Protect and Survive, 2020, Oil on Canvas, Gavin Watson / Private Collection / © Gavin Watson / Bridgeman Images

The Sunny Prize Art Show
Sunny Art Centre, London, UK
1 October 2020 – Undetermined
Sunny Art Centre is pleased to present works by shortlisted artists for the Sunny Prize Art Show. The Sunny Prize has established itself as one of the UK’s most prestigious international art competitions, sourcing the most talented artists – both established and emerging – from all over the world. Each year, 30 artists are shortlisted and showcased, among whom 3 winners are selected. Featured artists work with a wide range of media, making the Sunny Prize Art Show a varied global platform to engage with critical contemporary issues and topics.

Lulu On Red, 1984 (gouache on paper), Mary Fedden (1915-2012) / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Mary Fedden
Portland Gallery, London, UK
21 September – 9 October 2020
Portland Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of over 40 oil paintings and works on paper by celebrated British artist Mary Fedden. Comprising some of the best examples of Fedden’s work from all periods of her career, many artworks featured have not been seen in public since their original purchase.

Flowers against the window shutter, Jasper Galloway / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Jasper Galloway
Chelsea Arts Club, London, UK
22 September – 12 October 2020
Chelsea Arts Club is pleased to present an Autumn show of works by British artist Jasper Galloway, whose practice is influenced by colour, geometric shape, light, and texture.

Yellow Lilies (oil on canvas), Susan Ryder / Private Collection / © Susan Ryder / Bridgeman Images

Susan Ryder: Looking Through
Panter & Hall Gallery, London, UK
1 – 16 October 2020
Panter & Hall is pleased to present new works by Susan Ryder, one of Britain’s best-known contemporary impressionist painters. Ryder’s rich interiors and sunlit gardens have a lasting appeal, offering an antidote to the anxieties of recent months. As the artist explains: “Since the greatest source of inspiration for me has always been interior light, lockdown has not been a problem. With time, lamplight, and a family house with rooms I love, I have been able to continue painting happily.”

Himalayan Terraces, 1999 (oil on panel), Francis Hamel (Contemporary artist) / Private Collection / © Francis Hamel / Bridgeman Images

Francis Hamel: Painting the Yellow Mountain
John Martin Gallery, London, UK
5 – 23 October 2020
Made over two trips to Hong Kong and the Chinese countryside in 2019, Francis Hamel’s exhibition is an homage to a country whose strange and beautiful landscapes have offered the artist dramatic new perspectives. Fusing the imagery of traditional Chinese landscapes with a Western eye for topography and light, the artist creates striking analogies between the towering mountains of Huangshan and the skyscrapers of Hong Kong and Shanghai, conveying the enduring presence of the natural world even in the busiest of cities.

El Capitan,Yosemite, 2019, oil on canvas, Piers Ottey / Private Collection / © Piers Ottey / Bridgeman Images

Piers Ottey: West Coast, Cannery Row to Yosemite
Zimmer Stewart Gallery, Arundel, UK
3 – 24 October 2020
Piers Ottey’s new paintings reflect a recent trip to California, in which the artist travelled “on the road” from Cannery Row to Yosemite. Following in the footsteps of such West Coast painters as Wayne Thiebaud, Richard Diebenkorn, and Ed Ruscha, Ottey sought to capture the light, colour, and particular “happiness” that inspired so many other artists.

The Sea Tractor, Chris Ross Williamson / © Chris Ross Williamson / Bridgeman Images

Chris Williamson
The Gallery Norfolk, North Norfolk, UK
26 September – 26 October 2020
The Gallery Norfolk is pleased to present new paintings by Chris Williams, a favourite of the gallery. Works featured are characterised by their whimsical, gently humorous takes on North Norfolk landmarks and scenery.

Beauty A Post-Card Sculpture, 1980 (colour postcards on card) / Gilbert and George (b.1943, b.1942) / Bridgeman Images

Gilbert & George: Works from a Private Collection
Ben Brown Fine Arts, London, UK
6 October – 6 November 2020
Ben Brown Fine Arts is thrilled to present a seminal group of works by famed British artists Gilbert & George, shown together for the first time from a prominent private collection. Ranging from the 1970s to 2009, these pictures demonstrate the radically pioneering contributions these inimitable artists have made to contemporary art of the 20th and 21st centuries. Works featured include selections from the duo’s notorious “Dirty Words” series, which juxtapose obscene words found in street graffiti with images of urban unrest, as well as their “Postcard Art” series, in which Gilbert & George assembled postcards in kaleidoscopic grid arrangements.

Procession Canvas-Diptych, 2000 (paper collage, charcoal & paint on canvas), William Kentridge (b.1955) / The Art Institute of Chicago, IL, USA / Oscar L. Gerber Memorial Endowment / Bridgeman Images

William Kentridge: City Deep
Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
6 October – 12 November 2020
City Deep
is the much anticipated 11th film in William Kentridge’s “Drawings for Projection” series, which features the protagonist Soho Eckstein in a collection of animated films spanning over 30 years. South Africa’s political transition, from violent years of apartheid to democracy, sets the scene for a saga of loss and love, anger and compassion, guilt and forgiveness. The exhibition also includes drawings from Kentridge’s new publication, Waiting for the Sibyl, as well as the third work in a series of bronze sculptures.

For strip consequences (III), 1963 (acrylic on board), Antony Donaldson (b.1939) / Private Collection / Whitford Fine Art, London, UK / Bridgeman Images

Antony Donaldson
Galerie Laurent Strouk, Paris, France
23 October – 14 November 2020
Featuring seminal works by Antony Donaldson, this exhibition grounds the artist’s Pop Art innovations in the eroticism and painterly minimalism of the 1960s. Grounded in the fundamental tenets of Pop – parody and pastiche, transposition and transgression – Donaldson’s pin-ups bear out the movement’s aspiration for art historical upheaval.

From the Heads Series, Robert Mann (b.1960) / Private Collection / © Robert Mann / Bridgeman Images

Second Edition: Alice Gur-Arie and others
Emerge Contemporary / Highgate Contemporary Art
London, UK
1 October – 30 November 2020
Second Edition shows a mixed selection of work by Emerge Contemporary’s artists, featuring everything from abstract paintings and expressive landscapes, to intricate drawings and gorgeous ceramics.

Political Conversation, The Coffee House, c.1928-30 (w/c & ink on paper), George Grosz (1893-1959) / Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, Spain / Photo © Fine Art Images / Bridgeman Images

Of Mice and Men: George Grosz and the 2020 Election
Akim Monet Fine Arts, Los Angeles, USA
5 October – 5 December 2020
A sequel to the Berlin exhibition Der Kandidat: George Grosz and the 2016 Election, Akim Monet presents a selection of ink drawings by the artist, executed in Germany between 1923 and 1941. Of Mice and Men opens the first day of the US early voting period, juxtaposing the political context of Grosz’s works with the present presidential election. The exhibition also includes works by four artists who have imbued their artistic practice with a high degree of political activism: Theaster Gates, Cliff Joseph, Paul McCarthy, and Sterling Ruby.

Woman Holding Bedrail, 1997 (oil on canvas), Lucian Freud (1922-2011) / Private Collection / © The Lucian Freud Archive / Bridgeman Images

Tales from the Colony Rooms: Art and Bohemia
Dellasposa Gallery, London, UK
15 September – 20 December 2020
Tales from the Colony Rooms recounts the birth of the modern and contemporary art scene that was cultivated by artists who passed through the Colony Rooms, an infamous members club for artists and writers in London. The exhibition presents works of art by Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon, R. B. Kitaj, F. N. Souza, Frank Auerbach, John Deakin, and Cecily Brown, among many others.

Platinum Fan (ceramic and platinum paint), Lynda Benglis (b.1941) / Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, USA / Gift of the Alliance of the Indianapolis Museum of Art / Bridgeman Images

Lynda Benglis: Early Work 1967-1979
Cheim & Read, New York, USA
8 October – 23 December 2020
Lynda Benglis has forged a 50-year career at the forefront of Post-Minimalist innovation, working alongside Louise Bourgeois, Richard Serra, Eva Hesse, and Bruce Nauman. Presented by Cheim & Read and Ortuzar Projects, this major exhibition brings together sculptures that proved crucial to the development of her practice during her first decade in New York. Three concurrent exhibitions will be on view in Tribeca and the Upper East Side, showcasing key bodies of work that bear out Benglis’s formidable influence on contemporary sculpture.