8 Brilliant Shows to see in London post-Frieze Week, From a Bruce Nauman Survey to Artemisia Gentileschi’s Big Retrospective

8 Brilliant Shows to see in London post-Frieze Week, From a Bruce Nauman Survey to Artemisia Gentileschi’s Big Retrospective
Frieze Art Fair 2019, London, UK. rPhoto by Linda Nylind. 6/10/2019.
Must see  -   Exhibitions

Much like most events this year, the main London Frieze fairs did not take place in-real-life and instead, they awkwardly positioned themselves online. Despite this however, several museums and galleries have put on spectacular shows that are very much in-person and must-see’s if you happen to be in London.

Artemisia Gentileschi at the National Gallery
Through January 24, 2021

Artemisia Gentileschi, Judith Beheading Holofernes (1620–1621). Collection of the Uffizi Galleries

One of the most anticipated exhibitions of 2020, and one that has already been postponed due to the pandemic in March, finally opened its doors in October. “Artemisia” examines the work of the most famous female artist of the 17th-century, the legendary Artemisia Gentileschi, a Baroque art master who fell into relative obscurity up until relatively recently. The opening which was right before Frieze, garnered rave reviews and is already a huge hit.

Tickets must be booked in advance.

Bruce Nauman at Tate Modern
Through February 21, 2021

Violent Incident', Bruce Nauman, 1986 | Tate

The first major show for the American artist in the UK in over two decades, this overview asserts Nauman’s dominance in genres ranging from video, to sound, performance, and sculpture.

Tickets must be booked in advance.

A Countervailing Theory” by Toyin Ojih Odutola at the Barbican
Through January 24, 2021

Toyin Ojih Odutola and Peter Adjaye | Barbican

For the Nigerian-American artist’s first UK commission, Odutola presented a site-specific installation of new works including powerful drawings that travel along the 300 feet of the Barbican. The show also includes an immersive soundscape by conceptual sound artist Peter Adjaye.

Ticket must be booked in advance.

Ann Veronica Janssens: Hot Pink Turquoise” at South London Gallery
Through November 29, 2020

Ann Veronica Janssens at the South London Gallery. Installation view of Candy Sculpture 405–805/2–405 (2019). Photo by Andy Stagg.

The first major London exhibition by celebrated Belgian artist, Ann Veronica Janssens, features blue glitter and bikes with mirrored wheels, which visitors are invited to ride around the Main Gallery. Janssens work is spread across all three floors and is part of her ongoing exploration of perception and ephemerality.

Tickets must be booked in advance.

Summer Exhibition 2020 at the Royal Academy
Through January 3, 2021

Installation view of the Summer Exhibition 2020 (6 October 2020 – 3 January 2021) at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. Photo: © Royal Academy of Arts / David Parry.

The annual summer group show, which sees a variety of works by emerging as well as established artists, will take place throughout the winter this year. This year’s exhibition includes works by Tracey Emin, Julian Schnabel, and Anselm Kiefer, along with several other artists.

Ticket must be booked in advance.