5 Things to do in London, December 2017

By Kate Perutz

Kate Perutz makes 5 suggestions of some of the best things to see and do in London this December.

Beatriz Olabarrieta

The only way out is in

The Sunday Painter

Fri 24 November 2017 – Sat 6 January 2018

Beatriz Olabarrieta, The only way out is in, installation view, The Sunday Painter. Courtesy The Sunday Painter.

London-based Spanish artist Beatriz Olabarrieta’s solo show of new works at The Sunday Painter is a multi-disciplinary and collaborative affair. The installation is accompanied by a sound piece made in cooperation with Harriet Pittard and a text written by George Vasey. Olabarrieta’s works exhibit a pleasingly graphic tendency with an exacting attention to detail. There’s also a careful economy to these works - Olabarietta cleverly uses minimal gestures to a strikingly integrated and harmonious effect.

Read more: thesundaypainter.co.uk

Winter Open Studios


Sat 9 December 2017, 12 – 6pm

Patricia Domínguez in her studio at Gasworks. Courtesy Gasworks.

Gasworks’ three-month residencies for international artists are offered in order to facilitate artists’ first major shows in the UK. This winter, Gasworks will open the doors to the studios of their current residents, Katrina Beekhuis, Patricia Domínguez, Makhub Jokhio and Adrés Pereira Paz, to the public. You’ll have a chance to learn about the research and works-in-progress with the artists directly and the open day will also include artist talks at 4pm. 

Read more: gasworks.org.uk

Snow White

Hiroshi Sugimoto

Marian Goodman Gallery

Thu 26 October – Fri 22 December 2017

Hiroshi Sugimoto, Snow White, installation view, Marian Goodman Gallery. © Hiroshi Sugimoto. Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery. Photo: Thierry Bal.

‘Snow White’ is one part of an international two-part exhibition (its counterpart is on show at the gallery’s Paris space). The London show presents Sugimoto’s Theatre Series, started in 1976, which uses black and white film with long exposure techniques to record the duration of an entire film within a single photograph. The theatres themselves are completely empty, with no audience to bear witness to the films. The resulting images are haunting and uncannily beautiful in their masterful simplicity. 

Read more: mariangoodman.com

Bad Land

Alex da Corte

Josh Lilley Gallery

Fri 17 November – Sat 23 December 2017

Alex Da Corte, Bad Lands, installation view, Josh Lilley Gallery. Courtesy Josh Lilley Gallery.

Alex da Corte takes over Josh Lilley’s gallery spaces for his first solo exhibition in the UK, presenting the third part of his trilogy ‘BAD LAND’. In this series, incorporating film, sculpture and installation, the gallery space is transformed completely with the artist himself appearing in some pieces as rapper Eminem. Da Corte’s work is slick and colour-driven, transforming the gallery’s rooms with buzzing neon, sprawling pattern and vibrant fluorescence. Questions of taste and consumerism loom large throughout the exhibition. 

Read more: joshlilleygallery.com

Kati Heck

Mahler Performance to coincide with ‘Heimlich Manoeuvre’

Sadie Coles

Tues 19 December 2017, 7pm

Kati Heck, Heimlich Manoeuvre, installation view, Sadie Coles HQ, London, 23 November 2017 – 10 February 2018. © Kati Heck, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London. Photo: Robert Glowacki.

As part of German artist Kati Heck’s first exhibition at Sadie Coles, an interpretation of Gustav Mahler’s Der Abschied (The Farewell) from Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth), will be performed live in the gallery space. The performance is precipitated by the artist’s show, comprising a selection paintings, smaller portraits and a video sculpture, which is loosely-based on Mahler’s six-party symphony. We’re looking forward to the seeing how our perceptions are affected when viewing artist’s works in tandem with their audio inspiration. 

Read more: sadiecoles.com

Kate Perutz is Head of Operations for Artworks London.

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