The Best Art Exhibitions of 2018

Sometimes you need a culture shake-up at the weekend, visiting an art gallery or a good exhibition can just make your weekend a little more different to the other ones in the month. We have put together a little list of exhibitions that have caught our eye. From world renowned artists to just something that’s a little different. Check out our list below for some inspiration.

1. ARTIST ROOMS, JENNY HOLZER, TATE MODERN, LONDON

There’s a free Jenny Holzer exhibition at the Tate Modern. Featuring the artist’s body of work from the past four decades, visitors can expect to see Holzer’s much-loved “Truisms”, as well as rarely seen works and works which have never been shown in the UK.

2. IS IT TOMORROW YET?, COCO CAPITÁN, DAELIM MUSEUM, SEOUL

Exploding into global cultural consciousness when Alessandro Michele featured her designs at the Gucci AW17 show, Coco Capitán has been continuing to build on her scrawling slogan art. Her latest exhibition, It It Tomorrow Yet?, is currently ongoing in Seoul until January next year. Which, alongside her text works, features photography and painting.

3. TELL ME HOW LONG THE TRAIN’S BEEN GONE, MARCUS LESLIE, MEDIUM TINGS, NEW YORK

Using James Baldwin’s novel of the same name as its point of departure, Tell Me How Long The Train’s Been Gone, presents the work of Brooklyn-based artist Marcus Leslie at apartment gallery, Medium Tings. Seeking “to give gravity to the transitory occasions in life”, Leslie’s paintings “create dialogue between the emotional dialect of his mental interpretations and colour theory”.

4. GO, VARIOUS, SOFT OPENING, LONDON

Piccadilly Circus-based gallery Soft Opening’s latest show asks, “What would happen if London was no longer inhabited by intelligent life?” Presenting a conveyer belt of artworks which seemingly lead nowhere and yet potentially go on forever, through artists Jamie Hawkesworth and Sidonie Roddam, amongst others, Go explores the idea of what will become of objects once human life ceases to exist.

Go runs at London’s Soft Opening until 29 August 2018.
PHOTO CREDIT: soft opening

5. THE PARTY, VARIOUS, ANTON KERN GALLERY, NEW YORK

Maurizio Cattelan, Martin Creed, and Jennifer Rochlin, amongst others, are exploring “the comedic impulse in contemporary art” in a show titled The Party, curated by Ali Subotnick. Using film and artwork to illustrate these ideas, Subotnick explains that he chose the artists because they “are united by a sense of delight in challenging and surprising the viewer and embracing the idiosyncratic”.

6. PROTECTIVE REMEDIES, JESSICA TREMAINE, 504 ARCH, LONDON

At the end of the month, south east London-based artist Jessica Tremaine will present a series of works which “demonstrate the prevalent belief that humans regard themselves as superior to the natural world”. By utilising sculpture and painting, Tremaine aims to remind us of the ways in which nature can take care of us if we do the same for it.