From the return of Top Boy for a third season to Tim Walker’s long-awaited exhibition and new book, here are some things not to miss this month
- TextBelle Hutton
William Blake at Tate Britain
Immerse yourself in the fantastical world of the Romantic painter, printmaker and poet William Blake at Tate Britain this month, where over 300 of his artworks will be on display. The exhibition will be the largest survey of Blake’s work in two decades, and will use innovative technology to display his art on a mammoth scale (something the artist himself wanted to do). Incorporating religious symbols, political allegory and mysticism, Blake’s work was considered daring by his contemporaries, and remains powerful centuries on.
Tim Walker’s new book and exhibition
September sees the launch of both an exhibition and a book celebrating 25 years of Tim Walker’s visionary fashion photography. Shoot for the Moon, published by Thames & Hudson, looks at the darker side of Walker’s extensive oeuvre, while for his V&A exhibition Wonderful Things the photographer has created ten new series of images, each based on an object from the museum’s collections. Plus, head to Dover Street Market tomorrow for a chance to meet Walker, as he will be signing copies of Shoot for the Moon in the London store. The gallery below features images by Walker shot for the pages of Another Man A/W18, some of which appear in Shoot for the Moon.
Push the Sky Away
American Psycho week at The Prince Charles Cinema
Patrick Bateman returns to screens in London this month as The Prince Charles Cinema hosts American Psycho week from September 27. The cult slasher film, which came out in 2000 and is based on the novel of the same name by Bret Easton Ellis, stars Christian Bale as the shallow serial killer Bateman.
Grayson Perry’s Super Rich Interior Decoration at Victoria Miro, London
Irreverent artist Grayson Perry presents new work at London’s Victoria Miro this month. New sculptures, ceramics, prints and tapestries will be on display in Super Rich Interior Decoration, which will look at “the heady collision of art, money, power and desire”. For several pieces, Perry has collaborated with contemporary photographers Richard Young, Martin Parr, and Eleni Parousi, whose images appear in ceramic works.
New work by Gregory Halpern at Huxley-Parlour, London
Omaha Sketchbook is a series of photographs by Gregory Halpern exploring masculinity in Omaha, Nebraska, which is this month launching with an exhibition at Huxley-Parlour and a photography book published by MACK. The New York-born photographer has been capturing Omaha’s inhabitants for the past 15 years, resulting in a captivating portrait of contemporary America.
Top Boy: Summerhouse on Netflix
A third series of Top Boy debuts this month on Netflix, eight years after it was first shown on Channel 4 in 2011 (and cancelled after two series). The story of Dushane and Sully – played by Kane Walters (rapper Kano) and Ashley Walters (Asher D) – and the Hackney estate where they live, these new episodes see rappers Dave and Little Simz join the cast. We have Drake to thank for the series’ return: having watched the two series, he was instrumental in Netflix’s revival of Top Boy and serves as executive producer for this season.
Rick Owens’ Glade at Carpenters Workshop Gallery, London
Coinciding with London Design Festival this month, Carpenters Workshop Gallery presents an exhibition of furniture designed by Rick Owens titled Glade. The show has been produced by Owens’ polymathic partner Michèle Lamy, and will feature pieces rendered in aluminium, plywood, concrete and covered with French army blankets. The titular pieces, ‘glade’ units, form the focus of the exhibition, and can function as individual pieces or combine to create larger items of furniture.
Rick Owens: Glade
Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Goldfinch has been adapted for the screen, with Ansel Elgort, Nicole Kidman, Finn Wolfhard and Sarah Paulson starring in the story of Theo Decker’s tumultuous life. The most recent of Tartt’s three novels, The Goldfinch is the first of her books to be made into a film, making its release this month one of the most anticipated cinematic moments of the year.