This summer, London offers a great number of major art exhibitions, most of which you will probably see or have seen if you are living in or visiting the city! So, assuming that you found a ticket to the Georgia O’ Keeffe exhibition (Tate Modern) and had the chance to visit Painters' Paintings at the National Gallery or the thrilling Sunken cities exhibition at the British Museum, it is safe to say that your spending budget just got a serious hit (although totally worth it). Cityartnow simply cannot leave you starving for art so here are our picks for 10 amazing and free art exhibitions at 10 important London galleries. Enjoy!
GRAD Gallery - Superwoman: 'Work, Build and Don’t Whine
Curated by Dr Natalia Murray, actor and award winning filmmaker Dolya Gavanski and art critic and writer Nadia Plungian, the exhibition presents a fascinating exploration of the iconography of the Soviet woman in propaganda from the October Revolution of 1917 to the fall of the Soviet Union and the arrival of Perestroika in 1991. Until September 17, 2016.
© GRAD Gallery
Gagosian Gallery - Mark Grotjahn: Pink Cosco
Impressive sculptures (especially the 'Mask" series) by Mark Grotjahn. His work borrows from Op art, Abstract Expressionism, Pop art, and Renaissance perspective. Until September 17, 2016.
Mark Grotjahn: Pink Cosco, installation view. Artworks © Mark Grotjahn. Photo by Mike Bruce
Newport Street Gallery - Jeff Koons: Now
‘Now’ is the first major UK exhibition to be devoted to the artist since ‘Jeff Koons: Popeye Series’, at the Serpentine Gallery in 2009. Spanning thirty-five years of the artist’s extraordinary career, ‘Now’ features over thirty paintings, works on paper and sculptures dating from 1979 to 2014. Drawn from Damien Hirst’s collection, a number of these works have never before been shown in the UK. Until October 16, 2016.
Jeff Koons: Now exhibition, installation view © Newport Street Gallery
Serpentine Galleries - Alex Katz: Quick Light
The Serpentine presents the work of renowned American painter Alex Katz (b. 1927, Brooklyn, New York) bringing together Katz’s productive output of recent years alongside works from across his career in an installation that responds and relates to the context of the Serpentine Gallery. Until September 11, 2016.
Alex Katz: Quick Light. Installation view. Serpentine Gallery, London. Image © readsreads.info
Maureen Paley Gallery - Wolfgang Tillmans
New and previously unseen work by Wolfgang Tillmans (born in Germany, 1968) the show focuses 'on the visible and invisible borders that define and sometimes control us'. Until July 31, 2016.
The State We’re In, A unframed inkjet print, 273 x 410 cm, 2015. Exhibition view, ground floor gallery: Maureen Paley, London, 2016
Whitechapel Gallery - Mary Heilmann: Looking at Pictures
The surreal beach life of Los Angeles, 1960s counter culture, pop songs and friendships with New York artists, poets and musicians are the well springs of Mary Heilmann’s dazzling abstractions. Until August 21, 2016.
Mary Heilmann, Crashing Wave, 2011 (detail), Oil on canvas, 127 x 101.60 cm, © Mary Heilmann, Photo: Thomas Müller, Courtesy of the artist, 303 Gallery, New York, and Hauser & Wirth.
Blain Southern Gallery - Carlo Carrà: Metaphysical spaces
Paintings and drawings by the important Italian avant-garde artist, Carlo Carrà, curated by Ester Coen. The artist is renowned for his integral role in both Futurist and Metaphysical painting. At the centre of the exhibition are Carrà’s paintings, many from public and private collections and rarely shown publicly. Until August 20, 2016.
Installation View, Carlo Carrà, Metaphysical Spaces, 2016, Courtesy the artist and Blain Southern, Photo Peter Mallet.
Pippy Houldsworth Gallery - Ayan Farah: Maps
London-based artist Ayan Farah creates a series of paintings in which she has re-purposed domestic linen and jute from nineteenth and twentieth century homes, dying the materials using clay mixed with marigold and indigo. The resultant patchworks create a topographical effect similar to aerial views. Until September 10, 2016.
Ayan Farah, Dunya, 2016. Llinen, jute, wool, embroidery, cotton, clay, mud, salt, terracotta, ash, India ink and plant dyes, diptych. 170 x 240 cm, 66.9 x 94.5 in
Chris Beetles Gallery - Chris Beetles Summer Show 2016
British painting and sculpture of various genres. Personal favorites: William Henry Burtlett'a ink drawings and the playful oil paintings of Anthony Green. Until August 31, 2016.
Anthony Green, Parliament Hill II, 1971.
White Cube Bermondsey - Raqib Shaw: Self Portraits
New paintings & sculpture by the Calcutta-born artist who has a magical way of inserting his image and Hindu iconography into 15th, 16th & 17th century religious Old Master paintings. Until September 11, 2016.
Self Portrait in the Raqib Shaw, Sculpture Studio at Peckham (After Mocetto) II, 2015-2016. Acrylic liner and enamel on birchwood. 84 x 60 in. (213.3 x 152.4 cm). Photo: White Cube (Ben Westoby)