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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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?
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
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.