It’s a given that, whatever the season, London’s art scene will always be a rich source of varied work, showcasing household names to up-and-coming practitioners. Relevant yet ever-changing, London’s galleries in the weeks running up to Christmas and into the New Year are no exception. With contemporary heavyweights Gerhard Richter (Marian Goodman) and Anselm Keifer (Royal Academy) in town, it could be easy to overlook some of the smaller gems flanking the big institutions, so with that in mind The Upcoming has handpicked five must-see exhibitions that stand out for their quality and charm this Christmas.
Late Turner: Painting Set Free at Tate Britain
Running until 25th January, this selection of iconic oils, poetic water-colour studies and sketch books from the British master is both a visual delight and an education in his progression in the medium of painting. Chosen, as the title suggests, from his later years, the work is luminous and prolific, offering hazily recalled light on lakes, rivers, and seas from all over Europe. Impressions of a well-travelled life, Late Turner pays homage to a landscape and narrative capturer at his mature peak. It is definitely not to be missed.
Late Turner is at Tate Britain until 25th January 2015, for further information visit here.
Jockum Nordström: For the Insects and Hounds at David Zwirner
Presenting a range of pencil drawings, paper collages and small sculptures, Nordström’s quiet and soft illustrative visual language gives the characters in his stills an uncanny presence. Despite pleasant and muted first impressions, the combination of the seemingly naïve techniques and at times ambiguous bordering on dark narrative pushes this work into intriguing territory.
Jockum Nordström: For the Insects and Hounds is at David Zwirner until 24th January 2015, for further information visit here.
Richard Serra: Backdoor Pipeline, Ramble, Dead Load and London Cross at Gagosian
Highly anticipated, the show at Gagosian gallery on Britannia Street is a unique opportunity to see work of such a scale that it seems to dwarf the gallery space itself. The titles speak of journey and passing through spaces, and the works make one aware of one’s human scale and negotiation with the space and the pieces. Open until the 4th March, there is plenty of time to fit in this essential show.
Richard Serra: Backdoor Pipeline, Ramble, Dead Load and London Cross is at Gagosian until 4th March 2015, for further information visit here.
Pipilotti Rist: Worry Will Vanish at Hauser and Wirth
Until 10th January next year, Hauser and Wirth’s North Gallery will be a fully immersive projection auditorium for the otherworldly psychedelic sensory journey created by Pipilotti Rist. Viewers are invited to lie down upon the soft duvets and cushions to gaze up and drift into a hypnotic state, animated with floating bodies, flowers and fluids. Exploring the relationship between the body as an internal labyrinth of blood vessels and the outer flesh, Rist’s film installations take familiar natural elements and present them with an alien perspective.
Pipilotti Rist: Worry Will Vanish is at Hauser and Wirth, North Gallery until 10th January 2015, for further information visit here.
Conflict, Time, Photography at Tate Modern
Bucking the recent trend in off-the-scale size retrospectives at Tate Modern, the latest show to open offers a sobering yet beautiful collation of photographic works from wars across history. Consisting of work from war artists, photographic journalists and artists with specified interest in conflict, the show looks at images taken at varying points after traumatic events across the globe. A powerful collection, the curation and accompanying narration mean this exhibition is an experience that’s informative on both a factual and visual level.
Conflict, Time, Photography is at Tate Modern until 15th March 2015, for further information visit here.