Your Last Chance to View This Month

by Cass Art

The new year may be a time for fresh beginnings, but it's also the chance to say goodbye to some old favourites.

So it is with the art world in 2014, with your last opportunity to see some soon-to-close events.

Why not make it a new year's resolution to view at least one of these London exhibitions this month?

Sunday (January 5) brings the final opportunity to see the distinctive works of one of the US's most celebrated, uncompromising creatives.

Kara Elizabeth Walker has been enjoying her solo bow at Camden Arts Centre, Arkwright Road.

Historical slavery, gender, sexuality, violence, and the ills of white supremacy feature heavily in Walker's soul-emancipating journey. She is best known for her room-size tableaux of politically-charged, black cut-paper silhouettes which lend a vibrancy and poignancy that positively crackles inside the exhibition's every atom. 

Sunday also sees the curtain falling on Art Under Attack: Histories of British Iconoclasm at Tate Britain, Millbank.

This is the first exhibition tracing the history of physical attacks on art in Britain from the 1500s until now. Viewers can witness the level of harm that has been committed to works of art for religious, political and aesthetic motives.

They will see how the Suffragette movement became more militant and switched from window-smashing to attacks on art. Gallery directors discussed plans to ban women, who were asked to leave muffs, bags and umbrellas at the entrance, from their institutions. 

The Peter Lanyon: The Mural Studies exhibition displays at Gimpel Fils, Davies Street, until Saturday, January 18.

Lanyon was a Cornish post-war landscape painter with a bent for abstraction and modernism. But this showcase concentrates on a little known aspect of his work: murals. Most of these pieces have seldom been viewed in public. Lanyon relished the extra dimensions this medium afforded.

Richard Serra: Drawings for The Courtauld, features at The Courtauld, The Strand, until Sunday, January 19. Serra has been called “a magician of the dark” with his multilayered, richly textured, necromantic pieces. He produces the work using dense black litho crayon on transparent plastic sheets. Their forms only just seem to cohere, as if still in the process of creation. Serra’s innovative technique creates new drawing boundaries.

Time Out said of the exhibition, which features 12 of his most recent pieces: “The works … draw you in quietly with a dark, overwhelming menace.” 

Image Credits

Allen Jones, Chair 1969 

Tate © Allen Jones

Jake and Dinos Chapman, One Day You WIll No Longer Be Loved II (No 6) 2008

© Jake and Dinos Chapman
Photo: Todd-White Art Photography
Courtesy White Cube

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