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Art musts of the week: 31 MArch - 6 April 2014

  • By Alexia Werrie

What You must see: Tracey Emin's Neon Signs in Las Vegas

Young British Artist, Tracey Emin is known for her text-based neon works, so Las Vegas seems like a logical choice for her next installation. She will bring her neon signage to Sin City's Cosmopolitan Casino.

For a project called "I Promise to Love You," six of Emin's artworks will appear as digital renderings on all the casino's LED screens as part of "PAUSE," a public art project at the Cosmopolitan. Unlike her works made from neon lights, Emin's messages will move across the screens of the casino as if they are being written across the building.

Emin's creations will appear every hour for three minutes on eight of the casino's screens until February 2015.

What you must have: Robert Mapplethorpe , Official Catalogue

Robert Mapplethorpe was one of the great masters of art photography. He produced highly stylised black and white portraits, nudes and still lifes. Over and above the erotic power that made Mapplethorpe’s work famous, the exhibition presents the classic dimension of the artist’s work and his search for aesthetic perfection, through over 200 images that span his career from the early 1970s to his untimely death in 1989.

What you must know: Artists come out in support of Ukraine

A Kiev-based organisation has attracted dozens of international artists to create works supporting Ukraine’s Euromaidan protesters, which toppled President Viktor Yanukovych in February and continue to fight against Russia’s annexation of Crimea last month.

Photographs, graphic art, videos and statements of support by artists including the American painter Fred Tomaselli and the Egyptian-Lebanese media artist Lara Baladi have been posted online as part of the initiative "Artists Support Ukraine". The artists said they began “to despair of Russia’s actions and [feel] shame for some friends”, hinting at the group of intellectuals and museum professionals who signed a letter supporting Putin’s actions in March. The Russian government uses “power and a lie”, AES+F said in its message, both against Ukraine and against its own citizens. “Kiev’s unique experience gives everyone hope. We understand it and support you in the pursuit of freedom.”


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