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Two exceptional exhibitions at Rebecca Hossack Gallery: David Farrer's Scale and Silver: 25th Anniversary Exhibition

Step into Rebecca Hossack's Charlotte Street Gallery to be greeted by a menagerie of papier-mâché animal heads by artist David Farrer for the exhibition Scale. Shrunk or enlarged to fit on shields, these playful creations are beautifully made from discarded newspapers. Rebecca Hossack's Conway Street Gallery is also well worth a visit while it hosts Silver, a 25th anniversary exhibition.

Sunday 8th December 2013 Read more...
Turner Prize winner Laure Prouvost at the Contemporary Art Society

In a timely presentation of a video work from four years ago, it is possible to read the language, style and approach of the artist who was awarded this year's Turner Prize the night before this exhibition opened. A small show, but useful viewing for anyone who wants to find out more about Laure Prouvost.

Friday 6th December 2013 Read more...
Jukhee Kwon at October Gallery

Juhkee Kwon exhibited her book sculpture Red Presence at October Gallery earlier this year in the group show World of Extraordinary Objects. This December the South Korean artist returns with more of her meticulously crafted book sculptures in her first solo show at the gallery.  

Thursday 5th December 2013 Read more...
Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2013 at the ICA

The fourth annual Bloomberg New Contemporaries, a showcase of emerging new artistic talents, takes place at the ICA. The result is a surprisingly playful artistic take on popular culture entertains, but it certainly can't be accused of having too much depth or too much substance.

Wednesday 4th December 2013 Read more...
Jake and Dinos Chapman: Come and See at Serpentine Sackler Gallery

The new Sackler Gallery, is proving its worth as a gallery space, now showing Jake and Dinos Chapman: Come and See – a blockbuster show of the brother artists who hold an important place in Britain's cultural scene. This will be the best show you see this festive season: the only downside – it's undoubtedly going to be packed.

Monday 2nd December 2013 Read more...
Wunderful: Wundercamera at PM Gallery

PM Gallery makes the gallery itself the focus of this innovative new exhibition. Wundercamera uses photography to explore the art of curation in this fascinating "museum of museums". 

Friday 29th November 2013 Read more...
Wael Shawky's Cabaret Crusades and Al Araba Al Madfuna II at the Serpentine Gallery

The first major London show by renowned Egyptian artist Wael Shawky proved to be a mixed bag of goodies at the Serpentine Gallery. The gentle spirit and communicative creative eye of the artist shone through all the work on display.

Wednesday 27th November 2013 Read more...
Inverted House: Tina Gverović and Siniša Ilić at Tate Modern Project Space

The installation Inverted House was created through a collaboration between Croatian artist Tina Gverović and Serbian artist Siniša Ilić during their residency at Tate Modern. Investigating themes of displacement and the museum aesthetic, among many, the work sits well amongst the building works which are ongoing at Tate Modern.

Wednesday 27th November 2013 Read more...
Stunningly detailed: Sculpture by Yutaka Sone at David Zwirner London

Cities carved into blocks of marble and a fake palm tree – these are the awe-inspiring works in Yutaka Sone's latest exhibition. Hosted by David Zwirner London, this is the first time that Sone's three island cities have been displayed together, demonstrating his mastery of stonework.

Wednesday 27th November 2013 Read more...
Post-war European abstraction at Timothy Taylor Gallery: Hantaï, Hartung, Soulages, Tàpies

Hantaï, Hartung, Soulages, Tàpies at Timothy Taylor Gallery brings together the work of four artists who were instrumental in post-war European abstraction. These large-scale, colourful works are attractive in their own right, but an interest in the subject is crucial to enjoy the show to its fullest.

Sunday 24th November 2013 Read more...
Painting the ocean: Turner and the Sea at the National Maritime Museum

The first ever exhibition of J.M.W. Turner's marine paintings offers a unique insight into the creative life of Britain's greatest sea painter and celebrates his life-long fascination with the sea.

Friday 22nd November 2013 Read more...
Body Language at the Saatchi Gallery

Unclear curation leave holes in this group show of emerging artists whose work all features the human form. The work is hit and miss, and while there are some lovely pieces within, there is little opportunity for reflection or discussion on the exhibition's theme.

Thursday 21st November 2013 Read more...
Gifted: From the Royal Academy to the Queen at Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace

Gifted displays over 100 works on paper gifted to the Royal Collection by the Royal Academy, including works by major figures in British contemporary art such as Tracey Emin, Anish Kapoor, Grayson Perry, Frank Bowling and Zaha Hadid.

Thursday 21st November 2013 Read more...
Big, bold and beautiful: Tom Wesselmann Still Life, Nude, Landscape: The Late Prints at Alan Cristea Gallery

Tom Wesselmann Still Life, Nude, Landscape: The Late Prints at Alan Cristea Gallery is an all-American confection of fruit sundae with an unashamed cherry on the top, and a spirited lashing of chutzpah on the side.

Tuesday 19th November 2013 Read more...
Portrait perfection at the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery

The annual Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize returns to the National Portrait Gallery this winter. The diverse ensemble of styles and themes offer a fascinating representation of contemporary photographic practice and celebrates the boundless potential of one of the medium's oldest genres. 

Tuesday 19th November 2013 Read more...
Painting Now: Five Contemporary Artists at Tate Britain

In Painting Now, Tate Britain showcases recent work from five contemporary artists who illustrate different ways of working with paint today. 

Sunday 17th November 2013 Read more...
Evocative impressions and images of Venice in Sophie Layton's Building Space at Eames Fine Art Gallery

Never mind if you don't know your monotype from your etching, visions of light and colour await you at Eames Fine Art Gallery with artist and printmaker Sophie Layton's captivating take on her time in Venice in her exhibition Building Space.

Thursday 14th November 2013 Read more...
From raw steel to gilded bronzes: Bill Woodrow at the Royal Academy

Bill Woodrow, a major figure in modern and contemporary British sculpture, is the subject of this comprehensive survey at the Royal Academy, which traces his early development and fascination with sticks, steel and household appliances to his later, less-impressive bronze works.

Monday 11th November 2013 Read more...
An imitation of fish life: Frank Gehry's Fish Lamps at Gagosian Gallery

Frank Gehry, known in the public imagination for his architectural work, brings us something altogether more magical as he turns his hand to design pieces. Fish Lamps, on display at Gagosian Gallery, Davies Street, appear to have a life force of their own.

Sunday 10th November 2013 Read more...
Aggressively sexual: Sarah Lucas' SITUATION Absolute Beach Man Rubble at Whitechapel Gallery

Sarah Lucas' retrospective at Whitechapel Gallery is not for the faint-hearted: with rooms full of genitalia, objectified bodies, and bawdy humour, Lucas cements her position as one of the wildest YBAs of the 1990s. Is she a rebel, a misanthrope, or just something in between?

Thursday 7th November 2013 Read more...
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