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Friday, December 9

  • Ends December 16th 2016

  • The LA-based artist’s latest large-scale kitsched-out paintings reference icons of modern picture-making, from Hokusai to Matisse. Pushing the viewer toward an interactive relationship with her works, a prerecorded message by the 2016 Hugo Boss Prize nominee asks, “When you look at the objects, do you think they are looking at you?”

    Laura Owens

    Oct 5 - Dec 16, 2016

    Sadie Coles HQ | Kingly Street

    62 Kingly Street  / +442074938611 / sadiecoles.com
    Tue - Sat 11am to 6pm

  • Ends December 17th 2016

  • Kate Shepherd’s high-gloss paintings composed of delicate networks of lines are paired with Allyson Strafella’s dense repetitive marks on handmade paper. Sharing an interest in color, space, and movement, the American artists address issues of form and formlessness in their distinct but related explorations.

    Kate Shepherd and Allyson Strafella Recent works

    Oct 4 - Dec 17, 2016

    Bartha Contemporary

    25 Margaret Street  / +442079850015 / barthacontemporary.com
    Tue - Sat 11am to 6pm

  • Cage’s Lecture on the Weather, 1975, originally conceived as a work for radio or stage, is here presented—for the first time in Europe—using material captured during a tribute concert for the artist held at Bard College in 2007. The illustrious cast includes John Ashbery, Merce Cunningham, and Jasper Johns, among others.

    John Cage Lecture on the Weather (1975)

    Sep 16 - Dec 17, 2016

    Frith Street Gallery | Soho Square

    60 Frith Street  / +442074941550 / frithstreetgallery.com/
    Wed - Fri 10am to 6pm, Sat 11am to 5pm

  • Ends December 18th 2016

  • Drawing attention to the human body—skin, in particular—Donna Huanca’s work examines the interactions between people within a certain space. For this exhibition, the artist has designed a three-story glass structure that becomes more and more opaque as her performers enact private rituals and mediations inside.

    Donna Huanca Scar Cymbals

    Sep 29 - Dec 18, 2016

    Zabludowicz Collection | London

    176 Prince of Wales Road  / +442074288940 / zabludowiczcollection.com/london
    Thu - Sun 12pm to 6pm

  • Ends January 6th 2017

  • It’s been over a decade since Roman Ondak has had a solo show in London, but the Slovakian conceptual artist is making up for lost time with this one hundred day–long show. Continuing the artist’s obsessive exploration of time, the centerpiece of the exhibition is an oak tree that has been sliced into one hundred discs—each marked with a key event from the past century—that will be removed from the trunk (one each day) and mounted on the wall.

    Roman Ondak ROMAN ONDAK: THE SOURCE OF ART IS IN THE LIFE OF A PEOPLE

    Sep 29, 2016 - Jan 6, 2017

    South London Gallery

    65 - 67 Peckham Road  / +442077036120 / southlondongallery.org
    Tue 11am to 6pm, Wed 11am to 9pm, Thu - Sun 11am to 6pm

  • Ends January 7th 2017

  • This small show dedicated to German artist Günther Förg, who is known for his paintings, photographs, and sculptures, packs a strange punch. Underscoring the artist’s legacy as a key proponent of non-figurative painting in 1980s Germany, the three abstract canvases on view (made between 1988 and 1995) show Förg’s genius for intuitive approaches to color and composition.

    Günther Förg

    Nov 26, 2016 - Jan 7, 2017

    Vilma Gold

    6 Minerva Street  / +442077299888 / vilmagold.com
    Tue - Sat 11am to 6pm

  • Ends January 8th 2017

  • Featuring works spanning the 1930s–1970s—a period during which Wifredo Lam worked in Cuba, France, America, and Spain—this retrospective confirms the Cuban artist’s place at the center of global modernism. Often compared to avant-gardists like Picasso and Fontana, Lam addresses the social injustices of his day using a signature style of hybrid figures.

    Wifredo Lam

    Sep 14, 2016 - Jan 8, 2017

    Tate Modern

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

  • Ends January 15th 2017

  • Inspired by the Camden Arts Centre’s history as a public library, Matt Mullican’s current show describes various methods of categorization and organization. The American artist, who is based between New York and Berlin, mathematically divided the gallery space before filling it with his own obsessive works—including books, bulletin boards, drawings, objects, photographs, and videos.

    Matt Mullican The Sequence of Things

    Sep 30, 2016 - Jan 15, 2017

    Camden Arts Centre

    Arkwright Road  / +442074725500 / www.camdenartscentre.org
    Tue - Sun 10am to 6pm, Wed 10am to 9pm

  • 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 over a quarter of a century features works made between 1990 and 2011. Among the most arresting paintings on view—examples from Steir’s “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

    Dominique Lévy | London

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

  • Ends February 5th 2017

  • 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 one of the major works on view, “Walhalla,” is a reference to the paradise for those slain in battle described in Norse mythology, as well as an 1842 neo-classical monument build 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 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 silkscreens, 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 multi-disciplinary 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