Six Shows to Get Excited About in London This April

Gallery hopping in the sun? Yes, please.

Antonio Calderara Z+L (1960)
Photo: courtesy M&L Fine Art
Keiji Uematsu<i>Vertical Position</i> (1973) <br> Photo: courtesy Simon Lee Gallery

Keiji Uematsu, Vertical Position (1973). 
Photo: Courtesy Simon Lee Gallery.

Spring has sprung in the British capital and it’s time to get out and about and see some shows,  to make it easier we’ve put together our list of the top six exhibitions opening in London this month especially for you.

1. Keiji Uematsu “Invisible Force” at Simon Lee
This exhibition of work by the conceptual artist Uematsu will include works dating from 1973 to 2016 documenting the artists entire career up to date.

Featuring sculpture, photographs, and drawings, “Invisible Force” explores the ideas behind Uematsu’s body of work in which natural forces of gravity, tension, and material attraction are central concerns.

Invisible Force” will be on on view at Simon Lee, London, from April 8- May 6, 2016. 

View of Jules de Balincourt's studio <br> Photo: courtesy Lisson Gallery

View of Jules de Balincourt’s studio. 
Photo: Courtesy Victoria Miro.

2. Jules de Balincourt “Stumbling Pioneers” at Victoria Miro
In his second solo show for the gallery, Balincourt will explore the notion of Californian life and the stunning landscapes of the area. Having returned home state after 20 years, Balincourt sees California through new eyes in both figurative and abstract works.

 “Stumbling Pioneers” is on view Victoria Miro, London, from April 14-May 14, 2016.

Antonio Calderara <i> Z+L </i> (1960) <br> Photo: courtesy M&L Fine Art

Antonio Calderara,  Z+L (1960). 
Photo: courtesy M&L Fine Art.

3. Antonio Calderara at M&L Fine Art
Fourteen works by postwar Italian artist Antonio Calderara will go on view at M&L spanning 1960 to 1975, and thus depicting his journey into geometric abstraction. Antonio Calderara was a dedicated member of the Minimalist movement, who supported Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni as young artists.

Antonio Calderara” is on view at M&L Fine Art, London, from April 15- June 3, 2016.

Blair Thurman <i> Surface Support</i>(2016)<br> Photo: Courtesy of the artist and Almine Rech Gallery

Blair Thurman, Surface Support (2016).
Photo: Courtesy of the artist and Almine Rech Gallery.

4. Blair Thurman “Mature Blonde” at Almine Rech
Post-minimalist Thurham is known for his paintings, neons, and wall based works with a particular interest in “hot wheels” and slot car racing. This exhibition of new works is his first with the gallery.

Blair Thurman: Mature Blonde” is on view at Almine Rech Gallery, London, from March 31, May 14, 2016.

John Latham <br> Photo: courtesy of Lisson Gallery

John Latham. 
Photo: Courtesy of Lisson Gallery.

5. “John Latham: Spray Paintings” at Lisson Gallery
John Latham saw spray paint as a medium which would allow him to unite art and science, mind and matter. This particular aspect of his practice, explored in his seventh show for Lisson, is seen as being a key concern in his oeuvre; one which allowed the artist to develop ideas for later works.

John Latham: Spray Paintings” is on view at Lisson Gallery, London, from April 1- May 7, 2016.


Keith Arnatt, Art as an Act of Retraction (detail) (1971).
Photo: Tate © Keith Arnatt Estate​.

6. “Conceptual Art in Britain 1964-1979”  at Tate Britain 
This exhibition explores a time of great change in British culture, cutting off at the dawn of Thatcherism. It brings together art and artists that pushed the limits of what was considered to be art against the context of politics in Britain at the time.

Conceptual Art in Britain 1964-1979 in on view at Tate Britain, London, from April 12 –August 29, 2016.

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