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  • Opens January 30th 2015

  • Sarah Sze takes over Victoria Miro’s Wharf Road and Mayfair gallery locations in her first solo show in Europe since representing the United States at the 2013 Venice Biennale. On Warf Road, Sze’s installations made of rocks, newspapers, and furniture explore various measurements of time, mass, and volume. In Mayfair, a site-specific installation of small sculptures spreads across the gallery floor.

    Sarah Sze

    Jan 30 - Mar 14, 2015
  • Sarah Sze takes over Victoria Miro’s Wharf Road and Mayfair gallery locations in her first solo show in Europe since representing the US at the 2013 Venice Biennale. On Warf Road, Sze’s installations made of rocks, newspapers, and furniture explore various measurements of time, mass, and volume. In Mayfair, meanwhile, a site-specific installation of small sculptures spreads across the gallery floor.

    Sarah Sze

    Jan 30 - Mar 28, 2015

    Victoria Miro Gallery | 16 Wharf Road

    16 Wharf Road  / +442073368109 / victoria-miro.com
    Tue - Sat 10am to 6pm

  • Ends February 7th 2015

  • Reprising an installation first shown at Umbria’s Palazzo Vignola, Jannis Kounellis takes over Sprovieri with an installation based on men’s coats drenched in black tar. Kounellis’s stark critique of contemporary consumer culture stays true to his Arte Povera roots.

    Jannis Kounellis

    Dec 11, 2014 - Feb 7, 2015

    Sprovieri

    23 Heddon Street  / +442077342066 / sprovieri.com
    Tue - Sat 10am to 6pm

  • Ends February 8th 2015

  • Walead Beshty transforms the walls of the Barbican Art Gallery with a floor-to-ceiling installation consisting of more than 12,000 cyanotypes: blue-tinged photographic prints made by placing various objects on UV-sensitive material and exposing them to sunlight. Presented in chronological order, the cyanotypes date from fall 2013 to summer 2014; the most recent were made during the artist’s residency at the Barbican.

    Walead Beshty

    Oct 15, 2014 - Feb 8, 2015

    Barbican Art Gallery

    Barbican Centre, Silk Street  / +442076388891 / barbican.org.uk
    Sat - Wed 10am to 6pm, Thu - Fri 10am to 9pm

  • This comprehensive retrospective of the untiring, always unsatisfied, and influential German artist Sigmar Polke was organized by Kathy Halbreich of the Museum of Modern Art with Tate Modern curator Mark Godfrey and MoMA curatorial assistant Lanka Tattersall. The MoMA iteration refused wall labels, pointing audiences instead toward orienting pamphlets; Tate Modern has gone with a more conventional installation.

    Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963–2010

    Oct 9, 2014 - Feb 8, 2015

    Tate Modern

    Bankside  / +442078878888 / tate.org.uk/modern
    Mon - Thu 10am to 6pm, Fri - Sat 10am to 10pm, Sun 10am to 6pm

  • Ends February 14th 2015

  • David Altmejd, whose retrospective is on view at the Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris until February 1, 2015, presents a series of spectacular head sculptures mounted on tables and plinths. This is the fourth solo show with Modern Art for the Canadian-born, New York–based artist.

    David Altmejd ‘Faces’

    Jan 22 - Feb 14, 2015

    Stuart Shave/Modern Art

    4-8 Helmet Row  / +442072997950 / modernart.net
    Tue - Sat 11am to 6pm

  • Ends February 15th 2015

  • Following his recent solo shows in Paris (Palais de Tokyo, 2013) and Buenos Aires (Daros Foundation, 2014), Julio Le Parc installs his mesmerizing kinetic works in London’s Serpentine Galleries. The companion program of screenings, readings, talks, and performances is inspired by the octogenarian artist’s use of light.

    Julio Le Parc

    Nov 24, 2014 - Feb 15, 2015

    Serpentine Galleries

    Kensington Gardens  / +442072981515 / serpentinegalleries.org
    Tue - Sun 10am to 6pm

  • This posthumous show of American painter Bill Lynch (1960–2013) is the artist’s first outside of the United States. His paintings on salvaged plywood incorporate the support’s natural irregularities—knots and wood grain—into depictions of a range of subjects including landscapes, cultural artifacts, and mythical symbols.

    Bill Lynch

    Jan 15 - Feb 15, 2015

    The Approach

    1st Floor, 47 Approach Road  / +442089833878 / theapproach.co.uk
    Wed - Sun 12pm to 6pm

  • Ends February 21st 2015

  • Danh Vo, who will represent Denmark in this year’s Venice Biennale, shows sculptures, prints, letters, and photographs in his first major solo show in London. Among the new works is a large-scale mobile made of cardboard and various iron and wooden farm tools, suspended beneath the gallery’s dramatic skylight.

    Danh Vo Homo Sapiens

    Jan 15 - Feb 21, 2015

    Marian Goodman Gallery | London

    5-8 Lower John Street  / +442070990088 / mariangoodman.com

  • This solo presentation of School of Paris painter Serge Poliakoff includes important late works, often referred to as “silent paintings,” alongside paintings from the 1950s. The exhibition highlights the circular nature of Poliakoff’s exploration of color and simple forms.

    Serge Poliakoff Serge Poliakoff: Silent Paintings

    Jan 13 - Feb 21, 2015

    Timothy Taylor Gallery

    15 Carlos Place  / +442074093344 / timothytaylorgallery.com
    Mon - Fri 10am to 6pm, Sat 11am to 5pm

  • Ends March 4th 2015

  • Gagosian presents recent work by Richard Serra across two galleries. Four monumental steel sculptures are displayed at the Britannia Street gallery, while a single large-scale drawing Serra made in 2011 is on view at the Davies street location.

    Richard Serra Backdoor Pipeline, Ramble, Dead Load, London Cross

    Oct 11, 2014 - Mar 4, 2015

    Gagosian Gallery | Britannia Street

    6-24 Britannia Street  / +442078419960 / gagosian.com
    Tue - Sat 10am to 6pm

  • Ends March 8th 2015

  • Presenting paintings made over the last decade, London-based artist Katy Moran’s retrospective reveals the artist’s longtime fascination with the intersection of figuration and abstraction. Moran’s dynamic compositions, in which representational and abstract imagery appear side by side, flout the conventions of both painting genres.

    Katy Moran

    Jan 14 - Mar 8, 2015

    Parasol unit

    14 Wharf Road  / +442074907373 / parasol-unit.org
    Tue - Sat 10am to 6pm, Sun 12pm to 5pm

  • Ends March 15th 2015

  • Fourteen of the 2003 Turner Prize–winning artist’s portraits are interspersed amid permanent works in the museum’s nineteenth- and twentieth-century rooms. Perry’s twenty-first century subjects range from politicians and protesters to families and reality TV stars.

    Grayson Perry Who Are You?

    Oct 25, 2014 - Mar 15, 2015

    National Portrait Gallery

    St. Martin's Place  / +442073060055 / npg.org.uk
    Mon - Wed 10am to 6pm, Thu - Fri 10am to 9pm, Sat - Sun 10am to 6pm

  • Ends April 6th 2015

  • To celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of the first exhibition of Kazimir Malevich’s black square painting, Whitechapel brings together more than one hundred artists whose works represent a similar spirit of new art and new society. Organized chronologically and thematically, the show’s paintings, photographs, and sculptures track the evolution of abstract art over the past century.

    Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915 - 2015

    Jan 15 - Apr 6, 2015

    Whitechapel Gallery

    77 - 82 Whitechapel High Street  / +442075227888 / whitechapelgallery.org
    Tue - Wed 11am to 6pm, Thu 11am to 9pm, Fri - Sun 11am to 6pm

  • Ends April 17th 2015

  • Taking the form of a visual dialogue, this exhibition brings together rarely shown works on paper by Marlene Dumas and Juan Muñoz. Responding to specific drawings by the late Spanish artist, Dumas has selected a number of her own drawings that also depict the human body.

    Marlene Dumas/Juan Muņoz Drawings

    Jan 16 - Apr 17, 2015

    Frith Street Gallery | 60 Frith Street

    60 Frith Street  / +442074941550 / http://www.frithstreetgallery.com/
    Wed - Fri 10am to 6pm, Sat 11am to 5pm