Contemporary calendar: Autumn 2014

Published 22 August 2014

From recent works by Jasper Johns Hon RA to the Frieze Art Fair, we bring you ten essential London exhibition openings for your diary.

  • September

    Francesca Woodman: Zigzag, Victoria Miro Mayfair, 3 September - 4 October 2014
    Photographer Francesca Woodman’s brief life - cut short by her suicide at 22 in 1981 - produced an exemplary body of black-and-white works, such as photograph Untitled, Antella, Italy (1977-78), in which the female form is framed in experimental compositions.

  • Francesca Woodman, Untitled, Antella, Italy, 1977-78.

    © The estate of Francesca Woodman/Courtesy George and Betty Woodman, and Victoria Miro, London.

  • Jasper Johns: Regrets, Courtauld Gallery, 12 September - 14 December 2014
    In a rare UK show, Jasper Johns Hon RA - one of America’s most eminent postwar artists - presents work in oil, watercolour, pencil and ink, and collage (as seen in Study for Regrets, 2012) that respond to a single source: a photo of Lucian Freud sitting in Bacon’s studio.

  • Jasper Johns Hon RA, Study for Regrets, 2012.

    ©Jasper Johns/Collection of the artist.

  • Pio Abad: Some Are Smarter Than Others, Gasworks, 12 September - 6 November 2014
    The extravagant taste of Filipino dictators Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos are the subject of sculptures, photographs and textiles by RA Schools Alumnus Pio Abad, in the Manila-born artist’s first major UK solo show.

    Nathalie Djuberg and Hans Berg, Lisson Gallery, 16 September - 1 November 2014
    Nathalie Djuberg and Hans Berg present videos in which clay figures perform transgressive acts. The Swedish duo’s Lisson show extends their work into mixed-media installation.

    Neil Beloufa: Counting on People, ICA, 24 September - 16 November 2014
    Parisian Neil Beloufa incorporates electronics in his low-fi assemblages, from video screens to mobile phones, in works such as Late Lady dating, curve, on voicemail (2013).

  • Neil Beloufa, Late Lady dating, curve, on voicemail, 2013.

    © Neil Beloufa/Courtesy François Ghebaly Gallery.

  • October

    Yoshimoto Nara: Greetings from a Place in My Heart, Dairy Art Centre, 3 October - 14 December 2014
    Anime-influenced paintings and drawings by the acclaimed Japanese artist that explore the psychological world of children.

    Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963 - 2010, Tate Modern, 9 September - 8 February 2015
    As the RA surveys the career of German artist Anselm Kiefer, Tate Modern focuses on his compatriot Sigmar Polke, whose multidisciplinary art often drew on found photography, in works such as Girlfriends (1965-66) to examine postwar German society.

  • Sigmar Polke, Girlfriends, 1965-66.

    © The estate of Sigmar Polke/ARS, New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.

  • Richard Serra, Gagosian Gallery King’s Cross, 11 September - 28 February 2015
    American artist Richard Serra Hon RA, celebrated for his monumental steel-sheet sculptures, installs recent works in Gagosian’s King’s Cross gallery plus a large drawing in its Mayfair space (until 22 November).

    Steve McQueen, Thomas Dane Gallery, 14 October - 15 November 2014
    Following his Oscar-winning epic 12 Years a Slave film-maker Steve McQueen returns to an art-world environment with this show of new works, which has at its centre Ashes (2014), shot in Super 8 in the West Indies.

  • Still from 'Ashes', 2014, by Steve McQueen.

    © Steve McQueen/Courtesy Thomas Dane Gallery.

  • Frieze London and Frieze Masters Regent’s Park, 15 October - 18/19 October 2014
    Contemporary fair Frieze London (until 18 October) introduces a performance art section, while Frieze Masters’ conjunction of old and new (until 19 October) includes Leon Kossof’s drawings after artists such as Goya and Poussin, at Mitchell-Innes & Nash and Annely Juda’s stand.


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