We Were Ugly by Hyon Gyon at Parasol Unit Gallery, London

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London Art Diary 2019

It’s a super year for exhibitions in London and we’re off to a flying start. I’ve compiled my picks in the list below. Follow the links for artist and exhibition rundowns.
Bookmark, explore and enjoy!

North

Hyon Gyon at Parasol Unit
23 January – 31 March
Free entry

So She Travelled: An assault on the senses, the initial scale and shock factor of each installation and painting quickly transforms into wonder as layer upon layer of meaning are revealed in a seemingly never ending story, perfectly reflecting the traditional storytelling and Korean shamonism influencing Hyon Gyon’s artwork. If this is 2019 level artistry, it’s a savage over-achiever, firing from every creative outlet and hitting the mark every time.

We Were Ugly by Hyon Gyon at Parasol Unit Gallery, London

We Were Ugly by Hyon Gyon at Parasol Unit

West

I Will Be Dead at König London (group show)
25 January – 16 March
Free entry

So She Travelled: A wonderful opportunity to get an introduction to König’s roster of fine artists. One of my favourite galleries in Berlin, I’m really pleased to see this permanent home blossoming in London.

We Live In An Ocean Of Air at Saatchi Gallery
14 March – 5 May
£20 adults / £15 10-16 year olds

So She Travelled: 20 minute immersive virtual reality experience connecting the human and natural world using the journey of breath to transport visitors into digital forests, fantastical elevations and into the heart of the majestic Sequoia.

We Live in an Ocean of Air at Saatchi Gallery

We Live in an Ocean of Air at Saatchi Gallery

Carmignac Photojournalism Award / Arctic: New Frontier at Saatchi Gallery
15 March – 5 May
Free entry

So She Travelled: Award winners, Yuri Kozyrev and Kadir van Lohuizen (NOOR), present the photo-story of their double Arctic expedition funded by the prize fund. Poignant testimony to the speed of change happening in the region and the influences of human trade and tourism.

Central

Erwin Wurm: New Work at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
19 February – 23 March
‘One Minute Sculpture’ performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday 2-6pm
Free entry

So She Travelled: Two floors of sculpture, photography, installations and drawings all wrapped in Wurm’s delightfully impish sense of humour. The highlight are the Polaroids of one minute sculptures in the back room on the ground floor.

Erwin Wurm at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac

Erwin Wurm at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac

Bill Viola / Michelangelo: Life, Death, Rebirth at Royal Academy Of Arts
26 January – 31 March
£18 adult / Free to under 16’s / Concessions available

So She Travelled: Viola dominates this epic exhibition and turns Michelangelo into a whimsical sideshow. The scale of Viola’s video works is perfectly housed within the new RA and the exhibition title is fully explored.

Don McCullin: Proximity at Hamiltons Gallery
30 January – 27 April
Free entry

So She Travelled: Before heading to Tate Britain’s exhibition, get an introduction to the work of master British photojournalist, Don McCullin at Hamiltons Gallery who have represented him for 30 years.

Don McCullin at Hamiltons Gallery

Don McCullin at Hamiltons Gallery

Allan Sekula: Photography, A Wonderfully Inadequate Medium at Marian Goodman Gallery
14 March – 18 May
Free entry

So She Travelled: Politically and psychosocially concerned American filmmaker, photographer and writer, Allan Sekula is a wonderful subject to explore in this new presentation. As a seaside raised Californian, Sekula’s imagery wonderfully balances natural light and shadow to tell the stories of socio-economic conditions and capitalism on real people.

Grace Wales Bonner: A Time For New Dreams at Serpentine Galleries
19 January – 17 March
Free entry

So She Travelled: Multimedia fashion artist, Wales Bonner represents a crossover of several genres featuring collaborations with leading creatives exploring magical practices within black culture using sensory site-specific installations.

Kamasi Washington: As Told To G/D Thyself at 180 Strand by Serpentine Galleries
28 February – 10 March
Free entry

So She Travelled: UK premiere of musician, Washington’s short film, As Told To G/D Thyself directed by filmmaker collective, Ummah Chroma.

Primary Directives at Marlborough Contemporary (group show)
21 February – 30 March
Free entry

So She Travelled: The entire show is chock-full of bangers, get thee to it.

Diane Arbus: In The Beginning at Hayward Gallery
13 February – 6 May
£14 adult / Free to under 12’s / Many concessions available

So She Travelled: Focusing on the early New York portraits that Diane Arbus became renowned for, two thirds of these images have never been exhibited in the UK. Ticket also includes entry to Kader Attia’s Museum Of Emotion.

Diane Arbus. Jack Dracula at a bar, New London, Conn. 1961. Hayward Gallery Southbank Centre London

Diane Arbus at the Hayward Gallery

Chihuly: NOW at Halcyon Gallery
20 January – 22 April
Free entry

So She Travelled: If you love Chihuly’s glass installations, this exhibition is a fantastic delve into his process, including light paintings and sculptures made up of mainly new works.

Chihuly: NOW at Halcyon Gallery

Chihuly: NOW at Halcyon Gallery

Pierre Bonnard: The Colour Of Memory at Tate Modern
23 January – 6 May
£18 adult / Free to under 12’s / Concessions available / Register for Tate Collective if aged 16-25 for £5 tickets

So She Travelled: 20 years since the last major exhibition of Bonnard’s work in the UK, this is an absolute treat. Take a few hours to explore the rooms and works of one of the greatest colourists of the early 20th century.

The EY Exhibition: Van Gogh And Britain at Tate Britain
27 March – 11 August
£22 adult / Concessions available / Register for Tate Collective if aged 16-25 for £5 tickets

So She Travelled: 75 works exploring Van Gogh’s relationship with Britain and the inspiration he drew from it, including his fascinating love for the writing of Charles Dickens and George Eliot. Brilliant added bonus of the British artists his work then inspired, including Francis Bacon and David Bomberg.

Jorge Eielson: matter, sign, space at Cortesi Gallery
2 March – 31 May
Free entry

So She Travelled: Impressed with this gallery’s choices and Peruvian artist, Eielson is accorded plenty of scope to shine by curator, Francesca Pola, in this simultaneously subtle and bold showing.

Jorge Eielson: matter, sign, space at Cortesi Galley

Jorge Eielson at Cortesi Gallery

South

Tracey Emin: A Fortnight Of Tears at White Cube Bermondsey
6 February – 7 April
Free entry
Trigger warning: could cause distress to those experiencing loss, grief or trauma

So She Travelled: A thorough tour of Emin’s past and present works. Recommend beginning with the 22 minute film, How It Feels. A breath of fresh air in an age where feel-good mantras can make deep emotions seem voluntary.

East

Daria Martin: Tonight The World at The Curve, Barbican
31 January – 7 April
Free entry

So She Travelled: Based on the dream diaries of her grandmother who fled Nazi occupation in the Czech Republic, 13.5 minute film shot on 16mm and transferred to HD.

Manifest Content at Campoli Presti (group show)
01 February – 10 March
Free entry

So She Travelled: Showcasing artists from Germany, Norway, France and the US exploring themes on dream interpretation.

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Frank Bowling at Tate Britain
31 May – 26 August
£13 adult / Concessions available / Register for Tate Collective if aged 16-25 for £5 tickets

So She Travelled: The first retrospective of phenomenal British artist, Frank Bowling and a 60 year career of highs almost completely overlooked outside of collector circles until now. Full of large scale paintings and sensational colour mastery, this is going to be one of the best exhibitions of the year.

Frank Bowling at Tate Britain

Frank Bowling at Tate Britain

Olafur Eliasson: In Real Life at Tate Modern
11 July 2019 – 5 January 2020
£18 adult / Concessions available / Register for Tate Collective if aged 16-25 for £5 tickets

So She Travelled: A truly enormous haul of works that have never been exhibited in the UK before. More than 30 pieces surveying Eliasson’s extraordinary journey in multi-sensory art so far, delighting audiences around the world in the process.
Worth going to twice, once to explore, twice to watch the effect on strangers. It will be packed. It will be worth it.

Olafur Eliasson: In Real Life at Tate Modern

Olafur Eliasson at Tate Modern

Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition at Design Museum
26 April – 15 September
£14.50 adult / £7.25 child / Concessions available

So She Travelled: Finally this standout Kubrick exhibition on loan from Deutsches Film museum makes its way to the filmmakers adopted country and resting place. This is the ultimate Kubrick exhibition (hints in the title) and the meticulous, fairly terrifying detail he went into on every single aspect and frame of his films prove beyond a doubt that his filmmaking was a serious art form. Spend time and enjoy.

Cindy Sherman at the National Portrait Gallery
27 June – 15 September
£18 adult / £16.50 concession

So She Travelled: A wonderful 150 piece retrospective of a living female artist who defied the odds and built her own genre, manipulating her features using multiple real and virtual methods to create intimate portraits unlike any other.

Tim Walker at the V&A
21 September 2019 – tbc March 2020
Tickets to be announced shortly

So She Travelled: One of the UK’s greatest fashion photographers who brought fantasy to haute couture in a style that is always undeniably ‘a Tim Walker’. There’s also going to be full scale sets and installations to take visitors behind the scenes on shoots, which will enthral anyone who’s ever been interested in the secrets of high-end conceptual imagery.

Tim Walker at the Victoria and Albert Museum

Tim Walker at the Victoria and Albert Museum

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