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Look into the painting. Look into the painting for longer. Keep looking into the painting. Look at the painting with the intensity of a heron about to catch a slippery fish. Now: stop looking at the painting. Turn around and walk in a straight line. Ah. Walking it's hard sometimes, isn't it? Bridget Riley, Queen of Op Art, gets a big solo show at Hayward Gallery in autumn 2019 and it's going to be filled with the British artist's famous perception-altering artworks from across seven decades.
This year's Turner Prize exhibition is held at the Turner Contemporary in Margate, which gives Londoners a nice excuse for trip to the seaside. However, you can also get ahead of the game by paying a visit to this exhibition of new abstract paintings by one of the nominees, Oscar Murillo, at David Zwirner months before that opens. The artist's layered compositions play around with the idea of how information is created and deleted at an extra-rapid pace in today's world.
Go on, say it. 'Who?' Helene Schjerbeck, that's who and, hopefully come 2019 you'll never need to ask again. Helene Schjerbeck might not be that well known outside her native Finland, but her paintings cry out for greater recognition. Over the course of a long career, Schjerbeck skipped lightly between different artistic trends and traditions, creating stunning self-portraits and many intimate images of her female friends and relatives. The Finnish Laura Knight, perhaps? Find out with this great bit of programming by the Royal Academy.
Serpentine Pavilion 2019
The 2019 Serpentine Pavilion is the work of Junya Ishigami, a Japanese architect whose designs reflect the beauty of the natural world. A large roof made from interlocking slates houses a dark, cave-like space perfect for ducking into when you feel in need of peace and quiet. Deep breath in....