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Autumn 2016 at the RA is all about New York in the 1940s and ’50s, as this blockbuster survey of abstract expressionism brings together the big deals, bad boys and prodigious boozers of the era. It’s sure to be a swaggeringly audacious show. Abstract expressionism, with its love of spontaneity, automatic and unconscious forms, marks the moment when America took over from Paris as the crucible of modern art (whether or not you believe the theories about CIA involvement in its post-war rise to prominence).
The feminist activist group looks at the Whitechapel Gallery’s history of exhibiting female artists including Sophie Calle, Nan Goldin, Sarah Lucas and Bridget Riley for this Archive display. Founded in 1985 by an anonymous group of artists to expose the inequality of the male dominated art world, culture in general and politics, the Guerrilla Girls will don their gorilla masks and scan their critical eye over this east London institution. Will we like what they find?
The National Portrait Gallery's major autumn 2016 exhibition traces the development of Pablo Picasso through the portraits he painted throughout his life – from child genius to the most famous artist in the world. Featuring around 80 works, the show reveals the many ways in which he captured a sitter's likeness and rewrote the rules of portraiture – through caricature, formal study and spontaneous expression, sometimes from memory. Expect masterpieces such as his cubist portrait of his art dealer Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, on loan from the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as portraits of Guillaume Apollinaire, Jean Cocteau and Jean Cocteau among paintings of Picasso's acquaintances, friends, family members and lovers. Every Friday, 100 tickets for this blockbuster will be available for a bargainous £5.
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