Must-See Art Guide: London

The city's galleries and museums are remaining open despite health concerns. Here's what to see (just bring your hand sanitizer.)

Josephine Meckseper, Pellea[s. Courtesy of Timothy Taylor.
Josephine Meckseper, Pellea[s. Courtesy of Timothy Taylor.

London is keeping calm and carrying on. Despite recent postponements and cancellations of art events around the globe, the city’s Affordable Art Fair—which recently came under an unfortunate spotlight when a participating gallerist disinvited an Asian curator over fears that her presence would make visitors nervous about coronavirus—plans to proceed as planned this weekend. 

Thus far, museums and galleries are staying open, too—and there is a lot worth seeing, presuming you’ve got enough hand sanitizer available and can keep your distance from other visitors.  

The city’s worthy exhibitions run the gamut from Nahmad Projects’ show “Marie Laurencin,” which explores the overlooked legacy of the innovative female Cubist painter, to the first UK screening of Josephine Meckseper’s 2017 film Pellea[s], the story of a doomed love triangle set against the backdrop of the Trump inauguration. 

Check out all our must-see picks below.

Marie Laurencin, Buste de femme aux seins nus (circa 1926). Courtesy of Nahmad Projects.

Marie Laurencin, Buste de femme aux seins nus (circa 1926). Courtesy of Nahmad Projects.

Exhibition: Marie Laurencin

When: Through April 9, 2020

Where: Nahmad Projects, 2 Cork Street, London

Steve McQueen, Film Still of Charlotte (2004) © Steve McQueen. Courtesy the artist, Thomas Dane Gallery and Marian Goodman Gallery.

Steve McQueen, Film Still of Charlotte (2004) © Steve McQueen. Courtesy the artist, Thomas Dane Gallery and Marian Goodman Gallery.

Exhibition: Steve McQueen

When: Through May 11, 2020  

Where: Tate Modern, Bankside, London

Donna Huanca, Seed Cell Redux (2019 20). Courtesy of Simon Lee Gallery and Peres Projects, Berlin.

Donna Huanca, Seed Cell Redux (2019–20). Courtesy of Simon Lee Gallery and Peres Projects, Berlin.

Exhibition:Donna Huanca: Wet Slit

When: Through April 18, 2020

Where Simon Lee Gallery, 12 Berkeley Street, London

Pieter Hugo, Muxe Portrait #3, Junchitán de Zaragoza (2018). Courtesy of Huxley-Parlour.

Pieter Hugo, Muxe Portrait #3, Junchitán de Zaragoza (2018). Courtesy of Huxley-Parlour.

Exhibition:Pieter Hugo: La Cucaracha” 

When: Through March 14, 2020

Where: Huxley-Parlour, 3-5 Swallow Street, London

David Hockney, Ed Sheeran (2018). © David Hockney. Courtesy of Annely Juda Fine Art.

David Hockney, Ed Sheeran (2018). © David Hockney. Courtesy of Annely Juda Fine Art.

Exhibition:David Hockney: Video Brings Its Time to You, You Bring Your Time to Paintings and Drawings” 

When: Through April 25, 2020

Where: Annely Juda Fine Art, 23 Dering St, Mayfair, London 

Installation view, James Turrell, February 11 - March 27, 2020, Pace Gallery, London © James Turrell.

Installation view “James Turrell.” © James Turrell. Courtesy of Pace Gallery.

Exhibition:James Turrell” 

When: Through March 27, 2020 

Where: Pace Gallery, 6 Burlington Gardens, London

Cao Fei, Whose Utopia (2006). Courtesy of the artist, Vitamin Creative Space and Sprüth Magers.

Cao Fei, Whose Utopia (2006). Courtesy of the artist, Vitamin Creative Space and Sprüth Magers.

Exhibition: Cao Fei: Blueprints

When: Through May 17, 2020 

Where: Serpentine Galleries, Kensington Gardens, London

 

Josephine Meckseper, Pellea[s]. Courtesy of Timothy Taylor.

Josephine Meckseper, Pellea[s]. Courtesy of Timothy Taylor.

Exhibition:Josephine Meckseper: Pellea[s]

When: Through May 23, 2020

Where: Timothy Taylor, 15 Bolton Street, London

 

Geoffrey Clarke, Study for Sculpture (1956). Courtesy of Pangolin London.

Geoffrey Clarke, Study for Sculpture (1956). Courtesy of Pangolin London.

Exhibition:Geoffrey Clarke: Intuitionism

When: Through April 9, 2020

Where: Pangolin London, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London

 

Affordable Art Fair Battersea Spring will run March 12–15.


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