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Top Art Shows in London This Week: Jorge Pardo to Jan van Eyck

Simeon Solomon A Youth Relating Tales to Ladies, 1870 Oil on canvas 35.5 × 53.4 cm
(© Tate, London (T03702))

This week London plays host to various art shows from paintings and lamp installations at Victoria Miro to works by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood at the National Gallery, London. Blouin Artinfo lists out these must-visit art shows for its readers:

Jorge Pardo at Victoria Miro

February 2 through March 24, 2018

The exhibition features paintings and an installation of lamps by the Mexico based Cuban-American artist. Pardo, a MacArthur Fellow, is known for using vibrant colors, eclectic patterns and natural and industrial materials. His work is characterized by its genre fluidity and ranges from paintings, sculptures, and murals to furniture and even entire buildings. On display are suspended and freestanding lamps of various scales from one to 1.7 meters tall, distributed at different distances from one another throughout the first-floor gallery. In addition to these, new paintings by the artist are part of the installation.

Edwina Leapman’s “Paintings 1978 – 2016” at Annely Juda Fine Art

February 1 through March 10, 2018

The London-based artist Edwina Leapman early figurative and abstract works were an evolution from her exploration of Chinese landscapes combined with her longtime interest in music and the influence of Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism. The exhibition includes recent work with earlier paintings from the 1970’s and 80’s. Together these showcase the artist’s transition from the early monochromatic canvases to recent more colored paintings.

“Evidence” by He Xiangyu at White Cube

February 7 through April 8, 2018

He Xiangyu belongs to a generation of conceptual artists from China who uses a variety of media to express cultural and social issues. In his new work, the artist delves into the processes of exchange between the border of China and North-Korea which is located near his hometown. The exhibition includes the screenings of 'The Swim' (2017), Xiangyu's feature-length film which premièred at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, in February 2017.

Rose Wylie: Quack Quack” at Serpentine Sackler Gallery

Running through February 11, 2018

British artist Rose Wylie’s first institutional solo exhibition in London includes paintings from the late 1990s to the present day. Some of these works have not been previously exhibited which includes a new group of artworks inspired by Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. The artist often paints from memory and impression using texts and editing images by overlaying new pieces of canvas over images much like a collage. Wylie draws inspiration from daily encounters and a variety of sources such as art history, cinema, comic books, celebrity stories, and sport among others.

Hans Hartung at Simon Lee Gallery

January 17 through February 17, 2018

An exhibition of late paintings by French-German painter Hans Hartung (1904-1989) celebrates the last and highly productive decade of the artist’s life. This decade saw Hartung return to several of his themes while expanding his repertoire with an array of innovative painting practices. The artist’s late painting was created when he was confined to a wheelchair these reveal a renewed sense of freedom, energy, and ambition despite his age and increasing frailty.

“Structural Exercises” by Monika Sosnowska at Hauser & Wirth London

Running through February 10, 2018

The solo exhibition by Monika Sosnowska features a new body of work and is the artist’s inaugural exhibition in the gallery’s London space. The artist has developed her approach to materiality in which architecture and sculptural elements are combined together in new and different ways. Her sculptural language is the result of experimentation and the use of core materials that are associated with construction, such as concrete, steel beams, and pipes.  The installation includes 7 distinct sculptural works that together form an immersive exhibition. This is Sosnowska’s first major project since2005.

“Crossroads: Kauffman, Judd and Morris” at Sprüth Magers

January 19 through March 31 2018

Sprüth Magers’ second curated exhibition of Craig Kauffman’s work includes 6 artworks by the artist from 1966 to 1971. During this time he addressed the issues of structure and form in painting, the use of industrial materials, painting’s relationship to the wall, and dematerialization. The artist’s work is displayed alongside his influences and contemporaries such as the stack piece Untitled (Bernstein 80-4) (1980) and the floor piece Untitled, DSS 234 (1970) by Donald Judd and two felt works Untitled (1968) and Fountain (1971) by Robert Morris. This is supplemented by materials from the Kauffman archives.

“Art Now: Marguerite Humeau, Echoes” at Tate Britain

Running through April 15, 2018

This new installation by artist Marguerite Humeau can be looked at as a confrontation between life and death. The gallery is transformed into a part temple, part laboratory for the industrial production of an elixir for eternal life. The central space is occupied by two semi-abstracted white sculptures that are based on Ancient Egyptian gods, Wadjet (King Cobra) 2015 and Taweret 2015. These merge the organic human body with biological engineering. Humeau’s artistic practices are often research-based projects that challenge key issues using complex narratives that combine the past with the present. The artist is known to blur the lines between research and fiction, science and myth.

“Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites” at National Gallery, London

Running through April 2, 2018

The show features Jan van Eyck’s The Arnolfini Portrait that is being exhibited for the first time alongside works by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and its successors. The exhibit includes loans from Tate’s Pre-Raphaelite collection, including Sir John Everett Millais’s 'Mariana' (1851), Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s 'The Girlhood of Mary Virgin' (1848–9), and William Morris’s 'La Belle Iseult' (1858). This is the only completed easel painting produced by Morris. The exhibition sheds light on the different ways these British artists from the 10th century reacted to painting and one of its key features the convex mirror.

Jon Snow: Colour is My Brand at the Design Museum

Running through February 25, 2018

The exhibition explores the design process behind Jon Snow’s tie collection. Known for his colorful ties broadcaster Jon Snow selected his ties each morning depending on his mood. The majority of these tie broadcaster Jon Snow. The show explores the process that goes behind creating such ties which are uniquely woven by silk weavers at Vanners, one of the 2 UK’s last tie-making companies. Also on display are 3 specifically commissioned new ties according to Snow’s specifications.

Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibitions.