OCTOBER ART GUIDE
Venue: Whitechapel Gallery Address: 77-82 Whitechapel High St, London E1 7QX Cost: From £12.50 Dates: Wednesday, 25 September 2019 – Sunday, 12 January 2020
The world of art is voluminous — every day, I discover so many artists on my own, and Anna Maria Maiolino is one of them! Her exhibition at The Whitechapel Gallery is the artist’s first retrospective in the UK, showcasing six decades of work! Born in Italy, Anna Maria moved to Venezuela in 1954 where she began her training as an artist. Her work ‘reflects a negotiation of identity’ — indeed, her diverse background and training made Anna Maria push boundaries and explore her self as an artist in varies forms. The exhibition consists of a large selection of work across several different mediums. The show opens with hundreds of simple shapes made of clay, and moves on to drawings, sculpture, upholstery and many more pieces reflecting Anna Maria’s artistic expression.
Venue: White Cube Bermondsey Address: 144 – 152 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3TQ Cost: Free Dates: Thursday, 12 September 2019 – Sunday, 3 November 2019
We live in interesting and challenging times, in which reflection on current political and social status becomes a common theme for artists to explore. In this show, Mona Hatoum challenges ‘our current global condition, including systems of confinement, the architecture of surveillance and themes of mobility and conflict.’ The artist uses a wide variety of materials like steel, brick and concrete, experimenting with simple shapes and minimalist sculptures.
Venue: 180 The Strand Address: 180 The Strand, London W1S 3LT Cost: Free Dates: Tuesday, 1 October 2019 – Sunday, 8 December 2019
The Store X The Vinyl Factory collaborations always result in great exhibitions and site-specific installations. This autumn, The Store X The Vinyl Factory will present an exhibition featuring three large scale installations at 180 The Strand. With a specific narrative, each installation explores light and sound and allows visitors to engage with it. The rough concrete shell of 180 The Strand is a perfect venue for installations of this kind. Make sure to wander around the building and check out the bar, which reminds me of a New York industrial loft conversion.
Venue: Hayward Gallery Address: 337 – 338 Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX Cost: From £18.00 Dates: Wednesday, 23 October 2019 – Sunday, 26 January 2020
A must-see exhibition of this month is Bridget Riley’s solo show at Hayward Gallery. This is the biggest retrospective of the artists’ works in the last 16 years. The exhibition was curated in close Riley herself, and concentrates on her perceptual paintings, showcasing iconic black and white paintings and coloured canvases alongside rarely seen drawings and studies. Ralph Rugoff (Director of Hayward Gallery) describes Bridget as one of two of the most important and pioneering artists of the postwar era, alongside Diane Arbus – make sure to check it out!
Venue: Victoria and Albert Museum Address: Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL Cost: From £15 Dates: Until Sunday, 8 March 2020
If you want to escape reality for a little while and submerge your self into the world of fantasy and fashion, then this exhibition is for you. Ten major photgraphy collections by Tim Walker are on display at V&A – making it a stimulating afternoon out… and a good excuse to go hang out in Kensington!