5 Things to do in London, September 2017

5 Things to do in London, September 2017

By Kate Perutz

Kate Perutz gives five great tips for things to see in London this September.

Edward Woodman

Shooting Performance: Edward Woodman and British Art of the 1980s and 1990s

DRAF

Wed 20 September - Sat 7 October 2017

Cornelia Parker, Words That Define Gravity, 1992, work in progress. Photo: Edward Woodman. Image courtesy DACS Foundation / Art360.

Shooting Performance features Edward Woodman’s photographs of performances and installations by Stuart Brisley, Anya Gallaccio, David Medalla and Cornelia Parker amongst other key figures from the 1980s and 1990s. By nature performance art is ephemeral and many installation pieces last only briefly, to be removed without physical trace. Woodman’s photographs both archive these events while also reaching beyond mere documentation to become collaborations with the artists. This show offers an opportunity for the viewer not only to review fascinating historical material but also to explore the concept of record making itself.

Read more: dacsfoundation.org.uk

Rachel Whiteread

Tate Britain

Tues 12 September 2017 - Sun 21 January 2018

Rachel Whiteread, Line Up, 2007-8. © Rachel Whiteread. Photo: Courtesy the artist and Mike Bruce.

Twenty-three years ago Rachel Whiteread became the first woman to win the Turner Prize and this September Tate Britain hosts the most substantial survey of the artist’s work to date. The exhibition spans sculptures shown at the artist’s first solo show through to new pieces unveiled to the public for the first time. The dialogue between the scale of Whiteread’s works - which range from the monumental to the intimate - and the space of Tate Britain’s galleries is sure to enhance the exhibition and make for a dynamic display. Combined with what can only be considered a long overdue survey of Whiteread’s work this is certain to be one of the autumn’s must-see shows. 

Read more: tate.org.uk/whats-o...

Debt.

Madalina Zaharia

Tintype Gallery

Thurs 7 September - Sun 15 October 2017

Madalina Zaharia, DEBT., 2017. Courtesy Tintype Gallery.

Madalina Zaharia’s newest show tackles the deeply personal and often taboo topic of debt. For nearly a year the artist has been meticulously collecting evidence of her dues. Zaharia then obstructs the data, transforming balance sheets from looming reminders of contractual obligation to works on paper. The process will attempt to subvert their initial function and thus return a sense of power and control to the debtor artist while a negative figure is transformed into something of cultural value. Debt is laid out in real terms in this exhibition, formalising a bureaucratic and sterile process while also making it intimate.

Read more: tintypegallery.com

Sound Mural

Jesus Rafael Soto

Cecilia Brunson Projects

Fri 22 September - Sat 4 November 2017

Jesús Rafael Soto, Murale Panoramico Vibrante Sonoro, 1968. Courtesy Cecilia Brunson Projects.

Cecilia Brunson Projects transforms into a full-scale sound installation with the presentation of Venezuelan artist Jesus Rafael Soto’s Murale Panorámico Vibrate Sono, 1968.  Soto is best known for his op art works and while this musical piece is unique in his oeuvre it can also be seen as an extension of the artist’s central practice of exploring dematerialisation. Visitors to the exhibition activate the piece by touching its constituent metal rods to create compositions within the gallery space. A film on the artist will show alongside the mural, offering viewers a chance to learn about an internationally renowned artist whose reputation flies under the radar in this country. 

Read more: ceciliabrunsonprojects.com

Martin Puryear

Parasol Unit

Tues 19 September - Fri 8 December 2017

Martin Puryear, Question, 2013-14. Photo: Ron Amstutz. © Martin Puryear, courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery.

Martin Puryear’s exquisitely crafted, surprising forms take over Parasol Unit. Puryear’s sculptures are celebrations of their materials in the form of slick, accomplished works of craftsmanship. However, these works are not just displays of formal prowess - rest your gaze and it becomes clear that colour, shape and material coalesce to provide subtle explorations of cultural history and our collective experience of politics. A selection of the artist’s works on paper will also be displayed.

Read more: parasol-unit.org/martin-puryear

Kate Perutz is Head of Operations for Artworks London.

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