Personal record … John Lennon and Yoko Ono at the Museum of Syracuse, 1971. Photograph: Jonas Mekas This article titled “The Jonas Mekas effect and Mariko Mori’s seasonal show – the week in art” was written by Jonathan Jones, for theguardian.com on Friday 7th December 2012 12.19 UTC Exhibition of the week: Jonas Mekas
Jonas Mekas has been a hero of the New York art scene since the 1960s. He is not just an underground film-maker but the organiser and orchestrator of an entire cultural movement of alternative cinema that transformed ways of making art 50 years ago and still resonates today. Mekas helped Andy Warhol to become a film-maker and provided a personal record of Warhol and other avant garde figures, as well as of New York, in his own film diaries. Back then it seemed a strange idea for artists to make deadpan visual records of real life. Today the radical idea of everyday cinema that Mekas pioneered is everywhere in art galleries. Here is an artist who has truly shaped our time. • Serpentine Gallery, London W2 until 27 January 2013 Other exhibitions this week Mariko Mori Rituals of the New Year are given a fantastical kitsch twist by Japan’s art pop star in a proper seasonal show. • Royal Academy, London W1S from 13 December until 17 February 2013 Jim Shaw Shaw is a superbly imaginative graphic artist with a surreal take on life, and this is the first big British survey of his work. • Baltic, Gateshead NE8 until 17 February Matt Saunders Prints made on light-sensitive paper and a film feature in this exhibit called Century Rolls. • Tate Liverpool, Liverpool L3 until 20 January 2013 Kevin Harman This exhibition offers subversive meditations on portraiture involving mirrors and “pixel portraits”. • Ingelby Gallery, Edinburgh EH8 until 22 December Masterpiece of the week Still Life With Apples and a Pomegranate by Gustave Courbet. Photograph: Interfoto/Alamy Still Life with Apples and a Pomegranate (1871-72) by Gustave Courbet This painting is a crabbed, shadowy, gnarled thing that lodges in the mind and never leaves. Like an ugly memory, it haunts and troubles me. Courbet was being persecuted for his politics – he was a leader of the Paris Commune – when he painted this. It has his pain deeply encrusted into every apple skin. • National Gallery, London WC2N Image of the week The Copan Building in São Paulo, designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, who has died aged 104. Photograph: Sebastiao Moreira/EPA What we learned this week All about the real Oscar Niemeyer, after his death aged 104 That 2012 Turner prize winner Elizabeth Price was in 80s indie band Talulah Gosh And exactly how she feels about the Ebacc How the Louvre is rejuvenating a French mining town That pavements of the future might be bouncy And a house made of polystyrene has won the RIBA Silver Medal A Raphael drawing has fetched a record £29.7m at auction And finally … Do you want a job as a gallery assistant? There’s a new Share your art theme. Get sending your works now Follow us on Twitter Have you seen our Tumblr?
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