This week, there are loads of new art exhibitions opening in London. If you are in town this June, here are some of our top recommendations:
Lee Krasner: Living in Color @ Barbican
May 30 – September 1, 2019
Lee Krasner (1908-1984) was a pioneer of Abstract Expressionism. This exhibition will be Krasner’s first retrospective in Europe for more than half a century, bringing together almost 100 of her works from her 50-year career, including early self-portraits, charcoal drawings, original photographs, and her “Little Image” paintings from the 1940s. The Barbican will present a holistic vision of Krasner’s experience though her art, made with both vision and tenacity.
Luchita Hurtado: I Live I Die I Will Be Reborn @ Serpentine Gallery
May 23 – October 20, 2019
Luchita Hurtado (b. 1920) remained undiscovered until age 94, with a collection of work characterized by her grounded yet transcendental view of the world. Comprised of graphite and ink drawings, and paintings of crayon, ink and oil, Hurtado’s work combines the expansive themes of nature and self, proving their interconnectivity, all life as a single, living entity.
Frank Bowling @ Tate Britain
May 31 – August 26, 2019
Frank Bowling (b. 1934) is a Guyana-born artist known by his relation to the abstract movement with his particular use of color and bold experimentation. The exhibition is his first major retrospective, bringing together works from the entirety of his 60-year career, such as his iconic “map paintings,” poured paintings, and sculptural paintings of the 1980s.
Misbehaving Bodies: Jo Spence and Oreet Ashery @ Wellcome Collection
May 30, 2019 – January 26, 2020
Jo Spence (1934-1992) was an influential photographer whose work documents her experience with breast cancer treatment throughout the 1980s. This work will be shown alongside the award-winning ministry/web-series Revisiting Genesis by Oreet Ashery (b. 1966), which explores implications of chronic illness and death in the internet age. Together these works challenge one’s understanding of “mis-behaving” bodies and identity in a visually documented world.