Must-See Art Guide: London

This week's guide includes Chantal Joffe, Simon Hantaï, and more.

John Akomfrah, Tropikos (2016). Courtesy of Lisson Gallery.

John Akomfrah, Tropikos (2016). Courtesy of Lisson Gallery.

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.

Alexander Calder, Antennae with Red and Blue Dots (c. 1953). Courtesy of Tate Modern.

Alexander Calder, Antennae with Red and Blue Dots (c. 1953). Courtesy of Tate Modern.

Exhibition: Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture
When:
November 11, 2015–April 3, 2016
Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside, London, United Kingdom

Exhibition: John Loker: Space is a Dangerous Country
When:
January 13–February 6, 2016
Where:
Flowers Gallery, 21 Cork Street, London, United Kingdom

John Loker, installation view. Courtesy of Flowers Gallery.

John Loker, installation view. Courtesy of Flowers Gallery.

Exhibition: Gary Simmons: Post No Bills
When:
January 15–February 20, 2016
Where:
Simon Lee Gallery, 12 Berkeley Street, London, United Kingdom

Chantal Joffe, Robert, Harriet and Elizabeth (2015). Courtesy of Victoria Miro Mayfair.

Chantal Joffe, Robert, Harriet and Elizabeth (2015). Courtesy of Victoria Miro Mayfair.

Simon Hantaï, Tabula (1980). Courtesy of Timothy Taylor.

Simon Hantaï, Tabula (1980). Courtesy of Timothy Taylor.

Exhibition: Chantal Joffe
When:
January 22–March 24, 2016
Where:
Victoria Miro, 16 Wharf Road, London, United Kingdom

Exhibition: Simon Hantaï
When:
January 22–March 5, 2016
Where:
Timothy Taylor, 15 Carlos Place, London, United Kingdom

Angelo Savelli, Alle Quattro ragazze negre di Alabama (1964). Courtesy of M&L Fine Art.

Angelo Savelli, Alle Quattro ragazze negre di Alabama (1964). Courtesy of M&L Fine Art.

Exhibition: John Akomfrah
When:
January 22–March 12, 2016
Where:
Lisson Gallery, 27 & 52 Bell Street, London, United Kingdom

Exhibition: Angelo Savelli – Basically White
When:
January 22–March 25, 2016
Where:
M&L Fine Art, 15 Old Bond Street, First Floor, London, United Kingdom

Peter Randall-Page, Geometry of Desire. Courtesy of Hignell Gallery.

Peter Randall-Page, Geometry of Desire. Courtesy of Hignell Gallery.

Exhibition: “Launch Exhibition”
When:
January 27–February 19, 2016
Where:
Hignell Gallery, 12–14 Shepherd Street, London, United Kingdom

Piero Manzoni. Courtesy of Mazzoleni.

Piero Manzoni. Courtesy of Mazzoleni.

Exhibition: Piero Manzoni. Achromes: Linea Infinita”
When:
February 9–April 9, 2016
Where:
Mazzoleni, 27 Albemarle Street, London, United Kingdom

Exhibition: Federico Beltrán Masses: Under the Stars
When:
February 10, 2015–March 24, 2016
Where:
Stair Sainty, 38 Dover Street, London, United Kingdom

Beltrán Masses, La Maja Maldita (The Wicked Maja) (1918). Courtesy of Stair Sainty.

Federico Beltran Masses, La Maja Maldita (The Wicked Maja) (1918). Courtesy of Stair Sainty.


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