Must-See Art Guide: London

This week's guide features Holly Coulis, Carol Bove, Veronica Broval, and more.

Holly Coulis, Grapefruit Halves and Water (2018). Courtesy of Simon Lee.

Last week, Christo took over the London art world with his large-scale installation The London Mastaba, consisting of 7,506 oil barrels shaped in a pyramid floating on Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park. But this week all eyes in the British capital turn to Masterpiece London and Mayfair Art Weekend. Masterpiece London covers a wide range of art, design, furniture, and jewelry, attracting collectors of every stripe and budget over the next seven days. To make London even more swinging this week, the city’s local galleries are putting up some of their best work for the fifth edition of Mayfair Art Weekend. So, let’s take a look at what we have to recommend at the moment.

You can’t go wrong with Carol Bove at David Zwirner, where the sculptor presents a range of large-scale works in her signature, tubular style. The show spans two floors of the gallery, offering visitors plenty of chances to experience Bove’s investigations of materiality and form up close and personally—just resist the urge to clamber over the work like you’re at a playground, no matter how tempting. For fresh inventive painting, Holly Coulis at Simon Lee is a great bet. Her still life compositions exist in neatly ordered, flattened spaces, offering an idiosyncratic approach to the genre that’s punched up by Coulis’ delightful sorbet palette. Then, be sure to stop by Sophia Contemporary Gallery, where Swedish artist Veronica Brovall is serving up fierce ceramic and steel pieces full of texture and personality. The titular work in the exhibition, Wear the Heat, is particularly memorable and exudes a powerful presence.

As always for London, it’s a busy week for art lovers. Find artnet’s full list of picks below.


Exhibition:Holly Coulis
 June 1–June 30, 2018
Where: Simon Lee, 12 Berkeley Street, London, United Kingdom

Edward Seago, The Basket Seller, Essaouira, Morocco. Courtesy of Portland Gallery.

Exhibition:Edward Seago
 June 8–July 6, 2018
Where: Portland Gallery, 3 Bennet Street, London, United Kingdom

Tomaso Binga, Alfabetiere pop, R di rosa (1976). Courtesy of Richard Saltoun Gallery.

Exhibition:Tomaso Binga & Greta Schödl: Vocalizing
 May 31–July 14, 2018
Where: Richard Saltoun Gallery, 41 Dover Street, London, United Kingdom

Bruce Yardley, Flowers on the Coffee Table (2018). Courtesy of Catto Gallery.

Exhibition:Bruce Yardley: Solo Exhibition 2018
  June 27–July 16, 2018
Where: Catto Gallery, 100 Heath Street, London, United Kingdom

Evelyne Axell, installation view. Courtesy of KÖNIG LONDON.

Exhibition:Evelyne Axell – ‘Cheese’
  June 27–July 21, 2018
Where: KÖNIG LONDON, 259–269 Old Marylebone Road, London, United Kingdom

Leonor Antunes, Alternated Knot (2018). Courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery.

Exhibition:Leonor Antunes: a thousand realities from an original mark
When:  May 24–July 20, 2018
Where: Marian Goodman Gallery, 5-8 Lower John Street, London, United Kingdom

Ryan Hewett, Untitled (E) (2017). Courtesy of Unit London.

Exhibition:Ryan Hewett: The Garden
When:  June 29–July 22, 2018
Where: Unit London, 3 Hanover Square, London, United Kingdom

“Signals: If You Like I Shall Grow” installation view. Courtesy of kurimanzutto and Thomas Dane Gallery.

Exhibition:Signals: If You Like I Shall Grow
 June 8–July 21, 2018
Where: kurimanzutto at Thomas Dane Gallery, 3 & 11 Duke Street St. James’s, London, United Kingdom

Beth Letain, To be titled (2018). Courtesy of Pace Gallery.

Exhibition:Beth Letain: Signal Hill
 June 28–July 22, 2018
Where: Pace Gallery, 6 Burlington Gardens, London, United Kingdom

Atoine D’Agata, Untitled (1999–2006). Courtesy of Magnum Photos.

Exhibition:Antoine D’Agata: Self Portraits and Night Journeys
 April 11–July 31, 2018
Where: Magnum Photos, 63 Gee Street, London, United Kingdom

Veronica Broval, Wear the Heat (2018). Courtesy of Sophia Contemporary Gallery.

Exhibition:Veronica Brovall: Wear the Heat
 June 27–August 4, 2018
Where: Sophia Contemporary Gallery, 11 Grosvenor Street, London, United Kingdom

Carol Bove, May detail (2018). Courtesy of David Zwirner.

Exhibition:Carol Bove
 June 8–August 4, 2018
Where: David Zwirner, 24 Grafton Street, London, United Kingdom

Exhibition:The Great Spectacle: 250 Years of the Summer Exhibition
 June 12–August 19, 2018
Where: Royal Academy, 6 Burlington Gardens, London, United Kingdom

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