Art Weekly Digest: London 16 - 22 April, 2018

Every week The Art Partners post a carefully curated selection of cultural events to see in London.

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Opening Of The Week

Fashioned from Nature

Trouser suit, Bruno Pieters for Honest By, 2017, Belgium. Museum no. T.1702:1&2-2017. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Trouser suit, Bruno Pieters for Honest By, 2017, Belgium. Museum no. T.1702:1&2-2017. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Fashion designers can find inspiration in many different and unexpected aspects of day-to-day life. However, there is one thing that has always been a source of creativity for the fashion industry – Nature. A new exhibition, “Fashioned from Nature,” at the Victoria & Albert Museum highlights the importance of natural history for the fashion world and their close relationship since 1600 and until our day.

The exhibition runs until January 27, 2019, at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL


In Focus

Surface Work

Sandra Blow, Stripes (1978) © courtesy Victoria Miro Gallery

Sandra Blow, Stripes (1978) © courtesy Victoria Miro Gallery

“Abstract is not a style. I simply want to make a surface work.” – this quote by Abstract Expressionist painter Joan Mitchell gave the name to this colourful exhibition that has taken over both spaces of Victoria Miro’s galleries. This international show puts the spotlight on generations of well-known female artists who have influenced the development and language of abstract painting: there is a work by Russian Constructivist Liubov Popova dated 1918, as well as the latest paintings made this year specifically for the exhibition. The women artists untangle such important themes as the process, geometric abstraction, gesture, as well as emotional and political expression.

The exhibition runs until June 16, across Victoria Miro's London galleries


Time to book

Women's Art Practice and Thinking

Eric N. Mack  Untitled , 2018 Image courtesy of the artist

Eric N. MackUntitled, 2018 Image courtesy of the artist

This is a special event dedicated to the role of women in the art industry organised by the Dorich House Museum together with the Kingston University’s Contemporary Art Research Centre. The day-long event will delve into the feminine approach to research and analysis by artists, curators and writers. Their dialogs on “Women’s Art Practice and Thinking” will be set as theatrical presentations.

This event takes place on Wednesday May 2, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m, at the Dorich House Museum, 67 Kingston Vale, London, SW15 3RN


Hymn For The Weekend

Known Unknowns

Maria Farrar,  Birthday  2016. © Image courtesy of the artist

Maria Farrar, Birthday  2016. © Image courtesy of the artist

The Saatchi Gallery is famous for beautifully selecting exhibitions that show contemporary artists. “Known Unknown” brings together 17 female artists who are on the radar. The selection of their provocative paintings, videos and sculptures focuses on the most important contemporary themes – the Age of the Internet, and the role of the human in the globalised digital era.

The installation will be on view until June 24 at the Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York's HQ, King's Road, London, SW3 4RY


Last Chance To See

Ryan Gander

Ryan Gander , Installation view  I mage courtesy of the Lisson gallery

Ryan Gander, Installation view Image courtesy of the Lisson gallery

“Let the world take a turn” is the main message that Ryan Gander wants to convey in his sixth exhibition at the Lisson Gallery. The artist encourages visitors to pause and understand how powerful time can be: it can heal, change perceptions and calm. Gander transforms the gallery space into a massive clock, which measures time: the installation includes sound and text elements where you hear the artist’s voice telling real stories, and the text is the exhibition’s main message.

The exhibition is on view until April 21 at the Lisson Gallery, 67 Lisson Street, London, NW1 5DA