10 Exhibitions To See This Week
Katja Seib: Old World New Thoughts
29 June – 13 August, 2022
PV: Wednesday, 29 June: 6-8PM
Katja Seib’s second exhibition at Sadie Coles HQ comprises a group of new paintings and works on paper. These reveal a newly autobiographical focus, featuring depictions of her partner, their child, and other people from her life. And yet, throughout Seib’s latest works, ‘real life’ is poised to slide into a dreamlike register – refracted by symbolism and historical imagery.
Valentina Liernur: Pinturas Grises
PV: 8 June, 6-8PM
9 June – 2 July, 2022
For the artist’s second exhibition with the gallery and debut solo exhibition in London, Liernur continues her exploration of quotidian city life through a series of monochromatic figurative paintings that depict everyday life through the surreptitious gaze.
Ina Gerken: Poppies in Orbit
9 June – 2 July, 2022
PV: Wednesday, 8 June: 6-8PM
Produced for this exhibition, Gerken’s new paintings continue her investigation into the possibilities of abstraction. This show follows Gerken’s recent solo institutional exhibition Circling at Kjubh Kunstverein, 2022.
Thrush Holmes: What’s it all for?
31 May – 2 July, 2022
PV: Tuesday, 7 June: 6-8PM
Thrush Holmes’ first solo exhibition with Unit London, What’s it all for?, presents the artist’s continuing drive to push the limits of a familiar yet specific motif. Engaging with the art historical legacy of still life, Holmes’ works explore the many permutations that can be found within a single subject. The exhibition unfolds as the latest chapter of the artist’s oeuvre, unveiling the next step in the longer story of a wider process.
Harriet Gillett & Iona Hutley: The Places We Go
1 June – 30 June, 2022
Preview: 1 June, 6-8PM
‘The Places We Go’ explores the idea of the journey, both as subject matter and as a conceptual framework through which to understand their creative processes. Despite a use of traditional form and symbolism, Gillett and Hutley defy the stagnation of adherence to dogma, and they are unified by a desire to move forward and find new meaning. This exhibition is a celebration of flux and impermanence and its potential for providing new ways of examining past and present.
Victoria Cantons: People Trust People Who Look Like Them
11 May – 2 July, 2022
Flowers Gallery is delighted to announce a solo exhibition by London-based artist Victoria Cantons. Alongside film and text-based works, this exhibition features a thematic cycle of large paintings that track the artist’s own transgender history, to reflect on issues of identity and what it means to be a woman.
Working from a personal archive of photographs made over a period of more than a decade in the years before, during, and after intensive facial surgery, Cantons’ paintings present a record of trauma and healing, alongside a rigorous inquiry into the social constraints surrounding gender politics.
1 July – 12 August, 2022
Paulo Pasta is widely regarded as one of Brazil’s most prolific and accomplished contemporary painters. Over a nearly four-decade-long career, he has committed himself wholeheartedly to the medium of painting. Traversing landscape and abstraction, Pasta has consistently demonstrated his mastery of colour and form on the two-dimensional plane. He is spoken of in Brazil as an artist’s artist. His name will often surface in conversation when speaking to a wide range of current Brazilian painters. They will typically reference him as a mentor, a teacher, or a foundational influence on their generation. Many speak of him as the torchbearer of the country’s strong tradition of artistic pedagogy – a particularly Brazilian expectation that knowledge, technique, and thinking should be passed from one artist to another.
Khaleb Brooks: Can I Get A Witness
1 July – 13 August, 2022
PV: 30 June, 6-8PM
Through a multi-faceted approach, Can I Get A Witness depicts Brooks’ childhood within a black, female-led home. The intimate display features medical scans memorialising the artist’s body before undergoing gender affirming surgery, alongside mixed media imagery grappling with the historical policing of black women, and empowerment as a subsequent tool of survival. Through these elements, the artist simultaneously weaves themes such as femininity, girlhood, queerness, family and the black church.
Hans Hartung: Painter • Photographer
22 April – 1 July, 2022
While many are familiar with the abstract paintings of German-French artist Hans Hartung (b.1904, Leipzig, Germany; d.1989, Antibes, France), few know of their connection to his photography. In collaboration with the Hartung-Bergman Foundation, Waddington Custot presents Hans Hartung: Painter, Photographer, a museum-quality exhibition that illuminates the importance of photography to the development of the painter’s work. Today, approximately 30,000 photographic negatives are held by the Foundation, with those the artist printed organised chronologically and thematically in numerous albums, demonstrating the tremendous value he ascribed them. Nevertheless Hartung’s photographs – a vital yet rarely explored aspect of his practice – have never before been exhibited in London; this will be the first time that some have been publicly exhibited.
Nour el Saleh: Underfoot
13 May – 2 July 2022
Edel Assanti is pleased to present Underfoot, a solo exhibition by Nour el Saleh comprising five large scale paintings and work on paper. The exhibition contemplates life in the extremities deep below or high above ground level. Strategically eluding the notions of heaven and hell, the artist imaginatively tunnels hypothetical ecosystems that could exist at those magnitudes.
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