The top 5 art exhibitions to see in September
Tabish Khan the @LondonArtCritic chooses his favorite Art exhibitions in September to see over the next few weeks in London. Each comes with a concise review to help you decide if it’s for you. Those looking for more shows should check out its best museum exhibits where all are still open to visitors.
Jonathan Roson @ Parallel, Devonshire Square
I’ve followed Jonathan’s work for years, so it’s great to see this investigative exhibition that captures the full breadth of his work and his evolution. It includes his totemic wooden sculptures made of painted and charred wood – works where smell is an integral part of it, and his marble symbols which draw on both calligraphy and emojis to create a language that is unique to him. is clean. In addition, it is a large space that lets the large sculptures breathe. Until September 13.
Maha Ahmed & Wawi Navarozza @ Kristin Hjellegjerde, London Bridge
Maha Ahmed’s intricately detailed paintings draw on the tradition of miniature painting to create fantastical realms that are easy to immerse in despite their small size. Upstairs, Wawi Navarozza’s self-portraits are filled with cultural references while examining what it means to be a wife and mother. Two very different shows that complement each other well. Until September 17.
Hospital rooms @ Hauser & Wirth
Hospital Rooms is a fantastic charity bringing art into mental health units to make them more welcoming and inclusive spaces, and using art to help people with mental health issues. This exhibition contains fantastic works made as part of their program and those that will be auctioned to further the cause of the association. In keeping with The Hospital Rooms vision of accessibility, everyone can walk around and create art on a long communal table at the heart of the show. Until September 14.
Selby HI: Cradle @ Reem Gallery
What could be more fun than cats…lots of cats? Chairs and a table made to look like a cat and textile works on the walls that contain cats and myths about them. It’s a fun and playful show from Selby HI that looks like a contemporary Louis Wain, and doesn’t want to sit on a cat chair…at a cat table. Until September 17.
New Mythologies II @ Huxley-Parlor
It’s a great mix of early and mid-career artists who use or reference mythology in their work, including Jakob Rowlinson’s glued piece and hanging mask. My highlight is Tristan Piggott’s mythological creature with an arm sticking out of its mouth holding a severed tongue, on a wooden board warped so it curves in space. Until September 17.
All images courtesy of the gallery and the artist. Photo of hospital rooms: Tim Bowditch.
Art critic for FAD and Londonist. Visit as many exhibitions as possible and write reviews, opinion pieces and a weekly top 5 for FAD.
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