Cosmically Curated: April Art 'Scopes
No school, no problems? Maybe so. April is looking calm and revolving a little bit more around the inner self this go around. With the time out of classes, you might actually be able to get around to some exhibitions. Cultivate yourself like a well-tended garden, and debut as swiftly and beautifully as the cherry blossoms about London. Spring is here, groom and bloom.
Illustration by Jemima Hooke
If the stars could serenade, then this month they would sing, ‘I’ve got my eyes on you, you’re everything that I see.’ Astrologically, you will be the centre of attention for all of April. If you need to switch and bait, then head over to a concert of the only man more popular than you, Drake. Playing at O2 Arena, 11 April.
Tap into spirituality for... material gains? Yep, that’s the message for you this month. Pop in to Bastian Gallery’s ‘Andy Warhol: Polaroid Pictures.’ A cruise through the faces of the artist’s inner circle will have you wondering how you can turn your meaningful connections into tangible assets.
Now is a good month for you to rapidly gain knowledge in a field of choice. At The Courtauld’s ResFest (26 April), you’ll have more than enough options to choose from. Manicure or temporary tattoo?
Make sure to get enough rest. ‘Anish Kapoor’ at the Pitzhanger Manor (16 March - 18 August) is a smaller show with some easily instagrammable shiny objects, and you can sunbathe on the grass after.
This month you’ll be wanderlusting just as you hit one of your yearly career peaks. Best to play it by ear and brainstorm future destinations until you get your work done at home. Visiting ‘Van Gogh and Britain’ at Tate Modern (until 11 August) will inspire you to powerful career moves.
Virgos love to clean, but this month I’m going to ask you to detox in the interest of the common good. Head to ‘Laugh in the Face of Hate: A Night of Comedy in Solidarity’ (29 April at Hackney Empire) to scrub away the nastiness and renew your maidenhood purity.
Your world is buzzing but your energy is slowing down. Perfect time for a stroll in Kew Gardens. The exhibition ‘Chihuly: Reflections on Nature’ (through 27 October) plants fiery flashes of artistic creation in a restorative and rejuvenating atmosphere.
Love is complicated or mysterious. Check out ‘Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light’ (through 7 July) at The National Gallery for a glimpse into a time that was simpler, yet searingly sensual.
You may feel melancholic or empty, but the cosmos say that it’s all in your head. Still, sometimes it’s good to indulge in some inner drama. Check out ‘Diane Arbus: In the Beginning’ at Hayward Gallery (until 6 May). The tiny photographs mounted on large plinths will over-curate your melodramatic mood.
Do things simultaneously good for inner and outer health. ‘Morphologies of Invisible Agents’ (26 April - 18 May) investigates the links between ‘the invisible and its tangible realisations’ by juxtaposing the work of artists and anthropologists. At [Space] in Hackney.
Time to give back this month, have a couple quid for the newly non-profit Saatchi Gallery? *COUGH*
Venus, goddess born from the sea, is giving you a beautifying glow this season. Be the fish that swims beneath the current and check out some classics in permanent collections. First, head to Room 30 in The National Gallery and view Diego Velazquez’s The Toilet of Venus, then cross the Thames and climb to Level 4, Room 10 at Tate Modern for Braque’s Bottle and Fishes.