It’s Black History Month in the UK, and London is showcasing some of the top Black artists and photographers. If you’re into dope artistry and down to get cultured, London is the place to be right now. Check out a few of our favorite exhibitions currently on display.
Carrie Mae Weems “Color: Real and Imagined”
Pippy Houldsworth Gallery
Through November 15
Photographer Carrie Mae Weems is known for capturing themes of racism, femininity, family and identity within the African diaspora in her work over the last 30 years. London’s Pipp Houldsworth Gallery is hosting her first solo show in the UK, which features some of her most celebrated work and some new pieces. Weems’ “Color: Real and Imagined” features photos taken in countries such as Cuba, Senegal, and Italy.
Dreaming in Cuba: Wilfredo, Laura, and Me (2002)
Wangechi Mutu “Nguva na Nyoka”
Victoria Miro Gallery
Through December 19
“Nguva na Nyoka” (“Sirens and Serpents” in Kiswahili) is Wangechi Muti’s second exhibition at Miro featuring collage, video and sculptural works. Muti was born in Kenya and attended college in Europe and the U.S. Her work incorporates themes of East African mythologies, Western popular culture, gender and racial politics with a focus on female figures. Her intricate and eye-catching artwork blurs the lines between fiction and reality.
A piece on display a “Nguva na Nyoka”
Kerry James Marshall “Look See”
David Zwirner Gallery
Through November 22
For “Look See” Kerry James Marshall presents new paintings that examine themes observing, witnessing, and exhibiting. The exhibition compares the meaning of passively “looking” versus “seeing” something attentively. Born in Birmingham, Alabama many of Kerry’s paintings feature dark figures and elements of black American culture.
Lost Boys: AKA Untitled (1993)
Glenn Ligon “Call and Response“
Camden Arts Centre
Through January 11
Born and raised in the Bronx, Glenn Ligon is one of the most praised contemporary artists of his genre. He infuses mixed-media and the written word into his displays to tackle issues around race, sexuality and identity within our society. According to the Camden Arts Centre “Call and Response” is “a new series of large paintings based on the 1966 seminal taped-speech work, Come Out, by Minimalist composer Steve Reich. Come Out is drawn from the testimony of six black youths arrested for committing a murder during the Harlem Race Riot of 1964 -known as the ‘Harlem Six’”
Thomas Dane Gallery
Through November 15
Filmmaker Steve McQueen is probably known most for his Oscar-winning film 12 Years a Slave, but he is also making moves on the art scene. The exhibition “Steve McQueen: Ashes: is a mixed-media installation shot on Super8 film by legendary cinematographer, Robbie Muller. McQueen reinterprets the footage in a unique exhibition that film lovers and artsy types can get into.
article by Shahida Muhammad