Ana Mendieta ‘Traces’ at the Hayward Gallery

24 September – 15 December 2013

The Hayward Gallery exhibition on Ana Mendieta is billed as the first retrospective of this major artist’s work to be presented in the UK.  “Focusing on her later pieces, the exhibition reveals the full breadth of her work and her unique practice in a wide variety of media, from photography to film, sculpture to drawing” Hayward Gallery.

Gill Perry wrote about Ana Mendieta in Book 1 of AA318 Art of the Twentieth Century, an Open University course which addresses the fundamental changes that have taken place in the concepts and practices of art during the twentieth century. Interest in modern art in Britain has never been higher: an interest stimulated both by the international success of a new generation of British artists during the 1990s, and by the opening of Tate Modern in 2000.  For more details please go to our courses website.

Details of the exhibition at the Hayward Gallery

University of the Air, An arts project celebrating research at the OU

In September 1963, Harold Wilson launched the idea of the ‘University of the Air’ which became The Open University (OU), receiving its Royal Charter in 1969.

To celebrate the role of research at the OU, an innovative arts commission was launched for artists and curators of all media to deliver one of four art projects around the themes of design and technology, arts and humanities, science and social science. Each project is based in one of the four UK nations: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

The works are designed to demonstrate and celebrate the impact of OU research on society, promote innovation and excellence in the Arts and provide a memorable audience experience

The four commissioned artists in the ‘University of the Air’ project have created a range of cutting edge work. Each one will be available to visit during November and December.

You can view England: Caroline Devine – ‘On Air’ at the OU Campus, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA on Saturday 9 November and Sunday 10 November (2-4pm). 

For details of the exhibitions in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales please go to the Open Arts Archive, ‘University of the Air’.  The exhibitions are being recorded and will be displayed on the OAA.

James Turrell on the OAA

The US-based Complex Art + Design blog is running a ‘Best of 2013 (so far)’ series including identifying its choice of the most important artists of 2013 (so far). At number 2 it has James Turrell,  who has three simultaneous exhibitions this year at the Guggenheim Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. A short film of Turrell’s work at Yorkshire Sculpture Park can be viewed on The Open Arts Archive.

Agnes Martin in the news

Agnes Martin has been in the news this week as her work features in the current exhibition at the Mayor GalleryThe Nature of Women (5 June until 26 July) features six female abstract artists, among them Agnes Martin, Aurélie Nemours and Lisa Corrine Davis. Furthermore, two of Martin’s paintings are also new to the Kunsthaus, Zurich in their latest exhibition (7 June – 8 September) of the Hubert Looser collection.

Agnes Martin was the subject of a conference at Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge that can be viewed on the Open Arts Archive at