Exhibitions Closing This Week
1 November - 7 November, 2021
David Surman: Fairy Painting
9 October - 6 November, 2021
Sim Smith is delighted to present ‘Fairy Painting’, the second solo exhibition by British artist David Surman with the gallery, and the inaugural show at the gallery’s new London space.
The exhibition responds to urgent concerns over our collective environmental precarity, and looks at the way in which ecology is understood. Surman paints with a profound understanding of how present-day issues such as the loss of biodiversity, climate change and pollution are inextricably linked with other struggles. Discrimination and violence against queer people, women and minority groups can be thought of as part of the larger crisis of the exploited and abused natural world, feminine nature (‘mother nature’) the mute victim to patriarchal forces.
Song of Songs: Representations of the self, spirituality and states of mind in art – from modernity to the digital age
7 October - 6 November, 2021
Unit London is delighted to present a group exhibition entitled, Song of Songs: Representations of the self, spirituality and states of mind in art – from modernity to the digital age, curated by Rachel Thomas, Head of Exhibitions at the Irish Museum of Modern Art.
The international group exhibition takes its name from a painting, Song of Songs, 1933, by the British Surrealist artist, writer and occultist, Ithell Colquhoun (1906-1988). The exhibition considers the role of how the self, the mind, and how spirituality evolves in the creation of abstract painting from its origins to the present digital age. Song of Songs embraces the many philosophical, material and ideological potentials which emerge when exploring the self in art. The exhibition includes a major and important presentation of over 12 master painting works by Ithell Colquhoun. They are hung in conversation with leading and emerging contemporary international artists such as; Linder, Bharti Kher, Anna Weyant, Elaine Hoey, Richard Malone, Grace Weir, Jesse Mockrin, Clare Ormerod, Matthew Stone, Stacey Gillian Abe, Suchitra Mattai.
Stevie Dix: Magnesium
2 October - 6 November, 2021
Stevie Dix makes paintings that are heavy and thick, composed in a personal language where figures and symbols are metaphors for intimate feelings and, at times, political perspectives. For her first solo show at the gallery, Dix presents a new body of work that continues her interest in the cold and hard-edged character of urban living, contrasted with an investigation into the legacy of craftsmanship and artisanal practice in post-war Belgium. Together with references to her family life and cultural upbringing in Belgium, Magnesium presents a surreal and uncanny exploration of cultural identity, at once deeply introspective, critical and passionate.
Martine Poppe: A Piece of Me
8 October - 6 November, 2021
Large-scale canvases filled with cloudscapes and sun-bleached foliage create a lofty, ethereal atmosphere while tall, curved sculptures form a meandering pathway through the space, suggesting a bodily presence and a sense of groundedness. A Piece of Me, Martine Poppe’s latest solo exhibition at Kristin Hjellegjerde London, takes the form of an immersive installation in which viewers are invited into the artist’s “cloud museum”, a place of calm expansiveness and interconnectivity.
Yoan Capote: Requiem
15 September - 5 November, 2021
Ben Brown Fine Arts is pleased to announce Requiem, an exhibition of new works by Cuban artist Yoan Capote. This is the artist’s fourth solo exhibition with Ben Brown Fine Arts, and third solo exhibition at the London gallery. Opening in September 2021, the exhibition presents a new progression in the artist’s practice with the introduction of gold leaf into his iconic seascape paintings. The dazzling gold leaf, monumental scale, and meticulous incorporation of fishhooks in these paintings evoke a spiritual quality, inviting reflection and refuge in a time of great upheaval.
Günther Förg: Constellations of Colour
30 September - 6 November, 2021
For Günther Förg, like so many other artists, colour is both totality and fragment, leaving time in suspension.” – David Barro, 2015
Galerie Max Hetzler, London is pleased to present Constellations of Colour, uniting paintings on canvas and works on paper from 1990 to 2008 by Günther Förg (1952-2013). Bringing together works from Förg’s seminal Spot, Grid and Grey series, the exhibition foregrounds the artist’s celebration of colour and his experimentation with pigment, material and form. Offering an endless field of exploration, colour stands at the core of Förg’s practice, assuming the role of both medium and subject in the exhibited works. The show marks the gallery’s 21st solo exhibition of the artist’s work since 1984.
Ibrahim Mahama: Lazarus
15 September - 7 November 2021
White Cube Bermondsey is pleased to present ‘Lazarus’, an exhibition of new works by Ibrahim Mahama, including large-scale installation, sculpture, collage and film. The artist’s third show with the gallery, the works come together to address the passage of time, the notion of obsolescence and the potential for regeneration.
Tim Braden: Pinks, Greens, Violet with Cadmium Yellow
23 September - 6 November
Tim Braden’s third solo exhibition with Frestonian Gallery provides a fascinating insight into the many layered concerns and inspirations of his practice as a painter. The paintings take as their subject matter the abstract nature of both garden and textile design.
Braden’s works unfold as a balance between accepting and resisting the conventions and rules of these different design practices through a new medium, painting, imbuing new meanings and new forms. In this process, Braden allows the physical properties of his medium to guide and inform as to what will and will not remain of the creative decisions already made by the other makers. This process of translating and reimagining into something new necessarily brings to the fore a wealth of other considerations – namely Braden’s own artistic formation and inspirations as an artist, as well as his own unique and intuitive hand (or rather eye) in the matter of creating of his own works. Each of these endeavours is united in a desire to find harmony and balance across multiple variations of colour, composition and texture.
Liza Lou: Desire Lines
15 September - 6 November, 2021
Lehmann Maupin London will present Desire Lines, an exhibition of work by Los Angeles-based artist Liza Lou. The artist’s fifth exhibition with the gallery will feature 10 works that poetically illustrate Lou’s engagement with the natural environment, abstraction, and her own oeuvre spanning 30 years. From the very beginning of her career in the early 1990s to today, Lou has established a rigorous exploration of materiality and beauty in a labor-intensive practice that melds elements of both fine art and craft. Kitchen (1991–1996), Lou’s first major and most widely recognized work, is a room-sized sculpture that she began in her mother’s home in the suburbs of Southern California. The pioneering sculpture is made entirely of glass beads and represents five years of individual labor, placing Lou at the forefront of artists engaging with this craft metiér. This exhibition showcases Lou’s most recent innovations alongside key works from the past that exemplify her transformative use of material and inform the work she is making today.
3 September - 6 November, 2021
Alison Jacques is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new work by Graham Little (b. 1972, Dundee, UK), on view in the Upstairs Gallery from 3 September–6 November 2021. The exhibition coincides with Little’s inclusion in ‘Mixing it Up: Painting Today’ (9 September–12 December 2021), a landmark survey of British painting at Hayward Gallery, London, curated by Ralph Rugoff, and follows the publication of Little’s first major monograph, Inside the water sleep (2019), featuring essays from Martin Herbert and Laura Smith.
James Prapaithong: A Year Ago Today
18 September - 7 November, 2021
Workplace is pleased to announce the first solo show of London based Thai artist James Prapaithong opening at the gallery’s East London location this September. Large scale paintings of cinematic proportion will be shown alongside small works resembling blown-up photographs reminiscent of places that we all have encountered once before. Seemingly common places and landscape views devoid of any figures become catalysts for visual flashbacks and arenas for emotions to develop. The moon between the trees, the view from a train, the shimmering lights of a city nightscape framed within Prapaithong’s paintings reflect on the human desire to remember precious moments and our inability to fully preserve memories from the past.
Doron Langberg: Give Me Love
3 September - 6 November, 2021
For his first exhibition with the gallery, Langberg will show near-abstract large-scale depictions that give material form to moments of desire, alongside paintings which are drawn from a group of works made while visiting his home in Yokneam, Israel, after many months of being away.
3 September - 6 November, 2021
Powerful nudes are a point of departure and in this exhibition of new works the artist considers existence in a time and space – as much digital as physical – where people are investigating their sexual, spiritual and political identity.
12 October - 6 November, 2021
Celebrated for her intricate multimedia installations, in recent years American artist Sarah Sze has returned to painting. New wall-based works continue her decades-long exploration of the ways in which the proliferation of images – printed in magazines and newspapers, gleaned from the Web and television, intercepted from outer space, and ultimately imprinted on our conscious and unconscious selves – fundamentally changes our relationship to physical objects, memories, and time.
This summer (opened 26 June 2021) Sarah Sze: Fallen Sky, a permanent, site-specific sculpture and exhibition featuring the panoramic work Fifth Season, opened at Storm King Art Center, New Windsor, NY. Forthcoming institutional exhibitions include On the Basis of Art: 150 Years of Women at Yale, a group exhibition, opening 10 September 2021 at Yale University Art Gallery. Seamless, 1999, is currently on view at Tate Modern until October 2022.