July Art Diary: what to see this month

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As summer is officially here, it’s the perfect time to get out and enjoy this month’s hottest exhibitions both at home and abroad.

With this in mind, July’s edition of London Art Fair’s top recommendations takes you to Berlin, Auckland, New York and Lisbon with solo shows by Grit Richter, Seung Yul Oh and group shows curated by artist Carl D’Alvia and educator and activist Margarida Mendes.

For those staying in London, don’t forget to check out the V&A and Jerwood Visual Arts for Frida Kahlo’s retrospective and newly commissioned works by Rob Crosse, Susie Green and Georgia Horgan.

Read on for more…



Seung Yul Oh |Horizontal Loop

The exhibition presents a lesser known and more minimalistic side of Seung Yul Oh’s practice: wall based paintings. The works show the artist’s strong conviction to move away from a conventional focus on the canvas, concentrating his art solely to the outer edges.

Seung Yul Oh painting’s are suggestive of architectural features such as doorways or the front of a building, featuring only 4 elements: open space, framed by painted wooden bars, cylindrical rods and rectangular sections of timber.

Closing 28 July




The premise of this exhibition is that anything can be distorted. Organized by artist Carl D’Alvia, the show presents sixteen artists who distort the human figure to convey the pathos, humor, and monstrousness of being alive.

Artists include: David Altmejd, Robert Arneson, Jonathan Baldock, Genesis Belanger, Elizabeth Catlett, Caroline Wells Chandler, Bonnie Collura, Carl D’alvia, Rachelle Dang, Raúl De Nieves, Isa Genzken, Ryan Johnson, Sarah Peters, Sally Saul, H.C. Westermann and Chloe Wise.

Closing 15 August


Galerie Tanja Wagner

Grit Richter | The Space Between Us

The Space Between Us seeks to make visible the imaginary space between two or more people, the space that is sometimes experienced as a distance or void but also as a vastness and abundance. This new body of work by Grit Richter not only explore this chaotic state but measure its extent, its possibilities and its beauty – and begins to translate it into a rich vocabulary of shapes, colours, and materials.

Closing 01 August




This group show comprises works that explore the notions of fungal universes and fermented imaginaries, to expand the conception of body beyond its perceptible bordering.

A Tale of Ingestion is curated by Margarida Mendes and features works by Lupo Borgonovo, Alma Heikkilä, David Horvitz, Carlos Monléon, Mumtazz and Peter Zin.

Closing 15 August


Sir John Soane’s Museum

Visions of Architectural Fancy

Emily Allchurch exhibits her distinctive digital collages inspired by significant works in the Museum’s collections: Perspective of various design for Public and Private Buildings Executed for Sir John Soane (1818) and Architectural Visions of Early Fancy (1820), both by J.M. Gandy; and Piranesi’s Imaginary View of the Ancient Intersection of the Via Appia and Via Ardentina, Rome (1756).

Closing 26 August


Jerwood Visual Arts

Jerwood Solo Presentations 2018

Now in its third edition, Jerwood Solo Presentations, is showcasing newly commissioned work by Rob Crosse, Susie Green and Georgia Horgan .

Each artist is diverse in content and materials; the three solo presentations span painting, sculpture, installation, film, and photography, expanding upon artist’s existing work to position sex, intimacy and desire in a socio-political context.

Closing 26 August


Featured Article

Back in 2004 a delightful set of Frida Kahlo’s personal items were discovered. The items had been sealed away by her husband Diego Rivera in their famous Blue House in Mexico. The exhibition Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up presents a range of these intimate possessions – including outfits, letters, jewellery, cosmetics and medicines – paired with key artworks, self-portraits and photographs.

Discover more about Kahlo’s compelling life story and exhibition at the V&A by the hand of co-curators Circe Henestrosa and Claire Wilcox in their exclusive for Vogue.



Image Credits:


Image 1: Susie Green, Holiday Colonnade, 2018 and Red Boots, 2018. Installation view at Jerwood Space. Commissioned for Jerwood Solo Presentations 2018, supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation. Image: Anna Arca.

Image 2: Seung Yul Oh, Horizontal loop, 2018. Courtesy of Starkwhite.

Image 3: Jonathan Baldock, Verbrauch, 2015. Courtesy of Nathalie Karg Gallery.

Image 4: Grit Richter, Thanks for Everything, 2016 -2017. Courtesy of Tanja Wagner Gallery.

Image 5: Alma Heikkila, Detail of pollen grains, fungal spores, bacteria, insects and their parts, plants and animal tissues and several other microorganisms, 2017. Courtesy of MONITOR.

Image 6: Emily Allchurch, Grand Tour- In Search of Soane (after Gandy)  2012. Courtesy of GBS Fine Art and Emily Allchurch.

Image 7: Installation view at Jerwood Space works on display by Rob Crosse, 2018. Commissioned for Jerwood Solo Presentations 2018, supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation. Image credit Anna Arca.

Image 8: Frida Kahlo Making Her Self Up, 16 June –14 November 2018. Sponsored by Grosvenor Britain & Ireland. Self-Portrait, Frida Kahlo, 1948 (c) Private Collection.