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.
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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.
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.
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.
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
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’
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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?
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
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