Henry Taylor (Hauser & Wirth Somerset)
In a process he describes as “hunting and gathering”, American painter Henry Taylor gleans his subjects from friends, family members, strangers, celebrities, historic events and the media to create generous paintings which offer a varied image of contemporary life. The artist’s vibrant portraits are joined by his installations and sculptures at Hauser & Wirth’s countryside outpost.
hauserwirth.com, to June 6
John Akomfrah: The Unintended Beauty of Disaster (Lisson Gallery)
Reflections on the tumultuous events of the past year await at the gallery’s Lisson Street space where a selection of works by British artist John Akomfrah unpicks race, identity, post-colonialism and the idea of “skin as a monument” through photography and video.
lissongallery.com, to June 5
Robert Mangold: A Survey 1981—2008 (Pace)
This solo show of the American minimalist Robert Mangold features three decades of paintings through which the artist reimagined the medium with sculptural shaped canvases and a subtle balance of line and colour.
pacegallery.com, to May 22
Luiz Zerbini: Fire and Threadbare (Stephen Friedman)
Pattern and colour reign at two enticing exhibitions at the Mayfair gallery, one with works inspired by South American rainforests by Brazilian artist Luiz Zerbini who weaves flora and fauna into mosaic-like grids, the other a group exhibition called Threadbare featuring works by Jonathan Baldock, Huguette Caland, Jeffrey Gibson and Tau Lewis, which explore the bodily associations of textiles while challenging notions of identity, gender and sexuality.
stephenfriedman.com, both to May 15
Ugo Rondinone: A Sky. A Sea, Distant Mountains. Horses. Spring. (Sadie Coles)
Spanning both London galleries, this exhibition of Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone intends to mark the (partial) end of lockdown with works that celebrate “themes of time, nature, renewal and the psyche”. His brightly-hued sculptures of horses, paintings of stacked rocks and watercolours of sea vistas offer a simplified but spiritual take on the natural world.
sadiecoles.com, to May 22
Frank Walter and Luc Tuymans (David Zwirner)
A posthumous exhibition of the Antiguan polymath Frank Walter illuminates the breadth and depth of the late artist’s works. Upstairs, master of quiet unease Luc Tuymans presents paper and animation works created during lockdown where the blurring of reality and media images have produced strange visions verging on the nightmarish.
davidzwirner.com, both to May 22
Rachel Whiteread: Internal Objects (Gagosian)
At Gagosian’s Grosvenor Hill gallery, Rachel Whiteread presents a new series of works which continue her interest in uncovering the hidden stories behind everyday objects. Moving away from her iconic castings, the artist has built original structures resembling abandoned cabins whose palpable sense of absence quietly suggests notions of ghostliness.
gagosian.com, to June 6
Idris Khan: The Seasons Turn (Victoria Miro)
Art and music converge at the north-east London gallery which spotlights the British artist Idris Khan and his works created in the past year, including a series of watercolours and works on paper that incorporate fragments of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons.
victoria-miro.com, to May 15
Kevin Harman (Ingelby)
This scintillating show of paintings on glass by artist Kevin Harman validates the maxim that good things come to those who wait. Opening at the Edinburgh gallery a year after planned, this exhibition rewards visitors with swirling abstract compositions whose rich colours suggest natural vistas glimpsed on walks through the Scottish countryside.
inglebygallery.com, to May 22
From Here to Eternity: Sunil Gupta. A Retrospective (The Photographer’s Gallery)
This first major retrospective of the New Delhi-born UK-based photographer Sunil Gupta traces the artist’s oeuvre from the 1970s to present day, bringing together street photography and narrative portraits which offer a diverse picture of race, migration and sexuality across the world.
thephotographersgallery.org.uk, May 17-31
Mohammed Qasim Ashfaq and Marie Jacotey (Hannah Barry)
The Peckham gallery reopens with 13 new drawings by Mohammed Qasim Ashfaq which use depth and mass to explore the concepts of universal truth and pastel works by French artist Marie Jacotey, which tenderly render scenes of everyday life.
hannahbarry.com, both to May 29