Toyin Ojih Odutola: A Countervailing Theory

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS: London, United Kingdom

March 26, 2020 - July 26, 2020 Exhibition March 26, 2020 July 26, 2020 Europe/London Toyin Ojih Odutola: A Countervailing Theory Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS: London, United Kingdom

The first-ever UK exhibition by Nigerian-American artist Toyin Ojih Odutola, this epic cycle of new work will explore an imagined ancient myth, with an immersive soundscape by artist Peter Adjaye. Toyin Ojih Odutola, recognising the pen as a ‘writing tool first’, plays with the idea that drawing can be a form of storytelling. Working exclusively with drawing materials including pastel and charcoal, she approaches her process of drawing as an investigative practice. Ojih Odutola proposes speculative fictions, inviting the viewer to enter her vision of an uncannily familiar yet fantastical world. Drawing on an eclectic range of references, from ancient history to popular culture to contemporary politics, Ojih Odutola encourages the viewer to piece together the fragments of the stories that she presents.


Ancestors in Stone

NOMA, One Collins C. Diboll Circle, City Park: New Orleans, United States

August 16, 2019 - July 27, 2020 Exhibition August 16, 2019 July 27, 2020 Europe/London Ancestors in Stone NOMA, One Collins C. Diboll Circle, City Park: New Orleans, United States

Among African cultures, deceased ancestors remain important members of the community who are revered in the afterlife. They are venerated by surviving family and community members who ask for divine intercession from their forebears in matters related to wealth, fertility, and agricultural prosperity. This exhibition focuses on NOMA’s recently acquired akwanshi stone monolith from the Cross River region of Nigeria, supported with figures and objects rendered in part or whole in stone from other regions of West Africa. The show speaks to the significance of stone as both a natural element and a significant material in the veneration of ancestors. Although carved stones represent ancestors, uncarved stones may also represent ancestors. Such characteristics suggest the importance of stone to this and other African cultures.


Summer Exhibition 2020

Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J 0BD: London, United Kingdom

June 09, 2020 - August 16, 2020 Exhibition June 09, 2020 August 16, 2020 Europe/London Summer Exhibition 2020 Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J 0BD: London, United Kingdom

The Summer Exhibition has run without interruption since 1769 and we don’t intend to break that streak in 2020. It is the world’s largest open submission art show, and anyone can apply to enter. Each year, a committee of diverse artists choose an array of art in all mediums – prints and paintings, film and photography, sculpture, architectural works and more – for everyone and anyone to enjoy. You’ll see work by leading artists, Royal Academicians and household names, as well as new and emerging talent you might not know. So, explore art you love, art you hate, and art that simply puts a smile on your face.


Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG: London, United Kingdom

May 19, 2020 - August 31, 2020 Exhibition May 19, 2020 August 31, 2020 Europe/London Lynette Yiadom-Boakye Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG: London, United Kingdom

The first major survey of the celebrated London-based painter. Widely considered to be one of the most important painters of her generation, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye is a British artist and writer acclaimed for her enigmatic portraits of fictitious people. Her paintings often allude to historic European portraiture – notably Francisco de Goya, John Singer Sargent and Édouard Manet – yet in subject matter and technique, her approach is decidedly contemporary. Through her focus on the depiction of imagined black characters, Yiadom-Boakye’s paintings raise important questions of identity and representation. This exhibition will bring together over 80 paintings and works on paper from 2003 to the present day in the most extensive survey of the artist’s career to date.


Tribal Art London

The Mall Galleries: London, United Kingdom

September 02, 2020 - September 06, 2020 Fair September 02, 2020 September 06, 2020 Europe/London Tribal Art London The Mall Galleries: London, United Kingdom

Tribal Art London is the only Tribal Art Fair of its kind in the UK, showcasing a select group of exhibitors displaying tribal art from around the world. Each piece has been chosen for its quality and authenticity.


Parcours des Mondes

Saint-Germain-des-Prés: Paris, France

September 08, 2020 - September 13, 2020 Fair September 08, 2020 September 13, 2020 Europe/London Parcours des Mondes Saint-Germain-des-Prés: Paris, France

Parcours des Mondes is widely recognized as the world’s most important tribal art fair due to the quality and diversity of its participants. Since 2002, each year it has brought together some sixty galleries specializing in the arts of Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas.