Art In London: November 2014

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Art In London: November 2014

We look ahead at the best London art openings in November, 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.

Allen Jones RA, Luxe, Calme et Volupte, 1978. Source: Royal Academy website

Must See

This autumn, London is buzzing with art. Most of our top 10 autumn exhibitions in London started back in September and are still on display this month. Expect Turner, Constable and... Lego.

1 November: From the Forest to the Sea: Emily Carr in British Columbia at Dulwich Picture Gallery — Discover the work of Canadian artist Emily Carr, who has remained relatively unknown for years outside her native country. £11/£10/£6, until 8 March 2015

7 November: World Press Photo of the Year 2014 at Southbank Centre — See 143 selected pictures from over 130 countries that capture news, portrait and sports. Amazingly, this exhibition also costs nowt to get into. Free, until 26 November

13 November: Allen Jones at Royal Academy — A retrospective for the man who courted controversy with his use of the female figure to create furniture. This pop art show is likely to draw in the crowds and spark many a discussion. £10, until 25 January 2015

13 November: Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize at National Portrait Gallery — The annual photographic exhibition showcases the work of some of the most talented emerging young photographers from around the world, alongside that of established professionals, photography students and gifted amateurs. £3, until 22 February 2015

13 November: Wimbledon Open Art Studios — This is the 36th edition of this initiative, which aims to connect artists with the local community. Everyone is welcome to visit the studios and mingle with the creatives therein. And it's a great place to start your hobby as an art collector. Free, until 16 November

19 November: Institute of Sexology at Wellcome Collection — The most publicly discussed of private acts gets explored. Undress your mind and enter the exhibition where you will find a disparate range of exhibits. Free, until 20 September 2015

26 November: Conflict, Time Photography at Tate Modern — Tate Modern celebrates the invention of photography and simultaneously commemorates the First World War. This exhibition creates never-before-made connections between historical photography and war chronicles. £14.50/£12.50, until 15 March 2015

27 November: Guy Bourdin at Somerset House — A retrospective dedicated to one of the most influential fashion photographers of the 20th century. If you think fashion is a form of art, this exhibition is not to miss. £9/£7, until 15 March 2015

Lines in the Ice takes place at the British Library. Details below

Architecture & Design

5 November: GraphicsRCA: 50 Years at Royal College of Art — This exhibition celebrates the college's Graphic Design course opened back in 1948, and its achievements so far. The RCA has been at the forefront of countless major developments in graphic communication. Free, until 22 December


14 November: Lines in the Ice at British Library — Why are Europeans drawn to explore the Arctic? This exhibition takes you into the history of icy escapades, in particular of the Northwest Passage, showcasing maps, writing materials and photography. Free, until 29 March 2015


3 November: Winter Olympia Fine Art & Antiques at Olympia — There will be over 120 hand-picked dealers selling an array of objects from all over the world. The fair also includes a series of themed events taking place throughout the event. £13, prebook, until 9 November

18 November: The Animal Art Fair at Chart Gallery — Love the animal world? This fair brings together contemporary artists who focus their art on non-human subjects, and is probably right up your street. Free, until 23 November


17 November: Beauty, Magic and Escape at The Greenwich Gallery — Photographer Vivien Davies presents images of Greenwich Park through the seasons. Students from Charlton Park Academy also show their own digital photo project Nature in Greenwich Park on a display screen. Free, until 30 November

18 November: London Paintings at Simon Lee Gallery — London-based artist Dexter Dalwood shares his personal vision of the capital's sceneries. Free, until 24 January 2015

Arabella Dorman exhibition is on at the La Galleria Pall Mall. Details below


1 November: Darren Coffield Psycho at The Residence Gallery —  The artist presents a collection of portraits that take inspiration from Hitchcock's blockbuster Psycho, as well as his personal interpretation of the theme. Free, until 24 December

4 November: Arabella Dorman at La Galleria Pall Mall — An exploration into the life of the British Army during the long-term conflict in Afghanistan. Dorman lived in the country in this period and her paintings focus on the lives of those caught up in the war, including locals. Free, until 15 November

5 November: Jerwood Encounters: Suspicion at Jerwood Space — Artist Dan Coombs curates an exhibition that displays the work of 13 different artists. Expect artworks that integrate narrative into the formal structure of their painting. Free, until 7 December

5 November: Derren Brown at Rebecca Hossack — The artist presents a series of new portraits after a two-year break. Hyper-realist artworks look very muc like photographs. Free, until 29 November

7 November: Clay Sinclair at Woolf Gallery — Sinclair paints 'backwards', directly onto the reverse side of Perspex (or Plexiglass) giving his work of bright and strongly contrasting colours a luminous appearance. Free, ending date TBC

7 November: Who Is This Who Is Coming? at Display Gallery — Artist Andrew Cranston exhibits artworks created over the last 10 year. His storytelling painting takes inspiration from various sources, from direct observation to cinema and literature. Free, until 29 November

7 November: A Curious Struggle at Arthouse1 — Tim Patrick and Maria Farrar explore the everyday scenery in their painting. By looking at their introspective artworks, you might find a different life meaning lying beneath the surface. Free, until 29 November

12 November: Stuart Semple: Anxiety Generation at Delahunty Gallery — This artist is considered one of the most provocative post-YBA image-makers and social commentators of his generation. He drew inspiration from a personal traumatic near-death experience which affected him deeply when he was just 19. Free, until 7 December

12 November: Hepzibah Swinford: Flowers4U at Rebecca Hossack Gallery — This self-taught artist exposes a collection of floral paintings. Her bouquets take inspiration from the Dutch painters and Oriental art, resulting in a panoply of colourful patterns. Free, until 29 November

14 November: A Victorian Obsession at Leighton House Museum — On show for the first time in the UK, 50 Victorian paintings from the Pérez Simón collection. Artists exposed include Albert Moore, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones and John William Godward. £10/£6 (includes entry to the house), until 29 March 2015

14 November: Refiguring the 50s at Ben Uri Gallery — This exhibition focus on the work of five figurative British artists living in the 50s, whose art was deeply connected to the place where they used to live and work. Featuring works by Joan Eardley, Sheila Fell, Eva Frankfurther, Josef Herman and L S Lowry. Free, until 22 February 2015

17 November: Nick Lord at Degree Art — The young artist combines his own painterly style with influences from classical art history, especially French Realism. He showcases both portraits and everyday life scenes. Free, until 12 January 2015

17 November: Junko O'Neill at Coningsby Gallery — A series of new artworks inspired by Japanese philosophy. Free, until 22 November

19 November: Mao Wen Biao at The Osborne Studio Gallery — This internationally recognised Chinese painter depicts scenes of ordinary life in London, focusing on crowds. He reports the frenetic life of the capital and reminds us of the Impressionists. Free, until 6 December

19 November: Sarah Adams at Maas Gallery — Soulful landscapes, especially beaches and cliffs. Be transported into another dimension by Adams's deep views. Free, until 29 November

Source: The Proud Archivist website


31 October: Cairo to Constantinople at The Queen’s Gallery — This exhibition follows the journey of the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) in 1862, as he undertook a four month tour around the Middle East. £9.50/£8.75, until 22 February

3 November: The Singh Project at Framers Gallery — Celebrating the Sikh faith. This project aims to capture the essence of modern Sikhism and pays tribute to the beauty and variety of British Sikh men. Free, until 15 November

5 November: Me, Blondie, and The Advent of Punk at Somerset House — On the occasion of Blondie’s 40th anniversary, this exhibition showcases a series of iconic and previously unpublished photographs by Chris Stein, co-founder of the band. Free, until 25 January 2015

6 November: Photomonth Photo-Open at Rich Mix — This exhibition is open to all kinds of photographers and you can get the chance to see your photo on display, too. This year's theme is Imagining the East End. Free, until 30 November

8 November: Unsustainable Cities? at The Royal Geographical Society — Artist Des Gould invites visitors to think about the sustainability of modern cities with a series of touching photographs. Free, until 14 November

11 November: #Bagsie at The Proud Archivist — An exploration into the contemporary phenomenon of the selfie. Ten artists were asked to create a self portrait on a paper bag that reflected their personality within: they were then photographed by Jonathan Knowles. Free, until 16 November

12 November: Mum, Dementia and I at Bernie Grant Art Centre — Annemarie Anang tells about her experience living with her mother, a dementia sufferer. The story is told through a series of intimate and suggestive photographs. Free, until 23 November

20 November: The Photographers 2014 at Osborne Samuel and Beetles+Huxley — This exhibition crosses two galleries to showcase over 150 important photographs from the 19th century to the present day, celebrating the variety and influence of photography through the ages. Free, until 23 December

21 November: Mark Neville: London/Pittsburgh at Alan Cristea Gallery — The artist presents a photographic documentary of the social communities in London and Pittsburgh. His work aims to explore the role of art in contemporary society. Free, until 24 January 2015

24 November: Travelling Black and White at The Framers Gallery — Photographer Christopher Dolme displays his intimate and very personal images documenting his life and worldwide travels. From London to Rio de Janeiro, Shanghai to the Aeolian Islands — you will discover his world. Free, until 29 November

26 November: Post Pop: East Meets West at Saatchi Gallery — What is the legacy of Pop Art? Bringing together 256 works by 112 artists from China, the Former Soviet Union, the UK and the USA. Free, until 23 February 2015

27 November: Joachim Brom at Grimaldi Gavin — The German artist presents a new collection of works, entitled 'Vernacular and Modern'. Free, until 10 January 2015


1 November: The ARKA Group at Zabludowicz Collection — This artistic group mixes sculpture and cinema. Explore the group's dismantling of cinematic ideas and methodologies, replacing moving images with sculptural forms, found objects and sound. Free, until 21 December

5 November: Philip Blacker at Thompson's Marylebone — Inspired by poems, letters, songs and books from World War One, sculptor Philip Blacker's original bronze friezes are a highly personal interpretation of the words of those who were there. Free, until 16 November

7 November: Living Legends/ Lest We Forget at Gallery Different — Body cast sculptor Louise Giblin exhibits new sculptures based on hand casts of 10 serving and retired members of the British Military who each served in different wars from 1941-2009. Free, until 15 November

27 November: Parabola di G at Howard Griffin Gallery — Street artist Giacomo Bufarini aka RUN presents a landmark exhibition in the heart of Shoreditch. Bufarini will exhibit a unique series of detailed pen and ink drawings inspired by Homer's Odyssey which will lead the viewer through an immersive gallery wide installation. Free, until 24 December

Go Stand Next to the Mountains is on display at the Hayles Gallery. Details below

Video, Performance & Mixed Media

4 November: CUT! at The Old Operating Theatre Museum — Curated by MA students from Central Saint Martins who collaborated with composers from The Guildhall School of Music & Drama. The result is a showcase featuring 40 animations integrated within this quirky historic venue. Free but needs to be prebooked, until 23 November

5 November: Falling at jaggedart — This exhibition brings together a series of artworks celebrating autumn. Artists exhibited include Brenda Hoffman, Katherine Jones and Stuart Redler. Free, until 29 November

7 November: Curiosities of the Hanbury Collection at Pertwee Anderson & Gold — The Connor Brothers are famous for their cynical and ironic approach to art. This exhibition showcases a series of artworks that have been reinterpreted and reinvented by the creative duo. Free, until 29 November

7 November: Confusion in Her Eyes Says It All at Maria Stenfors — Three different artists come together and explore the concepts of intimacy and communication. On display: Tamsin Casswell, Jennifer Douglas and Hans Rosenström. Free, until 15 December

8 November: Crossing the Field at Pitzhanger Manor — A celebration of the Christmas Truce that happened during WW1: this was a series of widespread, unofficial ceasefires at the Western Front during Christmas 1914. Using painting, photography, installation, ceramics, drawing and film by various artists, the exhibition crosses boundaries, nationalities and opinions. Free, until 10 January 2015

13 November: Shurooq Amin at Aymann Gallery — This solo exhibition of Syrian-Kuwait artist Shurooq Amin displays her personal view of the contemporary society in the Arab world. Expect a mixed variety of artworks, including painting, wood and Braille. Free, until 10 January 2015

14 November: Mirrors & Echoes at Tiwani Contemporary — Artists Mary Evans and Emeka Ogboh present a totally new range of artworks, inspired by their common Nigerian origins. Expect paper cut-outs, video, sound and sculptural elements. Free, until 20 December

6 November: Creative Machine at Hatcham Church Gallery, Goldsmiths — The contemporary digital revolution is analysed and told by 25 leading artists. These explore the twilight world of human/machine creativity in contemporary art, including installations of video and computer art, artificial intelligence, robotics and apps. Free, until 14 November

13 November: John Ruskin Prize at Trinity Buoy Wharf — This still relatively new prize brings an exhibition of drawings, paintings, prints and textiles by 23 artists to Trinity Buoy Wharf. If you've never visited the venue, this is a good chance to explore the area. Free, until 30 November

14 November: Susan Wandsworth at Jeannie Avent Gallery — See the artist's 'recycollage': she collects objects from everyday life and gives them new meaning. She is also influenced by urban art, such as graffiti and cartoons. Free, until 26 November

15 November: Darwin's Dream at Crypt Gallery — In the dark spaces of St Pancras Church, you can explore the controversial work of conceptual artist Koen Vanmechelen. Find out more about his ongoing project The Cosmopolitan Chicken. Free, until 14 December

19 November: Heat and Dust at 19 Grove Park Terrace — Artist Joanna Bird visited India earlier this year to source exotic new textiles and other craft products from artisans working in Chennai, Pondicherry and Jaipur. The result is an exhibition that conveys the rich and varied atmosphere of the country, showcasing the finest Indian hand-crafts and beautiful new contemporary ceramics and glass. Free, until 30 November

20 November: Ra di Martino at Copperfield Gallery — The Italian artist presents a new body of work inspired by her research into the history of 'dummy tanks'. Free, until 12 February 2015

24 November: Sleep Art at Gallery Different — This exhibition displays the works of 12 artists inspired by their sleep. Each night during the exhibition, artists will sleep in a bed and create a new work of art inspired by that night’s sleep. The exhibition will grow daily, becoming an installation space for the exploration of sleep and creativity. Free, until 30 November

26 November: Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2014 at ICA — See a group of emerging fresh talents selected by three art experts. This year the focus is on printmaking, moving image and performance. £1, until 25 January 2015

28 November: Go Stand Next to the Mountain at Hales Gallery — Seven artists explore the concept of their everyday experiences in life and focus on the representation of the self within contemporary society. Free, until 24 January 2015

Want more? Take a look at these autumn exhibitions including Hirst, McQueen and Tuttle. Most of them are free as well.

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

Last Updated 31 October 2014