There's a fantastic exhibition of works by Hyon Gyon over at @parasolunit that's just opened. Sculptures that explode with energy and anger, wonderfully textured paintings made of mixed materials including one series that stretches the length of the gallery. This exhibition is a visual and emotional feast. The show runs until 31 March.
The Bill Viola / Michelangelo exhibition at Royal Academy is simply stunning. Here are some clips from the Viola works, turn the sound up for full effect, and a beautiful Michelangelo drawing. It's an early contender for exhibition of the year and I loved it. My ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review for @londonist_com is due to be published today.
Tate Modern's first big show of the year opens tomorrow. It's an exhibition on painter Pierre Bonnard and he lights up the place with his bright colours and vivid paintings. Here are some of my highlights from the show that opens on 23 January and runs through to 6 May.
Bonnard was a contemporary of Matisse. While Matisse was the post-Impressionist revolution, Bonnard was more of an evolution.
Japan House London (@japanhouseldn) is filled with prototypes for its new exhibition. Many are designed to mimic natural movement including this rather sinister looking set of tentacles. 'Flagella' uses multiple motors to ensure its movement is more creature like than robotic. It's one of several prototypes in this fascinating exhibition that runs until 17 March.
I'm back on tube posters! Not one, but two London underground exhibition posters feature my reviews. My ⭐⭐⭐⭐ for Anglo-Saxons at The British Library and my ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ for I Am Ashurbanipal at The British Museum. I first got into visiting exhibitions, and ultimately writing, through seeing tube posters. So it's always extra special to see it come full circle and have my reviews featured on the posters that first inspired me. Both exhibitions are excellent and there's about a month left to visit them.
Turn the wheel and this cat draws a self-portrait - how meta. It's a fantastic piece of kinetic art by Tim Lewis and it's on display at Flowers Gallery in Cork Street. Part of the Flowers Contemporary exhibition across all three of their galleries, including the two in London.
The Bethlem Museum of the Mind has just opened an exhibition on 'The Anatomy of Melancholy', sourced from the museum's collection. Including this painting by George Harding, where the eye and the brain are shrouded in darkness - a vision of modern society.
Plus it was a great pleasure to finally meet fellow art lover and Instagram contact Saskia Jiggens, aka The Courtauld Chronicles, in person at the opening.
Winter Lights is back at Canary Wharf this year. It's as pretty as ever and here are some of my highlights:
1. The psychedelic Christmas trees by Adam Decolight.
2. The immersive light show 'Submergence' by Squidsoup. Reminded me of a Kusama infinity room.
3. Oskar Krajewski's fabulous city made from recycled materials.
4. Stuart Langley's beating hearts reflected in the water below.
5. The colourful spinning Prismatica by Raw Design.
6. The 'Last Parade' of animals by Alexander Reichstein.
The festival runs from 5-10pm every evening until 26 January.
London Art Fair is now open, until 20 January, and here are a few of my highlights from the fair. In order:
1. Reflected in a work by Su Blackwell so it looks like I'm towering over her paper cut out house in the woods. It's at the Long & Ryle stand.
2. A fantastic installation made up of used and unused napkins to reflect the artist's remembered and forgotten memories. It's by Ilkwon Yoon with Chiara Williams Contemporary.
3. A digital collage of different architectures by Emily Allchurch with GBS Fine Art.
4. Sardines leap for freedom from their cans. By Jack Milroy with Art First.
5. The fair at possibly the quietest it's going to be.