London private galleries: exhibitions opening this month
From Christian Marclay's absorbing video to a seminal exhibition of Paula Rego's work in the 1980s, here are six shows to see in London private galleries this month.
Christian Marclay spent 10 years collecting film extracts where doors open and close. He edited these sequences so that we see the actors walking through the door into another space.
The video montage makes for a labyrinthine wandering; the passage through the door marks the editing point, the transition from one film to another and from one soundscape to another.
This mental architecture in which the characters get lost and find themselves is utterly absorbing.
Yinka Shonibare will present new collaged prints and sculptures of African ritual masks alongside earlier works featuring symbols of the British Empire.
In his own words: 'We are going through a kind of African renaissance moment now... so I wanted to understand the origins of how Black culture became fashionable in Western modernism. I am kind of revisiting how the power of African aesthetics managed to inspire a whole movement in the West.'Read more ...
The New York-born, Black female artist is a big sensation in the United States – her exhibition at the Whitney Museum last year made headlines.
She is back at the White Cube Bermondsey, 10 years after a first sensational exhibition, with new multilayered and multidimensional works.
Fashion designer Jonathan Anderson, JW Anderson’s founder and Loewe's creative director, has always emphasised the close relationship between fashion and the art world.
On Foot, curated by Anderson himself, will place modern British artworks from his collection – including works from Barbara Hepworth, Lucian Freud and David Hockney – ‘in dialogue’ with artworks from a new generation of international contemporary artists, from Lynette Yiadom-Boakye to Florian Krewer. Fashion pieces from JW Anderson's latest show will also be presented as well as a version of Anderson’s ‘pigeon clutch' designed in collaboration with British artist Anthea Hamilton.
Anderson will transform the rooms and corridors of the Georgian townhouse in which Offer Waterman is located into an imaginary walk-through of London that will take the visitor on a dreamy stroll from Mayfair to Soho, ‘embracing the stark contrasts and unlikely juxtapositions that even a short journey through the city offers up’. Not to be missed.
This exhibition will display works by Paula Rego from the 1980s, a period of liberation and self-discovery for the artist who saw her first major exhibitions in the UK and the US.
For Rego, the 1980s was a decade of creative transformation. Moving away from the process of making collages, she began to engage with her childhood passion for painting as play.
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