Now that the UK art scene has found time to catch its breath post-Frieze, we thought we would take a moment to share with you 10 contemporary artists who should definitely be on your radar. Keep reading to discover more.
LAF Recommends | November Art Journal 2023
Beat the winter weather blues by exploring the UK’s vibrant cultural landscape as the dark evenings creep in this November. From the freshest contemporary concepts to modern masterpieces, here is our guide to the top exhibitions and events that will make you want to leave the house this month.
DAVID HOCKNEY – DRAWING FROM LIFE
NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY
2 NOVEMBER 2023 – 21 JANUARY 2024
The National Portrait Gallery’s autumn programme welcomes the return of this major exhibition exploring David Hockney’s work over the last six decades through a series of intimate portraits depicting prominent figures in the artist’s life.
WOMEN IN REVOLT! ART AND ACTIVISM IN THE UK 1970 – 1990
8 NOVEMBER 2023 – 7 APRIL 2024
This unmissable exhibition marks a ground-breaking endeavour as it presents the first major survey of feminist art by over 100 UK-based women artists. Discover the ways in which networks of women harnessed radical ideas and rebellious approaches, making an instrumental impact on British culture. These creative endeavours played a pivotal role in advancing women’s liberation amid a backdrop of profound social, economic and political change.
CANDIDA STEVENS GALLERY
18 NOVEMBER - 9 DECEMBER
If you’re in Chichester, make sure to stop by Candida Stevens Gallery whose Winter Exhibition begins this month, showcasing groupings of works by a number of the gallery’s represented artists. This vibrant curation presents contrasting themes, displaying abstract alongside figurative and painting alongside embroidery.
UNTIL 7 JANUARY
Visit the Hayward Gallery for a journey through the past 50 years of Hiroshi Sugimoto’s career, celebrating the artist’s meticulously crafted, deeply thought-provoking and quietly subversive works featuring pieces from all of his major photographic series.
28 OCTOBER 2023 – 7 JANUARY 2024
Marck is a prominent Swiss contemporary artist who challenges conventional artistic practices through his daring and experimental video sculptures which combine the creation of physical, handcrafted sculptures with video to provide a tactile experience. The artist’s works invite diverse audiences to appreciate the joy and imagination in distinguishing between the virtual and the real.
EL ANATSUI: BEHIND THE RED MOON
TURBINE HALL, TATE MODERN
UNTIL 14 APRIL 2024
El Anatsui’s Behind the Red Moon has taken over the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall and is now on display for all to experience until April 2024. The monumental sculptural installation is made from thousands of metal bottle tops and fragments, stitched together into large panels creating abstract fields of colour, shape and line. This commission by Hyundai extends from Anatsui’s interest in the migration of goods and people during the transatlantic slave trade.
GEORG BASELITZ: SCULPTURES 2011 – 2015
UNTIL 7 JANUARY
Chosen in collaboration with George Baselitz and directly sourced from his studio, Sculptures 2011 – 2015 presents never-before-seen large scale works alongside freehand ink drawings. Welcoming visitors into a woodland of raw timber sculptures, the exhibition offers a fresh perspective on the artist’s creative process.
SEDGELEY AND STEELE: AN ADVENTURE IN CHANGE
AUSTIN / DESMOND FINE ART
14 NOVEMBER 2023 – 12 JANUARY 2024
Austin / Desmond Fine Art presents An Adventure in Change, featuring two prominent British abstract artists, Peter Sedgely and Jeffrey Steele, who played pivotal roles in the ‘Op Art’ movement during the 1960s. in this transformative decade, art broke free from the confines of canvas surfaces, engaging the viewer’s eye and mind.
JAMES FREEMAN GALLERY
2 - 25 NOVEMBER
‘Unreal’ presents the work of three women artists who view photography as a means for imaginative creation. The exhibition explores the uses of contemporary photography which go beyond factual documentation.
COUNTRY LIVING CHRISTMAS FAIRS
LONDON, 8 – 11 NOVEMBER
GLASGOW, 16 – 19 NOVEMBER
HARROGATE, 30 NOVEMBER – 3 DECEMBER
Country Living Christmas Fairs take place this November and December in London, Glasgow and Harrogate.
The Fair is a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in the Christmas spirit and discover unique gifts, handmade crafts and delicious treats from British artisans and makers.
Enter code ART25 at checkout for 25% off tickets.*
*Offer valid on standard adult tickets only. Not valid on VIP, VIP Luxe or Workshops.
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.
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.
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.
STUCK ON DAWN
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.
A VERY SPECIAL PLACE: IKON IN THE 1990s
18 JUNE – 30 AUGUST
A review of Ikon’s artistic programme in the 1990s, presenting work by 40 artists who showed during this period. With Elizabeth Macgregor as Director, Ikon’s outlook was increasingly international, whilst also showing an eclectic mix of British artists including Basil Beattie, Permindar Kaur, Keith Piper, Yinka Shonibare, Georgina Starr and Mark Wallinger.
Antonio Pichillá is a contemporary artist whose work is influenced by the rich history of textile making by the women of his native Guatemala. Focusing on the ever-developing connections between western contemporary art and the vernacular tradition of craft, the