City Guide London – Spring ’24 - ART FIX
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City Guide London – Spring '24

A new season is well and truly underway, and London's art scene is buzzing once again. Grab your flat white to-go, and get ready for Art Fix's roundup of not-to-be-missed shows, exhibits and artists in London this season.

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MUSEUMS AND ART SPACES

Serpentine North Gallery | Refik Anadol

Using AI technology to blanket the walls of the gallery with morphing images of rainforests and coral reefs, Refik Anadol explores how art, technology and nature interact with one another.

Serpentine South Gallery | Yinka Shonibare 

Yinka Shonibare returns to London for his first solo exhibition there in twenty years! This is an unmissable show, especially if you’re getting warmed up for his feature in the 2024 Venice Biennale.

Art Fix Tip: Until April 22nd, Serpentine Gallery and Outernet Arts have collaborated to present the digital series ‘Silent Writings’ by Barbara Kruger; free to view at the Now Building near Soho.

Tate Modern | Yoko Ono

Titled ‘Music of the Mind’, this exhibition showcases the seminal career of this trailblazing conceptual performance artist from the 1950s to present – including her most iconic works such as ‘Cut Piece’ (1964) and ‘Add Color (Refugee Boat)’ (1960).

Tate Modern (Turbine Hall) | El Anatsui

‘Behind the Red Moon’ is a gigantic panel suspended from the ceiling of the Turbine Hall, made from recycled bottle tops. Viewed from different perspectives, the form of the work changes before your eyes to reveal new landscapes.

Tate Britain | Zeinab Saleh

These expressive paintings are inspired by Saleh’s personal experiences and memories, using the softness of a pastel palette.

Pitzhangar | Alice Irwin

As part of Pitzhanger’s recent initiative to highlight new emerging artists, Alice Irwin’s solo show is a vibrant and playful exhibition of her screenprints and etchings.

Towner Eastbourne | Turner Prize Exhibition

And the winner is… Jesse Darling. At Towner Eastbourne you can enjoy the presentation of four outstanding British artists nominated for the best-known award in the art world.

The Design Museum | Skateboard

A story of design, performance and communities progressing together, all united by this simple mode of transportation: the skateboard.

The Courtauld | Frank Auerbach

Alongside Francis Bacon, David Hockney and Lucian Freud, Frank Auerbach is a forerunner of the School of London painters. This exhibition spotlights a spectacular selection of his large-scale charcoal works from the early years of his career.

National Portrait Gallery | The Time is Always Now

  • Until 19 May ’24
  • St Martin’s Place
  • npg.org.uk

Featuring world-renowned artists of the African diaspora such as Michael Armitage, Njideka Akunyili Crosby and Thomas J. Price, this group exhibition takes a close look at representations of the Black figure throughout contemporary art.

Victoria & Albert Museum | Thomas J. Price

  • Until 27 May ’24
  • V&A South Kensington, Cromwell Road
  • vam.ac.uk

Rotterdam residents will recognise the work of Thomas J. Price, whose 4 meters tall bronze sculpture of a young black woman stands proudly at Stationsplein. At the V&A, Price’s work prompts us to reconsider questions about representation, and what it means to be monumentalised.

Hayward Gallery | When Forms Come Alive

Featuring the works of contemporary art VIPs such as Tara Donovan, EJ Hill and Ruth Asawa, this group exhibition is an ode to movement, gesture and dynamism.

Royal Academy | Entangled Pasts, 1768 – Now

In a bold, confrontational move, the newest headlining exhibition at the Royal Academy grapples with its own relationship to coloniality with a powerful group exhibition of British artists belonging to African, Caribbean and South Asian Diasporas.

Saatchi Gallery | Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

Taking notes from legends like Rachel Ruysch and Saar de Swart, these Dutch female artists have been brought together to challenge the status quo of art historical narratives that centre men.

The Barbican | Unravel: The Power and Politics of Textiles in Art

Ever stopped to consider the political potential of textile art? At the Barbican, you’ll get to experience the works of giants such as Sheila Hicks, Louise Bourgeois, Judy Chicago, Tracey Emin and so on.

GALLERIES

Stephen Friedman Gallery | Woody De Othello

Miami-based Woody De Othello created an other-worldly mise–en-scène in the space of Stephen Friedman with these strangely anthropomorphic ceramic objects.

David Zwirner | Richard Serra

You probably know Richard Serra for his huge, site-specific sculpture installations – but this exhibition will be showcasing his drawn works. Head to Grafton Street to experience these impressive diptychs for yourself.

The Perimeter | Shuvinai Ashoona

Shuvinai Ashoona is a third-generation Inuit artist working in the Arctic north of Canada. Her work received a special mention at the Venice Biennale in 2022, and this solo exhibition will be the first to show her work in Europe.

Lisson Gallery | Accordion Fields

This group exhibition is centred on the theme of depicting spaces and places. Joseph Yager, one of our all time favorites, is part of this show.

Hauser and Wirth | Isa Genzken

Berlin-based Isa Genzken, lauded by some as one of the most important living German contemporary artists, makes impressive installations. ‘Wasserspeier and Angels’ will return to London for the first time in twenty years.

Kristin Hjellegjerde | Tuan Vu 

Vietnamese painter Tuan Vu creates worlds on his canvases; his style inspired by the Parisian Les Nabis group. These ethereal landscape of a tropical dreamland are totally breathtaking.

Thaddaeus Ropac | Erwin Wurm

  • Until 14 Apr ’24
  • 37 Dover Street
  • ropac.net

Austrian artist Erwin Wurm often approaches formal techniques with a humour that is very distinct to his style. This exhibition at Thaddaeus Ropac plays with the mundanity of everyday life and how it relates to art.

Almine Rech | Cristina de Miguel

Marking her debut solo exhibition in London, ‘Dissolving’ by Cristina de Miguel presents a thrillingly voracious energy that’ll put a pep in your step.

White Cube Bermondsey | Georg Baselitz

  • 10 Apr – 16 Jun ’24
  • 144 – 152 Bermondsey Street
  • whitecube.com

For the first time in eight years, Georg Baselitz – best known for his upside-down paintings – will return to White Cube Bermondsey with some new works for you to feast your eyes on.

Gagosian | Albert Oehlen

Albert Oehlen is best known for his abstract expressionist paintings, which seem to burst with colour and energy. The title ‘New Paintings’ says it all – here, you’ll find never-before-seen works by the German artist.

Timothy Taylor | Hovering on the Edge

Against the backdrop of Willem de Kooning’s 1983 painting ‘Untitled XVI’, this group exhibition places five contemporary artists in dialogue with one another and revisits the influence of abstract expressionism today.

Pace | Yto Barrada

Franco-Moroccan multimedia artist Yto Barrada returns to Pace for a third presentation of her oeuvre, this time with a special focus on her textile artworks which use dyes from her eco-feminist dye garden in Tangier.

Pilar Corrias | Ulla von Brandenburg

Synaesthesia is the perfect word to describe this colour-bursting show – perfectly on time for the spring months, Savile Row will be bathed in the colours and quilts of German artist, Ulla von Brandenburg.

Carl Freedman Gallery | Studio Lenca

Okay, so maybe it’s a little out of the way from London – but it deserves its place on this list. In ‘Leave to Remain’, El Salvadoran artist Studio Lenca considers what it means to belong in a country whilst being displaced.

LONDON EATS, DRINKS, AND STAYS

At Sloane

A luxury boutique hotel located in Chelsea, with a secret restaurant and speakeasy bar serving Parisian dishes in a stylishly English setting. For reservations, call +44 (0)20 3750 0750.

NoMad London

CitizenM

The Ned

Firmdale Hotel Covent Garden

Layla

Start your day off strong with a perfect breakfast from this cosy local bakery – sourdough, pastries, coffee… You name it, they’ve got it.

Chestnut Bakery

Gallery visits got you hungry? Chestnut Bakery has breakfast and lunch options. Drop by one of their locations in Belgravia or Covent Garden for the perfect mid-afternoon sweet treat.

Bubala Soho

For Middle Eastern vegetarian feasts.

Wild Tavern

Deliciously simple Mediterranean cuisine using seasonal ingredients from local producers.

Cecconi’s Mayfair

Authentic Italian flavours including seafood and handmade pasta, with plant-based and vegetarian options for all to enjoy.

Granger & Co.

With a total of five locations all over London (and three more in Sydney, Seoul and Tokyo), you’ve no excuse to skip this restaurant. Who doesn’t love all-day Aussie brunch?

The River Cafe

Treat yourself to a Michelin-star meal in the Italian restaurant where none other than Jamie Oliver earned his stripes as a sous-chef!

Bar Termini

Too early for dinner? Hit up Bar Termini in Soho for London’s best aperitivo and yummy cocktails.

The Connaught’s Red Room

This is a one stop shop for the perfect end to an art-filled day – the sensual, dreamy interior of this bar perfectly highlights artwork by female artists like Louise Bourgeois and Jenny Holzer.

PAST SHOWS

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Victoria & Albert Museum | Gabrielle Chanel

  • Until 10 Mar ’24
  • V&A South Kensington, Cromwell Road
  • vam.ac.uk

The first ever blockbuster retrospective exhibition of the life and work of Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel in the United Kingdom.

Art Fix: Tickets for this exhibition are currently sold out, but you can still see it if you become a member of the V&A.

Victoria Miro | Stephen Willats

Yet another pioneer of the conceptual artists – Stephen Willats’ works challenge our understanding of free will, communication and social interaction.

Stephen Friedman Gallery | Group exhibition

Bringing together almost 40 artists of all different walks of life (including Art Fixer Kendell Geers), this exhibition tackles the theme of home as both a physical and spiritual concept.

Zabludowicz Collection | All Crescendo, No Reward

An exhibition of works from the Zabludowicz Collection, structured around three major moving image installations by Matt Copson, Oliver Laric and Frances Stark.

Battersea Power Station | David Hockney

David Hockney brings the festivities to London with an iPad and Apple Pencil. The site-specific installation “Bigger Christmas Trees” (2023) blends digital art with Christmas joy, and gives the new Apple UK headquarters a holiday glow.

Tate Britain (South Lawn) | Bobby Baker

Time for an afternoon snack? Don’t miss out on this edible art installation on the South Lawn of Tate Britain, on show as part of the “Women in Revolt!” exhibition that will run until April 2024.

Saatchi Gallery | Season of Sculpture Late

Until 21.00 on selected Fridays (check the Saatchi Gallery website for more details), you can enjoy art after dark with access to multiple shows for a great price – members go free!

GRIMM | Tjebbe Beekman, ‘Drift’

Dutch artist Tjebbe Beekman makes quite the statement with his panoramic abstract works that evoke almost a religious atmosphere.

David Zwirner | Liu Ye

Chinese artist Liu Ye toys with the concept of portraiture, painting subjects from literary giants such as Vladimir Nabokov to the Dutch national treasure, Nijntje (or ‘Miffy’).

White Cube Mason’s Yard | Marina Rheingantz

These richly textured paintings seamlessly blend the disciplines of landscape and abstract painting – they remind us of a modern Monet.

Kristin Hjellegjerde | Charlie Stein

Charlie Stein’s latest series of paintings engages with Instagram beauty standards and digital manipulation, using eerie cyborg subjects as his muse.

Kristin Hjellegjerde | Tom White

A recent graduate of Camberwell College, Tom White paints intimate snapshots of fleeting, private moments.

Stephen Friedman Gallery | Yinka Shonibare

‘Free The Wind, The Spirit, and The Sun’ is an exhibition of brand new works by Yinka Shonibare, and works by artists of his residency project.

Waddington Custot | Ian Davenport, ‘Lake’

Nothing brightens the dullness of a gloomy autumn day in London quite like the flooding of color in Ian Davenport’s immense painting installations!

Albion Jeune | Esben Weile Kjær

  • Until 18 Nov ’23
  • 16-17 Little Portland Street
  • albionjeune

Brand new gallery alert! Opening with an exhibition by the Danish artist Esben Weile Kjær.

Pace | Robert Irwin & Mary Corse

Light – the evergreen source of inspiration for artists across the ages. At this exhibition, Pace presents two artists’ interpretations.

Frieze London

  • 11 – 15 Oct ‘23
  • The Regent’s Park, London
  • frieze.com

The world’s most influential contemporary art fair is celebrating its 20th anniversary, bringing together galleries from 46 countries.

Frieze Sculpture

  • Until 29 Oct ‘23
  • The Regent’s Park, London
  • frieze.com

Returning to Regent’s Park is the amazing (and FREE) outdoor art exhibition, curated by London-based, Turkish-born curator Fatoş Üstek.

1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair

  • 12-15 Oct ’23
  • Somerset House
  • 1-54.com

1-54 is the first and only international art fair dedicated to contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora.

Goodman Gallery | Shirin Neshat

Equal parts moving and confrontational, Shirin Neshat’s photography of the female body revisits the themes of power and subjugation using microscopic detail.

White Cube Bermondsey | Julie Mehretu

Ethiopian-American Julie Mehretu’s layered abstract paintings are an apocalyptic tornado of images from current geopolitical conflicts.

All Saints Chapel | Group exhibition

This gorgeous chapel will also be adorned with a new series of paintings from Gideon Rubin, alongside works from Louise Bourgeois and a soundscape by Nicolas Godin.

Lisson Gallery | Ryan Gander

Ryan Gander asks philosophical questions of language, knowledge and human development with his show-stopping installations.

Gagosian Open | Christo

What better way to celebrate the inaugural show of Gagosian Open – a project aimed at bringing art out of the gallery – than the early masterpieces of Christo?

Thaddaeus Ropac | Daniel Richter

  • Until 1 Dec ‘23
  • 37 Dover Street
  • ropac.net

These intensely colourful artworks play with the human form, taking inspiration from Richter’s musical background.