The One Art Exhibition You Can’t Miss This Week in London (and Three Exciting Private Views)

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Sonia Delaunay, Yellow Nude (1908)
Photo: © Pracusa. Courtesy Tate Modern.

Yep, it’s Monday again … But fear not: there are plenty of amazing art-related events and exhibitions to sustain you until next weekend. Plus, the weather forecast promises plenty of sunshine and mild temperatures, so what’s not to like?

Picking the right event is key, however, and artnet News is here to help. If you are in London this week, these are the hot tickets.


“The EY Exhibition: Sonia Delaunay” Opens at Tate Modern

If you only make it to one exhibition this week, it should definitely be the brilliant retrospective of avant-garde legend Sonia Delaunay (1885-1979).

This exhaustive exhibition has been organized by Tate Modern in collaboration with the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, where it was exhibited last winter to great acclaim.

Born in Ukraine and trained in Germany, Delaunay moved to Paris in 1906, where she married the artist Robert Delaunay. Together with him and other collaborators, Delaunay developed Orphism, an art movement that brought color back to the increasingly monochromatic Cubism. The generous use of color is one of the movement’s key features, as its practitioners saw color as an essential source of meaning.

Delaunay, thus, painted in that vein, and the exhibition at Tate Modern offers ample examples of her vibrant pictorial oeuvre. But what makes her work so special is that she didn’t confine it to the fine art realm, embracing instead the possibilities of expression afforded by the then-booming worlds of design and fashion.

Tapestry, textiles, mosaics, garments, household items … The daring artistic vision of Delaunay—a true feminist avant la lettre—knew no bounds, and this retrospective at Tate Modern is proof of how uncompromising and incredibly modern her work still looks today.

“The EY Exhibition: Sonia Delaunay,” will be on view at Tate Modern, London, from April 15-August 9 2015.

If you are hungry for more, here are the other three highlights of the week:

MONDAY  April 13

Carol Bove’s “The Plastic Unit” opens at David Zwirner London

This will be Bove’s first exhibition at the prestigious gallery, and it will feature a group of  large-scale new works by the Swiss-born, New York-based artist. Mixing industrial materials—such as stainless steel and metal curtains—with organic ones, like shells, and peacock feathers, Bove creates delicate and fascinating assemblages (see Carol Bove Sheds New Light on Architect Carlo Scarpa in a Joint Exhibition at the Henry Moore Institute and 12 Must-Read Tips for a Successful Career in the Art World).
“The Plastic Unit” will be on view at David Zwirner, 24 Grafton Street, London, from April 14 – May 30. Private view: Monday, April 13, 6-8pm.


Sanya Kantarovsky’s “Apricot Juice” opens at Studio Voltaire

This will be the first solo exhibition of the young Russian artist in London. Kantarovsky is making waves with his paintings, which fuse nostalgia, humour, beauty, and tenderness to wonderful results. The works presented in “Apricot Juice” are based on Mikhail Bulgakov’s seminal novel The Master and Margarita. Five large paintings will be accompanied by a performance staged by Kantarovsky in collaboration with the artist Ieva Misevičiūtė.
“Apricot Juice” will be on view at Studio Voltaire, 1a Nelson’s Row, London, from April 17 – June 7 . Private view: Thursday April 16, 6.30–8.30pm. Performances: Thursday April 16 at 7.30pm and Saturday 18 April 2015, 7.30pm.

FRIDAY April 17

“X,” curated by Sarah McCrory, opens at Herald St.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the commercial gallery Herald St, Sarah McCrory, director of Glasgow International, has curated a group show at the gallery’s east London space (see Herald St Gallery Pops Up in London’s Soho) where she cut her teeth. “X” will feature one artwork by every artist the gallery works with, including Pablo Bronstein, Peter Coffin, Matthew Darbyshire, Michael Dean, Ida Ekblad, Nicole Wermers, and Christina Mackie (see Christina Mackie Sets Duveen Galleries Ablaze with Color at Tate Britain).
“X” will be on view at Herald St, 2 Herald Street, London, from April 18 – May 24. Private view: Friday April 17, 6 – 9 pm.

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