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Best art exhibitions & festivals in London 2021

Best art exhibitions & festivals in London 2021

by Wishu
17 September 2021

Check out the latest London art exhibitions and festivals. As galleries are reopening to the public we provide you with a top lineup of current exhibitions and festivals allowing you to get your art fix. 

Richard Serra Drawings at Ordovas

Richard Serra Drawings at Ordovas, London

Thu 16 Sep 2021 to Fri 17 Dec 2021

Mon-Fri 10am-6pm

Artist: Richard Serra

About: Richard Serra Drawings, on display at Ordovas on Savile Row, is an exhibition of nineteen works selected by the artist. The title of the works, ‘Orchard Street,’ refers to the street where the artist and his wife have a home on the North Fork of Long Island in America. Serra has his drawing studio there and it is there that they currently spend most of their time.

Marina Abramović: Seven Deaths at Lisson Gallery, London

Tue 14 Sep 2021 to Sat 30 Oct 2021

Tue-Sat 11am-6pm and by appointment

Artist: Marina Abramović

About: Abramović has created Seven Deaths, a new, immersive cinematic experience for the main gallery at Lisson Street, based on seven untimely demises she undergoes on screen, set to the moving soundtrack of seven Callas solos. In Cork Street, Abramović exhibits seven alabaster sculptures relating to these lethal vignettes, which are also self-portraits of the artist inhabiting different personae – herself, Callas, the jilted bride or the sacrificial paramour, among others – each facing their own emotional, operatic endings.

Tom Atton Moore: Hannibal’s Pond at Maximillian William,

Tom Atton Moore: Hannibal’s Pond at Maximillian William, London

Thu 2 Sep 2021 to Sat 2 Oct 2021

Tue-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 11am-6pm

Artist: Tom Atton Moore

About: This latest series of work stems from an extended period of time spent in rural Britain. In contrast to the pace of the city, Moore noticed that in the countryside days passed without any change. Becoming more attuned to this environment, Moore began noticing the natural processes surrounding him, quickly becoming preoccupied by the slow wilting of a magnolia tree and later studying the changes of a small pond. The spiraling of fish- calming chemicals around the pond inspired the forms of these new rugs.

Sarah Lucas: Sex Life at The Perimeter, London - Image by The Perimeter

Sarah Lucas: Sex Life at The Perimeter, London

Thu 9 Sep 2021 to Sat 18 Dec 2021

Artist: Sarah Lucas

About: The Perimeter is delighted to present SEX LIFE, a new exhibition of works by Sarah Lucas. The exhibition features thirteen sculptures drawn principally from the collection of Alexander V. Petalas. Spanning more than twenty-five years of Lucas’s diverse multimedia practice, which includes sculpture, photography and installation, SEX LIFE presents a unique snapshot into the development of the artist’s career from the perspective of the collector.

Gillian Ayres at Marlborough Gallery

14 September 2021 – 30 October 2021

Artist: Gillian Ayres

About: Marlborough London presents a selection of large-scale paintings and works on paper by Gillian Ayres (1930-2018). This will be the first exhibition of the late artist’s work at the Gallery, where she joins a roster among the most accomplished and influential British artists of the 20th century.

Daido Moriyama: A Journey in Ink at Hamiltons, London

Daido Moriyama: A Journey in Ink at Hamiltons, London

Wed 8 Sep 2021 to Sat 30 Oct 2021

Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 11am-4pm

Artist: Daido Moriyama

About: Daido Moriyama is recognised as one of Japan’s most influential photographers. Now in his 80’s, Moriyama’s oeuvre includes colour pictures, Polaroids, films, installations and most rare and importantly, silkscreens. Made using deep black ink, the artworks are larger in scale, produced either as unique works or limited editions – a complete reversal to his uneditioned gelatin silver prints. Recognised immediately for their gritty and mysterious style, the artworks pay tribute to the multiple aspects of his oeuvre from his initial projects made in Tokyo in the ’60s to his later influences which would push his work to contemporary, international acclaim.

James Barnor: Accra/London – A Retrospective at Serpentine North Gallery, London

Wed 19 May 2021 to Sun 24 Oct 2021

Tue-Sun 10am-6pm with advance booking

Artist: James Barnor

About: The Serpentine presents a major survey of British-Ghanaian photographer James Barnor, whose career spans six decades, two continents and numerous photographic genres through his work with studio portraiture, photojournalism, editorial commissions and wider social commentary. 

Ibrahim Mahama: Lazarus

White Cube – Bermondsey Stree

15 September 2021 – 07 November 2021

Artist: Ibrahim Mahama

About: White Cube presents a major solo exhibition by Ibrahim Mahama, at the Bermondsey galleries in London. In addition to two large scale installations, the show will feature a new series of collages and drawings created following months of research at Nkrumah Volini in Northern Ghana, the silo Mahama recently acquired and re-purposed into a cultural hub and repository.

Lisa Brice, Smoke and Mirrors, 2020

Mixing It Up: Painting Today

Hayward Gallery

09 September 2021 – 12 December 2021

About: Mixing It Up brings together 31 contemporary painters who exploit the unique characteristics of their medium to create fresh, compelling works of art that speak to this moment.



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