Must-See Art Guide: London
This week's guide includes Chantal Joffe, Simon Hantaï, and more.
London may not be the sunniest of winter destinations, but the art world is arriving in droves this week for one of the largest contemporary art fairs in the UK, the London Art Fair. Housed in the Business Design Center, this celebrated event is in its 28th edition and showcases work by leading artists from the early 20th century to the present—with a particular emphasis on British artists, of course. Whether the works at the fair are right in your price range or too rich for your blood, fear not, there’s plenty for art lovers to see and do in this bustling city.
Let’s start at Simon Lee Gallery, where new works by the New York-based artist Gary Simmons are on display. At his third solo show at the gallery since 2011, Simmons uses icons of popular culture to address social issues, such as race and class, in both American and British culture. Painter Chantal Joffe is also showing a new body of work over at Victoria Miro gallery. The native artist is well known for her large-scale figurative paintings of women and children, and for this exhibition has chosen writers as her subject to explore notions of self-disclosure and intimacy—this is not a show to miss! Next, Timothy Taylor gallery first showcased the works of Simon Hantaï at Frieze Masters in October 2015, and now is bringing the Hungarian artist’s works to the main gallery. This collection was acquired privately in the early 1980s but will now be showcased to the public for the first time, and opens today.
You’ve got a lot of ground to cover—just be sure to bring your umbrella, because in true London fashion, it looks like we’re in for a rainy weekend. Put on your Burberry rain slicker and get gallery hopping.
Exhibition: “Launch Exhibition”
When: January 27–February 19, 2016
Where: Hignell Gallery, 12–14 Shepherd Street, London, United Kingdom
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