Dana Scruggs, Fire on the Beach, 2019, from The New Black Vanguard (Aperture, 2019). © Dana Scruggs

Art Exhibitions in London To Check Out This Winter

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From the Tates to the Royal Academy and the galleries of Mayfair and the Barbican, London is bursting with exciting art exhibitions at any time of year. Here are the shows not to be missed.

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The Best Art Exhibitions in London 2022

  • Ending soon: Kawaii, Maddox Gallery
  • Barakat Contemporary, No. 9 Cork St. Gallery
  • Robot Works After Warhol, RNat5A
  • The New Black Vanguard, Saatchi Gallery
  • Bailey: Vision and Sound, 45 Park Lane
  • Cinzia Says…, Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art
  • Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirror Rooms, Tate Modern
  • Damien Hirst: Natural History, Gagosian
  • Mexican Geniuses: A Frida and Diego Immersive Experience, Dock X

Kawaii at Maddox Gallery


Where? Maddox Gallery

When? Until 27 November 2022

A new exhibition at Maddox Gallery will explore the concept of kawaii, a Japanese sentiment which translates as cute – but should not be mistaken for childlike innocence. Kawaii is packed with symbolic meaning, expanding from the nostalgic reimagining of childhood fantasy into the subconscious. Works from artists like Javier Calleja, Cheng Zhe, Jo Gyuhun and Toachi will delve into the genre, with angelic figures featuring subtle undertones of mischief and mayhem. maddoxgallery.com

a large art installation

Yunchul Kim, La Poussiére de Soleils (The Dust of Suns), 2022

Barakat Contemporary

Where? No. 9 Cork St. Gallery

When? 1 December–17 December 2022

Seoul-based gallery Barakat Contemporary is bringing the cross-disciplinary works of three Korean artists to London this December: Yunchul Kim, Chung Seoyoung, and Sojung Jun. Pioneers of Korean contemporary art, the artists deal with urgent topics and innovative technologies to create distinctive worlds and play with space-time ideas across impressive installations. barakatcontemporary.com

Rob and Nick Carter

Robot Works After Warhol

Where? RNat5A, 5A Bathurst Street, London W2 2SD

When? Until 22 December 2022

A new collection of works from husband-and-wife artistic duo Rob and Nick Carter are going on display, inspired by Andy Warhol. The pair picked 16 drawings by Warhol and employed their robot to ‘draw with light’ in their darkroom, continuing their fascination with the use of technology for executing ideas, with works presented as limited edition prints and NFTs. Visitors will also be able to browse a collection of nine almost identical robot paintings after Warhol’s Daisy, plus see some earlier works which marked the beginning of the Carters’ interest with AI and robotics. You’ll also have the chance to see the robot at work as it executes a painting. robandnick.com

Nadine Ijewere, Untitled, at The New Black Vanguard, Saatchi Gallery

Nadine Ijewere, Untitled, 2018, from The New Black Vanguard (Aperture, 2019). © Nadine Ijewere, for Garage magazine

The New Black Vanguard

Where? Saatchi Gallery

When? Until 22 January 2023

American art critic and writer Antwaun Sargent has curated a new exhibition at Saatchi Gallery on Duke of York Square which brings together 15 international Black photographers. It’s a celebration of Black creativity both behind and in front of the camera, featuring stylists, models, make-up artists and creative directors, with photographers on display including Nadine Ijewere, Campbell Addy and Namsa Leuba. ‘This exhibition is an exploration of this generation’s Black image makers who are bringing fresh perspective to photography,’ says Sargent. ‘Image by image, they have created a loose global network around their art that powerfully centres identity, community and desire. The artists in this show profoundly reanimate the possibilities of contemporary photography.’  saatchigallery.com

Rolling Stones Avebury Hill, 1968, © David Bailey

Rolling Stones Avebury Hill, 1968, © David Bailey

Bailey: Vision and Sound

Where? 45 Park Lane

When? Until the end of January 2023

Rare and unseen photographs of music icons are going on show at 45 Park Lane as part of a new exhibition from British photographer and filmmaker David Bailey. The show will include a series of portraits and candid shots taken over six decades, including an early shot of Mick Jagger before The Rolling Stones had ever made a record, a photo of jazz pianist Duke Ellington in rehearsal, and a work on canvas depicting John Lennon and Paul McCartney. dorchestercollection.com

Stivali Italia Goldsmith CCA art exhibition

Cinzia Ruggeri, A/W 1983-84, advertising campaign, Vogue Italia no. 403, October 1983. Photo: Occhiomagico. Courtesy Mousse Publishing.

Cinzia Says…

Where? Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art

When? Until 12 Feb 2023

The first major retrospective of artist-cum-fashion designer Cinzia Ruggeri (b. 1942, d. 2019). The widest overview of her career to date, and exhibited in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary of Rome and the Archivio Cinzia Ruggeri in Milan, expect archival imagery, photographs and newly commissioned texts on the designer’s fascinating life.

From clothing and accessories to furniture and lighting, the worlds created by this artist were simultaneously provocative and elegant – occupying the boundary between performance and architecture. goldsmithscca.art

Yayoi Kusama, Infinity Room

Infinity Mirrored Room – Filled With The Brilliance of Life, Yayoi Kusama. Johan-Persson, 2011.

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirror Rooms

Where? Tate Modern

When? Until 2 April 2023

Prepare to be dazzled at Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Rooms, another highly anticipated London art exhibition of 2021. Going on display at Tate Modern this May after being postponed from its original date last year, the exhibition will feature two spectacular installations. The first is Infinity Mirrored Room – Filled With The Brilliance of Life, which was showcased in the Tate’s Kusama retrospective back in 2012. The second is Chandelier of Grief, a room which creates the illusion of a boundless universe of rotating Swarovski crystal chandeliers. You can expect queues round the block for this one – but it’s on display for a year, so there’s time for everyone to experience the magic. tate.org.uk

Sheep in resin container

DAMIEN HIRST ‘I Am’, 1995. Glass, painted steel, silicone, acrylic, plastic cable ties, stainless steel, sheep, and formaldehyde solution (43.5 x 64.1 x 25.4 in / 110.5 x 162.7 x 64.5 cm) © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd. Courtesy Gagosian

Damien Hirst: Natural History

Where? Gagosian

When? Ongoing

When speaking on his formaldehyde sculptures, artist Damien Hirst said ‘I wanted a shark that’s big enough to eat you, and in a large enough amount of liquid so that you could imagine you were in there with it’. In the Gagosian’s Natural History exhibition, over 20 examples of the artist’s work will take centre stage as part of Hirst’s takeover of the Britannia Street gallery. This will be the the first-ever exhibition dedicated to Damien Hirst’s formaldehyde works, and will include artworks spanning from 1991 to 2021. gagosian.com

Woman walking across dimly lit room with large screens on the walls showing projections of pink and purple flowers

(c) Mexican Geniuses & Fever

Mexican Geniuses: A Frida and Diego Immersive Experience

Where? Dock X

When? Ongoing

Immersive experiences are set to be all the rage in 2022. This spring, make sure to keep your ear to the ground for news on one of London’s most hotly anticipated exhibitions of the year: Mexican Geniuses: A Frida and Diego Immersive Experience. The show will bring to life the work of Mexico’s most famed painters, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, in an explosion of colour and brushstrokes across giant screens. A VR experience will also be available, transporting visitors to the Mexican streets that inspired many of Frida and Diego’s paintings. Tickets are available to book now, so get going before they’re gone. mexicangeniuses.com