We asked NY-born, London-raised Kate Gordon, for some of her top art choices in London this fall. Kate’s the founder of the award-winning subscription site London Art Studies. The site’s a bit like Netflix but for those who love art, and there’s no-one better to guide us through London’s newest and most exciting exhibitions.
September 27, 2019 – January 26, 2020 | Fashion & Textile Museum
Zandra Rhodes is a legend, and was pretty much famous from the start of her design career: Rhodes began her fashion line back in 1969, and the Fashion and Textile Museum in Bermondsey is celebrating her work with “50 Years of Fabulous”. Known for her creative use of textiles and pattern, Rhodes’ designs became one of the most recognizable labels in London. (You might remember the famous picture of Princess Diana falling asleep at an exhibition when newly pregnant… yes, she was wearing Zandra Rhodes). Don’t forget to check out the gallery White Cube directly opposite; Mona Hatoum’s show (opening 12 September) will definitely be worth a visit.
Through October 6, 2019 | Regent’s Park
It’s often known as a “museum without walls” and is a must for art-lovers, or for lovers in general! Frieze Art Fair takes place in Regent’s Park each October, and for the last couple of years, Frieze has curated a selection of sculpture which sits happily in the park for 3 months beforehand. Children can walk (and jump) through most of the sculptures; there’s a free downloadable audio tour for adults. Don’t miss Robert Indiana’s One through Zero sculpture (shipping costs from the US were enormous for the largest sculpture seen in this sculpture park to date); you’ll already know Indiana’s work through his famous “LOVE” sculpture, but this one was inspired by the mid-19th Century American tradition of depicting the cycle of life through numbers.
Various Dates | Natural History Museum
It’s a welcome new trend in the museum world: more and more museums are hosting yoga classes in their galleries. Our pick this autumn would be the classes held in South Kensington’s Natural History Museum. It’s probably the only time you’ll ever get to find your bliss under the skeleton of a mammoth blue whale. The class ends with a gong sound bath, and you then get to skip the lines with priority viewing of the museum. It’s a win-win for us. Inspiration and Meditation all before breakfast.
We’re excited about jeweler Wallace Chan’s first solo show in the UK. He’s long been considered one of the best designers in the world, and is a regular at fairs around the world. However, this is the very first chance to see 20 of his jeweled artworks in the same location, and there’s an impressive talks program to accompany the exhibition as well. Don’t miss the chance to hear Chan in one of his rare interviews, in conjunction with both the British Museum and LAPADA antiques fair.
September 21, 2019 – December 3, 2019 | Royal Academy of Arts
Gormley’s sculptures are recognized across the world, with his focus on (his own) body and the space surrounding. It’s only the 4th time in the 250 years of the RA that they’ve given an entire show over to a sculptor and viewers will be invited to slow down, and become more aware of their own bodies in specially-designed installations. If you visit in the afternoon, make sure you visit The Keeper’s House for afternoon tea in the secret garden, or a cocktail in the Shenkman Bar. (It’s for RA members only through 4pm).
October 2, 2019 – April 5, 2020 | Tate Modern
It’s one of the most sought-after spaces to exhibit in the world; we’re keen to see what Kara Walker will do with the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern. The artist is perhaps best-known for her use of black cut-out silhouetted figures, often referring to the history of slavery through elaborate installations. Director of Tate Modern Frances Morris says that the artist’s work “addresses history and identity with a powerful directness, but also with great understanding, nuance and wit”. We cannot wait.
October 7, 2019 – January 26, 2020 | The National Gallery
Best known for his sensual nudes, this is the first major show dedicated to Gaugin’s work in portraiture. The artist (who once worked in the stock market) used intense colors, and was inspired by non-Western subject matters. Go see this, to learn more about the man who influenced both Matisse and Picasso. And if you’re not planning a trip to London any time soon, watch our free film to learn more about this renegade artist, and why he’s one of only 4 artists who can be considered a Post-Impressionist.
Great Tarts in Art: High Culture and the World’s Oldest Profession
Lastly, we have to shout out our own IRL class, in collaboration with Matches Fashion and the Mayfair & St James’s Literary Festival. Called “Great Tarts in Art: High Culture and the World’s Oldest Profession”, we’ll be taking a look at the portraits and careers of some of history’s most notorious mistresses and courtesans, as seen by artists including Renoir, Degas and Picasso. Again, our new series “Dangerous Women” launches in September, so stay tuned!