Rachel Whiteread

Rachel Whiteread first shocked audiences with her 1994 Turner Prize entry ‘House’ – a concrete cast of the interior of a house – garnering immense critical acclaim and winning her the coveted prize. She has since become one of the art world’s most well respected sculptors, having exhibited world over, including on Trafalgar Square’s fourth plinth. This retrospective fleshes out on more than just her cast sculptures, showcasing her entire career and some never before seen worksSeptember 12 2017 –  January 21 2018. Tate Britain, Millbank, SW1P 4RG.

Malcolm Liepke

Malcolm Liepke is an artist who truly appreciates and understands feminine attraction. His choice of subject and mastery of oil painting allows him to create characters that inhabit something of a contemporary ‘demi-monde’, like modern-day version of the ‘Moulin Rouge’ or the ‘Bar at the Folies-Bergères’. September 1 – October 1 2017. Pontone Gallery, 43 Cadogan Gardens, SW3 2TB.

London Design Festival

London Design Festival will be returning to the capital this September, celebrating and promoting London as the design capital of the world. Now in its fifteenth year, venues and institutions across the city will be hosting a variety of events and exhibitions between the 16-24 September 2017. As is now customary, this year’s programme once again fills the Victoria & Albert museum with an extraordinary range of design installations large and small, intricate and majestic. Most of the events are free to enter but for some booking is necessary. To find out more head to the London Design Festival website. Throughout September. Various venues across London. 

Jean Dubuffet: Theatre’s of Memory

An enthusiast of so called ‘low art’ and founder of the Art Brut movement,  Jean Dubuffet was a martyr of sorts for outsider artists with no formal education or background in Art. This is the first retrospective of his work in the UK since his death in 1985, and focuses on paintings from Théâtres de Mémoire, a series of 94 canvases created between 1975 and 1978. Bringing together sights and scenes from the artists mind, these paintings refer to the volatility of memory, presenting figures large and small, in and out of focus, finished or unfinished. From September 13 – October 21. Pace Gallery, 6 Burlington Gardens, W1J OBD.

Jasper Johns: Something Resembling Truth

Another long awaited exhibition from arguably the most exciting gallery of the year, The Royal Academy of Art are exhibiting 20th century artist Jasper Johns. The exhibition takes its title from a statement Johns made in 2006: “One hopes for something resembling truth, some sense of life, even of grace, to flicker, at least in the work.” Hopefully you’ll be able to find the truth or a sense of life in his work which goes on display from 23rd September. Tickets start at £17. September 23 – December 10 2017. Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, W1J 0BD.

Mario Testino

Think Mario Testino, and vibrant, sexy fashion photographs – a gleaming Gisele, a paint smeared Kate, Naomi in a dressing gown – spring to mind. Little is known about Testino’s own tastes in art. Sotheby’s sets out to debunk this unknown with Shake It Up, an exhibition and sale of 400 works from Testino’s personal collection. Formed over 30 years, the collection brings together many of the artists Testino most admires, and whose visual language has helped to inform his world and vision. Directed and designed by Testino himself, highlights include portrait artist Elizabeth Peyton’s pink (Spencer) (Three); Richard Prince’s blurry nude; a spooky Wolfgang Tillmans and a hypnotic Ugo Rondinone.

Ernesto Cánovas: In One Breath

An exhibition of new works by contemporary artist Ernesto Cánovas, his latest exhibition at Halcyon Gallery sees the artist reflect on the complex connection between past and present, along with an examination of colour and form. The artist employs a variety of different media such as wood, aluminium, ceramic, rubber and recycled plastics, and despite the different subject matters and materials, everything comes together to form a cohesive and eloquent narrative. September 15 – 30 2017. Halcyon Gallery, 144-146 New Bond Street, W1S 2PF.

Dimore at Mazzoleni

A taste of Milan arrives in Mayfair this month with Dimore Gallery’s site-specific installation landing in Mazzoleni London. The fellow Italian design gallery, lead by Britt Moren and Emiliano Salci, will show objects, design pieces and works of art from the Mazzoleni inventory. The installation invites visitors to peep through brass portholes to lived-in, plush interiors, mixing conventional and unexpected objects. Works from Italian post-war masters such as Alighiero Boetti, Agostino Bonalumi and Dadamaino will appear alongside later works by artists including Fausto Melotti, Michelangelo Pistoletto and Nunzio, as well as works by post-war artists from outside Italy, including Hunagria-French artist Victor Vasarely. September 5 – 24 2017. 27 Albemarle Street, W1S 4HZ.

Lucas Foglia: Human Nature

This exhibition by American photographer Lucas Foglia begins and ends with interpretations of paradise, moving through cities, forests, farms, deserts, ice fields and oceans. The images illuminate the human need to connect with nature and to the wilderness within ourselves. Scientists are pictured as they work to quantify and understand our relationship with the natural world, measuring how we change nature and how spen’|ding time in wild spaces changes us. Foglia’s work is driven by a desire to understand the conflicting forces of modernity and nature, how we manipulate the earth to spa its resources, and how some seek to restore it. From September 13 – October 21. Michael Hoppen Gallery, 3 Jubilee Place, SW3 3TD.