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With an art scene as changeable as London's, how can you ever keep track of what to see right now? By using this page, that's how. These are the new openings the Time Out Art team thinks are worth seeing. If you'd prefer to see something we already know is good, try our list of London's top ten art exhibitions.

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Anselm Kiefer

It seems shocking that this is the first major retrospective of Anselm Kiefer's work. The German artist's heavily textured, sculptural paintings - made with straw, clay and lead - are powerful and unique pieces of modern art. There will be work from his student days up until now, and it's sure to be full of strong, difficult and emotional work.

  1. Royal Academy of Arts Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J 0BD
  2. Sat Sep 27 - Sun Dec 14
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Lawrence Weiner

  • Free

The prominent American artist who creates immaterial sculptures through cryptic slogans presents a new body of work, ‘ALL IN DUE COURSE’. The conceptualist’s text-based work has adorned manhole covers, the exterior of buildings, and even pin badges. Using the gallery’s interior and façade as well as creating an off-site piece on the former Peckham Road Fire Station, Weiner will showcase his new sculptures in his distinct choice of Maragret Seaworthy Gothic font. There's even a tattoo you can take away. 

  1. South London Gallery 65 Peckham Rd, SE5 8UH
  2. Fri Sep 26 - Sun Nov 23
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Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age

From New York’s first skyscrapers to recent urban sprawls in Asia, this show includes 18 photographers’ who have influenced our understanding of the built environment. 

  1. Barbican Centre Silk St, EC2Y 8DS
  2. Thu Sep 25 - Sun Jan 11
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Beware Wet Paint

  • Free

Painting can be interpreted in many different ways. This show, in the ICA’s Upper Galleries, brings together artists who integrate painting into their multidisciplinary practices. Featuring Korakrit Arunanondchai, Isabelle Cornaro, Jeff Elrod, Nikolas Gambaroff, Parker Ito, David Ostrowski, Pamela Rosenkranz, Ned Vena and Christopher Wool, the exhibition’s premise is to uncover the troublesome nature of this traditional art form. 

  1. ICA Carlton House Terrace, The Mall, SW1Y 5AH
  2. Thu Sep 25 - Sun Nov 16
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Snowdon: A Life in View

  • Free

The British photographer gifted 130 of his prints to the National Portrait Gallery 2013. Here, a selection of his studio portraits from the 1950s to the 1990s that includes music legend David Bowie and acting royality Laurence Olivier will be displayed alongside pics from the Private View series that put the 1960s British artworld in front of the lens. 

  1. National Portrait Gallery St Martin's Place, WC2H 0HE
  2. Fri Sep 26 - Sun Jun 21
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Neil Beloufa: Counting on People

A selection of the artist's latest works on film are shown alongside recent sculptural works across the Lower Gallery and Theatre. These explore the representation of digital information systems and the often conflicting desires for openly available information within mass media. They are exhibited in specifically designed architectural installations where certain aspects of the images are able to be manipulated and fragmented throughout layers of screens within space.

  1. ICA Carlton House Terrace, The Mall, SW1Y 5AH
  2. Wed Sep 24 - Sun Nov 16
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William Hunt: Playing The Goat

He’s played the guitar while upside down with his head in a bucket and submerged himself in an industrial bin full of water. Here, he presents his latest and most daring performative work ‘Still yourself and calm your boots’, 2014. Best known for performing musical renditions about love in restrictive and ridiculous situations, Hunt's latest dramatic feat sees him driving a car into a wall with paint exploding inside the vehicle on impact before he takes to a stage to sing about the ineffability of l’amour.

  1. PEER 97-99 Hoxton St, N1 6QL
  2. Wed Sep 24 - Sat Dec 6
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Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Obra Sonora

  • Free

Four acoustic installations by the Mexican-Canadian artist reference the spatial research of composers like Stockhausen. National anthems overlap each other in ‘Pan-Anthem’, 2014; 3D-printed speakers emit the works of famous composers in ‘Sphere Packing’, 2014; a small brown bag inflates and deflates with the breath of an individual in ‘Last Breath’, 2012 while the largest iteration of ‘Voice Array’, 2011 with its interactive automatic playback will be installed.

  1. Carroll/Fletcher 56-57 Eastcastle St, W1W 8EQ
  2. Fri Sep 26 - Sat Nov 1
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Horst Vintage

  • Free

The renowned timeless beauty of the German photographer’s images transformed fashion photography. Here, a selection of his prints from the 30s to the 50s showcases his extensive work for publishing giant, Condé Nast.

  1. Hamiltons 13 Carlos Place, W1K 2EU
  2. Thu Sep 25 - Sat Nov 29
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The Nakeds

  • Free

The naked body has transfixed artists for centuries. This show focuses on the recurring image of the unclothed figure from the post-war period to today using the powerful and provocative drawings of Egon Schiele as it’s starting point. Featuring works by Joseph Beuys, Louise Bourgeois, Marlene Dumas and Tracey Emin, the show presents sketches that capture the multifarious nature of the human psyche. 

  1. Drawing Room Tannery Arts, 12 Rich Estate, Crimscott St, SE1 5TE
  2. Thu Sep 25 - Sat Nov 29
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Mario Merz

  • Free

Works from the 1960s through to the year of Merz’s death in 2003 for a mini-retrospective of the eminent Arte Povera artist. 

  1. Pace Burlington Gardens Burlington Gardens, W1S 3ET
  2. Fri Sep 26 - Sat Nov 8
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KP Brehmer: Real Capital - Production

How do you visualize capitalism? The late German artist spent the majority of his career investigating ways to present political agendas and socialist beliefs through drawings, prints, paintings, films, objects and publications. This exhibition, a collaboration with his estate, presents works from the Capitalist Realism period as well as his use of graphics and printmaking to tackle the exploitation of art as a commodity.

  1. Raven Row Artillery Lane, E1 7LS
  2. Thu Sep 25 - Sun Nov 30
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Noemie Goudal

  • Free

The remarkable astronomical observatories in Jaipur, India have inspired Goudal’s photographic installations. 

  1. Edel Assanti Vauxhall Bridge Road, SW1V 1BB
  2. Thu Sep 25 - Sat Nov 8
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Kai Althoff

  • Free

The German New York-based artist channels the intensity of his angry behaviour into new paintings and drawings. Balanced between decoration and spiritualism, Althoff’s work attempts to soothe and comfort the viewer. 

  1. Michael Werner Gallery 22 Upper Brook St, W1K 7PZ
  2. Fri Sep 26 - Sat Nov 15
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The Threadneedle Prize: Figurative Art Today

The seventh edition of the Threadneedle Prize presents the best figurative and representational artists from across Europe. The six finalists selected by an esteemed panel of judges including The Times art critic, Nancy Durrant; gallerist, John Martin and sculptor, Kevin Francis Gray will be exhibited along with the longlist of artists who entered the open submission £30,000 prize. Chantal Joffe and Sarah Lucas will feature in the inaugural ‘Curated Space’ that includes eight artists selected by curator Sascha Craddock. 

  1. Mall Galleries The Mall, SW1Y 5BD
  2. Thu Sep 25 - Sat Oct 11
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Roman Ostia: Ancient Ruins, Modern Art

The fascination of Roman ruins is featured in this unique display of antiquities, marbles and mosaics. The work of contemporary Italian artists, Umberto Mastroianni and Ettore De Conciliis offset the archaeological pieces and convey the changing face of creativity.

  1. Estorick Collection 39a Canonbury Square, N1 2AN
  2. Wed Sep 24 - Sun Dec 21
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A Game in Hell: The First World War in Russia

  • Free

This show curated by two of today's most prominent Russian scholars, Prof John E. Bowlt and Dr Nicoletta Misler, contributes to the First World War centennial commemorations with an examination of the artistic and historical significance of the conflict in Russia. Highlights include hand-crafted Futurist books, propaganda posters, satirical prints by avant-garde artists including Malevich, and a private collection of photographs documenting the story of early Russian aviation. 

  1. GRAD 3-4a Little Portland Street, W1W 7AB
  2. Sat Sep 27 - Sun Nov 30
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When I Walk in Your Shoes

  • Free

This group show curated by Amy Winehouse’s friend Henry Hate presents a portrait of the notoriously fated singer through the eyes of artists inspired by Winehouse and her music. Including graffiti artist Pure Evil, burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese and graphic artist Ben Allen. All proceeds of the sale will go to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which works to prevent drug and alcohol misuse among young people.

  1. London West Bank Gallery Westbourne Grove, W11 2RS
  2. Fri Sep 26 - Tue Sep 30
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Jose Davila: Daylight Found Me With No Answer

  • Free

Fragility and tension are explored in the Mexican artists sculptural practice.

  1. Max Wigram 106 New Bond St, W1S 1DN
  2. Wed Sep 24 - Sat Oct 25
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London Art Book Fair

  • Free

Nearly 100 exhibitors will be bringing specially chosen selections of artists' books, catalogues, zines, rare publications and new releases to the Whitechapel Gallery for 2014's London Art Book Fair. As well as browsing thousands of specialist publications, visitors can make the most of the free talks, screenings, book signings and performances from leading artists and writers. A series of nine creative commissions exploring alternative versions of the printed book and the future of publishing, Unbinding the Book, will be on display throughout the weekend.

  1. Whitechapel Gallery 77-82 Whitechapel High St, E1 7QX
  2. Fri Sep 26 - Sun Sep 28
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