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Viewing  The Ralph Saltzman Prize: an annual barometer of design ingenuity

London-based designer Attua Aparicio has scooped the Design Museum’s coveted Ralph Saltzman Prize 2024 for her ingenious confections of clay and borosilicate glass waste – a byproduct of scientific glass making. See her glistening furniture, vessels and lighting at the Design Museum.

The prize is an annual barometer of emerging design talent, awarded to mark the legacy of Ralph Saltzman, a design innovator who founded Designtex. Spanish-born winner Aparicio is a multidisciplinary artist whose work blurs the boundaries between design, craft and art with an inventive and playful spirit. The borosilicate glass gives a delicious lustre to her delightfully lumpen vases and towering furniture. Experience their charm at the Design Museum until 15 April.

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Dates
01 February 2024 — 15 April 2024
The sculptures in When forms come alive seem to defy gravity, burst from the walls, sprawl and multiply, making a journey around the Hayward Gallery full of surprises. Taking cues from human gestures, organic growth and the flow of molten metal, the artists delight in ambiguity and the physical art experience.

The exhibition opens with sculptures from the 1960s and 70s by post-minimalists, such as Lynda Benglis and Senga Nengudi. Along the way you’ll find the wobbly wonders of Franz West and Olaf Brzeski, a neon rollercoaster-like structure by EJ Hill and the kinetic works of Drift. When forms come alive majors on movement and tactility as an antidote to art in the digital realm. Put away your phones to fully immerse yourself in the show – though there’ll be plenty of instagram fodder if you can’t resist.

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Dates
07 February 2024 — 06 May 2024

Viewing The inner workings of Douglas Gordon’s brain at Gagosian

Sentence fragments, questions and phrases in multiple languages seem to ricochet around the Gagosian gallery in Douglas Gordon’s All I need is a little bit of everything. “I am the author of my own addictions,” declares one English message inscribed in the gallery wall, while “It’s coming” asserts an ominous red neon Japanese sign. Roaming the gallery feels like inhabiting someone’s chaotic brain, with memories and anxieties bubbling to the fore.

This highly charged exhibition from the Scottish Turner Prize-winner also includes ‘2023EastWestGirlsBoys’, a transfixing video paean to Soho’s seedy past. Neon signage and words from bars, clubs and shops are reflected in a close-up of Gordon’s eyeball, which dilates and constricts in response, making a trippy tribute to the area’s erotic entertainment industry. The exhibition also coincides with the unveiling of a Douglas Gordon video work, ‘Undergroundoverheard’, at Tottenham Court Road station – one of several artworks commissioned by the Crossrail Art Programme for the Elizabeth line. The looped video builds on Gordon’s text-based artworks, while stopping commuters in their tracks.

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Dates
01 February 2024 — 16 March 2024
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