This week's best new art

The best new exhibitions you'd be mad to miss

Joseph Cornell, 'A Parrot for Juan Gris', 1953-54. © The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation/VAGA, NY/DACS, London 2014. Photo: Quicksilver Photographers, LLC

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.

Joseph Cornell: Wanderlust

Joseph Cornell conjured a sense of adventure and discovery in his brilliantly intricate shadow boxes. Considered a reclusive figure, the self-taught artist was an avid collector amassing a vast array of ephemera that he used to create his intriguing assemblages. This show, the first London survey of Cornell in 35 years, presents 80 works that feature his playful shadow boxes, rarely seen later collages and his extraordinary dabbling in filmmaking. 

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Royal Academy of Arts Until Sunday September 27 2015

Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon

The waiflike muse of Givenchy, not only captivated the fashion world but also the big screen. This summer the National Portrait Gallery celebrate the British actress, dancer and humanitarian worker with an exhibition of exquisite and rarely seen photographs. Chronicling the multi-award winning screen legend’s rise to fame are family snaps of Hepburn as a young ballerina, portraits by photographic greats including Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton and Norman Parkinson and behind-the-scenes images from the set of Sabrina by Mark Shaw.

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National Portrait Gallery Until Sunday October 18 2015

Brown’s London Art Weekend

You don't need to flash the cash at this weekend of art fun in Mayfair. For its second year, Brown’s London Art Weekend has a veritable feast of truly enlightening art events planned. Over 100 galleries will be open all weekend, yes even on Sunday. Designers Paul Smith and Nicole Farhi are among the stars to devise art walks of the area. And on Saturday Burlington Gardens will be a car-free zone for the Burlington Gardens Festival, a day of free workshops, performances and music led by the likes of Bob & Roberta Smith. This is perfect chance to discover some hidden gems in one of London’s oldest arts districts.

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Various London locations Until Sunday July 5 2015

Out Of Chaos

Ben Uri Gallery and Museum celebrates its centenary in London with an off-site show 'Out of Chaos – Ben Uri: 100 Years in London' of works by mainly Jewish émigré artists such as Jacob Epstein and Leon Kossoff.

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Cultural Institute at King's Until Sunday December 13 2015 Free

John Waters: Beverly Hills John

The king of celluloid perversion presents witty yet reflective takes on false glamour, childhood fame and his sexual attractions for his first London solo show.

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Sprüth Magers Until Saturday August 15 2015

Nicholas Mangan: Ancient Lights

The Melbourne-based artist’s new film installation, which will be powered entirely by an on-site solar PV system, examines the physical and conceptual power of the sun.

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Chisenhale Gallery Until Sunday August 23 2015

Hannah Collins

The British artist creates an immersive environment with large unframed photographs.

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Camden Arts Centre Until Sunday September 13 2015 Free

A Prologue to the Past and Present State of Things

To launch Delfina’s new commissioning platform this major exhibition featuring Mona Hatoum, Coco Fusco and Emily Jacir considers how performance art records history, in particular relation to the Arab world. Through archival material, video documentation and photographs, key works from the past three decades relay seminal cultural, political and economical moments in our shared histories.

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Delfina Foundation Until Saturday August 15 2015 Free

Isa Genzken: Basic Research Paintings

The German artist’s rarely-seen and experimental series, ‘Basic Research Paintings’ reveals the processes of painting. Made from laying primed canvases on the floor of her studio and applying pressure on the back with a printing squeegee, the canvas’s surface retains the floor's imprint with dirt and grime. The results are abstracted impressions that veer between the macro and micro.

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ICA Until Sunday September 6 2015 Free

Eloise Hawser: Lives on Wire

The London-based artist has exhibited an x-ray of a truck that was scanned at a border control, she’s compressed old radiators and she’s fabricated her father’s loafers in rubber and resin. For her first UK solo institution show, 'Lives on Wire', Hawser will fill the ICA's lower gallery with a site-specific installation that utilizes the gallery’s lighting system to explore the cinema organ invented by the British telephone engineer Robert Hope Jones in the early twentieth century.

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ICA Until Sunday September 6 2015


Anne Hardy creates unsettling interiors, which she invites you to engage through her staged photography. Recently she's laid bare the illusion of her fabricated spaces so you can engage directly with them in their installation form. For the 26th show in Fig-2’s year-long presentation of spontaneous exhibitions, Hardy will present an audio work that will trigger familiar as well as unusual associations.

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ICA Until Sunday December 20 2015


Display of three Titian paintings previously attributed to followers of the sixteenth century Venetian artist will go on display at Apsley House. Following recent cleaning and conservation, the three paintings: 'Titian’s Mistress' (c.1560), 'A Young Woman Holding Rose Garlands' (c.1550) and 'Danaë' (c.1553, pictured) have been revealed to be by Titian and his studio. 

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Apsley House Until Sunday November 1 2015

Jesse Wine: Big Pictures

The Royal College of Art grad fresh from his solo show at the Baltic, here, sticks to two dimensions with a series of handmade ceramic tile works – which he refers to as ‘paintings’ – that flatten hierarchical distinctions between high and low culture. Highlights include a tasteful, Morandi-esque still life of buff-coloured bottles infiltrated by a Sports Direct mug and a section of his bedroom floor.

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Limoncello Until Saturday August 15 2015 Free

Elevated Artfair

Under the beautiful setting of Leadenhall Market this week-long free fair is packed full of fun and inspiring events for all ages including pop-up exhibtions showcasing established and emerging artists as well as food stalls and DJ sets.

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Leadenhall Market Mon Jul 6 - Fri Jul 10

Youki Hirakawa: Into a Horizon

The Berlin-based Japanese artist tackles time and mortality in his first solo show. Alongside a video installation, Hirakawa presents a set of vintage photographs, collected at flea markets, which have been adapted by closing the eyes of the hundred years old sitters so they can finally be laid to rest.

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White Rainbow Until Saturday August 8 2015
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John J Sheehy prolific outsider artist exhibits at Atom Gallery, N4 3EG, atom 30th May til June 27th