Must-See Art Guide: London

This week's guide includes Marina Abramović, Kazimir Malevich, and others.

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Carlotta Cardana,
Jimmie Durham: Traces and Shiny Evidence
Photo by Kai Vollmer. Courtesy of Jimmie Durham and Parasol Unit.
Will Cotton, "Beyond the Pleasure Principle" (2014)
Will Cotton, Beyond the Pleasure Principle (2014). Courtesy of Ronchini Gallery.
Walid Siti, "Monument Of A Forgotten Story" (2013)
Walid Siti, Monument Of A Forgotten Story (2013). Courtesy of EOA.PROJECTS.
Steve Hurst, "Human Connections", Main Figure (1990)
Steve Hurst, Human Connections, Main Figure (1990). Courtesy of Pangolin Gallery.
Charles Mayton, "Hook, Line and Sinker" (2013)
Charles Mayton, Hook, Line and Sinker (2013). Courtesy of Timothy Taylor Gallery.
Simon Foxall, Take another little piece of my heart (1993). Courtesy of The Cob Gallery.
Marina Abramović: 512 Hours at Serpentine Gallery
Marina Abramović. Photo: Marco Anelli (2014), Courtesy of Serpentine Gallery.
Carlotta Cardana, "Matt and Fay" (2013)
Carlotta Cardana, Matt and Fay (2013). Courtesy of L A Noble Gallery.
Ian Whittlesea, "A Breathing Bulb" (2014)
Ian Whittlesea, A Breathing Bulb (2014). Courtesy of Marlborough Contemporary.
Othman Moussa, The Terror Group (2014). Courtesy of Ayyam Gallery.
Othman Moussa, The Terror Group (2014). Courtesy of Ayyam Gallery.
Kazimir Malevich, "Suprematism" (1915)
Kazimir Malevich, Suprematism (1915). Courtesy of the Tate Modern.

With a population of over 8 million, London has no shortage of cultural events to fill the dog days of summer. This week’s featured shows include artists sure to satisfy even the savviest of art historians. From Kazimir Malevich’s supremacist compositions to Marina Abramović’s renowned performance pieces, these exhibitions excellently illustrate the most profound artistic evolutions that have taken place over the past 100-plus years, in particular the relationship between audience and artwork. With shows such as Slow Learner at Timothy Taylor Gallery and Ian Whittlesea: A Breathing Bulb at Marlborough Contemporary, viewers can experience two very different interpretations of Contemporary culture, before heading to Art Bermondsey for their London Life Competition, a window into life during the Art Deco period of the 1920s and 1930s. Gallery goers of all tastes will surely enjoy this visual trip through (art) history with some of the most exciting modern and contemporary artists London has to offer.


Exhibition: Jimmie Durham: Traces and Shiny Evidence

When: June 12–August 9, 2014 (last call)

Where: Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, 14 Wharf Road, London, N1 7RW


Exhibition:  Will Cotton

When: June 25–August 9, 2014 (last call)

Where: Ronchini Gallery, 22 Dering Street, London, W1S 1AN



When: July 8–August 23, 2014

Where: EOA.PROJECTS, 40 Elcho Street, London, SW11 4AU


Exhibition: Steve Hurst: War Toys

When: July 9–August 23, 2014

Where: Pangolin London, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG


Exhibition: Slow Learner

When: August 1–23, 2014

Where: Timothy Taylor Gallery, 15 Carlos Place, London, W1K 2EX


Exhibition: Go Figure

When: August 2–24, 2014

Where: The Cob Gallery, 205 Royal College Street London, NW1 0SG


Exhibition:Marina Abramović: 512 Hours

When: June 11–August 25, 2014

Where: Serpentine Galleries, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG


Exhibition: London Life Competition

When: August 7–29, 2014 (opens today)

Where: Art Bermondsey, 183-185 Bermondsey Street, First Floor, London, SE1 3UW


Exhibition: Ian Whittlesea: A Breathing Bulb

When: August 8–September 6, 2014 (opens tomorrow)

Where: Marlborough Contemporary, 6 Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4BY


Exhibition: Syria’s Apex Generation, London

When: August 7–September 12, 2014 (opens today)

Where: Ayyam Gallery, 143 New Bond Street, 1st Floor, London


Exhibition: Malevich

When: July 16–October 26, 2014

Where: Tate Modern, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG

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