Art In London: June 2014

We look ahead at the best London art openings in June, organised by category and opening date. We hope you find it handy for planning ahead. Useful? Missing something? Please let us know and we’ll tweak the format in future instalments. This time we’ve added new sections for ‘London-y’ and ‘Must See’. 

Hillaire-Germain-Edgar Degas, Combing the Hair, ca. 1869 - part of Making Colours exhibition at the National Gallery,

Hillaire-Germain-Edgar Degas, Combing the Hair, ca. 1869. Part of Making Colours exhibition at the National Gallery, 18 June-7 September. See details below

Must See

3 June: The Fan Museum is a proper hidden gem of London. Starting today, its new exhibition Seduced! Fan & the Art of Advertising is all about the history of fans used as advertising mean. See unique colourful creations in one of the most peculiar of London’s museums. £4/£3, just turn up, until 28 September 

4 June: Ben and Winifred Nicholson were at the forefront of the Modern British movement and produced some of the most memorable works of the period. Explore their artistic world at Dulwich Picture Gallery, which is compared with that of other artists from the same movement. Read Londonist review. £11/£10, prebook, until 21 September

9 June: Royal Academy Summer Exhibition is where you’ll find all the up-to-date trends for art and architecture. This artistic annual event started over 200 years ago, so there’s no arguing that this is a ‘must see’. £13.50, prebook, until 17 August

10 June: Tate Britain presents the first major exhibition about British Folk Art, celebrating self-taught artists and artisans. A wide range of objects are on display, from decorative crockery to quirky shop signs, and you can attend related workshops. £14.50/£12.50, prebook, until 31 August

18 June: Making Colour at the National Gallery takes you on a voyage to discover the history of colour and its production. From the Renaissance to the modern day, you get to discover all the secrets of the most important element of artwork. £8/£7, prebook, until 7 September 

26 June: Last Seen Entering the Biltmore is a group exhibition that displays artworks connected to stage sets and scenographic tools, at the South London Gallery. The exhibition aims to explore the perspective ‘from the backstage’ of the theatre, using a series of different artistic media. Free, until 14 September 

26 June: Caroline Jane Harris explores and reproduces the complexity of nature through precise paper-cutting artwork. See her wonderful creations displayed in an exhibition called Anatomy of the Arboreal at Scream gallery. Free, until 2 August

27 JuneIn Homage is an exhibition of seminal artworks by contemporary masters including Francis Bacon and Andy Warhol among others, at Skarstedt Gallery. The aim of the exhibition is to compare these artists with the past masters they reference: the exhibition showcases 1961 Francis Bacon’s Study for a Pope III, which hasn’t been exhibited for the past 52 years. Free, until 8 August

Architecture & Design

2 June: The futuristic Roca London Gallery hosts a photographic exhibition connected to the London Festival of Architecture. The display explores some of the capital’s key regeneration projects and their impact on the city’s inhabitants. Free, until 23 August

12 June: Again as part of the London Festival of Architecture, Anise Gallery, in collaboration with the Society of Architectural Illustration presents an exhibition of work from a group of architectural and documentary photographers, all focusing on the architecture in SE1. Free, until 15 June 

Drawing

12 June: Five international artists cross paths at Alan Cristea Gallery, and all share the same medium of artistic expression: drawing. Free, until 19 July 

19 June: The Courtauld Gallery hosts a special display about the least-known part of its collection — prints and drawings. Bruegel to Freud shows artworks by Mantegna, Bruegel, Canaletto, Picasso, Matisse and Freud, spanning more than 500 years. £6/£5, prebook, until 21 September 

Art

Untitled Artists Fair is on at Chelsea Old Town Hall, 30 May – 1 June. Details below

Fairs

30 May: Chelsea Old Town Hall hosts the Untitled Artists Fair, entirely run and owned by artists. The event is free to attend and artists sell their works directly to the public, free of commissions. Private view is on the 30 May, and you can book tickets in advance both for the private view and the other two days. Free, prebook, until 1 June

5 June: Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair is one of the oldest and most respected antiques fairs established in London. This year the fair is on its 42nd edition, showcasing more than 160 dealers from all over the world. Connected to the fair, a rich programme of talks and events. £15, prebook, until 15 June 

12 June: The Albert Memorial and Kensington Gardens provide a stunning backdrop to Art Antiques London. As well as an eclectic mix of art and antique pieces from over 50 exhibitors, a mixed programme of art lectures taking place throughout the fair. £15, just turn up, until 18 June

12 June: Pinta Art Fair is the only art event in London to celebrate artists from Latin America, Spain and Portugal. This is a unique occasion to discover contemporary talents from different cultural environment. Internships opportunities are available as well. £15/£8, prebook, until 15 June

12 June: The international contemporary Affordable Art Fair runs its annual edition on Hampstead Heath, with more than 110 galleries involved. The prices range from £40 to £4,000 so everyone can get started as an art collector. But, if you’re not interested in collecting, it has hands-on workshops too. £10/£8+bf, prebook, until 15 June 

26 June: Start Art Fair promotes new galleries and young artists, and takes place at the Saatchi Gallery, which is widely famous for supporting emerging talents. £17.50/£15, prebook, until 29 June 

26 June: Masterpiece London Antiques Fair takes place at Chelsea Hospital. Events calendar to be announced soon. £25, prebookuntil 2 July

London-y

2 June: Guildhall Art Gallery presents a series of etchings, paintings and memorabilia focusing on the history of Tower Bridge. From the early commemorations until the technologies of the present day, this exhibition gives homage to one of London’s most famous landmarks. Read Londonist review. Free, until mid-July

5 June: Curious Duke Gallery returns with a London-themed exhibition, Roadz, a solo show dedicated to contemporary artist Andrea Tyrimos. He takes inspiration from the roads of London, with a personal vibrant and colourful style. Free, until 28 June 

19 June: The British Library commemorates the First World War centenary with an exhibition about life during the war. Enduring War: Grief, Grit and Humour tells the most significant moments of that historical period trough posters, poetry, written material and historical evidences. Free, until 12 October 

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Rich Simmon’s exhibition Kryptonite is on at the Imitate Modern Gallery, 13 June-12 July. Details below

Painting

3 June: The David Shepherd Foundation’s Wildlife Artist of the Year is now in its sixth year. Shortlisted works will be available to view and buy at Mall Galleries for just five days, exhibited alongside work by David Shepherd and selected guest artists. Free, until 7 June 

5 June: Michael Werner Gallery displays for the first time paintings by Californian artist Aaron Curry. Expect abstract subjects and discover a new direction in the artist’s path. Free, until 9 August

6 June: See highly abstract art that tries to reproduce a colourful micro-cosmos on canvas. Strange Attractions by Jamie Shaw is on display at Stour Space Gallery. Free, until 30 June 

6 June: A Journey through Illusion at cueB gallery is a retrospective dedicated to Italian artist Barbara Nati. Her post-catastrophic landscapes are obtained using digital montage techniques and 19th century painting methods. Free, until 6 July

11 June: Rosenfeld Porcini gallery presents Painting, a solo exhibition of iranian painter Mehran Elminia’s most recent works. His artistic research focuses on exploring the language of painting as an end into itself. Free, until 24 July 

13 June: Imitate Modern Gallery hosts the third solo show of street artist Rich Simmons, called Kryptonite. The display is all about the world of super heroes and uses a mixture of different techniques, including artworks viewed through 3D glasses, which leap off the canvas. Free, until 12 July

23 June: Will Martyr’s works take inspiration from post-war American painting and early 20th century posters. See his utopian and timeless paintings that are halfway between a propaganda poster and everyday contemplation, on display at Hay Hill Gallery. Free, until 19 July    

26 June: Luxembourg & Dayan Gallery in Mayfair presents an exhibition dedicated to Mario Schifano, one of the most famous Italian postwar painters. Free, until 9 August

26 June: Brixton-based Knight Webb Gallery presents The Lost Years, an exhibition that tells the troubled life of artist Paul Gildea trough his paintings. He used to be a squatter and painted ‘to lose himself’. Free, until 26 July  

27 June: See abstract paintings from Icelandic artist Katrin Fridriks at Lazarides Gallery. This is her first solo exhibition in London. Her paintings are colourful and she uses the dripping technique, made famous by Jackson Pollock. Free, until 24 July

Photography

4 June: Award-winning artist Juan Genovés displays his solo exhibition at Marlborough Gallery in Chelsea. Free, until 29 June 

6 June: False Memory Archive exhibition is a collaboration between The Freud Museum London and Carroll/Fletcher London, which explores the world of false memories and the human mind. The exhibition has been developed by artist AR Hopwood in collaboration with experimental psychologists and takes place at Carroll/Fletcher Project Space. Free, until 12 July 

6 June: Take your own shadow selfie at the underground Subway Gallery. Its new exhibition tells about artist RG McHarg’s trip to Granada-Spain in 2013, which led him to stumble upon the shadow selfie. The gallery displays a collection of these long shadows reflecting on the environment. Free, until 21 June

12 June: LA Noble Gallery presents Capturing the Narrative exhibition, which features works by photographers Brittain Bright, Lottie Davies and Johanna Ward. All the artworks are connected to the literary and fiction world. Free, until 5 July

13 June: Renowned wildlife photographer Roger Hooper exhibits some of his latest work at Focus On The Wild at the Oxo Tower Gallery, which also launches his new book of the same title. All profits will be donated to Hoopers Africa Trust and WWF. Free, until 6 July

26 JuneDennis Hopper was an American film actor and director, usually associated with the counterculture of the 1960s. The Royal Academy displays over 400 of his photographs, discovered after Hopper’s death in 2010, documenting America’s cultural and social life from 1961 to 1967. £10/£9, prebook, until 25 August

The Subway Gallery

The Subway Gallery hosts Long Shadows exhibition, 6-21 June. Details above

Sculpture

6 June: Verve Open 2014 is a sculpture competition at the Loud & Western building in Fulham, which displays an array of artists who compete to be selected for a special exhibition alongside artworks by Carol Peace. The exhibition is open to the public from 6 June until 8 June, viewings are by appointment-only afterwards. Free, until 29 June 

17 June: Hayward Gallery explores the representation of the human figure in contemporary sculpture with The Human Factor exhibition. The display spans the last 25 years, exhibiting some of the most well-known contemporary artists. £12/£10.50, prebook, until 7 September  

20 June: GRAD (Gallery for Russian Arts and Design) explores the development of arts, design and style during from the 1950s in the Soviet Union with its latest exhibition Work and Play behind the Iron Curtain. The display brings together over 50 key objects featuring the quirky, colourful and charming design style from that period. Free, until 24 August

26 June: The enchanting historical building of the Zabludowicz Collection hosts the solo exhibition of artist Rachel Pimm. She works across sculpture, performance and video to explore the hybrid and fluid concepts of naturalness and artificialness. Free, until 10 August

Video, Performance & Mixed Media

13 June: The annual Royal Academy Schools Show aims to spread the word about learning art, and displays the talent of RA students. All the artworks will be on sale as well. Free, until 29 June 

18 June: Chelsea Space hosts the exhibition Markets, where you will see physical framework of renewed and re-designed Cathode Ray Tube monitors by The Block, and a multi-channel video and sound installation by artist Charlotte Prodger. Free, until 26 July

19 JuneDegreeArt.com Gallery in Vyner Street explores the rapidly changing relationship between digital technologies and art forms, and the omnipresence of the internet in everyday society, with the exhibition Post Digital. Free, until 14 August

Find more about what’s on in London, visit Londonist’s Museum & Galleries & Art & Photography pages. 

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