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  • Ends January 21st 2017

  • A subversive take on the traditional marriage portrait, Currin’s latest series of paintings depicts couples accompanied by mysterious accessories and bizarre, seemingly incongruous pictorial elements. Less sexually graphic than some of the artist’s best-known work, these paintings show Currin experimenting with symbolism—using art-historical tropes to evoke humorously ambiguous (and, let’s face it, grotesque ) relationships.

    John Currin

    Nov 22, 2016 - Jan 21, 2017

    Sadie Coles HQ | Davies Street

    1 Davies Street  / +442074938611 / sadiecoles.com
    Tue - Sat 11am to 6pm

  • The gallery christens its new Grosvenor Hill location with shiny, perverse works by Jeff Koons. Works from his ongoing “Gazing Ball” series, begun in 2013, wherein the artist adds super-reflective orbs to replicas of famous paintings and sculptures, are paired with his polished, and creepy, steel ballerina sculptures.

    Jeff Koons

    Oct 4, 2016 - Jan 21, 2017

    Almine Rech Gallery | London Grosvenor Hill

    Grosvenor Hill, Broadbent House  / +442072873644 / alminerech.com
    Tue - Sat 10am to 6pm

  • Ends January 28th 2017

  • The Pakistan-born, US-based artist presents new works including sculptures carved from cork, clay, and other media, as well as drawings and collages made on large-scale photographs. Evoking ruins—ranging from the Ancient Gandharan ruins in Pakistan and Afghanistan to contemporary ruins of urban infrastructure—Bhabha describes various effects of time and decay.

    Huma Bhabha

    Nov 22, 2016 - Jan 28, 2017

    Stephen Friedman Gallery

    25 - 28 Old Burlington Street  / +442074941434 / stephenfriedman.com
    Tue - Fri 10am to 6pm, Sat 11am to 5pm

  • Steir’s first solo show in London in more than twenty-five years features works made between 1990 and 2011. Among the most arresting paintings on view—examples from his “Waterfall” series, which the artist began in the 1980s—are vibrant mediations on space and chance in which Conceptual art meets Eastern philosophies.

    Pat Steir

    Nov 9, 2016 - Jan 28, 2017

    LÚvy Gorvy | London

    22 Old Bond Street  / +442036965910 / levygorvy.com
    Tue - Sat 10am to 6pm

  • Ends February 5th 2017

  • Slinger Francisco, the heart of this melodious homage/exhibition, is a Trinidadian calypso singer better known as Mighty Sparrow. In addition to a collection of Sparrow’s records, along with an archive of ephemera related to this music maestro’s career, British artists Carmel Buckley and Mark Harris have installed more than two hundred ceramic tiles depicting Sparrow’s albums—recto and verso—in the ICA’s Fox Reading Room.

    Carmel Buckley and Mark Harris Sparrow Come Back Home

    Dec 6, 2016 - Feb 5, 2017

    ICA - Institute of Contemporary Arts, London

    The Mall  / +442079303647 / ica.org.uk
    Tue - Sun 11am to 11pm

  • Picasso’s friends, family, and lovers are the subjects of this major exhibition that includes more than eighty works, spanning all periods of the artist’s career. From nascent realist paintings to masterful late abstractions, Picasso’s portraits give an intimate look at his long and fecund life, humanizing his enormous legacy.

    Picasso Portraits

    Oct 6, 2016 - Feb 5, 2017

    National Portrait Gallery

    St. Martin's Place  / +442073060055 / npg.org.uk
    Mon - Wed 10am to 6pm, Thu - Fri 10am to 9pm, Sat - Sun 10am to 6pm

  • Ends February 12th 2017

  • The title of this show and of one of the major works on view, “Walhalla,” is a reference to the paradise for those slain in battle, as described in Norse mythology, as well as an 1842 Neoclassical monument built by Ludwig I, king of Bavaria, to honor German heroes. Kiefer’s Walhalla, 2016, is a bleak, claustrophobic installation in which rows of steel beds line a narrow room. Its far end is decorated with a black-and-white photograph of a lone figure walking into a wintery landscape.

    Anselm Kiefer Walhalla

    Nov 22, 2016 - Feb 12, 2017

    White Cube | Bermondsey

    144 – 152 Bermondsey Street  / +442079305373 / whitecube.com
    Wed - Sat 10am to 6pm, Sun 12pm to 6pm

  • Ends February 25th 2017

  • Each painting in Baldessari’s latest series, “Miro and Life in General,” 2016, pairs a detail from a particular Joan Miró painting with a classic Hollywood film still and a single word, such as “reliable,” “necessary,” and “true.” These mashups of language, popular culture, and art history create seductive and enigmatic messages.

    John Baldessari Mirˇ and Life in General

    Jan 10 - Feb 25, 2017

    Marian Goodman Gallery | London

    5-8 Lower John Street  / +442070990088 / mariangoodman.com
    Tue - Sat 10am to 6pm

  • Ends March 5th 2017

  • Casting a critical eye over the role of female artists in European museums, the Guerrilla Girls revisit their own poster from 1986 that deadpanningly states: “It’s Even Worse in Europe.” Having sent questionnaires to arts institutions across Europe asking about their collections and exhibitions, the feminist activist collective presents nearly four hundred responses—funny, heartbreaking, and terrifying —as part of an archive-based exhibition.

    Guerrilla Girls Is it even worse in Europe?

    Oct 1, 2016 - Mar 5, 2017

    Whitechapel Gallery

    77 - 82 Whitechapel High Street  / +442075227888 / whitechapelgallery.org
    Tue - Wed 11am to 6pm, Thu 11am to 9pm, Fri - Sun 11am to 6pm

  • Ends March 26th 2017

  • Luc Tuymans: Glasses

    Oct 4, 2016 - Mar 26, 2017

    National Portrait Gallery

    St. Martin's Place  / +442073060055 / npg.org.uk
    Mon - Wed 10am to 6pm, Thu - Fri 10am to 9pm, Sat - Sun 10am to 6pm

  • Ends April 2nd 2017

  • Having transformed Paris’s Palais de Tokyo in 2013 and New York’s Park Avenue Armory in 2015, Philippe Parreno now takes over the Turbine Hall with a complex choreography of sound, light, objects, and videos. The fully automated exhibition can be considered as a single Gesamtkunstwerk upending traditional exhibition stagings of time and space.

    Hyundai Commission: Philippe Parreno

    Oct 4, 2016 - Apr 2, 2017

    Tate Modern

    Bankside  / +442078878888 / tate.org.uk/modern
    Mon - Thu 10am to 6pm, Fri - Sat 10am to 10pm, Sun 10am to 6pm

  • Known for his genre-defying “Combines” and large-scale proto-Pop silk screens, Robert Rauschenberg also worked with photography, printmaking, papermaking, and performance over the course of his six-decade career. This retrospective (the first of its kind since the artist’s death in 2008) weaves together seemingly disparate works to create a cogent overview of a dazzlingly multidisciplinary oeuvre.

    Robert Rauschenberg

    Dec 1, 2016 - Apr 2, 2017

    Tate Modern

    Bankside  / +442078878888 / tate.org.uk/modern
    Mon - Thu 10am to 6pm, Fri - Sat 10am to 10pm, Sun 10am to 6pm