Renewal Through Art

LONDON’S WHITECHAPEL GALLERY HAS UNDERGONE A FACELIFT WITH ENGLISH ARTIST RACHEL WHITEREAD’S TREE OF LIFE FRIEZE.

Also present at the unveiling was film director and artistic director of the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics, Danny Boyle. Symbolizing social renewal through art, the Tree of Life was a prominent theme of the 19th century Arts and Crafts movement. The frieze represents Whiteread’s reinterpretation of a design made for the building earlier but never realized.

The Water Tower, completed in New York in 1998 by Whiteread, who first drew attention with her work House in 1993, still stands as a lasting public monument.

HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE CINEMA
The International Film Festival WATCH DOCS Human Rights in Film, December 7 to 17, is one of the biggest of its kind in the world. Running simultaneously in Warsaw and Lublin, the festival has four permanent and two thematic sections. For more information:
www.watchdocs.pl

WORDS AND COLORS
Mel Bochner’s If Colour Changes is another show on at Whitechapel Gallery through December 30. The show sets out Bochner’s awe in the face of color and language over a close to 50-year period.

A TURK IN LONDON
Sefer Memişoğlu is at Whitechapel Gallery through January 13, 2013, with his film Breeze, which was selected by the Artists’ Film International program held at Istanbul Modern.