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Lee Bul at Hayward Gallery until 19 August 2018

Lee Bul transforms Hayward Gallery into a spectacular dream-like landscape featuring monstrous bodies, futuristic cyborgs, glittering mirrored environments and an exquisitely surreal monumental foil Zeppelin. 👀 😊 🇰🇷

Bringing together more than 100 works from the late 1980s to the present day, this exhibition explores the full range of Lee Bul’s pioneering and thought-provoking practice, from provocative early performances to recent large-scale installations that attempt to get our body and our brain ‘working at the same time, together’.

For the past three decades, Lee Bul has drawn on diverse sources that include science fiction, visionary architecture and personal experience, whilst making use of deliberately clashing materials that range from silk and mother of pearl to fibreglass and silicone. At the core of her most recent work is an investigation into landscape, which for the artist includes the intimate landscape of the body, ideal or fictional landscapes and the physical world that surrounds us.

www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/hayward-gallery-art/lee-bul

Location:
Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, 337-338 Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

Times:
11am – 7pm every day (Thursday until 9pm)
Closed on Tuesdays

Tickets:
From £13 book online

True Colours – Helen Beard / Sadie Laska / Boo Saville at Newport Street Gallery until 9 September 2018

Bringing together three emerging artists – Helen Beard (b.1971, Birmingham), Sadie Laska (b.1974, West Virginia) and Boo Saville (b.1980, Norwich) – that, despite using paint in very different ways, all share an interest in exploring the possibilities of colour. Featuring over fifty works, the show is the largest exhibition to date for each artist.

Helen Beard uses a vivid rainbow palette to create interlocking arrangements of bright primary colour, which combine to describe explicit sexual encounters. Working from found images, Beard’s work explores themes relating to gender, sexual psychology and eroticism. Situated part way between abstraction and representation, her figures are reduced to concisely defined fields of vibrant colour, on which a myriad of varied brush marks remain visible. Including a number of new works, one of which is a monumental diptych (The Mirror, 2018), each canvas measuring 3226 x 2743mm, the exhibition spans eight years of Beard’s practice.

New York-based artist Sadie Laska creates dreamlike compositions using paint and collage. Evoking the rebellious post-Pop aesthetic of New York, Laska often incorporates recycled waste materials and found objects into her paintings, sometimes reworking parts of earlier canvases entirely. In Untitled (Pepsi Shape), 2017, the canvas is carved up into contrasting areas, which are roughly painted with acrylic. The resulting amorphous shape evokes the distinctive colours of a can of Pepsi. A member of the underground drum-based band I.U.D., Laska’s paintings are filled with a similar improvised expressiveness and irreverent spirit of performance as her music.

The exhibition features a new series of Boo Saville’s colour field paintings, which are shown in dialogue with a number of black and white canvases. Known formerly for her figurative works in oil on canvas, as well as using everyday materials including biro and bleach, Saville has – since 2014 – been producing large-scale abstracts, made up of flawlessly gradating shades. Saville, whose work investigates mortality, applies up to forty layers of paint to achieve this extraordinary effect, erasing any suggestion of her own mark-making in spite of the emotional tenor of the works. The colour fields are inextricably linked to her black and white canvases, the subjects of the latter – sparingly painted so as to retain the appearance of the canvas weave – resulting from internet searches that occur to her whilst working on the abstracts. She notes: “The black and white paintings are purely about the surface of momentary thought and the colour fields are about the depth and vault of emotion and memory layered on top of each other.

www.newportstreetgallery.com/exhibition/true-colours-helen-beard-sadie-laska-boo-saville

Location:
Newport Street Gallery, Newport Street, London SE11 6AJ

Times:
Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 6pm

Price:
Free entry

Inside Arc at Fashion Space Gallery until 28 July 2018

Archives are usually repositories of objects, not intended for further use, rarely displayed in static exhibitions or museum cases. 👗 👘 👚

The Arc is a working archive, consisting of garments, accessories and other paraphernalia amassed by designer Jennefer Osterhoudt. Many items are by John Galliano and Alexander McQueen, with whom she worked very closely from the beginning of their careers and throughout their time at Givenchy, as an accessories designer in Paris during the 1990s. Created by stylist Nick Royal, this constantly expanding collection is regularly frequented by established designers and stylists who use it for editorial photoshoots and campaigns.

This exhibition highlights the eccentricities and rarities from this archive, pieces that as much embody the processes behind creating elaborate toiles in expensive fabrics as reveal complex and labour-intensive techniques used by high fashion. Various personal items sit aside rare handmade invitations, crafted prototypes and toiles that made it into production and select examples are shown alongside a wall of photographs of her own vast shoe collection.

Showcasing these pieces reveals that an archive can be as much about preserving objects for posterity but as a resource to inform future image-makers as they reinterpret ideas from the not-so-distant past.

www.fashionspacegallery.com/exhibition/inside-arc

Location:
Fashion Space Gallery, London College of Fashion, 20 John Princes Street, London W1G 0BJ

Times:
Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm
Saturday 12pm – 4pm (during term time)
Sunday closed

Price:
Free entry

London Nights at Museum ohttps://informedlondon.com/22264/london-nights-at-museum-of-london-until-11-november-2018/f London until 11 November 2018

Explore the capital after dark in a new, evocative photography exhibition at the Museum of London.

Fusing portraiture, documentary, conceptual photography and film, from the late 19th century to the present day, London Nights features over 200 works. Discover how photographers have long been inspired by London at night, from the twinkling lights and buzzing nightlife of the West End to the more sinister aspects of a city in darkness and see how Londoners work, rest and play when the sun goes down in one of the biggest metropolises in the world. 📷 🌇

Over 200 photographs by 50 artists, ranging from the late 19th century to the present day, some never seen before. Contributors include: Alvin Langdon Coburn, Bill Brandt, Rut Blees Luxemburg, Tish Murtha and Nick Turpin. Read more about how we chose these stunning images.

www.museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london/whats-on/exhibitions/london-nights

Location:
Museum of London, 150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN

Times:
10am – 6pm

Price:
From £10 book online

Tate Lates at Tate Modern on Friday 25 May 2018

This month celebrates The EY Exhibition: Picasso 1932 with a vibrant mix of art, music, film, drop-in workshops, pop-up talks and street food at Tate Modern. 🎨

PRISA PAINT
Join Ralph Bogard to mark Picasso’s prolific year of creativity with playful artistic sprints. See how many paintings and portraits you can create while the clock ticks. 3, 2, 1, Go!

(A)MUSE ME
Join Art Macabre for a surreal life-drawing salon with costumed models painted and posing as iconic portraits.

SURREALIST COLLAGE
Cut, stick and create an unconscious landscape, a DIY patchwork of visions from dreams and reality.

DREAM DANCE
Inspired by Picasso’s portraits of Marie-Thérèse Walter, inhabit and assemble a live ever-changing painting to create a new Grimehouse-injected masterpiece.

MUSIC PROGRAMMED BY NTS RADIO
Catch DJs Paul Camo and Jazzman on the Level 1 Bridge plus Field Work, Ony and Chloëdees in the Terrace Bar until 23.00.

POP UP QUIZ: LOVE, FAME, TRAGEDY
Show off your knowledge of love, fame and tragedy hosted by an expert on all three – performer Christopher Green.

FILM
JEAN PAINLEVÉ AND THE OCTOPUS
Discover the world of Jean Painlevé with The Octopus and The Love Life of the Octopus. Painlevé’s avant-garde underwater films reveal the wonders of the natural world in intricate detail. His films inspired artists including Picasso. Films will be screened on a loop.

GIVE A TALK AT TATE
Ever wondered if you could give a talk in a public gallery? Now you can! Our Visitor Experience team and the Uniqlo Ten Minute Talkers will guide you in giving your response to an artwork.

UNIQLO 10 MINUTE ART TALKS
Look out for staff and volunteers from across Tate, who will be sharing their personal insights into works from the collection in just 10 minutes each.

COLLECTION CONVERSATION
Got an opinion about the art in Tate Modern? Join lively conversations around key artworks.

www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/late/uniqlo-tate-lates

Location:
Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG

Time:
6pm – 10pm

Price:
Free entry (See The EY Exhibition: Picasso 1932, Joan Jonas and Shape of Light for £10 each between 6pm – 8:30pm, book online)

426㎡ at StolenSpace Gallery until 29 April 2018

A group show featuring the creative talents from skateboarding and beyond. ‘426㎡’ will dissect and explore the ever present relationship between skateboarding and art, giving us an intimate look at it’s DIY nature. 🤟

There is little wonder why so many skateboarders make art. Both outlets serve similar purposes, they offer the access to freedom of expression and can both be solitary activities; the onus is on you to create, nobody else. ‘426㎡’ is a reflection of the community itself. The work conveys a diverse understanding of what it means to make art and how we as skateboarders don’t limit ourselves to any medium or subject matter. From Arran Gregory’s abstract use of geometry to Jon Horner’s playful characters, the art of skateboarding is as multifaceted as the culture that inspires it. ‘426㎡’ will display this diversity of creation in a two week exhibition, showcasing some of the most well respected artists and illustrators from skateboarding and beyond.

Contributing artists; Andrew Pommier, Arran Gregory, Artista, Ben Gore, Blondey McCoy, Chet Childress, D*Face, Darren John, Domas Glatkauskas, Ed Templeton, Eloise Dorr, Fos, Ged Wells, Glen Fox, Goldie, Gregory Conroy, Gaurab Thakali, Haroshi, Jack Pearce, James Jarvis, Jeremy Jones, Jon Horner, Liisa Chisholm, Lucas Beaufort, Luka Pinto, Mark Gonzales, Matthew Bromley, Nick Jensen, Oko, Pontus Alv, Rainyrainforest, Shepard Fairey, Will Sweeney, Zin V.

www.stolenspace.com/portfolio_page/llsb-426m2
www.llsbdonate.com

Location:
StolenSpace Gallery, 17 Osborn Street, London UK E1 6TD

Times:
Monday closed
Tuesday – Friday 11am – 7pm
Saturday – Sunday 11am – 6pm

Entry:
Free

Fred Wilson: Afro Kismet at Pace Gallery until 27 April 2018

An exhibition featuring the artist’s most recent body of work originally produced for the 15th Istanbul Biennial in the autumn of 2017. The exhibition will be Wilson’s first at Pace London. On the occasion of Afro Kismet, Pace will publish a catalogue that will include an introduction by artist duo and Istanbul Biennial curators Elmgreen & Dragset, an essay by the Biennial’s Director Bige Örer, and an interview with the artist conducted by American novelist, playwright and essayist Darryl Pinckney. 👀

The genesis of the exhibition stretches back to 1992 when Wilson presented Re:Claiming Egypt, at the 4th International Cairo Biennale and to 2003 when Wilson represented the United States at the 50th Venice Biennale with Speak of Me as I Am. Wilson’s interest in Istanbul had been piqued for a long time; he conceived of the city as the third leg in a historically and culturally connected eastern Mediterranean triangle which also included Cairo and Venice. Through his research, Wilson developed a conceptual basis for the Istanbul project in which he contextualized pieces from the city’s Pera Museum’s Orientalist collection with new and existing works of his own. “My work is about an issue which is both personal and universal. […] A new meaning emerges from the coming together of art and history […] bring[ing] a fresh perspective to things we are used to seeing in museums. You can say that I tell a history which is not adequately discussed…” Fred Wilson, 2017.

For Pace, Wilson will reconfigure Afro Kismet which includes two chandeliers, two monumental Iznik tile walls, four black glass drip works, and a globe sculpture, as well as installations and vitrine pieces that gather cowrie shells, engravings, photographs, a Yoruba mask, and furniture, among other objects that the artist discovered in his frequent trips to Istanbul throughout 2016 and 2017. Since Venice Biennale in 2003, Wilson’s Murano glass chandeliers, with their shifts in scale, color, and complexity, have become vehicles for the artist’s meditations on blackness, death, and beauty. New chandeliers, included in the exhibition, combine black Murano glass with traditional metal and glass elements of Ottoman chandeliers, thus fusing two histories of craftsmanship and symbolizing the complex relationship between the Venetian and Ottoman Empires.

Throughout the exhibition, Wilson utilizes alluring materials—from richly coloured tiles walls to luminescent glass—to represent and investigate the long-ignored presence of communities of African descent in Turkey. In the two Iznik tile walls, the Arabic calligraphy translates in one case to “Mother Africa” and in the other “Black is Beautiful”. The new globe sculpture titled “Trade Winds” refers not to its original meaning, related to weather patterns, but to the complex and tragic global trade in human beings. The juxtaposition of recent works by Wilson with works from the 19th century – including Orientalist paintings with African subject matter by Alfred De Dreux and William James Müller – not only questions notions of universal knowledge and truth, but also sheds light on a history not thoroughly examined. By combining contemporary objects and museum-quality artefacts, Wilson challenges the assumptions of exhibition methodology and art historical scholarship.

www.pacegallery.com/exhibitions/12917/afro-kismet

Location:
Pace Gallery, 6 Burlington Gardens, London W1S 3ET

Times:
Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 6pm

Entry:
Free

The Other Art Fair: presented by Saatchi Art at Victoria House until 25 March 2018

UK’s favourite fair to meet and buy art direct from the very best emerging and undiscovered artists. Presenting 130 of the best emerging artists handpicked by a committee of art industry experts. 👩‍🎨 🎨 🖌

Celebrated for its unique visitor experience, The Other Art Fair’s Spring London edition will continue to delight and inspire art lovers with a tightly curated and distinctive programme of fair features that will create a platform for the ‘unexpected’ at the fair.

RSVP on Facebook

www.theotherartfair.com

Location:
Victoria House, Southampton Row, London WC1A 2QP

Times:
Saturday 11am – 7pm
Sunday 11am – 6pm

Price:
From £8 book online

The Female Gaze at Getty Images Gallery until 14 March 2018

2017 was the Year of Women: it began with massive women’s marches in the US and ended with a series of high-profile resignations by powerful men over sexual harassment scandals. 🙎 👀

This groundswell of feminism may have erupted in response to current events, but it has also been slowly and steadily growing for decades. Over the past five years, female photographers have actively sought to redefine the manner and styles in which women are visually represented across advertising, film, and other media.

In response to this change, Getty Images has recruited a new generation of image makers and partnered with a number of organizations such as LeanIn.org, Refinery 29, and Muslim Girl to expand and evolve the photographic landscape.

www.gettyimagesgallery.co.uk/exhibitions/archive/the-female-gaze

Location:
Getty Images Gallery, 46 Eastcastle Street, London W1W 8DX

Times:
Monday – Friday 10am – 5:30pm
Saturday 12pm – 5:30pm

Price:
Free entry

Giorgio Griffa: A Continuous Becoming at Camden Arts Centre until 8 April 2018

Abstract painter Giorgio Griffa, closely linked to the Arte Povera movement, first became known in the 1960s as part of an Italian generation of artists who sought to radically redefine painting. 🎨

Believing in the ‘intelligence of painting’, Griffa allows the essential elements of his process, such as the type or width of the brush, the colour or dilution of the paint and the nature of the canvas, whether linen, cotton, hemp or jute, to influence and form the work. Griffa’s approach is performative and time-based – often working horizontally on the floor, his rhythmic, formal gestures soak into the unprimed and unstretched material. Griffa’s minimal and primordial marks extend from his fascination with quantum energy, time-space mathematics, the golden ratio and the memory of visual experience since time immemorial. Suggesting the ongoing and organic life of the painting, lines and brushstrokes are deliberately cut short and the canvas is never filled; never a finished or complete object, but a process viewed in the moment.

www.camdenartscentre.org/whats-on/view/griffa

Location:
Camden Arts Centre, Arkwright Road, London NW3 6DG

Times:
Tuesday – Sunday 10:00am – 6:00pm
Wednesdays 10:00am – 9:00pm
Closed Mondays

Price:
Free entry

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