Henry Taylor (Hauser and Wirth Somerset)
In a process he describes as “hunting and gathering,” American painter Henry Taylor gleans his subjects from friends, family, strangers, celebrities, historical events and the media to create generous paintings that offer a varied image of contemporary life. The artist’s vibrant portraits are joined by his installations and sculptures at Hauser & Wirth’s countryside outpost.
hauserwirth.com, as of June 6
John Akomfrah: The involuntary beauty of disaster (Galerie Lisson)
Reflections on the tumultuous events of the past year await in the gallery’s Lisson Street space, where a selection of works by British artist John Akomfrah deciphers race, identity, post-colonialism and l idea of “the skin as a monument” through photography and video.
lissongallery.com, as of June 5
Robert Mangold: A 1981-2008 Survey (Pace)
This solo exhibition by American minimalist Robert Mangold presents three decades of paintings through which the artist has reinvented the medium with canvases with sculptural shapes and a subtle balance of lines and colors.
pacegallery.com, as of May 22
Luiz Zerbini: Fire and Thread (Stephen Friedman)
Pattern and color reign supreme in two eye-catching exhibitions at the Mayfair Gallery, one featuring works inspired by South American rainforests by Brazilian artist Luiz Zerbini who weaves flora and fauna into mosaic grids, the other a group exhibition entitled Grated featuring works by Jonathan Baldock, Huguette Caland, Jeffrey Gibson and Tau Lewis, which explore the bodily associations of textiles while challenging notions of identity, gender and sexuality.
stephenfriedman.com, both until May 15
Ugo Rondinone: A sky. A sea, distant mountains. Horses. Spring. (Sadie Coles)
Covering the two London galleries, this exhibition by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone intends to mark the (partial) end of confinement with works that celebrate “the themes of time, nature, renewal and the psyche”. His brightly colored horse sculptures, paintings of stacked rocks, and watercolors of sea views offer a simplified yet spiritual view of the natural world.
sadiecoles.com, as of May 22
Frank Walter and Luc Tuymans (David Zwirner)
A posthumous exhibition by the great Antiguan thinker Frank Walter sheds light on the breadth and depth of the late artist’s works. Upstairs, the master of quiet discomfort Luc Tuymans presents works in paper and animation produced during confinement where the scrambling of reality and media images produced strange visions bordering on nightmare.
davidzwirner.com, both until May 22
Rachel Whiteread: Internal Objects (Gagosian)
At Gagosian’s Grosvenor Hill Gallery, Rachel Whiteread presents a new series of works that continues her interest in uncovering the stories behind everyday objects. Moving away from his iconic casts, the artist has constructed original structures resembling abandoned huts whose palpable sense of absence quietly suggests notions of the ghostly.
gagosian.com, as of June 6
Idris Khan: The Turning Of The Seasons (Victoria Miro)
Art and music converge at the North East London Gallery which highlights British artist Idris Khan and his works created last year, including a series of watercolors and works on paper incorporating fragments of Vivaldi’s work. The four Seasons.
victoria-miro.com, as of May 15
Kevin Harman (Ingleby)
This glittering display of glass paintings by artist Kevin Harman validates the maxim that good things happen to those who wait. Opened at the Edinburgh Gallery a year after the scheduled date, this exhibition rewards visitors with swirling abstract compositions whose rich colors suggest natural panoramas glimpsed on walks through the Scottish countryside.
inglebygallery.com, as of May 22
From here to eternity: Sunil Gupta. A retrospective (The photographer’s gallery)
This first major retrospective by New Delhi-born British photographer Sunil Gupta traces the artist’s work from the 1970s to the present day, bringing together street photography and narrative portraits that offer a diverse picture of race, migration and of sexuality around the world.
thephotographersgallery.org.uk, May 17-31
Mohammed Qasim Ashfaq and Marie Jacotey (Hannah Barry)
The Peckham Gallery reopens with 13 new drawings by Mohammed Qasim Ashfaq that use depth and mass to explore concepts of universal truth and the pastel works of French artist Marie Jacotey, which tenderly render scenes from everyday life.
hannahbarry.com, both until May 29