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Malevich

  • Rated as: 5/5

The creator of the first and last word in abstraction

  1. Tate Modern Bankside, SE1 9TG
  2. Until Sun Oct 26
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Percy Wyndham Lewis, A Battery Shelled, 1919

Percy Wyndham Lewis, A Battery Shelled, 1919 digitised by Ted Dearberg (IWM)

Truth and Memory: British Art of the First World War

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Free

You won't find a better illustration of the war's impact

  1. Imperial War Museum Lambeth Rd, SE1 6HZ
  2. Until Sun Mar 8
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Olafur Eliasson: Turner colour experiments

  • Free

The Icelandic-Danish artist transforms the ephemeral qualities of JMW Turner’s paintings into colour wheels. Coinciding with Tate Britain’s Late Turner exhibition, this free display in the Clore galleries stems from Eliasson’s Colour Experiments series that started in 2009. Taking seven paintings by the British landscape artist, Eliasson condenses the intensity of Turner’s use of colour and light into beautiful abstractions. READ OUR INTERVIEW WITH OLAFUR ELIASSON HERE

  1. Tate Britain Millbank, SW1P 4RG
  2. Until Sun Jan 25
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Shelagh Wakely

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Free

Fruit lies rotten and desiccated in a glass cabinet, each clementine, pear and pineapple trapped in a wire frame. As the fruit has withered away almost to dust, the wire frame around it has remained intact, a perfect metallic rendering of its former shape. Everywhere you look in this major show of work by pioneering British installation artist Shelagh Wakely (1932-2011), there is a tension between what is and what was, between barriers and empty spaces. The first room is filled with rough, rushed paintings and line drawings of cups, vases and fruit segments. They feel like the work of a monomaniacal obsessive, desperately drawing the same shapes over and over, trying to decode a system of boundaries. The segments, cups and bowls of the drawings are made real as fragile clay and glass sculptures, all on the floor and teetering close to collapse, like prehistoric archaeological finds. ‘Turmeric on Parquet, After Curcuma sul Travertino (1991/2014)’, an installation of spiralling stencilled turmeric-filled shapes, is even more fragile. The air is warm and filled with pungent spice. It’s a dizzying experience, though undeniably a bit like walking through a giant curry. As I stood transfixed, a small toddler stumbled into the installation, sending spice flying. I stifled a sneeze, while the parents hurriedly whisked their kid away and the gallery assistant held back tears as she tried to explain the situation to her boss. In the next room, I saw a man bend down and touch one of

  1. Camden Arts Centre Arkwright Road, NW3 6DG
  2. Until Sun Sep 28
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Gilbert & George: Scapegoating Pictures for London

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Free

London's favourite art duo fill White Cube's cavernous Bermondsey gallery with 123 'Scapegoating' works in their signature style of chopped up, reversed and multiplied images and texts. The inspiration for this new series comes from the streets around Brick Lane, where Gilbert & George have lived for the past 45 years. 'Whippets', discarded bullet-like shells that contain nitrous oxide, feature prominently.

  1. White Cube Bermondsey Bermondsey Street, SE1 3TQ
  2. Until Sun Sep 28
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Out of the Ordinary

  • Free

Christie's sell a lot of stuff that the average Londoner would probably never consider buying, but their upcoming Out of the Ordinary sale on September 3 will see them flog more than 180 lots that don't fit into any of their regular categories. Estimates range from £500 to £120,000, and lots will be available for the public to view in this exhibition preceding the auction. Visitors can expect the unexpected, including a medieval sword, Sir Paul McCartney's front door, mission commentary from Apollo 13 and a pair of taxidermy zebracorns.

  1. Christie's South Kensington Old Brompton Road, SW7 3LD
  2. Until Wed Sep 3
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An Idiosyncratic A to Z of the Human Condition

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Free

Each entry presents a whole theme and offers visitors the chance to get cogs turning in some curious ways. ‘A for Acts of Faith’, for instance, is anillustrator’s interpretation of our accidents and near misses as inspired by the accompanying selection of ex-voto images. ‘P for Philosophy’ asks you to take a philosophical fortune cookie to be opened on the way home.

  1. Wellcome Collection Euston Road, NW1 2BE
  2. Until Sun Oct 12
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Joan Fontcuberta: Stranger Than Fiction

  • Rated as: 4/5

Barcelona-born Joan Fontcuberta’s ‘Stranger Than Fiction’ plays on the viewer’s trust in the authenticity of photography by presenting mischievously misleading evidence of extraordinary creatures, people and places. The conceptual artist’s convincingly documented ‘discoveries’ include mermaid fossils, winged monkeys, dolphin-surfing monks and never-before-seen constellations.

  1. Science Museum Exhibition Rd, SW7 2DD
  2. Until Sun Nov 9
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Royal Childhood

This year's exhibition at the summer opening of Buckingham Palace is on 'Royal Childhood'. Find out what it's really like to grow up in London's flashest pad in this exhibition of toys, outfits and treasured family belongings. Some of the exhibits date back as far as 250 years, and many were the prized possessions of our monarchs-to-be, such as a set of dolls made by a young Queen Victoria, and little Queen Liz's rocking horse. You may recognise Prince William's page boy sailor suit from the Duke of York's wedding in 1986.

  1. Buckingham Palace Buckingham Palace Rd, SW1A 1AA
  2. Until Sun Sep 28
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Cut, Copy, Paste

  • Free

Collage is put under the spotlight in this show of three American artists; Frank Hallam Day, Michael Mapes and Brian Porray, whose work explores reinterpretation, repetition and the reuse of images.

  1. Beers Contemporary 1 Baldwin St, EC1V 9NU
  2. Until Sat Sep 27
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What's Love Got to Do with It

  • Free

Ah amour, there’s nothing quite like it to put a smile on your face and skip in your step. Coinciding with the Southbank’s Centre’s ‘Festival of Love’, the Hayward’s Project Space has gone all gooey-eyed with this group show about how we express love.

  1. Hayward Gallery Southbank Centre, SE1 8XX
  2. Until Sun Aug 31
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The Human Factor

A major survey examining how figurative sculpture has been reinvented from the late-1980s to the present, by artists including Pawel Althamer, Frank Benson, Huma Bhabha, Katharina Fritsch, Ryan Gander, Rachel Harrison, Georg Herold, Thomas Hirschhorn, Rebecca Warren and Jeff Koons.

  1. Hayward Gallery Southbank Centre, SE1 8XX
  2. Until Sun Aug 31
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Lisa Hassell
Lisa Hassell

Inkygoodness presents Beermat Characters at The Coningsby Gallery, 29th April - 4th May Beermat Characters is the latest project by Inkygoodness, inviting illustrators, artists & character designers to transform a beer mat (coaster) into a character. Showcasing the talents of over 80 artists & illustrators tasked with the challenge to transform a simple beermat into a character, our latest project will launch on Tue 30th April 2013 at the Coningsby Gallery in central London, with music, plenty of drinks on offer and a great atmosphere guaranteed! Expect a diverse selection of artworks from handmade to digital, felt plush, paper-cut outs, inked & painted, 3D sculptures & much much more! http://inkygoodness.com/blog/inkygoodness-beermat-characters/

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