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Rashid Johnson — The Broken Five, 2020. Ceramic tile, mirror tile, spray enamel, oil stick, black soap, wax 250.2 x 430.5 cm. Photo: Martin Parsekian. © Rashid Johnson. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth.

15 Art Events & Exhibitions to See in London this October and November

There’s plenty to see and do in London over the next two months! Let’s grab our masks and (safely) make the most of London’s artistic offerings this autumn.

1. Enter Through The Headset 5
Until 4th October 2020 |

To mark the fifth anniversary of its groundbreaking new media group exhibition, Gazelli Art House is featuring both previous participants and new talent from its online residency. The show features works by Rebecca Allen, Jocelyn Anquetil, BRiGHTBLACK, Claudia Hart, Michael Takeo Magruder with Drew Baker, Gibson/Martelli with Roche & Mercier, Matterlurgy, Mbryonic with Xavier Sole, Iain Nicholls and Matteo Zamagni.

You can view a virtual walkthrough of of Gazelli’s previous exhibition — The New Verge — on The Net Gallery, via the gallery’s profile page.

2. London Grads Now.
Until 11th October 2020 |

Showcasing work by graduating students from some of the leading fine art schools of London, London Grads Now. continues its run in Saatchi Gallery this month. The exhibition aims to enable students to showcase their works safely in an international-standard gallery space, combining more than 200 works from over 150 graduating artists.

3. Sarah Maple’s Nazi Sexy Shark Show
1st — 18th October 2020 |

Curator Kate Bryan, loud champion of female artists and voice for anti-elitism in the arts, curates an unmissable exhibition in a ground-breaking collaboration with one of the most potent and singular young voices in British art, Sarah Maple. Ideas around freedom of expression, identity, religion, the artworld and feminism are all challenged in Maple’s uniquely provocative work.

4. Oliver Beer, Oma
Until 24th October 2020 |

Steeped in musical inheritance and exchange, Oliver Beer’s exhibition Oma presents a new sound installation and sculptural wall works. Centred around the installation of an early twentieth-century Steinway pianola (a self-playing piano), the work fills the gallery with a deeply personal piece of music composed in old age by the artist’s grandmother, Oma, transcribed and re-performed by Beer for this exhibition. This exhibition transforms the Ely Gallery of Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac into a space where the sacred and domestic seem to intermingle, and is a natural follow-on from Beer’s recent solo exhibition in New York.

5. Mayfair Sculpture Trail
1st — 31st October 2020 |

Throughout the month of October, the Mayfair Sculpture Trail (hosted by Mayfair Art Weekend) will work to make the intimidating world of galleries more welcoming by adding a new outdoor element. Visitors are invited to stare into Anthony James’ endless abyss or sit on a bench whose slats will break apart and take on a life of their own. An audio guide is also available to tell you all about the sculptures on show.

6. Jeremy Everett, The Warm Parts
Until 10th November 2020 |

This exhibition features a range of unique pieces and projects by experimental artist and photographer Jeremy Everett. As changing light is refracted into the clean open spaces of the gallery, Everett’s work explores material changes through “This and That” by responding to the natural environs of the space through a large-scale frame of photosensitive paper.

This installation has been scanned by The Net Gallery and will be available digitally online.

7. Laure Prouvost, Re-dit-en-un-in-learning CENTER
6th October — 7th November 2020 |

This exhibition sees artist Laure Prouvost repurpose the gallery spaces at 67 Lisson Street as a sort of educational environment, offering visitors a chance to unlearn what they’ve forgotten they already know. Visitors will then have an opportunity to acquire a language devised by the artist through a session of indoctrination in a mock-pedagogical, health-focused institutional setting.

8. Tantra: enlightenment to revolution
Throughout October and November |

Tantra: enlightenment to revolution exhibits elements of the Tantric philosophy which remain largely unknown or misrepresented in the west through ritual objects, sculptures, paintings and prints from around the world, dating from the seventh century AD to the present. The philosophy originates in medieval India, and has been linked to successive waves of revolutionary thought.

9. Architecture for Dogs
Throughout October and November |

This autumn sees the European debut of the renowned Architecture for Dogs exhibition in London. Featuring a collection of architectural designs for dogs by world-class architects and designers, this event allows visitors to immerse themselves in the project by becoming makers and architects themselves and designing their own architecture for dogs.

10. Toyin Ojih Odutola
Throughout October and November |

This autumn sees a new exhibition by Nigerian-American artist Toyin Ojih Odutola at the Barbican. Ojih Odutola’s epic cycle of new work explores an imagined ancient myth and explores the concept of drawing as a form of storytelling. The viewer is invited to enter the artist’s vision of an uncannily familiar-yet-fantastical world, exploring extensive imaginary narratives that draw on an eclectic range of historical and contemporary references.

11. Art Events at Coal Drops Yard
Throughout October and November |

When it comes to visual art events, there’s always plenty on at Coal Drops Yard. This October and November, visitors can view a new sculpture by Eva Rothschild, an installation by Lauren Godfrey, a lightbox exhibition by Mentivity and Leonn Ward and work by sculptor Vic Wright. Shoe-lovers can get their kicks at the new exhibition Shoes Have Names and learn to keep their shoes a work of art by taking a polishing masterclass.

12. Freelands Painting Prize 2020
From 1st October 2020 |

Featuring work by students graduating from Fine Art courses at City & Guilds of London Art School; Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee; University of Brighton; Lancaster University; Plymouth College of Art and more, this exhibition showcases the successful paintings selected from an open call issued to every higher education art department in the UK.

This exhibition has been scanned by The Net Gallery and is available to view digitally on the Freelands Foundation website.

13. Rashid Johnson, Waves
From 6th October 2020 |

Renowned contemporary American artist Rashid Johnson’s new exhibition unfolds across the entirety of both of Hauser Wirth’s London Gallery Spaces this month. Johnson’s work has never ceased to confront the complexity of the human condition and the strenuous spaces we negotiate. Subjects of poignant relevance in today’s socio-political climate such as escapism and anxiety are brought together in new paintings and ceramic tile mosaics.

14. Bruce Nauman
From 7th October 2020 |

The artist Bruce Nauman’s ground-breaking work is explored in detail in the new Tate Modern exhibition opening this month. A restlessly inventive artist, Bruce Nauman (b.1941) has employed a wide range of media including sculpture, sound, film, video and neon. The most substantial survey of Nauman’s work in London for over 20 years, this is a fitting first new exhibition since the gallery’s reopening earlier this year.

15. Trulee Hall
From 8th October 2020 |

Following the artist’s sold-out operatic performance at Zabludowicz Collection earlier this year, this exhibition marks American artist Trulee Hall’s first UK show. The exhibition features work made over the past two years and debuts the artist’s newly-commissioned project alongside works from the Collection and a variety of videos, paintings and sculptures.

This exhibition has been scanned by The Net Gallery and will be available to view digitally.

Article by Toby Buckley for The Net Gallery.

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