We have asked Sofia Carreira-Wham (@artlife_london) to recommend us her favourite exhibitions in London for the month of October.
1. Ann Veronica Janssens: Hot Pink Turquoise
Location: South London Gallery
Dates: 23 September - 29 November
This exhibition is Belgian artist Ann Veronica Janssens’ largest to date in the UK, presenting sculptural installations in diverse media such as glitter and water. Janssens has the rare ability to capture the sensory essence of light, as reflected in and transmitted through the material world around us. To this effect, the main hall is taken over by Untitled (Blue Glitter), a vast expanse of glitter that appears to explode, electrifying the entire gallery in the artist’s unique, ephemeral style.
2. Yeesookyung: I am not the only one
Location: Massimo de Carlo
Dates: 6 October - 21 November
I fell in love with Yeesookyung’s ‘Translated Vases’ at the Venice Biennale in 2017, and have been waiting patiently for a London exhibition ever since. The artist’s beautiful, bulbous sculptures are (re)constructed from discarded Korean ceramics, and fused together with 24 carat gold leaf. In her own words: “I am attracted to failed, broken or ephemeral things… It is not about fixing or mending, but about celebrating the vulnerability of the object.’
Location: National Gallery
Dates: 3 October - 24 January
This exhibition has been a long time coming, in every sense! The masterful C17th painter Artemisia Gentileschi struggled for recognition in her own lifetime, was forgotten in subsequent centuries, and is often solely associated with a handful of key works. This greatly anticipated exhibition, the first of its kind in the UK, was then postponed by the pandemic, raising fears it might never happen at all. The good news is, the show has now opened - and is not to be missed!
And a bonus one…
Doyle Wham presents PORTR-8: 8 New Faces in Contemporary Portraiture
Location: ECAD Gallery, Peckham
Dates: 8-24 October
I launched a digital photography gallery, Doyle Wham, earlier this year, and I am excited to announce my first pop-up exhibition.
PORTR-8 features an array of innovative, experimental portrait photography by 8 African artists, from Gabon, Nigeria, Namibia, Kenya and Mozambique. The represented artists vary widely in terms of their backgrounds, frames of reference, and photographic style, but are united by the desire to expand and challenge traditional notions and narrow interpretations of Africa, African art, and African society.
The virtual version can also be accessed at: https://www.doylewham.com/portr-8