Wangari Manthenge: You Are Here
Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, W1, October 9–November 13
The first major UK solo exhibition from the US-based Kenyan artist Wangari Mathenge will illustrate her personal experience of relocation, responding to questions of race and acculturation. In a series of large paintings titled The Ascendants (including XIII above), she depicts figures in domestic situations demonstrating the juxtaposition of relocation, along with everyday objects that serve as cultural reminders of one’s heritage. Accompanying this series will be an installation of a living space from the Seventies, which is reminiscent of the years the artist spent in London, with a vintage television playing a stop-motion animation.
Annie Morris: Solo Exhibitions
Yorkshire Sculpture Park, until February 6, 2022 / Timothy Taylor,
W1, October 6–November 13
Annie Morris has produced paintings, illustrations, sculptures and collages throughout her career. When a Happy Thing Falls, her current exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s Weston Gallery, features sculptures and tapestries that ‘express the hope and defiance of life’. Her work on show at Timothy Taylor’s London gallery includes her distinctive Stacks, a series of pigmented lumpen spheres balanced on top of one another, which suggest both the delicacy and strength of life.
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Francis Hamel: Rousham, Through The Gardens
Rousham House, Oxfordshire, October 2–6 / John Martin Gallery, W1, October 13–November 5
Francis Hamel’s relationship with Rousham House began many decades ago and, since 1999, the artist has lived and worked in – and drawn inspiration from – its vast, vibrant gardens. Having spent the past year’s lockdowns working from his studio in the grounds, he was able to examine the gardens in more depth than ever before. The resulting body of work, which will be exhibited first at Rousham House before moving to John Martin Gallery, W1, reveals the gardens in all their glory as they change with the seasons.
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Pablo Bronstein: Hell In Its Heyday
Sir John Soane’s Museum, WC2, October 6–January 2, 2022
Twenty-one watercolours by Argentinian artist Pablo Bronstein depict hell in the form of a city. Viewers will be guided through concert halls, casinos, gardens and factories by works that are exemplary of the artist’s eclectic approach to source materials – something he has in common with Sir John Soane.
Patrick Heron: The Colour of Colour
Hazlitt Holland-Hibbert, SW1, October 7–December 17
Painter Patrick Heron was renowned for his vibrant abstracts and this selling exhibition at Hazlitt Holland-Hibbert in St James’s, SW1, celebrates his signature style. While his early works were largely influenced by the likes of Matisse and Cezanne, this solo exhibition showcases 13 of Patrick’s later oil paintings (including Orange in Yellow with White above). Dating from 1965 to 1977, they demonstrate the artist’s unique take on colour, form and space.
Frieze London: Solo Exhibition
Timothy Taylor, W1, October 13–17
Los Angeles-based multidisciplinary artist Honor Titus is known not just for his distinctive paintings, which often feature anonymous figures in urban landscapes, but also for his musical and poetic endeavours. This solo exhibition will be his first in London and his first at an art fair. On display are a series of 10 figurative paintings depicting leisure activities and sports. These simple, striking compositions typical of Honor’s work are reminiscent of Les Nabis, a collective of young French artists active in Paris in the Eighties.
Poussin and the Dance
The National Gallery, WC2, October 9–January 2, 2022
Baroque French painter Nicolas Poussin’s ethereal depictions of dancing figures breathe life into his glorious Classical compositions. In this National Gallery exhibition, a collection of his drawings and his paintings, like A Bacchanalian Revel Before a Term, are united with the antique sculpture he studied, inviting the viewer to witness the life cycle of his creations – from inspiration to completion.
Pilar Corrias, W1, October 12–November 13 / Jesus College, University of Cambridge, October 15–February 18, 2022
Pakistani-American visual artist Shahzia Sikander’s works deconstruct conventional narratives surrounding the topics of femininity, race, memory and migration. Her solo exhibition at Pilar Corrias features paintings and drawings that address these themes, and the 2020 animated film, Reckoning, which has been created using several of the artist’s drawings. It coincides with another solo show at Jesus College, Cambridge.
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The Regent’s Park, NW1, October 13–17
The world-renowned contemporary fair is back in its physical form. In Regent’s Park, Frieze London will showcase an impressive array of works from galleries across the globe, including Galleria Lorcan O’Neill, Fondation Beyeler and the Brooklyn Museum. For those unable to attend in-person, Frieze London and Frieze Masters will, for the second time, be available via the Frieze Viewing Room. This online platform exhibits works from galleries including Sadie Coles HQ, Pilar Corrias and Thomas Dane.
Collectors, Curators, Connoisseurs: 100 Years of the Oriental Ceramics Society
The Brunei Gallery, SOAS, WC1, October 15–December 11
The Oriental Ceramic Society is bringing together more than 100 rare objects dating back 3,000 years. The display at SOAS, part of the University of London, illustrates the society’s development from a private group of 12 connoisseurs to a global institution.
Sutapa Biswas: Lumen
Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, October 16–January 30, 2022
British-Indian artist Sutapa Biswas is known for her exploration of race, gender and identity. This show reveals her diversity, with paintings, drawings and sculpture alongside Lumen, a new semifictional film.
Phyllis Christopher: Contacts
Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle, October 23–March 20, 2022
Hand-printed and tinted images from the archive of the American, UK-based photographer Phyllis Christopher offer an intimate glimpse into San Francisco’s lesbian community in the Nineties, both in the clubs and in the streets. Captured during the HIV/AIDS crisis, her photographs (such as Castro Street Fair, San Francisco above) bring the historically under-represented lesbian identity into the spotlight.
Royal Academy of Arts, W1, October 30–February 13, 2022
The Royal Academy’s first major retrospective of the landscape painter’s work spans from 1825 until his untimely death in 1837. Through varied media, from oil sketches and drawings to watercolours and prints, Late Constable demonstrates his distinctive brushstrokes and his mastery of light and shade – the latter being particularly visible in his mezzotints.
Barbara Hepworth: Art & Life
The Hepworth Wakefield, until February 27, 2022
In celebration of its 10th anniversary, Yorkshire’s Hepworth Wakefield gallery is exhibiting the largest collection of Barbara Hepworth’s work since her death in 1975. The exhibition features her notable strung sculptures and bronze carvings, accompanied by drawings, paintings and fabric that inspired her work.