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November 2019

15
November
Friday

Helen Frankenthaler @ Tate Modern

15 November 2019 - 14 November 2020
Tate Modern,

A retrospective of the work of Helen Frankenthaler (1928–2011), one of the most significant American artists of the twentieth century. A key member of the second generation of abstract expressionist painters, she made a major contribution to the subsequent development of abstract painting with works acclaimed for their bold forms and colours.

January 2020

14
January
Tuesday

Rachel Pimm @ Whitechapel Gallery

14 January 2020 - 9 August 2020
Whitechapel Gallery, 77 Whitechapel High Street
London, E1 7QX United Kingdom

Plates is based on field work undertaken in Ethiopia and Northern Ireland by artist Rachel Pimm  with a soundtrack by Lori E. Allen. For this commission, the artists create a visual and sonic topography with words, images and sounds that have been collected from an archive of self-similar images of biological, geological and physical matter. The space becomes an index of ‘plates’, representing materials located around volcanic landscapes such as the Giants Causeway (Northern Ireland) and the Afar Triangle (Ethiopia), geological sites…

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January
Thursday

Penelope Haralambidou @ Domobaal Gallery

30 January 2020 - 20 August 2020
Domo Baal Gallery,

Penelope Haralambidou's project 'City of Ladies' studies 'The Book of the City of Ladies', 1405, by Italian/French medieval author Christine de Pizan (1364 – c.1430). The text is part of a compilation assembled for Queen Isabeau of Bavaria between 1410 – 1414 (Harley MS 4431) the largest surviving collected manuscript of her works and one of the foundation manuscripts at the British Library.  'City of Ladies' focuses on the under–researched significance of the architectural and urban allegory portrayed in Pizan's…

April 2020

25
April
Saturday

Linda McCartney @ Walker Art Gallery

25 April 2020 - 31 August 2020
Walker Art Gallery,

A major retrospective of Linda McCartney’s photography is presented. From her iconic depictions of the music scene of the 1960s, to family life with Paul, Linda captured her whole world on film. The exhibition features more than 200 extraordinary images that reveal what a prolific photographer Linda was, and how her love for the natural world, her surreal sense of humour, and an exceptional eye for capturing the spontaneous, gave her work an inimitable style.

May 2020

11
May
Monday

Yayoi Kusama @ Tate Modern

11 May 2020 - 9 May 2021
Tate Modern,

This exhibition is a rare chance to experience two of Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Rooms. These immersive installations will transport you into Kusama’s unique vision of endless reflections. Infinity Mirrored Room – Filled with the Brilliance of Life is one of Kusama’s largest installations to date and was made for her 2012 retrospective at the gallery. It is shown alongside Chandelier of Grief, a room which creates the illusion of a boundless universe of rotating crystal chandeliers.  A small presentation of photographs –…

19
May
Tuesday

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye @ Tate Britain

19 May 2020 - 31 August 2020
Tate Britain,

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye is an artist and writer acclaimed for her enigmatic portraits of fictitious people. This exhibition brings together around 80 paintings and works on paper from 2003 to the present day in the most extensive survey of the artist’s career to date.  The figures in Yiadom-Boakye’s paintings are not real people – she creates them from found images and her own imagination. Both familiar and mysterious, they invite viewers to project their own interpretations, and raise important questions of identity…

23
May
Saturday

Huma Bhabha @ BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

23 May 2020 - 20 September 2020
Baltic, Gateshead,

Huma Bhabha’s work draws on wide ranging sources: from art historical references including Classicism and Cubism, to popular culture with influences such as sci-fi, comic books and horror films. Her sculptural assemblages comprise found materials such as Styrofoam, clay, wire, cork, animal bones and wood; hand-carved figures, heads and limbs combine architectural elements and armatures. Bhabha’s multifaceted work explores colonialism, war, displacement and the memory of home. For her first major survey exhibition in Europe.

23
May
Saturday

Christina Ramberg @ BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

23 May 2020 - 20 September 2020
Baltic, Gateshead,

The Making of Husbands is a major exhibition that brings together works by Christina Ramberg (1946–1995), her contemporaries and younger artists to explore the urgency with which her work speaks to the current debate around gender and identity. Artists include: Alexandra Bircken, Gaylen Gerber, Allen Jones, Konrad Klapheck, Ghislaine Leung, Hans Christian Lotz, Senga Nengudi, Ana Pellicer, Charlotte Posenenske, Richard Rezac, Diane Simpson, Terre Thaemlitz, Frieda Toranzo Jaeger and Kathleen White. The exhibition reveals Ramberg’s understanding of the body as deeply…

23
May
Saturday

Haegue Yang @ Tate St Ives

23 May 2020 - 11 October 2020
Tate, St Ives,

This is a major exhibition of existing and new work by South Korean artist Haegue Yang, who is renowned for her vast and non-binary artistic languages. The materiality and aesthetics of her work are derived from her inventive methods, from using industrial and everyday materials to labour-intensive and craft-based procedures that create creature-like sculptures. The resulting environment is often immersive and charged with an energy that weaves together enlightenment and mysticism

June 2020

01
June
Monday

Jodi Carey & others @ New Art Centre, Roche Court

1 June 2020 - 29 August 2020
New Art Centre, Salisbury, United Kingdom

The exhibition Common Thread brings together a group of artists: Jodie Carey, Mark Corfield-Moore,  Ayan Farah, David Murphy, Isobel Napier, Amy Revier, Sophie Rowley and Katharine Swailes, each persons work focuses on the history of textile technology and design, and their shifting values for people across place and time. They explore the ways which certain textile producing technologies are still in effect, while others are being challenged.  The works in this exhibition reflect on the place of textiles both in art, and in contemporary society.

17
June
Wednesday

Magdalena Abakanowicz @ Tate Modern

17 June 2020 - 13 September 2020
Tate Modern,

In the 1960s and 70s, the Polish artist Magdalena Abakanowicz created radical sculptures from woven fibre. They were soft not hard; ambiguous and organic; towering works that hung from the ceiling and pioneered a new form of installation. They became known as The Abakans. This exhibition presents a rare opportunity to explore this extraordinary body of work. Many of the most significant Abakans will be brought together in a forest-like display in a 64-metre long gallery space.  It examines this transformative period of Abakanowicz’s practice when…

19
June
Friday

Sandra Monterosso @ Cecilia Brunson Projects

19 June 2020 - 30 August 2020
Cecilia Brunson Projects,

Sandra Monterosso's work brings deep-rooted indigenous culture and belief out of the margins and into the contemporary art canon. She explores her ancestry and the boundaries of her mixed identity through physical references to tradition and memory, which underlines that Mayan culture, community and practice exist today. Dyed in Wool showcases her recent work in textiles, focusing on works produced from dyeing practices deeply embedded in the Mayan community.

22
June
Monday

Heather Phillipson @ Tate Britain

22 June 2020 - 18 October 2020
Tate Britain,

Heather Phillipson's large-scale immersive art work is the exciting new commission for 2020.  It will occupy the grand spaces of the Duveen Galleries at the heart of the building.

July 2020

02
July
Thursday

Gala Porras-Kim @ Gasworks

2 July 2020 - 13 September 2020
Gasworks, 155 Vauxhall Street
London, SE11 5RH

Gala Porras-Kim's, work traces the global circulation of ancient precolonial artefacts extracted from their original sites and stored in museums and private collections.  It examines how the definitions and possibilities of these objects change in response to each context. Departing from official replicas of the monoliths recently found inside the Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan, Mexico, her exhibition unravels the many worlds colliding in these powerful stones, from international copyright laws to cosmologies, stars and forces greater than us.

10
July
Friday

Helen Levitt @ Photographers Gallery

10 July 2020 - 11 October 2020
Photographers Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies St
London, W1F 7LW United Kingdom

Helen Levitt (1913–2009) is among the foremost practitioners in the field of street photography.  This retrospective of Levitt’s photographic career  presents over 130 photographs, many of which are shown for the first time in the UK.  It brings together her street photography, the clandestinely shot portraits of New York subway passengers in 1938, as well as her early colour work and films.  The exhibition presents a uniquely nuanced overview of Levitt’s work and traces her development to become one of the…

11
July
Saturday

Rosie Grace Ward @ Focal Point Gallery

11 July 2020 - 13 October 2020
Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea,

Arrowcut Slab (colliding not thriving) is a new temporary public artwork by Rosie Grace Ward consisting of two new site specific works for the annual railway bridge commission on Southend High Street. Drawing inspiration from Southend’s Anglo Saxon history, each panel – one decorative, one figurative, depict both sides of an intricately carved slab of stone. Digitalised images have been created from Ward’s hand painted watercolours, which heavily reference a fusion of Celtic stone monuments, bas relief carvings and medieval drawings and…

23
July
Thursday

Charmaine Watkins @ Tiwani Contemporary

23 July 2020 - 29 August 2020
Tiwani Contemporary,

The exhibition, The Abstract Truth of Things features drawings by Charmaine Watkiss and paintings by Andrew Pierre Hart, plus the feature of  a soundscape. The lockdown in the UK created an opportunity for the artists to meet and engage on social media platforms where they conducted a series of discussions to develop the meeting point of their collaboration: the colour blue and the sound of Jazz - markers of innovation and invention in American, African and Caribbean diaspora histories.

29
July
Wednesday

Barbara Balmer & others @ The Scottish Gallery

29 July 2020 - 29 August 2020
The Scottish Gallery,

This exhibition reflects on a key area of history and reviews one hundred and twenty-five years of exhibiting women artists. It continues the spirit of our Modern Masters series and allows for the celebration of the pioneering, persistent, creative women artists at the end of the 19th century, and all the curators, gallerists and individual talents who have contributed to the equality enjoyed today in the cultural realm.

August 2020

01
August
Saturday

Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings @ Focal Point Gallery

1 August 2020 - 30 August 2020
Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea,

 ‘In My Room’, is Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings’ exhibition, which brings together film, fresco painting and works on paper. As a new body of work, ‘In My Room’ develops the artists’ enquiry into the politics, histories and aesthetics of queer spaces and culture. This enquiry builds on their travels across the UK whilst making ‘UK Gay Bar Directory (UKGBD)’ 2016, a moving image archive of gay bars, responding to the systematic closure of LGBTQ+ dedicated social spaces.  

04
August
Tuesday

Cao Fei @ Serpentine Gallery

4 August 2020 - 13 September 2020
Serpentine Gallery, United Kingdom

This exhibition, Blueprints, brings together new and existing works in an immersive, site-specific installation, expanding the themes of automation, virtuality and technology that Cao Fei continuously draws upon.  

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