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Viewing In the Black Fantastic

In the Black Fantastic is set to be one of the summer’s biggest hits. Curated by Ekow Eshun, it brings together 11 Black contemporary artists who use fantastical elements such as myth, folklore, science fiction and pageantry to address racial injustice and explore alternative realities.

New works and special commissions will be shown alongside painting, photography, video, sculpture and mixed-media installations. Highlights include Nick Cave’s major new commission comprising hundreds of casts of the artist’s arm, joined together like links in a chain, and a group of his legendary Soundsuits. These wearable works of art were begun over 30 years ago in response to the brutal police beating of Rodney King in Los Angeles. A new Soundsuit commemorating the killing of George Floyd will also be shown.

Also worthy of note is Hew Locke’s series of photographic portraits showing the artist masquerading as corrupt kings, tyrants and bandits. Elsewhere you’ll find Kara Walker’s stop-motion animation exploring racial violence and domestic terrorism, and poignant paintings by Chris Ofili.

Coinciding with the exhibition is a rich summer season of events, spanning literature, performance and music, as well as a series of outdoor installations. A parallel programme of film screenings curated by Ekow Eshun will be hosted at the BFI.

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Dates
29 June 2022 — 18 September 2022

Doing Bold Tendencies 2022

With June comes the promise of alfresco art and rooftop drinking. So why not combine both at Bold Tendencies, a not-for-profit which supports artists to realise site-specific projects and present live performances from Peckham’s Multi-Storey Car Park.

This year the rooftop will welcome artworks by Martin Creed, Paloma Proudfoot and Dominique White, among others. Look out for Richard Wentworth’s Agora, a reflective design which covers the entire surface of the rooftop car park; and Adel Abdessemed’s Bristow, a 2016 sculpture of a pigeon with explosives strapped to its back. Also on display is Nan Goldin’s Picnic on the Esplanade, Boston from 1973, an homage to the extended family of drag queens that the artist lived with during the 1970s, and those she was close to during the 80s and 90s in Boston and New York.

There’s also a diverse summer programme of events, ranging from classical music concerts to dynamic dance performances. Those with kids should check out the creative workshops, which are available to everyone for free. For a light bite and a tipple or two, make a beeline for Frank’s Café. A summer favourite, it serves classic cocktails, draught beers and wines, as well as a delicious selection of seasonal snacks. See you there.


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Dates
20 May 2022 — 17 September 2022

Doing Cristina Iglesias

Cristina Iglesias is having a moment. Not only does she have a monumental new work, Wet Labyrinth (with Spontaneous Landscape) (2022), on show in the Royal Academy’s Annenberg Courtyard, but she’s also enjoying her first solo exhibition with Gagosian.

Installed across Gagosian’s Davies Street gallery, this bijou show brings together new and recent works from Iglesias’s Entwined and Growth series. Recent mural reliefs are shown alongside freestanding sculptural installations, which prompt the viewer to question the blurred boundaries between the natural and the artificial.

Not to be missed is Littoral, on show in London for the first time, and her Pozo (Well) series, which comprises vessels inspired by grottoes, whirlpools, and springs.

On display until the end of July, this exhibition offers a great chance to see the breadth of Iglesias’s creative practice.

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Dates
14 May 2022 — 30 July 2022
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