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Viewing Stacey Gillian Abe

Scoot over to Unit London to see the gallery’s first solo exhibition of work by Ugandan artist Stacey Gillian Abe. Abe’s new body of work includes vibrant paintings with delicately hand stitched pattens that explore themes of shared memory, time and emotion. In these works, she lays particular emphasis on the ways in which her memories and family traditions — including embroidery, a craft she is learning from her mother — have been passed down through her family lineage.

You’ll see paintings featuring black figures, floral motifs and shrubs, including the jute plant which here represents the Ayivu clan in Arua in the West Nile Region of the artist’s native Uganda. As captivating as her subjects though are her striking colours, notably her use of indigo.

For Abe, indigo allows the black body to been seen in a different light. ‘Indigo for a skin tone in my work signifies a tribe, a breed of black, a people that are not limited to social, economic, cultural, political or historical constraints.’ This gallery debut is most definitely one for your winter to-do list.

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Dates
22 November 2022 — 27 January 2023

Viewing Art Basel Miami Beach

The time has come for the art glitterati to pack their bags and hotfoot it to Miami for Art Basel Miami Beach. The 20th anniversary edition of the leading contemporary art fair will be the largest to date, featuring 282 exhibitors from 38 countries, including a core contingent from the Americas.

In addition to the fair’s main sections — Galleries, Positions, Nova, Survey and Edition — is the Kabinett sector, which presents 29 specially curated installations within exhibitors’ booths. Beeline for The Modern Institute, which presents new works by Alberta Whittle, before exploring Stephen Friedman Gallery, whose booth features new works by Japanese artist Izumi Kato.

Also noteworthy is the Meridians section, curated for the third time by Magalí Arriola, which features 20 large-scale projects by emerging artists including Christopher Myers, Cauleen Smith and Zanele Muholi. Not to be missed is Birth (1984), a large-scale, hand-crocheted wall-hanging by pioneering feminist artist Judy Chicago.

Taking place alongside the fair is Conversations, featuring 35 speakers across 9 panels, including collectors Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz, curator and co-director of the Serpentine Galleries Hans Ulrich Obrist and arts editor Tim Schneider.

While you’re in Miami, be sure to explore the packed programme of satellite and collateral events too. Highlights include Design Miami, Untitled Art Fair and the carousel of glitzy drink receptions, dinners and all-night beach parties. You can sleep when you’re back!

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Dates
01 December 2022 — 03 December 2022

Viewing Barbara Hepworth: Art & Life

Barbara Hepworth is one of the greatest sculptors of the 20th century. Taking inspiration from the landscape around her, she revolutionised sculpture by exploring the possibilities of neutral space. This landmark retrospective, first seen at the Hepworth Wakefield in Yorkshire, celebrates her life and art, while underlining the influence of St Ives and its close-knit artistic community on her work.

Through some 50 sculptures, as well as rarely seen drawings, paintings and archival material, Barbara Hepworth: Art & Life traces the artist’s journey from her initial studies in Leeds and her travels in Europe, to her life in London and later years in St Ives. You’ll see her transition from overtly figurative work towards abstraction as well as her enduring interest in the body, space and spirituality.

Highlight works include Disc with Strings (Moon) from 1969, perhaps inspired by advances in space exploration, and her monumental Single Form, made for the United Nations Headquarters in New York in 1964. Also shown are the artist’s forays into stage design.

Shown together, they reveal the remarkable range of Hepworth’s work — and her steadfast commitment to challenging the boundaries of modern sculpture.

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Dates
26 November 2022 — 01 May 2022
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