The art world follows a very similar calendar to the school year,
and September is accompanied by the enthusiasm and excitement of a new season.
Here are some seasonal London highlights not to be missed.
Sept. 13 – Nov. 1
You couldn’t open the autumn season with a bigger duet of artists.
Hauser & Wirth are filling their giant Savile Row spaces with solo
exhibitions by the best of Paris and L.A. Whatever the content is, you know it
is going to be good.
Sept. 16 – Dec. 4
This solo show is devoted to Kusama’s second love outside of spots
and dots: pumpkins. Expect graphic painted pumpkins, mirrored tiled pumpkins,
and sculptural squash. This is the ideal art motif to cushion the coldness of
autumn; it is also a reference to the artist’s own childhood during WWII where
the vegetable was over-abundant. See the
Sept. 26 - Nov. 16
French young gun Neïl Beloufa is creating a signature sculptural
installation around his new film work, created at the Banff Centre, this
September. (The ICA also has a seriously good three day off-site event at the
Old Selfridges Hotel during Frieze reinforcing the new fresh energy at the space.)
Sept. 19 – Oct. 25
Video, installation, and photography are all mediums Ben Rivers
has experimented with in his exploration of outsiders, genre cinema, and the
medium of film itself. The results brim with atmosphere, nuance, and a
particular sense of Britishness.
Turner Prize at Tate Britain
Sept. 30 – Jan. 4
After a couple of years travelling around institutions across the
country, Britain’s biggest art prize returns to the Tate Britain this
September. This year’s crop includes the political film work of
performance and poetics,
manipulated VHS art pieces.
at David Zwirner, 24 Grafton St
Oct. 11 – Nov. 22
This is Marshall’s first solo show at a London private space after
his lauded touring institution UK shows in 2006. Based in Chicago, Marshall has
touches on all mediums but it hard to surpass when it comes to paint and the
exploration of African American identity and the body. Fingers crossed he will
unveil new, epic history paintings as well as graphic, collage, and
Oct. 12 – Dec. 14
Following on from a live taster event on September 6th, Marvin
Gaye Chetwynd (formerly know as the Turner Prize nominee Spartacus) will be
exhibiting her new surreal psychedelic art film at Studio Voltaire this
beautiful, muted take to the photographic archive will be
showing in a parallel exhibition in the same space.
Oct. 15 – Dec. 20
Goodman is taking the opening of her new London space designed by
David Adjaye in Soho’s Golden Square very, very seriously with a show from the
world’s most expensive living artist Gerhard Richter. The content of the show
is under wraps but imagine something big.
Oct. 14 – Nov. 15
Based between Switzerland and Berlin, Andro Wekua has created a
unique lexicon of vibrant colour, magazine ephemera, mannequins, and
architectural models that almost have the art equivalent of the films of
. What makes
his strange, often disturbing work, so interesting is how it blends pop culture
with references to his own turbulent, political experiences growing up in
MIRRORCITY: 20 Artists from London at the Hayward Gallery
Oct. 14 – Jan. 4
How do you define a city through its artists? This show brings
together hot emerging talents to create an image of London art now including
young talents like Lloyd Corporation and LuckyPDF, a good crop of female
strong, established names like