Top 10 Exhibitions Opening This Week
Flora Yukhnovich: Thirst Trap
1 March - 26 March, 2022
Flora Yukhnovich is acclaimed for paintings that, fluctuating between abstraction and figuration, transcend painterly traditions to fuse high art with popular culture and intellect with intuition. While in the past she has adopted the language of Rococo, dynamically reimagining aspects of works by eighteenth-century artists such as Tiepolo, Boucher, Lancret and Watteau, new paintings draw upon various depictions of the Roman goddess Venus in mythology, art history and contemporary culture.
Rather than focus on individual points of reference, each work synthesises a multitude of influences that convey the shifting representations and significations of Venus herself. Here the Venus who embodies idealised female form and is goddess of love, maternal care, sexual reproduction and erotic desire, meets the Venus of violent origin and hybrid gender – promiscuous and vengeful.
4 March - 9 April, 2022
Private View: Thursday, 3 March: 6-8pm
Simon Lee Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings by Garth Weiser, the artist’s fourth presentation with the gallery.
Garth Weiser’s practice has been dominated predominately by abstract imagery but in recent works Weiser fuses abstraction and figuration. Weiser layers gestural impastoed paint, ordered geometry, and disembodied figurative forms. Using a variety of devices such as tape, exacto blades and shipping nets he disrupts, interrupts and cuts into the various layers partially revealing the printed imagery underneath. The resulting painting surfaces feel scarred and sculptural. He creates a surface that is at once controlled and free with images flickering in and out of recognition. By employing this method of addition and subtraction, Weiser’s works underline his fascination with the evolution of painting.
Lubaina Himid: Water Has A Perfect Memory
4 March - 14 April, 2022
Preview: Thursday, 3 March: 5-8PM
Hollybush Gardens is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by Lubaina Himid. Across varied materials, Himid addresses Black experience in its fullness, dealing with subject matters such as desire and love, endurance and belonging, everyday exchange and transformation. Water Has a Perfect Memory traces progress, or its lack thereof, in 2021 — a year in which questions of time, as Himid expresses, ‘its shape, its colour and its passing’, were left unanswered. This exhibition attempts to address time’s heterogeneity by recalling or reimagining variations of writing, including diary entries, quotidian notetaking or invented sentences from long letters. By resurrecting text through painted composition, Himid evokes the passage of time and its numerous, resonating pasts.
5 March - 28 May, 2022
Raphael Egil, Dominique Knowles, Kaoli Mashio, Dorothea Stiegemann
CASSIUS&Co. is delighted to announce its fourth exhibition, the last of its inaugural year, Night Work, a group exhibition of paintings and works on paper by Raphael Egil, Dominique Knowles, Kaoli Mashio and Dorothea Stiegemann. The exhibition will open at 63 Kinnerton Street, London, on 5th March 2022 and run until 28th May 2022.
Night Work began with a reading of a 1978 essay by Murray Melbin titled Night as Frontier that was reproduced in Cady Noland’s cataclysmic book The Clip-On Method in 2021. Here, the author relates the features of the night, and the tendencies of human behaviour at night, to those of life on the American frontier: wilder, more violent, more welcoming and prone to dreaming, removed in both instances from the productive centres of so-called civilised life. And just as that propensity for wildness was dissolved as greater swathes of North America were colonised, so too has the temporal space of the night become less and less wild as artificial light, and the possibility to live and work at all hours, takes over our homes and our cities. Light is read as this purveyor of civility, a colonising force that erodes our capacity for instinctual, elemental behaviours.
Taylor Simmons: Everything All At Once
2 March - 26 March, 2022
Opening – Wednesday March 2, 6 – 8pm
Public Gallery is pleased to present Everything All At Once, the debut solo exhibition of New York-based artist Taylor Simmons. This body of new paintings highlights his exploration of figuration through neon-coloured, cinematic compositions. The exhibition title refers to the momentum of this inaugural display – a cast of vivid characters who vibrate with nervous energy and anticipation.
Simmons’ process centres on his archive of compulsively collated imagery. He gathers fragments of what is around him to create a reflection of who he is and what he sees: a face, a pose, a moment, weaving them together to form dense multi-dimensional scenarios. Growing up in Atlanta, Georgia, a city renowned for it’s musical heritage, the artist cites music as a major influence on his practice – he visually samples, riffs and remixes to make new, while retaining a reverence for his sources. Simmons’ output is inherently intimate; clearing his mind of these accumulated images, exorcising them as a means to question why they meant something in the first place.
Hilma af Klint: Tree of Knowledge
2 March - 2 April, 2022
David Zwirner is pleased to announce that Hilma af Klint’s Tree of Knowledge, 1913–1915, has been acquired by Glenstone Museum. This series, which comprises eight works, was on view at David Zwirner’s 34 East 69th Street location in New York from November 4, 2021, to January 29, 2022, and will be on view at David Zwirner’s London gallery from March 2 to April 2, 2022, before going to its permanent home in Maryland.
“We had a wonderful experience showing Tree of Knowledge to our New York audiences this fall, breaking all previous attendance records at our space on 69th Street. I am especially excited that I can now present these rare works in London, where Hilma af Klint’s work was actually discovered earlier than in New York. A major presentation in London was at the Serpentine Galleries in 2016.
Siro Cugusi: Voyage and Return
2 March - 1 April, 2022
Cooke Latham Gallery is delighted to present Voyage and Return, a solo exhibition by Siro Cugusi. The gallery space is dominated by three monumental paintings that explore the landscape genre and its symbolism. Untethered from any known reality, the paintings portray the dream-like topography of the unconscious. In many ways Arcadian vistas, the serenity of the subject matter is continually thrown into disarray; smooth ornamental imagery confronts painterly abstraction. As the viewer one is delighted by the balance of the compositions and yet unsettled by their continual disruption.
Richard Harrison: A Painter’s Progress
4 March - 27 March, 2022
Opening: Friday 4 March: 6-8pm
Acclaimed English artist Richard Harrison returns to Albemarle Gallery with a new set of vibrant and expressive paintings. Dramatically rendered landscapes are articulated by bursts of turbulent abstraction that emphasise otherworldliness and their place in the realm of dream and imagination. In some pieces characters appear out of the welter of coagulated paint, punctuating a conjectured story, embodying themes of transfiguration and redemption.
The viewer’s eye is dazzled by volcanic eruptions of elemental colour. Harrison’s palette is highly registered; primary and secondary hues dominate, making for strong contrasts and rich combinations.
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