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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.

Goya: The Portraits

The first ever show to focus on the portraits by Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, Spain’s leading artist in the late eighteenth century and one of the most psychologically revealing painters of all time. Although his famously bleak ‘Black Paintings’ are far too fragile to travel, there are two masterful and deeply moving self-portraits among the important international loans that will make this show a highlight of autumn 2015.

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National Gallery , Trafalgar Square Until Sunday January 10 2016

Frank Auerbach

Considered Britain’s greatest living painter, the 83-year old artist has lived and worked in north London for the last sixty years, painting every day of the year but one. In this survey of 70 paintings, which span over half a century, you can experience Auerbach’s obsessive renderings of local scenes around Camden Town as well as portraits of close friends.

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Tate Britain , Westminster Friday October 9 2015 - Sunday March 13 2016

Eddie Peake

For the 24th Curve commission, the young British artist will create an ambitious environment of scaffolding platforms and red velvet clad structures for a looped choreographed performance synchronised to interspersed video works about the dynamics of being in a relationship and unrequited love. Wanting to utilise the unusual architecture of the 90-metre long Curve gallery, Peake brings all the elements of his cross-disciplinary practice into action.

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Barbican Centre , Barbican Friday October 9 2015 - Sunday January 10 2016

John Hoyland: Power Stations – Paintings 1964-1982

If you needed proof that Damien Hirst was his own man, then look no further than the first show in his immense new art museum in Vauxhall. From his 3,000-strong Murderme collection, which includes pieces by fellow YBAs including Sarah Lucas as well as his great hero, Francis Bacon, Hirst has chosen to inaugurate the space not with a famous name or a selection of greatest hits but with the paintings of the relatively unknown, late British abstractionist John Hoyland (1934-2011).

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Newport Street Gallery , Lambeth Thursday October 8 2015 - Sunday April 3 2016

Alec Soth: Gathered Leaves

For his first major UK exhibition, the American photographer presents works from four of his formidable projects: Sleeping by the Mississippi, Niagara, Broken Manual and Songbook. With his inquisitive eye, Soth captures glimpsed moments and evocative portraits in timeless black-and-white images and stunning colour shots,  forming a vision of modern American life.

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Science Museum , Brompton Until Monday March 28 2016

Jon Rafman

For his first major UK solo show, the Montreal-based artist continues to question the implications of our dependency on technological existence by blurring the line between the virtual and the real in his new film ‘Sticky Drama’ that features child Larpers (Live Action Role Players) acting out a fantasy adventue. You’ll also have the chance to try out the much-anticipated Oculus Rift virtual-reality headset within a fabricated environment where the imaginable becomes tangible.

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Zabludowicz Collection , Chalk Farm Thursday October 8 2015 - Sunday December 20 2015

Henri Cartier-Bresson: Decisive Moments

In collaboration with Peter Fetterman Gallery, Santa Monica, this photographic exhibition brings together fifty prints by the father of photojournalism. Whether children playing in the streets of Madrid or a young writer, Cartier-Bresson had the ability to make icons out of anything and anyone. From witnessing historic events on assignments on India and China to shooting celebrity portraits, the French photographer made you see the world through his candid eyes.

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Fine Art Society , Mayfair Until Thursday October 29 2015

Cy Twombly

The physicality of the Late American artist’s large-scale paintings combined graffiti-like scrawls with the visual language of abstract expressionism. To inaugurate their new Mayfair gallery, Gagosian in collaboration with the Cy Twombly Foundation, will present paintings, sculptures and works on paper including a previously unseen ‘Bacchus’ painting Twombly kept in his studio. The Roman god of wine allowed Twombly to explore ecstasy and violence in equal measure, giving his works a ferocious intensity.

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Gagosian Gallery , Mayfair Thursday October 8 2015 - Saturday December 12 2015

Sol Calero: La Escuela del Sur

Considering how cultural representation and national identity is constructed through social space, the Venezuelan artist will fabricate a large-scale architectural installation that takes the guise of a Caribbean style school. In keeping with previous projects that have explored the culture of Latin America with interactive events, Calero will present a series of classes and workshops in the installation with local groups.

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Studio Voltaire , Clapham Friday October 9 2015 - Sunday December 6 2015

Einat Amir: Enough About You

Calling all Londoners. It's time to get up close and personal with a complete stranger in the Jerusalem-based artist’s participatory performance. Amir will select pairs of strangers, over 18s only, to enter one of three cozy sound-proofed booths and converse for fifteen minutes as prompted by a pre-recorded conversational structure, while the remaining attendees watch the interaction in complete silence. Here, human behavior and the social constructs of relationships are put to the test.

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Triad Gallery , St Pancras Friday October 9 2015 - Sunday October 18 2015

Nancy Holt: Locators

Conceived with the artist before her death in 2014, this exhibition focuses on Holt’s significant ‘Locators’ sculpture series. Fabricated from steel, the vertical metal pipes invite the viewer to look through a small cylindrical tube to direct their gaze on various unexpected elements. Preparatory drawings and related photographic works will accompany the sculptures, giving context to Holt’s experiments.

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Parafin , Mayfair Friday October 9 2015 - Saturday November 21 2015

Losing the Compass

Curator Scott Cameron Weaver has brought together an impressive group of international artists including Alighiero e Boetti,
 Mona Hatoum,Mike Kelley,
 William Morris,
 Sterling Ruby,
 Rudolf Stingel,
 Danh Vo
 and Franz West
 to explore how the textile medium has been appropriated and subverted to address political, social and cultural themes. 

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White Cube Mason's Yard , St James' Thursday October 8 2015 - Saturday January 9 2016

Derek Boshier: Rethink / Re-entry

David Hockney's Mate, and fellow LA resident, has never achieved the fame of his contemporaries, but this show of recent work, and a new Thames & Hudson monograph, should introduce a new generation to his sharply political pop.

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Flowers Central , Mayfair Until Saturday November 7 2015

Ben Eine: Your Not My Type

You’ve no doubt seen Eine’s distinctive typographically-themed work that adorns numerous east London shop fronts. Using his signature Circus font, the new works in this show continue to demonstrate Eine’s masterful use of colour and irony.

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Stolen Space , Whitechapel Friday October 9 2015 - Sunday November 8 2015

Melanie Manchot: The Gift

For the final commission in The Homecoming series, the London-based artist will present a four-channel video and photography installation. Considering the inherent communities of the City like gardeners and tailors, Manchot’s work questions these hidden professions through an engaging and provocative environment that incorporates a television debate featuring writer Miranda Sawyer and Design Museum director Deyan Sudjic.

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Bloomberg SPACE , Shoreditch Thursday October 8 2015 - Saturday December 19 2015

Lucio Fontana

The Italian gallery launches their London space with paintings by the founder of the Spatialist Movement who liked to get slash happy with his canvases. Featuring 40 works, this is the first solo presentation in London for more than decade of the late Argentinian Italian artist who explored the space beyond the confines of the canvas surface.  

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Tornabuoni Art , Mayfair Thursday October 8 2015 - Saturday December 5 2015

Nick Waplington: Battleship Island

Recently approved as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Japan’s Battleship Island, Gunkanjima just off the coast of Nagasaki was once populated by an industrious coal mining community but was abandoned in 1974 when coal supplies depleted. Here, the British photographer presents his photographs of the eerie island, yet doesn’t nostalgically celebrate but rather comments on the passing of time and the impact of progress.

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White Conduit Projects , Pentonville Thursday October 8 2015 - Sunday November 8 2015

Oscar Murillo: Binary Function

For his first show at the gallery, the Colombian artist presents new works that incorporate painting, drawing, sculpture, sound, and film. In 2013 he transported the entire contents of his east London studio for his show at South London Gallery making the process of work the art that the public could directly interact with including walking over drawings on the floor. Here, Murillo will bring the binary aspects of his multifaceted practice together.

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David Zwirner , Mayfair Saturday October 10 2015 - Friday November 20 2015

The Chimurenga Library

For the innovative Cape Town­based collective’s first UK show, Chimurenga, which roughly translates as ‘struggle for freedom’, will takeover the gallery for its daily activities of supporting new music, literature and visual arts across Africa with a focus on political reflection. Presented in partnership between The Showroom and The Otolith Collective, Chimurenga will host a live broadcast studio of the Pan African Space Station (PASS) collaborating with a diverse range of musicians, journalists and curators to encourage expansive research and awareness beyond their current geographical remit.

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The Showroom , Lisson Grove Thursday October 8 2015 - Saturday November 21 2015

The Photographic Guide to the Pubs of East London

Photographer Jan Klos presents this exhibition of images depicting the staff of east London's best loved pubs. Set up to resemble the traditional family photo, the series shows the bar men and women who pull pints night after night, provide entertainment for the locals and form close-knit communities within the watering holes they work in.

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Bethnal Green Working Men's Club , Bethnal Green Until Wednesday October 14 2015

Joy Gerrard: Protest Crowd

The multifarious nature of crowds is explored in Gerrard’s meticulous monochrome drawings and paintings. The congregation of figures on mass in urban public spaces can be both compelling and unsettling. Using images from newspapers and the Internet, Gerrard’s work gives a birds eye view of this potent scenes of unity and protest.

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Peer , Hoxton Thursday October 8 2015 - Saturday November 21 2015

Simon Callery: Flat Paintings

Callery's works bear all the markings of their creation. Reevaluating the conventions of painting, the British artist who originally trained as a sculptor has recently worked alongside the University of Oxford's archaeological excavations in Moel y Gaer, Bodfari, North Wales where the landscape informed the surface areas of the large-scale works on show here. Canvases have been saturated in intense pigments, which have then been crafted, torn and stitched onto stretchers.

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Fold Gallery , Fitzrovia Saturday October 10 2015 - Saturday November 14 2015
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