Must-See Art Guide: London
This week's guide features Nancy Holt, Lucio Fontana, William Kentridge, and more.
It’s one of the biggest events on the art world calendar: Frieze London is in full swing, featuring work from over 1,000 contemporary artists presented by 160 of the top galleries in the world. You can check out artnet’s picks for best booths at Frieze, and if the fair by itself wasn’t enough, you also have the daily Frieze Talks selection of keynote lectures and panels to attend.
While Frieze certainly has enough to keep even the most enthusiastic art lover busy all weekend, London is also currently host to some outstanding gallery and museum shows. But don’t worry: we’ve put together an itinerary that’ll give your eyeballs their fill, and makes sure you don’t miss out on anything during your visit.
Head over to Victoria Miro Gallery to see a new body of work by Kara Walker made specifically for the gallery’s expansive space, featuring the artist’s signature wall silhouettes and cheeky/confrontational sensibility under the title “Go to Hell or Atlanta, Whichever Comes First.” Next stop, Parafin, to take in Nancy Holt’s first exhibition to ever solely focus on her critically acclaimed but rarely shown Locator sculpture series. For a retrospective of one of the most important post-war Italian artists, head to Tornabuoni Art’s inaugural show at their brand-new London location, featuring over 60 pieces by Lucio Fontana. Over at Marian Goodman Gallery, visit the new work of South African artist William Kentridge, including a swirling, panoramic eight-screen video installation of ghoulish, life-sized dancing figures. Be sure to also stop at Omar Tiroche Contemporary Art for their delightful show of Alexander Calder’s colorful tapestry and soft sculpture work of circus characters. Meanwhile, Riflemaker gallery displays the work by American master Judy Chicago, including steel sculptures, pastels, and porcelain test plates made prior to the construction of her legendary The Dinner Party (1979). Don’t miss this rare insight into her artistic practice.
Over at the Tate Modern, the museum explores Pop Art in a way you’ve never seen before: “The World Goes Pop” surveys work not just from Europe and the United States, but from Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East, presenting a more inclusive and conclusive perspective on this well-loved movement than ever before. And while we’re mentioning museums, don’t forget about Ai Weiwei’s huge solo exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, with complex installations and sculptures offering insight into life in contemporary China.
At the end of all that, your eyeballs will probably be stuffed: congratulations on a hardy art metabolism. Enjoy your time in London, and we’ll see you back here for Frieze in 2016.
Exhibition: “The EY Exhibition: The World Goes Pop”
When: September 17–January 24, 2016
Where: Tate Modern, Bankside, London, United Kingdom
Exhibition: “Kara Walker: Go to Hell or Atlanta, Whichever Comes First”
When: October 1–November 7, 2015
Where: Victoria Miro Gallery, 16 Wharf Road, London, United Kingdom
Exhibition: “Derek Boshier: Rethink/Re-entry”
When: October 7–November 7, 2015
Where: Flowers, 21 Cork Street, London, United Kingdom
Exhibition: “Judy Chicago”
When: September 14–October 31, 2015
Where: Riflemaker, 79 Beak Street, London, United Kingdom
Exhibition: “Alexander Calder: Tapestries and their Gouaches”
When: October 12–November 31, 2015
Where: Omer Tiroche Contemporary Art, 21 Conduit Street, London, United Kingdom
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