Our pick of this week’s art events: 11 – 17 September

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Published 11 September 2015

From the immersive world of William Kentridge’s new multi-screen installations to a breathtaking open-air sculpture at Chatsworth House, we guide you through the week’s top art events.

  • William Kentridge: More Sweetly Play the Dance

    Marian Goodman Gallery, London, 11 September – 24 October 2015

    The word “immersive” is arguably over-used in the contemporary art world, but there’s no way of avoiding it when trying to describe South African artist William Kentridge Hon RA’s brilliant solo exhibition. From the moment you step in to the Marian Goodman Gallery, you’re surrounded by distinctive large-scale ink paintings, and enveloped by music spilling out from multi-screen film installations. A filmmaker and playwright as well as an artist, Kentridge has pulled out all the stops to create a whole world within the gallery walls. Downstairs, Notes Towards a Model Opera sees footage of dancer Dada Masilo en pointe, dressed in military uniform, overlaid with Kentridge’s trademark palimpsestic animations. Upstairs, More Sweetly Play the Dance spans eight screens; a life-sized procession of figures, some attached to drips, holding up cut-outs of the artist’s drawings, marches around the walls. Unapologetically political, Kentridge’s new work tackles the Cultural Revolution in China, the Paris Commune, and the worldwide refugee crisis.

  • William Kentridge, Notes Towards a Model Opera

    William Kentridge, Notes Towards a Model Opera, 2014-2015.

    3-channel video installation, sound, HD video 1080p / ratio 16:9. Duration 11 minutes 14 seconds (includes credits). Copyright: William Kentridge. Courtesy: The artist and Marian Goodman Gallery.

  • Judy Chicago: Star Cunts and Other Attractions

    Riflemaker, London 14 September-31 October 2015

    Don’t miss your chance to see a selection of key early works by the pioneering feminist artist, Judy Chicago. The exhibition at Riflemaker features previously unseen porcelain plates made in preparation for Chicago’s seminal work, THE DINNER PARTY (1979), as well as the main attraction: Star Cunts (1969), a bold set of prismacolour and pastels on paper, plus steel and acrylic dome sculptures. This exhibition coincides with The World Goes Pop at Tate Modern, which includes Chicago’s colourful Car Hood series from the mid-1960s.

  • Judy Chicago, Ceramic Goddess #6 from The Dinner Party

    Judy Chicago, Ceramic Goddess #6 from The Dinner Party, 1977.

    by Judy Chicago, Artist, Author, Educator, Feminist.

    Bisque clay. 24.1 × 19.1 × 7.6 cm. Photo © Donald Woodman.

  • The London Art Book Fair

    Whitechapel Gallery, London, 10 – 13 September 2015

    With hundreds of handcrafted zines, exquisite rare editions and cutting-edge new releases on offer, the London Art Book Fair is a veritable sweetshop for art book lovers. There’s a special Scandinavian focus this year, with presses from Sweden, Denmark and Norway in attendance, plus a stellar line-up of events, talks and workshops. Highlights include: a panel discussion with Michael Craig-Martin RA and Fiona Rae RA on the merits of art schools, and a screening of Fiona Banner’s short film, Mistah Kurtz – He Not Dead (2014), followed by a talk by the artist about her new edition of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness.

  • Four Corners Books at The London Art Book Fair 2014

    Four Corners Books at The London Art Book Fair 2014

    Courtesy Whitechapel Gallery. Photo Dan Weill

  • The Gap: Selected Abstract Art from Belgium

    Curated by Luc Tuymans. Parasol Unit, London, 9 September – 6 December 2015

    Though Luc Tuymans is a celebrated figurative painter, he’s turned his attention to abstraction for this group exhibition. The Belgian artist has brought together 40 works from two generations of his countrymen-and-women, including paintings, sculptures and installations. The selected artists are diverse, but Tuymans traces an enduring line of connection between them: their fascination with abstraction, be it the influence of the early twentieth-century De Stijl movement or the contemporary reinterpretation of Modernist ideas.

  • Guy Mees, Untitled

    Guy Mees, Untitled, 1965.

    Lace and neon. Diameter: 120cm. Courtesy Galerie Micheline Szwajcer.

  • Drawing in Silver and Gold: Leanoardo to Jasper Johns

    British Museum, London, 10 September – 6 December 2015

    Metalpoint drawings are created by applying a silver stylus to a roughened surface, leaving a trace of metal behind. The technique is difficult to master (once a mistake has been made it cannot be erased) but capable of producing incredibly detailed results – and has remained unchanged for centuries. This exhibition at the British Museum brings together around 100 of the finest examples of the art form from the 1400s to the present, including drawings by Leonardo, Rembrandt, Jasper Johns and Susan Schwalb.

  • Raphael , The Virgin and Child

    Raphael, The Virgin and Child, c. 1509.

    Silverpoint, on pale pink prepared paper. 143 x 111mm. © The Trustees of the British Museum.

  • Beyond Limits

    Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, 14 September – 25 October 2015

    For the past decade, the sweeping grounds of Chatsworth House in Derbyshire have been host to Sotheby’s Beyond Limits, an open-air exhibition of sculpture. The RA’s Artistic Director Tim Marlow has guest-curated this year’s show, which takes modern British sculpture and landscape as its theme, and includes in the breathtaking outdoor setting a roll-call of the country’s most celebrated sculptors, from leading modernists such as Barbara Hepworth, to contemporary artists including Antony Gormley RA and Sarah Lucas.

  • Barbara Hepworth, Three Obliques (Walk In)

    Barbara Hepworth, Three Obliques (Walk In), 1969.

    Courtesy of Sotheby's.

  • SHARED: The Macmillan De’Longhi Arts Programme

    Somerset House, London, 10 – 13 September 2015

    To raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support’s Not Alone campaign, artists including Richard Wilson RA, Hugo Wilson, Richard Wentworth, Bouke de Vries, Liz Rideal, Humphrey Ocean RA, Annie Morris, Alastair Mackie and Idris Khan have broken down some of their art works into smaller components as a way of sharing them. The “broken” artworks will be showcased and available to buy during a free exhibition at Somerset House.

  • Richard Wilson, 513: A Ships’ Opera – Thames Festival

    Richard Wilson, 513: A Ships’ Opera – Thames Festival, 2013.

    5 shared parts for Macmillan.

    Collage, ink, pastel and pencil on paper.