Don’t miss art exhibitions for autumn 2019
A few years back, United Visual Artists filled the Barbican Curve gallery with a mesmerising symphony of swinging lights and hypnotising sound. Now, the group are bringing three of their large-scale immersive audiovisual works to the cavernous spaces of 180 The Strand. This venue has hosted some of the best AV shows of the past few years, so UVA have some big shoes to fill. But with lasers, soundscapes and kinetic sculptures, they just might pull it off.
180 The Strand. Tube: Temple. Oct 1-Dec 9. Free.
In a year filled to the brim with Rembrandt events (it’s the 350th anniversary of the Dutch artist’s death), Dulwich Picture Gallery gets its slice of the pie with an exhibition spotlighting (ahem) how he revolutionised the painting of light. Highlights (sorry) include ‘Philemon and Baucis’, a loan from Washington’s National Gallery of Art, on show in the UK for the first time.
Dulwich Picture Gallery. West Dulwich rail. Oct 4-Feb 2 2020. £TBC.
Look into the painting. Look into the painting for longer. Keep looking into the painting. Look into 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 the Hayward in autumn 2019 and it’s going to be filled with the British artist’s famous perception-altering artworks from across seven decades.
Hayward Gallery. Tube: Waterloo. Oct 23-Jan 26 2020. £16.50-£18, £8.25-£14 concs.
The latest artist to take on Tate Modern’s daunting annual Turbine Hall commission is the brilliant Kara Walker. The American artist has forged a powerful path of fierce, political art, dealing with topics like slavery and identity through shadow puppetry, painting and installation. What’s she going to do with the Turbine Hall? Haven’t a clue. But we’re seriously excited about seeing it.
Tate Modern. Tube: Southwark. Oct 2-Apr 5 2020. Free.
Lucian Freud isn’t especially known for his self-portraits, but it turns out he did quite a few of them – enough to fill an exhibition, anyhow. Famed for his unremitting and, according to artist Celia Paul, ‘clinical’ gaze, Freud’s images of himself are sharply observant and, taken as a set, capture the effects of age with precision and poignancy.
Royal Academy of Art. Tube: Piccadilly Circus. Oct 27-Jan 26 2020. £16-£18, £14-£15 concs.
Long before the streets became filled with human dodgems bouncing off each other while struggling to combine staring at a screen with forward movement, Korean artist Nam June Paik was predicting how technology would soon be influencing our lives. This Tate show brings together works made across five decades by the man credited with inventing video art.
Tate Modern. Tube: Southwark. Oct 17-Feb 9 2020. £13, £5-£12 concs.
There’s something about big paintings that just gets German men going. Georg Baselitz, Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter… they’re all giants of modern German art, and they all bloody love a massive experimental painting. Well, you can add Albert Oehlen to that Teutonic list. The Switzerland-based artist has been mashing abstraction, figuration and conceptual cleverness together since the ’80s, creating an artistic smoothie that sets him up as successor to all those other big German names. Sehr gut.
Serpentine. Tube: Lancaster Gate. Oct 2-Jan 12 2020. Free.
Paul Gauguin is one of the biggest names in art history, and this is your chance to see him leap from impressionism into the murky seas of symbolism on his journey through portraiture. From when he lived in Provence to his problematic time in Tahiti, his work is some of the most influential painting of the past couple of centuries.
National Gallery. Tube: Charing Cross. Oct 7-Jan 26 2020. £20-£24.50, £11-22.50 concs.
Kurt Cobain, Liam Gallagher, Frida Kahlo, Napoleon, Queen Elizabeth II, David Bowie and many others all feature in the artworks of Elizabeth Peyton. The artist, who is famous for her small-scale portraits, gets a solo show at the National Portrait Gallery. Part of the exhibition will involve her contemporary works being displayed alongside historic paintings from the gallery’s own collection, showing how Peyton’s modern practice references and develops traditional ways of painting a sitter’s portrait.
National Portrait Gallery. Tube: Charing Cross. Oct 3-Jan 5 2020. Free.
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