Lubaina Himid, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford
One of the pioneers of the British black arts movement along with artists such as Sonia Boyce and Keith Piper, Lubaina Himid’s work challenges the stereotypical depictions of black figures in art history. This large survey features a wide range of paintings from the 1980s to the present day, as well as sculptures, ceramics and works on paper. Highlights include the 1984 work, Freedom and Change, which appropriates the female figures from Picasso’s Two Women Running on the Beach (The Race) and transforms them into black women. This exhibition runs concurrently with another Himid solo show at Spike Island, Bristol.
Until 30 April 2017. www.modernartoxford.org.uk
Bouchra Khalili, Lisson Gallery, London
Moroccan-French artist Bouchra Khalili‘s work explores issues of migration and displacement through film, video, installation, photography and prints. This show focuses on journeys and specifically the socially constructed nature of borders. It includes the Mapping Journey Project, featuring eight films that explore the tortuous and complex journeys often taken by individuals forced to cross borders illegally.
Until 18 March 2017. www.lissongallery.com
John Abell, Oriel Myrddin, Carmarthen
This show features large-scale woodcut prints alongside a series of new watercolour works on paper by Bristol and Cardiff based artist John Abell. Some of the work is saturated with bright colours, whilst elsewhere his monochrome prints mix mythological characters with events from everyday life.
Until 11 March 2017. www.orielmyrddingallery.co.uk
Terrains of the Body, Whitechapel, London
Drawn from the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, USA this timely group show includes photography and video work by 17 contemporary artists from around the world who explore the female body as a medium for storytelling, expressing identity and reflecting individual and collective experience. Featured artists include, amongst others, Marina Abramović, Rineke Dijkstra, Anna Gaskell, Mwangi Hutter, Kirsten Justesen and Hellen van Meene.
Until 16 April 2017. www.whitechapelgallery.org
Keith Tyson, Jerwood Gallery, Hastings
This exhibition of ‘Studio Wall Drawings’ by 2002 Turner Prize winner Keith Tyson covers the entire ground floor of the Jerwood Gallery. Tyson began the series almost 20 years ago as a way of exploring ideas in a very limited studio space. Acting as a record of deeply personal moments, they chart, in Tyson’s words, “a kind of emotional headline of the day.”
Until 4 June 2017. www.jerwoodgallery.org
1. Lubaina Himid, ‘Invisible Strategies’ installation view, 2017, Modern Art Oxford. Photo: Ben Westobys
2. Bouchra Khalili, Lisson Gallery, London
3. John Abell, Oriel Myrddin, Carmarthen
4. Hellen van Meene, Untitled (79), 2000, detail, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Gift of Heather and Tony Podesta Collection, Washington, D.C. © Hellen van Meene and Yancey Richardson Gallery. Photo: Lee Stalsworth
5. Keith Tyson, Turn Back Now