New month, new exhibitions. Some of the current shows in London have been running for a while now (I blame the holidays), so I was patiently waiting for something new and exciting to be released to share with you my January art guide.
January is known for being the darkest month of the year, so no need to say that we are all craving for light. I personally don’t see any better place to warm up your soul than in a gallery or in a museum, especially when it’s so cold outside. Follow the guide.
OPENING THIS MONTH
Park Seo-Bo “ZIGZAG: Ecriture 1983-1992” at White Cube
For his second solo exhibition at White Cube, Park Seo-Bo is starting exactly where he left us a year ago: in 1983. Once again curated by Katharine Kostyál, the show : “(…) will feature Park’s signature ‘Ecriture’ series of paintings, which have remained his focus for the past fifty years. However, this exhibition foregrounds one particular group within the overall series, informally referred to as the ‘zigzag’ paintings, which were produced between the mid-1980s and early 1990s, as well as a number of his most recent ‘Ecriture’ works.” Park Seo-Bo is a major figure of the Korean contemporary art scene and a leader of the Dansaekhwa movement (which usually refers to non figurative paintings (monochrome sometimes) painted in neutral tones).
When : Opening on Jan. 19 // Address : 25-26 Masons Yard, SW1Y 4LG London
Victor Payares “Esol Parcheesi” at Roman Road
Roman Road is always a sure bet when you are in search of something new and different.For his first solo exhibition Cuban artist Victor Payares, who is currently finishing an MFA at the Royal College of Art, is going to present new works and a site-specific installation that narrates elements of a memory from his youth during the Cuban “Special Period”: “Payares’ artistry is further inspired by elements of the everyday; he collects disregarded objects such as cables, clothing labels and trampled glasses found lying in the streets and repurposes them in his paintings. His canvases are consequently enlivened with multi-dimensional and diverse textures and he at once recontextualises such items from today, transposing any of their accustomed meaning or worth.”. I’m really curious to discover his work.
When : Opening on Jan. 20 // Address : 69 Roman Road London E2 0QN
Work in Progress 2017 at Royal College of Art
I will unfortunately miss it as I’m away this weekend, but I’m always having a great time visiting the studio and workshops of the School of Fine Art students : “Students are encouraged to experiment with a range of approaches towards display and to make as few assumptions as possible about how their work should be exhibited. Those visiting the open studios will have the opportunity to see the students’ work at a range of stages of development, and to gain a better understanding of the processes our students employ and the spaces in which they make.“
When : Opening on Jan. 20 // Address : RCA Battersea: 1 Hester Road, SW11 4AN London
Do Ho Suh “Passage/s” at Victoria Miro
It will be the first time for me seeing Do Hu Suh’s architectural sculptures in the flesh. For his first solo exhibition at Victoria Miro Gallery, the South Korean artist : “(…) will feature new fabric sculptures conceived especially for the galleries, including a walk-through configuration of ‘Hubs’, and a range of his works on paper. Exhibited for the first time will be works created by a new process in which Suh’s signature architectural pieces are compressed into two-dimensional ‘drawings’.” I can’t wait!
When : Opening on Jan. 31st // Address : 16 Wharf Road, N1 7RW London
John Baldessari “Miró and Life in General” at Marian Goodman
No need to say that this one is on the op of my list, as I’ve been obsessed by Baldessari’s work for many years. The exhibition opened only few days ago at Marian Goodman Gallery, and feature a new series of works by the American artist : “The current series, Miró and Life in General, continues this investigation into the history of painting. Each work features a detail from one specific Miró painting and pairs it with a seemingly incongruous, Hollywood film still, displaying what Baldessari refers to as ‘Life in General’.”
When : Until Feb. 25th // Address : 5-8 Lower John St, Soho, London W1F 9DY
Uniqlo Tate Lates at Tate Modern
Djs, cocktails, and Robert Rauschenberg. That’s the program of the new edition of Uniqlo Tate Lates. Read more about it here.
When : Jan. 27 at 6pm // Address : Bankside, SE1 9 London