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Top Art Shows in London This Week: Nancy Fouts to Lee Ufan

Untitled, 1930s, Luo Bonian 1911-2002
(Courtesy The Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing © Luo Bonian )

London plays host to a series of exhibitions this week from Tate Modern’s show on photography and abstract art to Lee Ufan’s installation at Kensington Gardens. Blouin Artinfo curates a list of must-see art shows for its readers:


“Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography And Abstract Art” at Tate Modern

Through October 14, 2018

The show explores photography in relation to the development of abstraction from experiments of the 1910s to the digital innovations of the 21st century. On display are over 350 works by more than 100 artists such as Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Man Ray, and Joan Miro among others. The history of abstract photography is shown alongside iconic paintings and sculptures.


“Down the Rabbit Hole” by nancy fouts at Flowers Gallery

Through May 12, 2018

The exhibition examines the recurring themes of time, nature and religious iconography found throughout the works of the American-born artist nancy fouts. She is best known for her sculptural pieces, which imbibe everyday objects and materials with a playful and provocative humor. Fouts combines Surrealism, Dada and Pop Art and brings together ideas and disconnected objects in the realm of the strangeness and commonality of everyday life.

Christian Boltanski’s “Ephemeres” at Marian Goodman Gallery

Through May 12, 2018

The exhibition marks the artist’s first solo presentation in London since 2010. Boltanski works with a variety of media, and his practice includes large-scale installations, photographs, and sculpture. The show is conceived as a complete installation and includes new works, such as several film installations. The artist’s work deals with collective imagination and reveals the fragility of memory while being deeply rooted in Boltanski’s own history.

Eric N. Mack’s “Misa Hylton-Brim” at Simon Lee Gallery

Through May 12, 2018

The show takes its title from the ‘90s hip-hop stylist Misa Hylton-Brim. She was responsible for creating some of the most iconic looks in the music industry for artists such as Missy Elliot, Mary J. Blige, and Puff Daddy. In his paintings, Mack uses different types of textiles, both aesthetic and utilitarian. The artist’s works look at how a wide variety of materials can reflect and trace identity. The exhibition also features new signature large-scale assemblages by Mack.

“Prints and drawings from the Fontainebleau School (1530–1580)” at the British Museum

Through May 13, 2018

The exhibition features prints and drawings by artists who worked at the royal palace of Fontainebleau in France during the 16th century. In 1528, King Francois I of France, who was fond of Italian art and was Leonardo da Vinci’s final patron, called on Italian painters to decorate the palace. The Florentine artist Rosso Fiorentino headed the team of artists, and under his supervision, the palace of Fontainebleau became one of the most opulent locations from the Renaissance period.


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

Through May 26, 2018

This show looks at Rene Magritte’s development of word pictures, focusing on the artist’s early years in Paris from 1927 to 1930. The installation goes beyond the artist’s use of language and reveals the growth of his word-pictures in relation to their metaphorical function. The works on display function as figurative and even abstract gestures that stand in for conceptual tropes. In his paintings from that period, words are made of the same material as images. Thereby encouraging viewers to use their imagination and fill in the missing links.

Karen Kilimnik at SpruthMagers

Through May 26, 2018

The show spans four decades of the artist Karen Kilimnik’swork. It examines her role as one of the most important representatives of figurative painting, sculpture, and installation. The artist’s early sculptures, early drawings as well as recent paintings and prints in her dark humorous style are on display. The artist’s diverse body of work is known for showcasing relationships that exist between the traditions of culture and art history. She is known to combine figures and motifs from art history and collective memory with cultural references form music, film, and media.

“Rio Azul” by Beatriz Milhazesat White Cube

Through July 1, 2018

This large-scale exhibition of works by Beatriz Milhazes aims to explore the artist’s use of different media such as painting, installation, sculpture, and collage. But the centerpiece of the exhibition is Milhazes’s first tapestry, which was created especially for this show. The tapestry, “Rio Azul” (2016−18), was inspired by the work of the Brazilian modernist artist and landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx. It is made up of wavelike, linear forms, geometric blocks, circles, leaves and flowers and took more than two years to create with the master weavers at Pinton Mill in France.

Lee Ufan’s “Relatum – Stage” at Serpentine Gallery

Through July 29, 2018

In this commissioned public sculpture, the South Korean artist Lee Ufan merges the natural and industrial in a poetic installation that reflects the environment surrounding the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens. Lee Ufan’s minimalist work comprises only two materials, steel, and stone, which are distinctive elements of the avant-garde Mono-ha group school. The artist is best known for his “Relatum” series, which he has been creating since the 1960s. These sculptures have been exhibited at the Chateau de Versailles in France and the Lee Ufan Museum in Naoshima, Japan.

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

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