A schedule of art events and exhibitions will be taking place in London between August 10 and 16, featuring artists like Leelee Kimmel, Johannes Girardoni, Angela de la Cruz, and many others. Here is Blouin Artinfo’s list of the must-visit shows this week:
“Leelee Kimmel: Wormhole” at Simon Lee Gallery
Through August 30
As a part of the gallery’s Viewing Room program, the exhibition presents the latest work of New York-based artist Leelee Kimmel — her first solo show in the UK. “In her latest work, Kimmel presents a series of large-scale abstract paintings that are confrontational in both color and dimension, exploring themes of creation and destruction,” the gallery says. “The immersive element of her work is further developed through sculptural pieces and a five-minute Virtual Reality work that invites total submergence into the deep space of Kimmel’s creative world.”
“Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art” at Tate Modern
Through October 14
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.
Johannes Girardoni at Levy Gorvy
Through September 15
Three distinct bodies of work by sculptor and installation artist Johannes Girardoni is featured in “Sensing Singularity” — the artist’s debut solo in United Kingdom. The show includes new sculptures and a monumental “Metaspace,” exploring the relationship between material and light. The Austria-born artist combines disciplines, including sculpture, installation art, and photography. “I concern myself with a new reality: we are at a point in our culture where technology and human perception are about to merge—this is a sensory singularity,” Girardoni says. The exhibition features his latest interactive installations, which incorporate sound, and demonstrate Girardoni’s “two decade-long engagement with perception, inviting visitors to experience new definitions of space, sound, and color through experiments with analogue and digital media,” the gallery says.
“Splendor Solis” at The approach
Through September 23
A group show featuring works by artists Jean-Marie Appriou, Kasper Bosmans, Anna Glantz, Allison Katz, Caitlin Keogh, Rosa Loy, and Lin May Saeed is on view at The approach through September 23. For the exhibition, these artists “create their own poetic and associative explorations of mythologies and storytelling through a shared interest in symbolism, iconography, visual motifs and allegories, both personal and universal,” says the gallery.
“Jameel Prize 5” at the Victoria and Albert Museum
Through November 25
The exhibition showcases works by eight finalists for the Jameel Prize— an international award for Contemporary art and design inspired by Islamic tradition. The contest, worth £25,000, is held every two years, aiming to explore the relationship between Islamic traditions of art, craft and design and Contemporary art, emphasizing on the role of Islamic culture in today’s world. The showcase features works from the fields of fashion, multi-media installations, and paintings by leading Contemporary artists and designers with close connections to countries as diverse as Bangladesh, Iraq, France and the US. The featured artists in the show are New York-based Iranian artist Kamrooz Aram, Los Angeles-based Iraqi artist Hayv Kahraman, Bahraini artist Hala Kaiksow, Iraqi artist Mehdi Moutashar, Jordanian artist-duo naqsh collective, Moroccan artist Younes Rahmoun, Pakistani artist Wardha Shabbir, and Bangladeshi artist Marina Tabassum.
Last Chance to See:
“The Great Spectacle: 250 Years of the Summer Exhibition” at Royal Academy of Arts
On view through August 19
The Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts — the world’s longest-running annual display of Contemporary art — is on the last few days of its schedule. According to the museum, “staged to coincide with the 250th Summer Exhibition in 2018, ‘The Great Spectacle’ narrates the story of the annual show by featuring highlights from the past 250 years.” It features works by artists such as Joshua Reynolds, Thomas Gainsborough, Thomas Lawrence, John Everett Millais, Frederic Leighton, John Singer Sargent, Peter Blake, Tracey Emin, Zaha Hadid, Michael Craig-Martin, David Hockney, and Wolfgang Tillmans, among others.
Angela de la Cruz’s“Bare” at Lisson Gallery
On view through August 18
“Bare”— the new body of works by Angela de la Cruz (b. 1965, A Coruña, Spain) — is on view for a last few days at Lisson Gallery’s Bell Street location. Marking the Spanish artist’s first solo with the gallery in London since 2011, the show examines the advent vulnerability mankind has been subjected to in the contemporary set-up, both at the universal and individual level, and attempts to offer a solution to this dormant uncertainty that defines modern times. “As a result of recent political events, de la Cruz transforms the gallery space into an installation that emits the sense of a deserted, closed market; a post-apocalyptic scene evoking unease and apprehension,” the gallery says. The featured works comprise canvases that are cut open by the frame and then reattached, allowing for the structure underneath to be revealed, implying “that suggested gap — that hidden space — where everything seems transitional, impermanent,” de la Cruz says.
Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibitions.
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