Friday, April 28
Showing the rich diversity of one the most humble of art materials—paper—this intergenerational group show combines works born of quotidian experiences (Leo Fitzmaurice’s folded cigarette packs) with those that reference more existential questions (Mira Schendel’s oil-on-rice-paper drawings). Not limited to flat works, the exhibition also features Beatriz Olbarrieta’s multimedia sculptural work It Goes Both Ways (Tele-drawing 2), 2017.
Following last year's solo show at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, Richard Tuttle is now showing two new bodies of work in London. The American post-Minimalist likens the relationship between the pieces on view to opposing forces that, when shown together, “will erase space, helping to see each for what it is.”
Richard Tuttle My Birthday Puzzle
This miniretrospective of recent works by the American Conceptualist includes photographs from the series “Wall Panels,” which depict the didactic text from Williams’s 2014 retrospective at the Art Institute of Chicago; “Pots and Pans,” a color study of colorlessness featuring a pan and two pots against a gray backdrop; and “Wheat,” in which two stalks of barley shot against a blue background conflate food advertising and pinups. As always, Williams’s droll, multilayered works critique the very medium he employs.
Christopher Williams Open Letter: The Family Drama Refunctioned?
Paying tribute to British Conceptualist John Latham, who is the subject of a survey at the Serpentine Gallery through May 21, contemporary artists Tania Bruguera, Douglas Gordon, Laure Prouvost, and Cally Spooner each interpret and update the late artist’s radical worldview according to their own style and means. “Speak,” the title of the show, is borrowed from a 1962 film in which Latham experiments with pulsating sound and imagery.
Tania Bruguera, Douglas Gordon, Laure Prouvost, Cally Spooner Speak: Tania Bruguera, Douglas Gordon, Laure Prouvost, Cally Spooner
For her first solo show in London since her 2009 Hayward Gallery exhibition, the French artist presents small assemblages and large installations comprising objects, paintings, and textiles. The monumental installation, Daily, 2016, which features a variety of quotidian objects hung from the ceiling, makes viewers feel small, vulnerable. A papier mâché uterus giving the finger, Uterus doigt d'honneur(Uterus Finger of Honor), 2017, mixes a vision of female empowerment with Messager’s signature dark sense of humor.
Annette Messager avec et sans raisons
Honoring David Hockney on the occasion of his eightieth birthday, this exhibition—which will travel to Paris’s Centre Pompidou and then to New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art—features many of the artist’s most iconic works. From pools to portraits, Hockney's oeuvre offers a beautiful and subversive description of postwar British and American culture. The extensive selection also includes drawings, prints, photographs, and videos made over the course of six decades.
Timed to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the partial decriminalization of homosexuality in the UK, this exhibition features works, made between 1861 and 1967, that encompass sundry permutations of queer identity. Among the selection of intimate, erotic, and domestic works are paintings, drawings, photographs, and films by well-known artists such as John Singer Sargent, Dora Carrington, and David Hockney.
Queer British Art 1861–1967