When most people are dreading the idea of starting the month of September, I just simply love it. Ok, it might mean that your summer is over but for me September rhymes with new beginnings and as far as I can remember I always welcomed it with joy (and a lot of expectations) . Everything that was put on hold during those sweet months of summer are back in business, and all our favourite art galleries are kicking off a new season with some really cool exhibitions to see this month.
Daniel Richter – I Should Have Known Better at Thaddaeus Ropac
We don’t present Daniel Richter anymore, as he has been a key figure of the renouveau of German painting for over two decades now. Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery, will be presenting a new series of large-scaled oil painting for his first solo show in London: “Since his formative years in Berlin as an assistant to Albert Oehlen, Richter’s paintings have synthesised art history, mass media, politics, sex and contemporary culture into ever-changing pictorial worlds. Richter’s current style, which oscillates between figuration and abstraction, represents a radical departure from his former approach to painting, both in terms of subject and form.” Full press release here.
On view starting September 5th at Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery – Free entry.
Anselm Kiefer at White Cube
Another major German artist will be presenting some new works this month in London, as White Cube is welcoming a new sculpture by Anselm Kiefer in their 9 x 9 x 9 space at Bermondsey. Last time I saw his work there in 2016 for the epic and apocalyptic exhibition Walhalla, I was blown away by how powerful his work was. Along side Kiefer’s new sculpture, White Cube will also present the work of Colombian artist Doris Salcedo:” (…) focusing on her installation ‘Palimpsest’, recently shown at the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid. This work recognises the names of individuals who have drowned in the Mediterranean and the Atlantic while attempting to migrate to a better life.”Must Go.
On view starting September 28 at White Cube Bermondsey- Free entry.
Lawrence Abu Hamdan – Earwitness Theatre at Chisenhale Gallery
“Chisenhale Gallery presents a major new co-commission by Beirut-based artist and ‘private ear’, Lawrence Abu Hamdan. Earwitness Theatre develops Abu Hamdan’s enquiry into the political effects of listening, presenting two installations that capture the psychological, bodily, spatial and sometimes hallucinatory world of the earwitness.” Read full press release here. I’ve heard about Lawrence Abu Hamdan work at multiple occasions, and never had the chance to experience it so this is probably one of the exhibition I’m looking forward to see the most this month.
On view starting September 21st at Chisenhale Gallery – Free entry.
Kemang Wa Lehulere -Not even the departed stay grounded at Marian Goodman
“Kemang Wa Lehulere is firmly established as the preeminent young South African artist on the global scene right now… His work addresses post-apartheid disquiet and other important issues, and, beyond merely instrumentalising certain symbols of politics, his work has instead facilitated politics. It creates discussion. Wa Lehulere’s exhibitions and performances are spaces for working out ideas; and not allowing something to be fixed into a static representation is very much at the heart of all he does.” – Prof. Delinda Collier, School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Looking forward to discover the new works of Wa Lehulere for his first exhibition at Marian Goodman Gallery.
On view starting September 13 at Marian Goodman Gallery – Free entry.
London Art Book Fair at Whitechapel Gallery
I’m going to miss this one as I will be in Paris for Design week, but highly recommend it if you are into art books and beautiful editions :” For four exciting days, over eighty creative and cutting-edge publishers transform the Whitechapel Gallery. Discover a vibrant mix of art books and magazines from around the world and take part in collaborative workshops, publisher-led seminars and family friendly activities; there is something for everyone at the London Art Book Fair.“
6-9 of September at Whitechapel Gallery – Free entry.
This month you can also see Urs Fischer “Dasha” at Gagosian Gallery (opening September 12), Black Mirror: Art as Social Satire at Saatchi Gallery (opening September 28), Staging Jackson Pollock at the Whitechapel Gallery ( opening September 4th), Christian Marclay “The Clock” at Tate Modern (opening September 14), and Tuner Prize 2018 at Tate Britain (opening September 26).
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