The National or the Skip
A show in a derelict hotel, the title is inspired by something Francis Bacon once said: “if my paintings didn’t belong in the National Gallery, they were destined for the skip.”
Sculptures from Sarah Lucas’ extraordinary show at the 56th Venice Biennale will be brought to the Soane Museum this month, the custard yellow of the drawing room having inspired the artist’s scheme at the British Pavilion.
It’s the North of England with the most exciting openings this month: Nathaniel Mellors debuts his Contemporary Art Society commissioned film in Preston, Ben Rivers shows in Manchester, KAWS at the YSP and Martin Parr in Wakefield.
Hito Steyerl film acquired for GoMA, the first work by the artist to enter a UK Collection
Abstract (2012) commemorates a childhood friend of Steyerl’s who became a revolutionary and was killed in the Kurdish region of Turkey in 1998 when fighting for the PKK.
The event of the month in London is Condo, where 24 international and UK galleries will be showing in spaces across London. But if you are heading to Margate be sure to catch Rose Wylie at the Turner Contemporary, her superficially naive works reveal under closer inspection a complex wealth of imagery and style.
Contemporary British Masterpieces for our Collections: A New Scheme to Acquire Great Works
The Great Works scheme, generously supported by the Sfumato Foundation, aims to address the absence in museums across the UK of works by British contemporary artists who have established international reputations over the last 20 years.
Catch the Turner Prize in Glasgow with shortlisted artist Janice Kerbel, whose work we have just purchased for Bury Art Museum. In London, the Serpentine Gallery is holding Michael Craig Martin’s first solo exhibition in the capital since 1989.
Theaster Gates will be presenting his first and highly anticipated UK public project in Bristol, whilst in London Chantal Akerman’s show at Ambika P3 has a particular poignancy following her tragic death in October and pays tribute to her bold creative vision.
The Contemporary Art Society-commissioned Century Egg by Bedwyr Williams will be showing at British Art Show 8 in Leeds, whilst in London Damien Hirst’s new gallery opens with an intriguing look at the work of abstract painter John Hoyland.
1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, 15-18 October 2015
Europe’s leading art fair dedicated to Contemporary African Art will return to London for its third edition, 15-18 October 2015. A reference to fifty-four countries that constitute the African continent,…
If you are heading to Frieze Art Fair this month be sure to drop by San Francisco-based Jessica Silverman Gallery, who this year will show a solo presentation of work…
Varda Caivano at Victoria Miro Gallery, London
Varda Caivano’s third show with her London gallery allows us an in-depth view of her evolving practice. For over a decade now, Caivano has been singled out for the integrity of her negotiations of painting as a proposition.