BY frieze in UK Reviews | 23 SEP 22

Five Shows to See in the UK this Autumn

From South Korean pop ephemera to Marina Abramović's transitional states of being

BY frieze in UK Reviews | 23 SEP 22

Carolee Schneemann Body Politics

Barbican Gallery, London

8 September 2022 – 8 January 2023

Carolee Schneemann
Carolee Schneemann, Up to and Including Her Limits, 10 June 1976, Studiogalerie, Berlin. Courtesy: Carolee Schneemann Foundation and Barbican, London

Performed as a live work nine times over three years, Up to and Including Her Limits saw Schneemann suspended in a tree surgeon’s harness and illuminated by a Super 8 projector, her continuously moving body leaving marks on the surrounding space for the duration of the performance. The work included language as well as gesture: documentation from the 1976 iteration at Studio Galerie in Berlin shows that the artist wrote a series of statements on lapses of synchronization among the interconnected lines. – Cathy Wade​​​​​​

Hallyu! The Korean Wave

Victoria & Albert Museum, London

24 September 2022 – 25 June 2023

Hallyu! installation view
'Hallyu! The Korean Wave', 2022, installation view. Courtesy: Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The V&A explores the making of South Korean contemporary culture and how the country's creative industries have impacted the globe. Alongside monumental artworks by Nam June Paik, Ham Kyungah and Gwon Osang, the exhibition will also showcase around 200 objects taken from the worlds of beauty, drama, music and fashion. 

Marina Abramović: Gates and Portals

Modern Art Oxford, Oxford

24 September 2022 – 5 March 2023

Portrait of Marina Abramović dressed in black and looking downwards
Portrait of Marina Abramović, 2022; Courtesy: CIRCA and the artist; Photographer: Marco Anelli 

'If you think about my most famous works, they have always relied on an audience to be present,' Marina Abramović told frieze in an interview about her creative practice earlier this year. 'Gates and Portals' (2022), the artist's new site-specific performance-based exhibition at Modern Art Oxford, is no different. Transforming the audience into performers for the duration of the show, Abramović invites each visitor to contemplate their body and transitional states of being. 

Kamala Ibrahim Ishag

Serpentine South Gallery, London

7 October 2022 - 29 January 2023

Kamala Ibrahim Ishaq
Kamala Ibrahim Ishag, Blues for the Martyrs, 2022, oil on canvas, 203 × 300 cm. Courtesy: the artist;

Photo: Fathi Osman

Sharjah Art Foundation and Serpentine collaborate to present the most comprehensive exhibition in London dedicated to the work of Sudanese artist Kamala Ibrahim Ishag. The exhibition will focus on Ishag’s decades-long graphic design practice while providing new perspectives on the earthly and the spiritual through the artist's figurations of the natural world. 

Howardena Pindell 

Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge 

02 July – 30 October 2022

Howardena Pindell
Howardena Pindell, Free, White and 21, 1980, film still. Courtesy: the artist, Garth Greenan Gallery and Victoria Miro

‘A New Language’ is the first exhibition I have visited that offers an after-care plan of grounding exercises. In the post-show reflection space, I scribble absent-mindedly on multi-coloured paper circles – oversized versions of those in Pindell’s work – my words unclear through tears. I return to Songlines: Connect the Dots (2017), a cloud-like collage in Gallery 2, before leaving. The wall text describes it as ‘an intense relief, a kind of visual healing, some distance from what you have seen’. A momentary dissociation from a nightmare. – Lauren Dei 

Thumbnail image: Installation image featuring a Gwon Osang sculpture, 'Hallyu! The Korean Wave' at the V&A. Courtesy: the artist and Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Homepage lead image: Mirage Stage by Nam June Paik. Seoul, South Korea, 1932 - Miami, USA, 2006. Courtesy: the artist and Nam June Paik Estate

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