From Alice Neels’ hotly anticipated London retrospective, to Portia Munson’s famed pink bedroom in New York, we select the must-see exhibitions from around the world
FEELING HER WAY, SONIA BOYCE, TURNER CONTEMPORARY, MARGATE, UK
If you couldn't make it to the Venice Biennale to see the British artist's seminal work at the British Pavilion – which she took home the Golden Lion for Best National Participation – then here’s your chance to see it on her home soil. A truly mesmerising installation, Feeling Her Way examines the ‘vocal experimentation’ of Black female musicians Jacqui Dankworth, Poppy Ajudha, Sofia Jernberg, Tanita Tikaram, and composer Errollyn Wallen through video, collage, music, and sculpture.
Until May 8, 2023
CINZIA SAYS…, CINZIA RUGGERI, GOLDSMITHS CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART, LONDON, UK
The genius behind that wavy, pink mirror has her first major retrospective currently wrapping up its final week in London. Seen as a seminal but overlooked figure within Italian postmodern art and design, the late artist’s work spanned fashion, furniture, lighting, sculpture, performance, and architecture, often bordering on the surreal, while “always questioning how the body might inhabit space”.
Until February 12 2023
BETWEEN THE STACKS, LYDIA GARNETT AND D MORTIMER , 12 SUNBURY WORKSHOPS, LONDON, UK
Few things are sexier than reading with a partner – the subject of photographer and director Lydia Garnett’s latest photo series and exhibition, Between the Stacks. Described as “a tongue-in-cheek exhibition dedicated to a legacy of queer pulp fiction, our mutual love of the public library, and the full body pleasure of reading”. The series is inspired by friends and artists D Mortimer, Prinx Silver, and Maz Murray being evicted from their studio above a public library due to an anonymous complaint accusing them of having sex in the studio. To memorialise their time, Garnett captured D Mortimer and Prinx Silver in the space, reading and loving. The results are a tender portrait that will inspire you to lose yourself between the pages… and the sheets.
Until February 24, 2023
HOW DARE YOU MAKE ME FEEL THIS WAY, MUSEUM ARNHEM, ARNHEM, NETHERLANDS
An emboldened exhibition of queer and trans joy featuring some of the most exciting queer and trans artists working in photography and film today. From Leo Xander Foo to Zanele Muholi, Sinéad O'Dwyer, Kinke Kooi, and many more.
Until May 14 2023
YOU SMELL LIKE OUTSIDE…, JA’TOVIA GARY, PAULA COOPER GALLERY, NEW YORK CITY, USA
One of my absolute favourite artists working in film, sculpture and installation, Ja’Tovia Gary’s new film Quiet As It’s Kept will premiere in her second exhibition at the New York City gallery, as well as a new sculpture. Known for recontextualising and interrogating film archives, Quiet As It’s Kept examines the radical possibilities of narrative and the power and responsibility of language. The sculpture, from Gary’s Citational Ethics series, transforms key quotes from Black female figures, such as Zora Neale Hurston or Toni Morrison, in neon and anchors them into monuments, mementoes or markings of Black history, such as a motel sign that replicates where Dr Martin Luther King Jnr. was killed.
From February 11 – March 11, 2023
HIP HOP CONSCIOUS, UNCONSCIOUS, FOTOGRAFSIKA MUSEUM, NEW YORK CITY, USA
Hip hop is believed to have been born almost 50 years ago – on the night of August 11, 1973, at a basement party in the Bronx. In honour of the groundbreaking impact the music has had globally, Fotografsika is hosting a “visual expression” as an exhibition exploring the people, places, and things that hip hop has given the world. From the pioneers to the present day, witness the trajectory of what is undoubtedly the world's most influential genre today. While you’re there, stop by and see surreal photographer Elizaveta Porodina’s exhibition Un/Masked too!
Until May 21, 2023
HOT OFF THE GRIDDLE, ALICE NEEL, BARBICAN, LONDON, UK
Self-described “collector of souls”, American painter Alice Neel defied the expectations of her time by working in “deeply unfashionable” figurative painting. While she passed away more than three decades ago, her portraits celebrated society’s marginalised leaders – from pregnant women to civil rights activists and queer performers. Work that earned her the title of the “court painter of the underground”. Now, the Barbican is hosting the largest UK exhibition of her career featuring more than 70 of her works, as well as archival film and photography.
From February 16 – May 21 2023
NOW I’M HOME, LIPS THAT KNOW MY NAME, JONATHAN LYNDON CHASE, SADIE COLES HQ, LONDON, UK
Truly one of my favourite artists ever. I first encountered Chase’s work about five years ago in Miami. Now, they are the subject of their first solo show in London, at Sadie Coles HQ. Described as “an explorative, domestic installation that embraces the queer experience of love, sexuality, subjectivity, and identity”, the exhibition transforms the gallery into a safe space for expression. New paintings, soft sculptures, installation, drawing, and videos offer a sensory experience of unapologetic queer Black existence.
From January 25 – March 11, 2023
THE DUNGEON SERIES, JIMMY DESANA, PPOW, NEW YORK CITY, USA
In the late 1970s, subversive photographer Jimmy DeSana created what is now known as one of his earliest bodies of work: The Dungeon Series. DeSana collaborated with author and dominatrix Terence Sellers, who invited him to photograph her often sadomasochistic clients. The series introduces several compositional motifs that would go on to define DeSana’s work, notably household items, a single light source, and contorted faceless subjects.
Until March 11, 2023
BEYOND THE STREETS, SAATCHI GALLERY, LONDON, UK
The most comprehensive graffiti and street art exhibition will bring together over 100 international artists – from train writers to large-scale muralists. Think FUTURA2000, Glen E. Friedman, Fab 5 Freddy, TAKI 183, Maripol, Keith Haring, Martha Cooper, Guerrilla Girls, Jenny Holzer, and more. The London iteration follows the success of the LA and NYC openings. It will feature large-scale installations, original ephemera, and the fashion that has defined the decades of the artistic movement, so often linked to punk and hip hop. F
From February 17 – May 9, 2023
THE PINK BEDROOM, PORTIA MUNSON, THE MUSEUM OF SEX, NEW YORK CITY, USA
Portia Munson rose from an early 90s New York art set with her almost obsessive penchant for collecting (and arranging) pink objects. She featured alongside The Guerilla Girls, Laura Aguilar, and Carrie Mae Weems in the Bad Girls show, curated by Marcia Tucker. Her work stood out for its bold embrace of kitsch and criticism of the commodification of women’s sexuality and the infantilisation of our bodies – powerful work which still endures today, and takes on new life in the walls of the Museum of Sex.
Until July 26, 2023
COMPERSION, MAYA FUHR, SADE GALLERY, LOS ANGELES, US
Borrowing its title from the ethical non-monogamy community, Compersion is described as “the opposite of jealousy... a positive emotion one feels when one sees their partner involved with another person”. In Los Angeles-based artist Maya Fuhr’s case, she uses it to explore sex and celebrity through voyeurism and photographs of famous sex-positive figures such as Brooke Candy and Mia Khalifa wrapped in latex that visitors can touch – lube and gloves included.
From February 14 – March 14 2023
GUT FEELINGS, HAYV KAHRAMAN, THE THIRD LINE, DUBAI, UAE
Artist Hayv Kahraman presents new work that continues her exploration of ‘Otherness’ and the effects of trauma and care on the (often female) body. Her powerful paintings and drawings pay respect to her experiences as a refugee fleeing the war in Iraq, as well as the aftermath of arriving in Europe and being at the mercy of a dysfunctional immigration system.
Until March 24, 2023
FRIEZE, SANTA MONICA AIRPORT, LOS ANGELES, USA
Once again, Frieze returns to the City of Angels but takes up residency at a new location: the Santa Monica airport. Expect art but also a whole lot of star spotting, with everyone from Andre 3000, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kendall Jenner and Owen Wilson having passed by the fair in previous years.
From February 17-20, 2023
ZANELE MUHOLI, LA MEP, PARIS, FRANCE
For those in Paris who couldn’t make it to Tate Modern’s survey of the incredible queer South African artist, Zanele Muholi, now is your chance to see their work in all its glory in their first-ever retrospective in France. Notable for their fearless documentation of the Black LGBTQIA+ community, this show will honour the full scale of Muholi’s work from the early 00s to today.
Until May 21, 2023