Tim Van Laere Gallery is showcasing not only a selection of photographs but also, for the first time, paintings on large-scale sheets of paper.

Opening 21st March
Tim Van Laere Gallery, Verlatstraat 23-25 – 2000 Antwerp
www.timvanlaeregallery.com

Anders Petersen, Antwerp

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Swedish photographer Anders Petersen, Arle’s ‘Photographer of the Year’ in 2002, can look back on a very productive career with countless international exhibitions and more than 20 published books. He rose to fame with his depictions of late-night regulars at a Hamburg bar, and has a particular interest in people in prisons, nursing homes and mental hospitals. This exhibition at Stieglitz 19 features a sensitive black-and-white exploration of London’s Soho district. “His new images – which have all the graininess and character of another age – pick out the messy human heart that beats beneath the gloss,” writes The Guardian, calling him “a veteran chronicler of the grittier and seedier side of city life.”

Opening 23rd March, 16h30
Stieglitz 19, Klapdorp 2 – 2000 Antwerp
www.stieglitz19.be

Norio Imai, Antwerp

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Running parallel to a Norio Imai retrospective in New York’s Guggenheim, Antwerp’s Axel Vervoordt Gallery is hosting a solo exhibition of the Japanese artist. A member of the Japanese avant-garde movement, Gutai, the artist has a maxim: everything you create has to be truly original, and he sets out to do exactly this. At the center of this show is the colour white, which the artist sees as a non-colour that combines all colours in perfect harmony; the all-white sculptures stand for the hope for a new beginning, and a purer world.

Until 21st April
Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Oude Koornmarkt 16 – 2000 Antwerp
www.axel-vervoordt.com

Hindu Nights, Ghent

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Hindu Nights is one of Belgium’s few indie nights out, and the first edition of 2013 kicks off with a live gig by none other than London indie rock five-piece The Rifles. The show is followed by a DJ set and will feature hits from the likes of The Kinks and Franz Ferdinand to Bloc Party, Tame Impala and The Smiths.

23rd March, 23h00
Vooruit, Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 23 – 9000 Ghent
www.vooruit.be