The top 5 exhibitions to see in London in February

Tabish Khan the @LondonArtCritic picks his favorite exhibitions to see this month – this time, these are all must-see shows this month. Each comes with a concise review to help you decide if it’s for you. Those looking for more shows should check out last week’s top 5 where all remain open.

Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley: She keeps me damn alive @ Arebyte
The run and gun approach to shooting video games is reversed as it is now not shoot people. You have to choose your photos very carefully so that you don’t target the black trans people of their allies, only those working against them hiding in plain sight. It’s remarkably tough, and that’s the point, so it highlights both the treatment of black trans people and the nuances of what makes a true ally. Until February 18.

En-ger-land @ OOF gallery
Football is the beautiful game, but it can also be violent as seen in a painting of a cracking tackle by artist Mattia Guarnera-MacCarthy or Evie O’Connor’s paintings of an angry crowd on a ashtray. It’s part of the national fabric, but something fans continue to grapple with as part of our identity given the racist abuse that arose after England lost in the Euros final, a subject that is also referenced in this show and very relevant today. Until February 20.

Andrea Tyrimos: resilient @ ING
After winning the ING Discerning Eye purchase prize, Andrea Tyrimos presents an exhibition of her portraits at ING’s headquarters in the city. Focusing on sanity, his steely medium reflects that we can all look strong, but just like steel rusts, life can chip us all. His subjects are all people struggling with mental health issues, including his colleagues and a doctor whose life has become more stressful due to the pandemic. Until February 25, by appointment only.

The Reality in Whytch You Create @ Studio West
It’s time to venture into surrealism as greenery takes over the buildings and a dreamlike scene pairs a bird with a scythe. All the artists in this excellent group show approach the idea of ​​the fantastic in very different ways – whether it’s a church on a floating island by Sholto Blissett, a rising ethereal figure by Lydia Makin, or figures barely contained within the borders of Alfie Rouy’s paintings. Until February 17.

Architectural Drawing Awards @ John Soanes Museum and Online
Whether hand-drawn, digitally rendered, or a mixture of both, these are stunning works of art containing fascinating ideas – from building on nuclear waste to contain it, or a bright reimagining of walking through the town of Enfield. The finalists are on display at Sir John Soane’s Museum, while themselves and the last five years of entries can be found on an excellent website where you can navigate between works by entering separate rooms. Until February 20.

Photo by Arebyte: Dan Weill Photography. OOF Gallery image copyright Mattia Guarnera-MacCarthy, courtesy of OOF Gallery. image copyrightStudio West Alfie Rouy Architecture Prize copyright Sachini Jayasena.




Tabish Khan

Art critic for FAD and Londonist. Visit as many exhibitions as possible and write reviews, opinion pieces and a weekly top 5 for FAD.

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