London features art shows this week that range from sentient artworks by Ian Cheng to rare self-portraits by painter Bartolomé Esteban Murillo. Blouin Artinfo curates a list of must-visit shows for art lovers. Here is the list:
Lorna Simpson’s “Unanswerable” at Hauser & Wirth
March 1 through April 28, 2018
The inaugural exhibition of American artist Lorna Simpson features new and recent work across three different media that of painting, photographic collage, and sculpture. Through her work, the artist raises questions about issues related to the nature of representation, identity, gender, race, and history. Simpson became popular in the 1980s through her work in conceptual photography, which featured juxtapositions of text and staged images. The show features the artist’s increasingly expanding and multi-disciplinary practice today.
“The Self Righting of All Things” by Ryan Gander at Lisson Gallery
March 2 through April 21, 2018
Ryan Gander’s exhibition draws on the notion of time and its passage. The artist let’s his viewers sit back and watch, to observe and allow for a natural course of action with time acting as a healer that helps to shift perceptions and elicit change. The installation reflects a philosophical and existential focus and illustrates the innate ability of all things, in both physics and the human context, to naturally self-right themselves. Gander’s complex and free conceptual practice draws from queries, investigations or what-ifs rather than rules and limits.
“Eric Fischl: Presence of an Absence” at Skarstedt
March 1 through May 26, 2018
The exhibition features a new body of work by the American artist. Set in domestic interiors and exteriors, there is a sense of disconnect that is projected through an outward appearance of wealth and security and an inner sense of fear and longing for which there is no real cause. Following from his earlier exhibition “Late America” where misplaced values gave rise to a lack of fulfillment the paintings on display in this show continue to question our existence and a sense of detachment.
“Basil Beattie RA: A Passage of Time” at the Royal Academy of Arts
February 23 through April 23, 2018
This solo show by Senior Academician Basil Beattie looks at works ranging from the artist’s earliest prints to colorful new drawings. The display includes several works on paper and screen prints made at Advanced Graphics London. The exhibition highlights the artist’s preoccupations with notions of the passing of time and the concept of journey. Beattie’s work depicts architectural motifs such as stairs, ladders and tunnels reflecting psychological and physical complexity in his creations.
Ian Cheng at Serpentine Gallery
March 6 through May 28, 2018
The exhibition showcases American artist Ian Cheng’s sentient artwork named BOB (Bag Of Beliefs). A group of BOBs begin their lives at the show. Each BOB behaves in a different manner they may become interested in you, love you, hate you, learn from you, or ignore you. In turn, the viewer may permanently influence a BOB’s behavior, beliefs, and emotional life. The display also includes Cheng’s “Emissaries trilogy” (2015-17), that has been recently acquired by the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Each episode is a computer-generated simulation featuring flora and fauna that interact, intervene, and recombine in open-ended narratives.
“Source and Stimulus: Polke, Lichtenstein, Laing” at Lévy Gorvy
March 6 through April 21, 2018
The exhibition explores the greater transatlantic impact of the Ben-Day dot which is a cost-effective printing technique that used dots in different densities to reproduce images on a mass scale developed by American illustrator and publisher Benjamin Day. As the technique evolved through the next century artists such as Sigmar Polke (Germany, 1941–2010), Roy Lichtenstein (United States, 1923–1997), and Gerald Laing (United Kingdom, 1936–2011) chose to use it thereby transforming imagery from the commercial sphere into fine art. The Ben-Day dot was also used to print newspapers, advertisements, and pulp comic books in the 1950s and 60s.
“The Memory of Process” by Minjung Kim at White Cube
Running through March 10, 2018
The survey exhibition of works by Korean artist Minjung Kim showcases paintings drawn from across her career. The installation reflects her minimalist language and highlights her focused exploration of abstraction and serial process. Kim has been traditionally trained in Korean watercolor painting and calligraphy and is among the few female artists of the Dansaekhwa which is a Korean monochrome painting movement. She has studied under one of its masters, Park Seo-Bo, at Hong Ik University, Seoul.
Edwina Leapman at Annely Juda Fine Art
Running through March 10, 2018
This show brings together artist Edwina Leapman’s recent work with earlier paintings from the 1970’s and 80’s. The installation highlights the artist’s move from early monochromatic canvases to recent colored paintings. The artist originally worked figuratively and her early artworks are a result of her exploration of Chinese landscapes together with longstanding interest in music and the influence of Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism.
“Murillo: The Self Portraits” at the National Gallery, London
February 28 through May 21, 2018
The exhibition marks the 400th anniversary of the birth of Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617–1682). On display are the artist’s only two known self-portraits. Portraits by Murillo are rare and only 16 have been identified so far this includes the ones on exhibit. These self-portraits were made at very different points in the artist’s life. Also on view are six additional portraits including Murillo’s first known portrait of “Juan Arias de Saavedra”, 1650 from the Collection Duchess of Cardona, which has been restored especially for the exhibition and is being shown in public for the first time.
Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibitions.