LAF Recommends | February Art Journal 2024

It’s been a couple of weeks since London Art Fair inaugurated the global art calendar for 2024, initiating the art world year with fresh new concepts and ideas as well as a remarkable array of works by iconic names.

As 2024 unfolds, there are plenty more exhibitions and events to enrich your cultural calendar – check out our selected highlights for February below, including many which celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community and its profound contribution to the art world this LGBT+ History Month and beyond.

WE ARE QUEER BRITAIN

QUEER BRITAIN, KING'S CROSS

Queer Britain is the UK’s first bricks and mortar national LGBTQ+ museum. It is an essential place for all regardless of sexuality or gender identity, to find out about the culture they have been born into, have chosen or seek to understand.

Queer Britain’s inaugural exhibition, We Are Queer Britain!, celebrates Queer life focussing on the period since the first Pride March in London in 1972. It won the Museum Association’s Best Small Museum Project of the Year Award 2022.

Visit QB and see the award winning exhibition at 2 Granary Square, in London’s King’s Cross from Wednesday – Sunday; 12-6pm. 

 

David Hockney, Christopher Isherwood's House, Santa Monica 1966 Ink on paper © David Hockney
David Hockney, Christopher Isherwood's House, Santa Monica 1966 Ink on paper © David Hockney

DAVID HOCKNEY - LOVE LIFE

CHARLESTON

UNTIL 14 APRIL 2024

At Charleston Farmhouse in Sussex, experience rarely-seen early drawings by one of the most iconic artists of our time, David Hockney. These 60+ year old works are beautifully placed at Charleston to resonate with the way of life established by the Bloomsbury Group artists who lived there, in which art and experimental thinking are at the centre of everyday life.

 

Jonathan Baldock, No one had paid them any particular attention, 2023.-Courtesy the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery. Photo © Mark Reeves courtesy Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Jonathan Baldock, No one had paid them any particular attention, 2023.-Courtesy the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery. Photo © Mark Reeves courtesy Yorkshire Sculpture Park

JONATHAN BALDOCK: TOUCH WOOD

YORKSHIRE SCULPTURE PARK

UNTIL 7 JULY 2024

Feast your eyes on Jonathan Baldock’s characteristically sensory works at Yorkshire Sculpture Park this Spring and Summer. Touch Wood features new works in ceramic, textile and basketry inspired by the seasons, paganism, myth, folklore and our deep connection to nature. Baldock creates his sculptures using age-old materials, techniques and traditions rooted in the histories of working-class people.

Clothed/Unclothed #4 1990 Laura Aguilar 1959 - 2018 Lent by the Tate Americas Foundation, courtesy of the Latin American Acquisitions Committee 2021 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/L04392
Clothed/Unclothed #4 1990 Laura Aguilar 1959 - 2018 Lent by the Tate Americas Foundation, courtesy of the Latin American Acquisitions Committee 2021 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/L04392

LGBTQIA+ TOURS AT TATE MODERN

 

Join a free guided tour highlighting LGBTQIA+ artists and works in the Tate Modern collection. Learn more below.

Photo by Hollie Adams. Courtesy of Museum of Transology
Photo by Hollie Adams. Courtesy of Museum of Transology

MUSEUM OF TRANSOLOGY

Museum of Transology is the UK’s most significant collection of objects representing trans, non-binary and intersex people’s lives. The Museum kindly supported the Platform section at LAF24 – ‘A Million Candles, Illuminating Queer Love and Life’. To learn more about their collection, visit their website below.

Nooka Shepherd, Sink With Me, 2023. Courtesy of Soho Revue

GRASS STAINED HEART – NOOKA SHEPHERD

SOHO REVUE

1 FEBRUARY - 3 MARCH 2024

If you enjoyed seeing Nooka Shepherd’s work on Soho Revue’s stand at in Platform at LAF24, you’ll be delighted to hear that you can experience more by the artist in her upcoming solo show open for the full duration of February. In ‘Grass Stained Heart’, Nooka Shepherd presents ceramic works, paintings, embroideries and etchings which communicate with the imaginal realm.

Image courtesy of Liminal Gallery
Image courtesy of Liminal Gallery

IN BITS: INGRID BERTHON-MOINE & JENNIFER NIEUWLAND

LIMINAL GALLERY

3 - 24 FEBRUARY 2024

If you’re in Margate, make sure to visit Liminal Gallery to experience the work of Ingrid Berthon-Moine and Jennifer Nieuwland. Berthon-Moine’s watercolour paintings on materials like fake ostrich leather challenge gender norms, inviting viewers into an ambiguous realm. Her works disrupt traditional notions of softness and aggression, contemplating intimacy dynamics and gender roles. Jennifer Nieuwland, a Dutch/Italian artist in London, uses sand and gels to heighten sensory qualities in her exploration of external pressures on the female body and psyche. The series negotiates tensions between beauty, horror, and humour in a charged and ambiguous encounter.

Phopy, December 2022 from the series Unseen by Zoja Kalinovskis © Zoja Kalinovskis
Phopy, December 2022 from the series Unseen by Zoja Kalinovskis © Zoja Kalinovskis

TAYLOR WESSING PHOTO PORTRAIT PRIZE 2023

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

UNTIL 25 FEBRUARY 2024

The must-see photography exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery

Taylor Wessing Photo Portrait Prize 2023 is open until 25 February 2024

£5 tickets for all visitors aged 25 and under are available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Returning after the NPG’s three year closure and redevelopment, the Photo Prize is a must see for anyone interested in contemporary photography. 

 

Image courtesy of Blueríder Art
Image courtesy of Blueríder Art

NICK VEASEY: FORENSIC BEAUTY

BLUERIDER ART, MAYFAIR

UNTIL 17 FEBRUARY 2024

You may recognise Nick Veasey’s work from the front cover of TIME Magazine or his recent collaborations with Alexander McQueen and the Victoria and Albert Museum, but you can now experience a solo show of his x-ray image artworks at Blueríder Art in Mayfair until 17 February.

Image courtesy of Elizabeth Xi Bauer
Image courtesy of Elizabeth Xi Bauer

ABRAHAM KRITZMAN & DANIEL SILVER: CHOIR

ELIZABETH XI BAUER

1 FEBRUARY – 30 MARCH 2024

Elizabeth Xi Bauer Gallery presents a duo exhibition with Daniel Silver and Abraham Kritzman at their space in Deptford. This will be the first time that Silver’s work will be displayed at Elizabeth Xi Bauer Gallery, and the first time both artists exhibit together, evidencing mutual interests, themes, and use of materials in their respective practices.

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LAF GALLERIES

RETURNING TO THE BUSINESS DESIGN CENTRE, LAUNCHING YOUR NEW ART YEAR

19 - 23 JANUARY 2022

Reconnect with leading galleries from around the world this January and enjoy an outstanding celebration of Modern and Contemporary Art.

An opportunity for you to discover and engage with iconic modernist names, through to contemporary and emerging artists.

Browse over 100 participating galleries through the button below.

Ivon Hitchens, Courtesy of Jenna Burlingham Gallery
Ivon Hitchens, Courtesy of Jenna Burlingham Gallery

JENNA BURLINGHAM GALLERY

'WINTER' EXHIBITION AT ROPE HOUSE

IVON HITCHENS, WINIFRED NICHOLSON, MARY POTTER, WILLIAM NICHOLSON, KEITH VAUGHAN, PRUNELLA CLOUGH, JOHN PIPER, BEN NICHOLSON, BRYAN WYNTER, WILLIAM SCOTT AND PATRICK HERON, AMONG OTHERS.

1 OCTOBER - 24 NOVEMBER

The gallery is delighted announce the opening of their new gallery in Hampshire with an inaugural ‘Winter’ exhibition.

Jenna Burlingham Gallery has expanded with a move to a much larger building, Rope House, on the same street as their original space in Kingsclere. This was once a 19th-century rope merchant’s home and workshop and now has the feeling of an informal townhouse. With open galleries at ground level and drawing rooms upstairs, paintings, prints, sculptures and ceramics are displayed throughout as part of interior settings.

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Mizuho Koyama, White Rabbit, 2021. Courtesy of KITAI

KITAI GALLERY

SUMI_ISM #7

SOGEN CHIBA, REIKO TSUNASHIMA AND MIZUHO KOYAMA

8 - 30 OCTOBER

Sumi, or Japanese ink, has been used for Oriental calligraphic works and paintings for a long time. The need for works in Sumi, an art form backed by a long unbroken history, remains strong.

In contemporary art, which is filled with an indiscriminate mix of materials and representation techniques, works produced based on Sumi are specifically referred to as “Sumi_ism” and at #7 exhibition a collection of works from Reiko Tsunashima and Sogen Chiba, Mizuho Koyama are displayed from this field.

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Courtesy of the Artist and Kerlin Gallery, Dublin

KERLIN

STUCK ON DAWN

MARCEL VIDAL 

17 JULY - 26 AUGUST

Kerlin Gallery are delighted to present ‘Stuck on dawn,’ Marcel Vidal’s first solo exhibition at the gallery.

Celebrated for his diverse practice and immersive sculptural installations, the exhibition brings together three series of work in Marcel Vidal’s first exhibition dedicated exclusively to painting.

Adam Chodzko, Nightvision, (1998)
Adam Chodzko, Nightvision, 1998. Courtesy of Ikon

IKON 

A VERY SPECIAL PLACE: IKON IN THE 1990s

18 JUNE – 30 AUGUST

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