Scent of the land
Explore London with One Aldwych Curator, Francesca Gavin
This autumn David Zwirner is putting on the first major London solo show by the late African American painter Noah Davis. The founder of Los Angeles' Underground Museum, Davis' figurative paintings are sensitive and fascinating. Opening 9 October.
Mixing It Up: Painting Today is curated by Ralph Rugoff and brings together 31 British-based artists exploring a traditional art form in radical ways, touching on cinematic, illusion, memes and music. Stand out artists include Turner Prize winner Lubaina Himid, Peter Doig, Oscar Murillo and Issy Wood. Running from 9 September to 12 December, this exhibition will cement how alive the media is today.
PACE is devoting their new Mayfair space in Hanover Square to something more historical, Mark Rothko (7 October – 13 November). The focus is on Rothko’s late paintings from the 1960s which he produced on paper. After an aortic aneurysm limited his ability to work in 1968, Rothko turned to paper as a more accessible medium. These stunning smaller works fill pages entirely, exploring reduced and muted colours in his signature abstract way.
For those who prefer something more experiential, Anicka Yi is creating her largest ever project for the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall (October 12 – January 16). Her works sit at the intersection with science, with projects ranging from perfume to kinetic sculptures to tempera batter. Her yet to be announced project is sure to be career defining, with its focus on contemporary philosophical research into emerging forms of life and intelligence.
The Barbican is also going sculptural with a retrospective of the broad and fascinating career of Isamu Noguchi (September 30 to January 9). 150 works by the Japanese American artist, who died in 1988, will be on show including theatre set designs, furniture, lighting, architectural models and works in bronze, ceramics, wood and many other media.