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London Diary: 11 October

Some big openings today include Serra at Gagosian, Hodgkin at Alan Cristea, and Kerry James Marshall at David Zwirner...

For Alan I (2014), Howard Hodgkin. Courtesy of the artist and Alan Cristea Gallery

Every morning until the end of Frieze, we’ll be rounding up some of the latest exhibition openings in London. Click here to view the whole series.

Howard Hodgkin: Green Thoughts
Until 15 November, at Alan Cristea Gallery

It’s difficult to create prints that seem as spontaneous as Hodgkin’s. Like his paintings, they swim with colour, pigments spilling and floating over the paper. Hodgkin has experimented with prints throughout his career, and here uses a combination of carborundum relief and hand-painting to bring his subject (Andrew Marvell’s 17th-century poem The Garden) to life.

For Alan I (2014), Howard Hodgkin. Courtesy of the artist and Alan Cristea Gallery

Richard Serra
11 October–28 February, at Gagosian (Brittania Street)

Five brand new steel sculptures will go on display in Gagosian’s Brittania Street space today, while their Davies Street Gallery is given over to a new drawing until 22 November. If that sounds less impressive, bear in mind Double Rift #2 is a monumental five metres long.

Kerry James Marshall: Look See
Until 22 November, at David Zwirner

This exhibition coincides with Kerry James Mashall’s two-venue exhibition in Spain, which picks at the ways in which Western history, and African-American history within it, has been constructed and depicted through art. His London show presents a set of new paintings that actively confront how we see and look at people, and pose ourselves.

Untitled (Sofa Girl) (2014), Kerry James Marshall © Kerry James Marshall 2014. All rights reserved. Courtesy David Zwirner, London

The Bad Shepherd
The Brueghel Dynasty in Conversation with Contemporary Art
Until 16 January 2015, at Christie’s Mayfair

This unusual pairing of the Breughels and their contemporaries with a selection of today’s famous artists (among them Jeff Koons, Neo Rauch and Peter Doig) is a welcome reminder that humour, absurdity and the crude details of everyday life have always had their place in the history of art.

Spasibo by Davide Monteleone
Until 3 November, at Saatchi Gallery

Monteleone is the fourth winner of the Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award. Between December 2012 and April 2013 the artist visited Chechnya; this presentation of the photographs he took there reveals the ways in which local identity is being challenged, changed and undermined in the region.

Security forces attending the 10th annual celebration of Constitution Day © Davide Monteleone, VII Photo for the Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award

Conrad Shawcross: The ADA Project
Until 31 October, at the Vinyl Factory

Four music artists and a dancing industrial robot pay homage to a Victorian mathematician in Shawcross’s latest work. Ada Lovelace (the daughter of Lord Byron and a colleague of Charles Babbage) foresaw the potential of technology to revolutionise musical composition.

The ADA Project (2013), Conrad Shawcross. Installation view at Palais de Tokyo, Paris. Image courtesy the artist

Which exhibitions are you most looking forward to this month? Have we missed something? Let us know in the comments.

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