This Month in London: Art & Design
As we enter the month of February and the heavens continue to pour upon us, the dull ache that is the longing for summer intensifies. While we can’t speed up time, we can lift your mood and imagination through the wonderful world of art and design. Take a look at Sophia Hickinson’s top picks of the capital’s exhibitions this month:
Selfridges Festival of Imagination / Selfridges London / On now - 2nd March
Selfridges explores the ‘power of the imagination’ in this new campaign. Their London concept store has been transformed into the Imagine Shop that showcases pioneering products in the world of design. Events and lectures focusing on a variety of topics are held in the purpose built Imaginarium designed by award-winning architect Rem Koolhaas.
In the Making / Design Museum / On now - 4th May
In an unusual move this exhibition, curated by the founders of design studio Barber & Osgerby, displays unfinished products. From the 2012 Olympic torch to a cricket bat; 24 objects are captured mid-manufacture to illustrate the thinking and process behind some of Britain’s most loved designs.
Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined / Royal Academy of Arts / On now - 6th April
Large-scale installations by various architects from around the world aim to challenge the way architecture is perceived. Visitors are encouraged to interact with the installations – touch, talk, sit or climb – in order to reflect on how architecture influences their lives.
Sage Vaughn: Nobody’s Home / Lazarides Rathbone / On now - 1st March
Exhibited by Lazarides, the man responsible for launching Banksy’s career, Sage Vaughn’s collection portrays lonely domestic interiors injected with his signature birds and butterflies in a burst of colour. Nobody’s Home challenges the viewer to look to the beauty of nature rather than the routine of the day-to-day environment.
Phlegm: The Bestiary / Howard Griffin Gallery / On now - 4th March
The Sheffield-born illustrator turned street-artist is bringing his haunting graffiti to London in The Bestiary - a large-scale installation depicting his signature imaginary creatures in a cave-painting style format.
Richard Deacon / Tate Britain / 5th February – 27th April
The Turner Prize winner’s portfolio of work spanning four decades is celebrated in the new exhibition. Deacon’s huge, organic sculptures are exhibited alongside his drawings and other small-scale work in an exhibition that demonstrates his talent for working in a variety of styles.
Photography Now / The Brick Lane Gallery / 6th – 16th February
This contemporary art gallery set in the heart of Shoreditch - London’s edgy and artistic neighbourhood – showcases a selection of work by some of the capital’s finest up-and-coming photographers.
Bailey’s Stardust / National Portrait Gallery / 6th February – 1st June
The career of arguably one of Britain’s most famous photographers, David Bailey, is documented in this new exhibition that features over 250 images, hand-picked and printed by Bailey himself. The exhibition is presented across a series of themed rooms, each depicting one of Bailey’s signature subjects from actresses to musicians and models.
Richard Hamilton / Tate Modern / 13th February – 26th May
Widely regarded as a founding figure of pop art, the late Richard Hamilton was one of the most influential artists of the 20th century and had a career that spanned six decades. This exhibition is a comprehensive retrospective of his life’s work from his earliest work of exhibition design to his final paintings in 2011.
London Fashion Week / Somerset House / 14th – 18th February
The Autumn/Winter 2014 show returns to the iconic Somerset House with British designers Burberry Prorsum, Christopher Kane and House of Holland among others taking to the catwalk. The week has a schedule of events across a number of locations to entertain London’s fashion enthusiasts.
Art14 Fair / Olympia Grand Hall / 28th February – 2nd March
The second edition of London’s global art fair welcomes galleries from all over the world to exhibit, with exhibitors from Berlin to Dubai showcasing their collections of contemporary and modern art.