Time well spent

The art exhibitions you need to visit this Autumn
By Barry Pierce | Art | 24 July 2023

Autumn is exhibition season around the world (who doesn’t love a rainy day spent in cosy galleries) so, oftentimes, it can be a bit overwhelming to keep on top of things. But don’t worry, we’re here to help, rounding up the best of the best this Autumn, from legendary names to indie darlings. So if you love art, or just want to pretend that you do, we’ve got you covered.

Emma Stern: Penny & The Dimes: Dimes 4Ever World Tour at Grosvenor Hill
The queen of weird and wonderful art, Emma Stern is back with her second solo exhibition at Almine Rech, Penny & The Dimes: Dimes 4Ever World Tour. Stern’s work, which deploys her formal background in traditional oil-on-canvas painting, uses 3D software intended for game developers to create virtual female models that serve as her subjects. Her most persistent themes include subversion, perversion, fantasy, and a unique kind of off-brand feminism.

Showing at Almine Rech, Grosvenor Hill, London; 6 — 30 September 2023.

Ed Ruscha / Now Then at MoMA
One of the pioneers of pop art and most iconic living American artists Ed Ruscha is getting his most comprehensive exhibition yet at MoMA this autumn. Spanning 65 years of Ed Ruscha’s remarkable career and mirroring his own cross-disciplinary approach, the exhibition will feature over 250 works, produced from 1958 to the present, in various mediums– including painting, drawing, prints, film, photography, artist’s books, and installation.

Alongside the artist’s most acclaimed works, the exhibition will highlight lesser-known aspects of his practice, offering new perspectives on one of the most influential figures in post-war American art and stressing Ruscha’s role as a keen observer of our rapidly changing world.

Showing at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; 10 September 2023 — 6 January 2024.

Ed Ruscha, ‘Hollywood Study’, 1968

André Butzer at Duarte Sequeira, Braga
German artist André Butzer’s work is characterised by his cartoonish figures, their oversized heads and comic-book eyes, which exist somewhere between abstraction and figuration. Taking influence from the works for Paul Cézanne, Edvard Munch, Henri Matisse, as well as Walt Disney and Henry Ford, new works by Butzer are currently on display in a solo exhibition at Duarte Sequeira in Braga, Portugal.

Showing at Duarte Sequeira, Braga, Portugal; 15 July — 16 September.

REBEL: 30 years of London Fashion at the Design Museum
For 30 years, the British Fashion Council’s NEWGEN programme has been a breeding ground for some of the world’s biggest designers. Now, an exhibition at the Design Museum will look back at the legacy of NEWGEN and tell the story of hundreds of fearless young designers who have transformed the fashion landscape.

Highlights will include the swan dress worn by Björk at the 2001 Oscars, Harry Styles’ S.S. Daley outfit from his video for Golden, a unique replica of Sam Smith’s inflatable latex suit by HARRI from this year’s BRIT Awards and collections and work by JW Anderson, Wales Bonner, Erdem, Molly Goddard, Christopher Kane, Simone Rocha, Russell Sage, plus many more.

Showing at the Design Museum, London; 16 September 2023 – 11 February 2024.

Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto at the V&A
This Autumn, the V&A will be dedicating a whole exhibition to one of the most influential names in fashion: Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel. In the first UK exhibition ever dedicated solely to Coco Chanel (it’s about time!), the show will chart the establishment of the House of Chanel and the evolution of her iconic design style, which continues to influence the way women dress today.

Highlights of the exhibition will be dresses worn by Lauren Bacall and Marlene Dietrich alongside over 180 looks, seen together for the first time, as well as jewellery, accessories, cosmetics and perfumes.

Showing at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; 16 September 2023 – 25 February 2024.

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The Missing Thread: Untold Stories of Black British Fashion
Spanning from the 1970s to the present day, The Missing Thread, curated by the Black Oriented Legacy Development Agency (BOLD), charts the shifting landscape of Black British culture and the unique contribution it has made to Britain’s rich fashion design history.

The exhibition will tell the story of Black creativity through four distinct themes – Home, Tailoring, Performance and Nightlife – each referencing the spaces which inspired and allowed the culture of Black British fashion and design to develop on its own terms.

Excitingly, a series of original commissions by contemporary Black designers will be woven throughout the show, including Nicholas Daley, Bianca Saunders, Martine Rose and Saul Nash, celebrating the generational lineage of Black creative excellence in British fashion.

Showing at Somerset House, London; 21 September 2023 – 07 January 2024.

Marina Abramović at the Royal Academy of Arts
Everyone’s favourite Serbian conceptual artist Marina Abramović is getting her first-ever major solo exhibition in the UK at the RA this autumn. In a career that spans over five decades, Abramović has propelled performance art from its experimental beginnings to the mainstream. The exhibition, arranged in close collaboration with the artist, will provide an overview of her extraordinary practice with photographs, videos, objects and installations. It will also feature four of Abramović’s seminal performance pieces, which will be re-performed live in the galleries.

Showing at the Royal Academy of Arts, London; 23 September 2023 – 1 January 2024.

Sarah Lucas: Happy Gas at Tate Britain
As one of the Young British Artists, Sarah Lucas tore up the rulebook and dominated art in the 1990s. Now, a career-spanning exhibition devoted to her will cover the full scope of her work in sculpture, installation and photography. Expect vulgarity, brashness and a total disregard for taste that has made Lucas a legend in British art.

Showing at Tate Britain, London; 28 September 2023 – 14 January 2024.


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