Michelle Grant / Time Out
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Posted: Wed Sep 25 2013
This East End stalwart reopened in 2009 following a major redesign and expansion that saw the Grade II listed building transformed into a vibrant, holistic centre of art complete with a research centre, archives room and café. Since 1901, Whitechapel Art Gallery has built on its reputation as a pioneering contemporary institution and is well remembered for premiering the talents of exhibitions by Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Frida Kahlo among others. Expect the rolling shows to be challenging and risqué.
Whitechapel Gallery 77-82 Whitechapel High St
What's on at Whitechapel Gallery
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Right at the start of this excellent retrospective is a lifesize image of Giulio Paolini, arms folded, wearing some cool shades (pictured). He’s facing you, except he stands partially hidden behind the bars of a wooden stretcher. Dating from the mid-1960s,...
Installation, Mixed media
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In art there are only so many colours, forms and concepts, just as in music there are only so many notes. French-Algerian artist Kader Attia’s work deals with this idea that there is a limit to what we can create. In his eyes, man does not invent, man...
Things to do, Fine-art books, Art
The UK's biggest art book event returns to the Whitechapel Gallery for 2014 to celebrate the best of international publishing. Individual publishers, galleries, colleges and rare book dealers will be selling the latest contemporary art publications alongside...
Things to do, Fine-art books
Nearly 100 exhibitors will be bringing specially chosen selections of artists' books, catalogues, zines, rare publications and new releases to the Whitechapel Gallery for 2014's London Art Book Fair. As well as browsing thousands of specialist publications,...
The US artist brings his blurry coloured line aesthetic to the UK with a three-part project that culminates in this exhibition focusing on the influence of textiles on his abstractions along with a sculptural presentation in Tate Modern's Turbine Hall...
The socially engaging work of this conceptual artist that redefined the terrain and purpose of British art in the ‘60s and 70s with his projects about working and living enviornments, has been receiving renewed interest of late. This archive exhibition...
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The gallery should have a parental guidance for the Sarah Lucas exhibit. I visited the gallery with my children and walked in on a very sexually explicit exhibition, no warning until it was too late. Exhibitions such as this must carry a warning when advertised and at the point of entry. There are age restrictions for films, venues, bars, but not for explicit gallery exhibitions. Whitechapel please sort this out.
The Director of the Whitechapel, Iwona Blazwick isn't on every single 'most influential people in art' list for nothing. A visit to the Whitechapel always feels like you're at the forefront of what's happening in the contemporary art world. It's free to enter, has a terrific bookshop and is bang next door to Aldgate East tube station (a design destination in its own right). I'm very much looking forward to the Sarah Lucas exhibition in October 2013 and the Bloomberg commission is always worth a visit in its own right.