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
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These tours of the Whitechapel Gallery are specially designed for parents with babies and toddlers, allowing them to enjoy art without worrying about the fact their little one is pretending to draw on the floor. A specially chosen curator leads the tour,...
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American textile artist Richard Tuttle's exhibition at the Whitechapel is full of creative ways with everyday objects. This workshop for families, led by artists Monica Rivas and Freya Gabie, will see visitors create collaborative drawings using wire,...
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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...
Known for his immersive installations, British artist Mike Nelson selects sculptural work from the V-A-C collection, Moscow, transforming the Whitechapel's Gallery 7 resembles an artist studio.
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...
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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.