Must-See Art Guide: London

This week's guide features Richard Smith, Lisa Yuskavage, Gilbert & George, and more.

Richard Smith, Untitled (2000). Courtesy of Flowers Gallery.

With Masterpiece London in full swing, now is a good time as any for art in the English capitol. Since its debut in 2010, the fair has established itself as leading force in what it calls “cross-collecting,” where buyers are encouraged to seek out artworks across eras in an approach that’s more fun and dynamic than chronological.

No trip to London would be complete without a visit to its stellar galleries, however, so be sure to include the following on your itinerary: Go see Lisa Yuskavage’s bombastic new work on view at David Zwirner in the artist’s first show since her museum survey over two years ago. Then, head over to Flowers Gallery for a survey of the criminally underrated Richard Smith, an artist who managed to successfully dismantle the canvas in new and surprising ways for over five decades. Fans of the impish Gilbert & George can enjoy some of the duo’s work at Galerie Thaddeus Ropac, while Modernist sculpture fans have the chance to see a very nice selection of Auguste Rodin figurines and drawings at Bowman Sculpture.

Whatever may be happening with politics, public housing, or the fallout of Brexit, London’s artists and art scene remains undaunted. Find our full list of picks below.


Exhibition:Richard Smith: Work of Five Decades
June 9–July 15, 2017
Flowers Gallery, 21 Cork Street, London, United Kingdom

Lisa Yuskavage, Déjà Vu (2017). Courtesy of David Zwirner.

Exhibition:Lisa Yuskavage
June 7–July 28, 2017
David Zwirner, 24 Grafton Street, London, United Kingdom

Auguste Rodin, Pas de Deux – Movement de Danse Type G. Courtesy of Bowman Sculpture.

Exhibition:Rodin: The Birth of Modern Sculpture
June 7–July 27, 2017
Bowman Sculpture, 6 Duke Street St. James’s, London, United Kingdom

Dom Sylvester Houédard, comment le present ouvrage suscite ces questions critiques 711207 (1971). Courtesy of Richard Saltoun Gallery.

Exhibition:DOM SYLVESTER HOUÉDARD: Typestracts
May 26–July 14­, 2017
Richard Saltoun Gallery, 111 Great Titchfield Street, London, United Kingdom

Jean Jacques Deyrolle, Omphale (1966). Courtesy of Hanina Fine Arts.

Exhibition:Venice Biennale Alumni
May 10–August 19, 2017
Hanina Fine Arts, 21 Woodstock Street, London, United Kingdom

John Golding, CI (1972–1973). Courtesy of Piano Nobile.

Exhibition:John Golding: Pure Colour Sensation
April 26–September 16, 2017
Piano Nobile at the Arts Club, 40 Dover Street, London, Untied Kingdom

Terrence Coventry, Table II (2016). Courtesy of Pangolin London.

Exhibition:Terence Coventry: Against the Tide
May 17–July 1, 2017
Pangolin London, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, United Kingdom

Gilbert & George, Smashed (detail) (1972). Courtesy of Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac.

Exhibition:Gilbert & George: Drinking Pieces & Video Sculpture 1972–73
April 28–July 29, 2017
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, 37 Dover Street, London, United Kingdom

Lee Ufan, From point (1978). Courtesy of Galerie kamel mennour.

Exhibition:Preface #2
March 3–July 29, 2017
Galerie kamel mennour, 51 Brook Street, London, United Kingdom

Chris Ofili, The Caged Bird’s Song detail (2014–2017). Courtesy of the National Gallery.

Exhibition:Chris Ofili: Weaving Magic
April 26–August 28, 2017
The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, Untied Kingdom

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