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Top Art Shows in London This Week: Sondra Perry to René Magritte

John Craxton Still Life with Three Sailors, 1980-85 Tempera on canvas
(Private Collection, UK. © 2018 Craxton Estate/DACS.)

This week new exhibitions and art shows open in London from celebrating women artists at Victoria Miro gallery to Luxembourg & Dayan’s exhibition of René Magritte’s word pictures. Blouin Artinfo lists out these must-visit art shows for its readers:


“Surface Work” at Victoria Miro

April 11 through May 19, 2018, & April 11 through June 16, 2018

This show is taking place across Victoria Miro’s London galleries. It is an international, cross-generational exhibition and celebrates women artists who have transformed and shaped and continue to influence and expand the field of abstract painting. On display are works by more than 50 artists from North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. The display consists of an ink-on-paper work by the Russian Constructivist Liubov Popova that was completed in the year 1918 to most recent, by contemporary artists including Adriana Varejão, Svenja Deininger, and ELIZABETH NEEL that have been especially created for the exhibition.

Sondra Perry’s “Typhoon Coming On” at Serpentine Sackler Gallery

March 6 through May 20, 2018

The exhibition by American artist Sondra Perry is her first solo presentation in Europe. The show includes a site-specific installation incorporating existing works. The artist’s oeuvre centers on black American history and ways in which technology shapes identities. She often takes her own personal history as a point of departure. Perry uses digital production in her videos and performances and explores the intersection of black identity, digital culture, and power structures. The artist is committed to net neutrality and ideas of collective production and action through the use of open software source to edit her work and lease it digitally for use in galleries and classrooms.

“Pedro Reyes: Glyptotek” at Lisson Gallery

March 2 through April 21, 2018

Mexican artist Pedro Reyes returns to the London art scene with his first new show since 2013. The display consists of a fictional, pan-historical museum of sculpture or a “glyptotek.” The term is Greek and means a group of classic statuary. The artist explores figurative and abstract approaches to sculpture through the use of various materials such as volcanic stone, marble, bronze, and steel coupled with the series “The Protesters.” Reyes has garnered international attention for his work that examines current socio-political issues. The artist uses sculpture, performance, video, and activism to bring about a change through communication and creativity.

“Still Life and the Reclining Nude” by Matthew Day Jackson at Hauser & Wirth

March 1 through April 28, 2018

The works on display includes an entirely new series of still life paintings and bronze sculpture. Through his interdisciplinary practice, artist Matthew Day Jackson explores various aspects of human experience and draws from sources that look at both our drive for inventiveness and our capacity for destruction. The artist uses the conventions of still life and the reclining nude figure in combination with use of material and form. By doing this, he critiques these traditions and his own authorship related to these ways of working.

“Charmed lives in Greece: Ghika, Craxton, Leigh Fermor” at the British Museum

March 8 through July 15, 2018

The exhibition explores the influence of modern Greece on the lives and work of three artists. The show examines the friendship between Greek painter Niko Ghika, British painter John Craxton, and British writer Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor. The display includes their artworks, photographs, letters, and personal possessions. The show looks at how their friendship influenced their artistic output and resulted in some of the most well-known artworks and literature of the 20th century. The exhibition is divided into sections that focus on the four key locations where the men lived and spent time together, these being Kardamyli, Crete, Hydra, and Corfu.


“Merrie Albion - Landscape Studies of a Small Island” by Simon Roberts at Flowers Gallery

Running through March 10, 2018

The exhibition brings together images and several previously unpublished photographs by Simon Roberts. These images document the social practices and customs related to the British landscape also some of the economic and political issues that has helped shape recent history. The Brighton-based artist creates a view of contemporary society that is far from straightforward. Roberts critiques the traditional genre of landscape with social documentary. This he does through layering of ideas of national character and connecting them place and particular moments in time.

Tonico Lemos Auad at Stephen Friedman Gallery

Running through March 10, 2018

For his third exhibition at the gallery, Brazilian artist Tonico Lemos Auad continues with his exploration of traditional craft by investigating themes of architecture, landscape, and human interaction. The artist subverts traditional techniques such as stitch work, woodcarving, and stonemasonry and brings forth new possibilities in drawing, weaving, sculpture, and installation. Auad collaborates with a range of specialized makers and his work explores the crossover between craft, skill, tradition, and cultural inheritance.

Glenn Brown’s “Come to Dust” at Gagosian

Running through March 17, 2018

Glenn Brown’s first major exhibition in London since 2009 features oil paintings, drawings in period frames, grisaille panel works, etchings, and sculptures. For the artist, both past and present are reservoirs of raw materials, images, titles, and techniques that can be combined, appropriated, and deconstructed. The show merges the captivating and the uncanny and pulls viewers into Brown’s mysterious world.


“René Magritte (Or: The Rule of Metaphor)” at Luxembourg & Dayan

Running through May 12, 2018

The exhibition is dedicated to the development of the artist’s word picture during his stay in Paris from 1927 to 1930. The display of works explores Magritte’s word picture within the context of their metaphorical function. The artist carried out a reciprocal exchange between images and words. He also possessed the ability to set up unsettled situations where the viewer is encouraged to participate in the process of decoding the message; this in turn gave authorial agency to the viewer.

“Charles I: King and Collector” at the Royal Academy of Arts

Running through April 15, 2018

The exhibition reunites an impressive art collection that of Charles I (1600-1649). During his reign, he acquired and commissioned several masterpieces including works by Van Dyck, Rubens, and Mantegna, amongst others. He has executed in 1649 and soon after his collection was put up for sale and dispersed across Europe. On view are around 150 of the most important works for the first time since the 17th century. The highlight of the show is Anthony van Dyck’s portraits of the king and his family. This was the artist’s first major commission upon his arrival in England.

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