Projected onto two walls of the gallery, Pipilotti Rist’s latest film transforms the space into an immersive multisensorial experience, which transports the viewer inside the human body. Intercutting extreme close-ups of body parts with images of landscapes and nature, Rist blurs the distinction between internal and external experiences.
Pipilotti Rist Worry Will Vanish
Glenn Ligon’s first exhibition at a nonprofit UK gallery presents a new series of paintings based on a composition made by Minimal music pioneer Steve Reich in the 1960s that used sound bites of the taped testimonies of the “Harlem six.” For this exhibition, Ligon has also created a neon work based on a statement by Daniel Hamm, one of the six Harlem teenagers who were accused of murder and brutally beaten by police.
Glenn Ligon Call and Response
For his sixth exhibition at Lisson Gallery, Jonathan Monk juxtaposes recent works describing his own life with an installation that speaks to current politics in the Middle East. Works including an installation made of tea towels (each marking one year of the artist’s life) and a family slide show are in stark contrast to a group of metal pallets containing rocks from contested territories in Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, and Israel.
Jonathan Monk I HEART 1984
Stephen Friedman presents the first UK show of American artist Melvin Edwards. Dating from the 1960s through today, the large- and small-scale sculptures (among them pieces from Edwards’s best-known series, “Lynch Fragments”) deal with themes of race and civil rights in America.
For her show at White Cube, American artist Liza Lou has created colorful abstract “canvases” using glass beads. These new works, which demonstrate the emotive power of pure color, were inspired by Lou’s experience working with with Zulu bead-workers in Africa.
Liza Lou Solid / Divide
Dexter Dalwood’s first exhibition with Simon Lee comprises recent paintings inspired by the city of London. Reconstructing the British capital’s iconic sites based on a variety of sources including political narratives, historic paintings of the city, and his own memory, Dalwood raises questions about how paintings help write history.
Dexter Dalwood London Paintings
The inaugural show at Dominique Lévy’s London outpost features a selection of rarely exhibited works from the 1950s through the 1970s by Enrico Castellani, Donald Judd, and Frank Stella. Curated by Linda Norden, this exhibition examining the creative intersection of three important postwar artists is concurrently on view at Levy’s New York gallery (through January 3).
Castellani, Judd, Stella Local History
Following Jockum Nordström’s 2013 exhibition at the Camden Arts Center (the artist’s first solo show in London), David Zwirner is showing new works by the Swedish artist. Adhering to Jockum’s signature naive style, the collages, watercolors, graphite drawings, and sculptures on view represent the artist’s experience working in a farmhouse studio located on a small island off the southeastern coast of Sweden.
Jockum Nordstr÷m For the insects and the hounds
This exhibition presents seventeen large-format photographs made by Hiroshi Sugimoto between 1976 and 2012. All belonging to the artistҳ ongoing ӄioramaԠseries, the works on view seem to depict the natural world but actually represent artificial displays found inside natural history museums.
Hiroshi Sugimoto Still Life
Reprising an installation first shown at Umbria’s Palazzo Vignola, Jannis Kounellis takes over Sprovieri with an installation based on men’s coats drenched in black tar. Kounellis’s stark critique of contemporary consumer culture stays true to his Arte Povera roots.
Walead Beshty transforms the walls of the Barbican Art Gallery with a floor-to-ceiling installation consisting of more than 12,000 cyanotypes: blue-tinged photographic prints made by placing various objects on UV-sensitive material and exposing them to sunlight. Presented in chronological order, the cyanotypes date from fall 2013 to summer 2014; the most recent were made during the artist’s residency at the Barbican.
This comprehensive retrospective of the untiring, always unsatisfied, and influential German artist Sigmar Polke was organized by Kathy Halbreich of the Museum of Modern Art with Tate Modern curator Mark Godfrey and MoMA curatorial assistant Lanka Tattersall. The MoMA iteration refused wall labels, pointing audiences instead toward orienting pamphlets; Tate Modern has gone with a more conventional installation.
Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963–2010
Following his recent solo shows in Paris (Palais de Tokyo, 2013) and Buenos Aires (Daros Foundation, 2014), Julio Le Parc installs his mesmerizing kinetic works in London’s Serpentine Galleries. The companion program of screenings, readings, talks, and performances is inspired by the octogenarian artist’s use of light.
Julio Le Parc
Gagosian presents recent work by Richard Serra across two galleries. Four monumental steel sculptures are displayed at the Britannia Street gallery, while a single large-scale drawing Serra made in 2011 is on view at the Davies street location.
Richard Serra Backdoor Pipeline, Ramble, Dead Load, London Cross
Fourteen of the 2003 Turner Prize–winning artist’s portraits are interspersed amid permanent works in the museum’s nineteenth- and twentieth-century rooms. Perry’s twenty-first century subjects range from politicians and protesters to families and reality TV stars.
Grayson Perry Who Are You?