LAF Recommends | September Art Journal 2023
As Summer draws to a close, the art scene in the UK is warming back up as September not only ushers in a new season but also a fresh wave of artistic expression. This month, art enthusiasts and seasoned collectors alike are in for a treat with the cultural panorama welcoming an eclectic mix of exhibitions spanning various styles, mediums and themes. Keep reading for our top picks.
CHARLESTON OPENS A NEW SPACE IN LEWES
Charleston, a place steeped in artistic history and the former home of the Bloomsbury group, unveils its new space in the picturesque town of Lewes this September. This much-anticipated new chapter in Charleston’s story launches with two exhibitions opening doors to fresh dialogues and interpretations ensuring the legacy of Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant and their avant-garde associates continues to thrive in the heart of the Sussex countryside.
From 13 September until 7 January 2024, visit the museum to experience Bring No Clothes: Bloomsbury and Fashion, the first major exhibition exploring the fashion of the Bloomsbury group and their impact on global style today, as well as a solo exhibition of large-scale sculptural works by leading contemporary artist Jonathan Baldock, titled ‘through the joy of the senses’.
HOSPITAL ROOMS X HAUSER & WIRTH X BONHAMS
UNTIL 12 SEPTEMBER
In partnership with Hauser & Wirth, charitable organisation Hospital Rooms presents a major new exhibition on Savile Row, Mayfair. ‘Holding Space’ will culminate in a fundraising auction at Bonhams New Bond Street featuring pieces by Martin Creed, Charles Gaines, Catherine Goodman, Rashid Johnson, Allison Katz and Do Ho Suh.
ALICE IRWIN - THINGS HAVE TO KEEP MOVING
8 - 27 SEPTEMBER
If you’re in Oxford this September, stop by Zuleika Gallery in Woodstock to experience a solo show of brand new work by multi-disciplinary artist Alice Irwin. Featuring etchings, screen prints and sculpture maquettes, the exhibition promises to offer a fresh insight into Irwin’s progressive artistic practice.
UNSPOKEN - MORTEN LASSEN
REBECCA HOSSACK ART GALLERY
2 - 30 SEPTEMBER
Visit Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery’s peaceful Fitzrovia haven throughout September to discover works on canvas and paper by Danish abstract painter Morten Lassen. ‘Unspoken’ showcases Lassen’s distinctive, process-driven approach to painting. Intentionally distancing himself from the fast pace of the digital age, the artist embraces an unhurried approach, working methodically allowing the interplay of colour, texture, line and form to harmonize naturally over time.
LOOK BOTH WAYS - DANIEL PREECE & HENRY WARD
6 SEPTEMBER - 1 OCTOBER
Kittoe Contemporary returns to Curious Kudu in Peckham to present the work of two South London artists who share a love of colour, Daniel Preece and Henry Ward. Both artists explore the boundary between abstraction and representation, through paintings which burst with energy and movement in celebration of the medium itself.
ANNA LIBER LEWIS | DAZZLE CAMOUFLAGE
BENJAMIN PARSONS X HANNAH PAYNE
6 - 30 SEPTEMBER
Benjamin Parsons x Hannah Payne is delighted to present ‘Dazzle Camouflage’ a solo exhibition of new paintings by contemporary abstract painter Anna Liber Lewis at their gallery space in Oxford from 6-30 September 2023. The artist harnesses the power dynamic created by colour, line and shape, constructing paintings through a process of building and erasing, and creating a unique dialogue through processes of print and drawing.
CENTENARY EXHIBITION: PART 2 - THE RED STUDIO
13 SEPTEMBER - 27 OCTOBER
Head to Redfern Gallery to explore a group exhibition featuring work by several artists in celebration of the gallery’s centenary:
Sarah Armstrong-Jones | Elizabeth Butterworth | John Carter RA | Paul Emsley | Susannah Fiennes | Annabel Gault | Florence Hutchings | David Inshaw | Linda Karshan | Catherine Kurtz | Ffiona Lewis | Danny Markey | Desmond Morris | Brendan Neiland | Bryan Organ | Pierre Skira | Telfer Stokes | David Tindle RA
It was at The Redfern Gallery in 1943, where Patrick Heron first saw Matisse’s The Red Studio, which he described as “a life-changing experience … the single most influential painting in my entire career”.
Inspired by The Museum of Modern Art, New York 2022 exhibition and to celebrate The Redfern Gallery’s place in The Red Studio’s history, we have asked Redfern artists to respond to this iconic work of modern art.
More information about the exhibition will be available soon at www.redfern-gallery.com
EMILY POWELL - PARIS HAD NO GREY
11 - 22 SEPTEMBER
Portland Gallery will be showing a selection of work by contemporary painter Emily Powell ahead of her first solo exhibition with the gallery in early 2024. ‘Paris Had No Grey’ is a selection of vibrant, expressive works inspired by Powell’s recent trip to Paris, a city which has acted as a muse for countless artists.
ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS
23 SEPTEMBER 2023 - 1 JANUARY 2024
The RA’s new major exhibition is set to showcase pivotal moments from art world icon and performance art pioneer Marina Abramović’s artistic journey through sculpture, video, installation and performance. Opening this month and running for the remainder of 2023, this is not one to be missed.
RETURNING TO THE BUSINESS DESIGN CENTRE, LAUNCHING YOUR NEW ART YEAR
19 - 23 JANUARY 2022
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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.
If you’re hoping to fill your bank holiday weekends with culture this May, there are a host of exciting exhibitions to look forward to. From modern masterpieces to innovative contemporary installations, this line-up of unmissable shows has something for the