Art Exhibitions You Must Visit Right Now

Run before you miss them!

With so many incredible exhibitions on right now spanning different cultures, themes, colours and sizes (anything from abstract work on migration to ancient art in Micronesia), there is certainly something to interest all. Here are just some exhibitions I’ve rounded up that I would really recommend seeing – hurry before they’re over!

 

Streatham Space, Identity (KV Duong)

(until Nov 27)

An artist is dragged across the floor as his paint-covered body leaves marks across the giant canvas. A gallery I’ve only recently stumbled across, the space is currently dedicated to other related abstract works, tackling themes of migration, identity and sexuality in this deeply personal exhibition that is sure to make you think!

 

Box Galleries, Electric (Lauren Baker)

(until Nov 30)

For those of you obsessed with neon lights (who isn’t?!) this exhibition is a MUST. Plastering the walls are life-affirming neon signs you’d think only belong on Pinterest, and her adventurous use of materials will spark an interest in anyone - think a mixture of neon paint, diamond dust, digital ink painting and explosives, all in order to create her terrific masterpieces. This dynamic show will leave you wishing you could create neon signs as beautiful as hers.

 

Royal Academy, Oceania

(until Dec 10)

Oceania curates over 200 historic artworks from the island civilisations of the Pacific. From the Hawaiian Islands to Tahiti and Micronesia – expect huge canoes and stunning god images.

 

Victoria Miro Gallery, Yayoi Kusama

(until Dec 21)

Sadly, this fantastic exhibition is fully booked, but nonetheless, I would really recommend looking at photos of the already famous ‘Infinity Mirrored Room’, a room that reflects her lifelong preoccupation with the infinite. For those of you who have never even come across Kusama, make sure to check her out; she just so happens to be the world’s most expensive living woman artist!

 

Saatchi Gallery, Black Mirror - Art As Social Satire

(until Jan 27, 2019)

Although there’s no official connection to the dystopian Netflix show, nonetheless this exhibition riffs off similar themes of alienation, political discontent and modern angst via satirical works from 25 contemporary artists.

 

Museum of London, Votes for Women

(until Jan 6, 2019)

To commemorate 100 years since women won their fight for the right to vote, the Museum of London has curated items from their suffragette archive; a fascinating insight into the lives of some incredible women.

 

Whitechapel Gallery, Surreal Science

(until Jan 6, 2019)

For those of you who love science, this exhibition is a mesh of scientific curios and colourful, plant-like ceramic pieces from contemporary artist Salvatore Arancio.

 

Hayward Gallery, Space Shifters

(until Jan 9, 2019)

A collection of 20 minimal artworks that use reflective and translucent materials to distort and disturb the brutalist space – a complex and cultured house of mirrors!

 

Whitechapel Gallery, This Is How We Bite Our Tongue (Elmgreen & Dragset)

(until Jan 13, 2019)

The Whitechapel Gallery is being turned into a luxury hotel...

Or that’s what the Scandi duo Elmgreen & Dragset want you to believe, describing it as a response to the intense gentrification that has occurred in East London, whilst poorer boroughs face austerity. With its made up backstory and eerie feel, this exhibition will stay with you and lead you to rethink your own surroundings.

 

V&A, Fashioned from Nature

(until Jan 19, 2019)

The V&A investigates sustainability and fashion in this new exhibition, which pairs garments with specimens from the natural world.

 

Tate Modern, The Clock (Christian Marclay)

(until Jan 20, 2019)

This acclaimed installation splices together film clips from thousands of films, each depicting a time on screen, before cutting back together to show the real time. Additionally, as it is installed in the public galleries, it is blessedly... free!

 

Katie V