London art exhibitions calendar

Our handy calendar of the must-see art shows coming to town this year

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Get your diary out for a new season of must-see exhibitions in 2014, which include Tate Britain's 'Late Turner' exhibition, the Courtauld's Egon Schiele exhibition and the Frieze Art Fair.

  1. November
  2. December
  3. January
  4. February

Art shows opening this November

Emily Carr: From the Forrest to the Sea

At the beginning of the 20th century, the Canadian artist Emily Carr encountered the indigenous people of British Columbia during her numerous trips along Canada’s north west coast. Both the aboriginal people and the verdant landscape had a lasting impact on her painting practice. Gathered here are over 100 works including her intense paintings of forest vistas and morning skies, sketchbook drawings and watercolours, which will be shown alongside native artifacts.

  1. Dulwich Picture Gallery Gallery Rd, SE21 7AD
  2. Fri Nov 28 - Sun Mar 8
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© Chris Stein

Chris Stein/Negative: Me, Blondie and The Advent of Punk

  • Free

Previously unpublished photographs by the co-founder of Blondie mark the chart-topping group’s fortieth anniversary. Stein’s girlfriend and sultry lead singer Debbie Harry was the ultimate muse and is joined here by other icons of the 70s and 80s including David Bowie, The Ramones and Andy Warhol.

  1. Somerset House Strand, WC2R 1LA
  2. Fri Nov 28 - Sun Jan 25
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'Deurne Stabelino', 2014

'Deurne Stabelino', 2014 © Jurgen Vantomme

Crossing The Field: WWI, Football & The Christmas Truce

  • Free

During the First World War a remarkable event took place over Christmas. In the midst of conflict, British and German soldiers laid down their arms and embraced the spirit of the festive season by sharing food and songs as well as playing football in no man’s land. Here, eight artists respond to these unusual events.  

  1. PM Gallery & House Walpole Park, Mattock Lane, W5 5EQ
  2. Fri Nov 28 - Sat Jan 10
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© House of Voltaire 2012

House of Voltaire

  • Free

Pop up art shop from Studio Voltaire selling editioned and specially commissioned artworks and design by a host of famous names including Helen Marten, Linder and Jeremy Deller. 

  1. Upstairs on Albemarle St 39-40 Albemarle St, W1S 4TE
  2. Fri Nov 28 - Sat Dec 20
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Allen Jones, 'First Step', 1966

Allen Jones, 'First Step', 1966 Image courtesy of the artist

Allen Jones RA

Retrospective show of pop-indebted work from the '60s onwards by this British artist. As part of the Royal College of Art cohort that included David Hockney RA, Derek Boshier, and Ron Kitaj, Jones came to prominence during the emergence of the British pop art movement in the early 60s. Using the visual language of commercial imagery, he has explored the female figure in all its guises and connotations for the past five decades. For this major survey, his vibrant paintings and rarely seen drawings will be grouped with his volumetric sculptures, including the controversial women-as-furniture series as well as his steel cut out sculptures.

  1. Royal Academy of Arts Burlington Gardens 6 Burlington Gardens, W1S 3ET
  2. Fri Nov 28 - Sun Jan 25
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Birgit Püve, 'Braian and Ryan', 2013

Birgit Püve, 'Braian and Ryan', 2013 © the artist

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize

The prestigious photographic portrait award returns with a showcase of the most talented and exciting photographers working across the globe. From over 4,000 submissions by 1,793 photographers this annual exhibition showcases 60 portraits by students, amateurs and established professionals presenting an ambitious approach to photographic portraiture today.

  1. National Portrait Gallery St Martin's Place, WC2H 0HE
  2. Fri Nov 28 - Sun Feb 22
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© Bryan Adams

Bryan Adams: Wounded - The Legacy of War

  • Free

The harsh realities of war are conveyed in these striking portraits of British Armed Forces servicemen and women injured in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars by the musician-turned-photographer. Adams pays tribute to the wounded individuals, who don't shy away from their life-changing injuries. A book accompanies the exhibition, with proceeds going to a number of support charities.   

  1. Somerset House Strand, WC2R 1LA
  2. Fri Nov 28 - Sun Jan 25
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Peder Balke, 'Landscape from Finnmark with Sámi and Reindeer', about 1850

Peder Balke, 'Landscape from Finnmark with Sámi and Reindeer', about 1850 © Northern Norway Art Museum, Tromsø

Peder Balke

  • Free

As one of the first artists to paint the North Cape of his native Norway, Balke’s work remains fairly unknown and is only now being rediscovered. Recognised as one of Scandinavia’s most pioneering 19th century landscape painters, Balke captured the intense wilderness of Norway in his paintings and sketches of blustery storms and menacing skies. The National's 'The Tempest' will be joined by a collection of public and privately owned works that reveal the importance of this forgotten Romantic artist.

  1. National Gallery Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN
  2. Fri Nov 28 - Sun Apr 12
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Studio SEBERT

A Victorian Obsession

Lord Leighton was the archetypal Victorian artist who painted and sculpted classical subject matters. He was also the President of the Royal Academy from 1878-96, a veritable master of ceremonies who hosted concerts and receptions for the social elite and collected the work of his contemporaries. So it’s apt this collection of fifty Victorian paintings amassed by Juan Antonio Pérez Simón should be shown at Leighton House this autumn. The museums permanent collection will be temporarily replaced with a hang of outstanding pieces by Albert Moore, John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones, John William Waterhouse, Lawrence Alma-Tadema, John Melhuish Strudwick, John Godward and Lord Leighton. 

  1. Leighton House Museum Holland Park Road, W14 8LZ
  2. Fri Nov 28 - Sun Mar 29
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Gavin Turk, 'Pandy Warhol', 2014

Gavin Turk, 'Pandy Warhol', 2014 © the artist

Here Today

  • Free

Artwise curate this group show of big name artists including Gavin Turk, Peter Blake, Douglas Gordon and Carsten Höller to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of The IUCN Red List of Threatened and Endangered Species. Responding to global issues that affect everyone, the works highlight the importance of wildlife conservation and the work of IUCN that unites 1,200 governments in preserving our fragile ecosystems.

  1. Old Sorting Office 21-31 New Oxford St, WC1A 1AA
  2. Fri Nov 28 - Wed Dec 17
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Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2014

Celebrating its sixty-fifth anniversary, this annual art trend barometer returns to the ICA. Out of 1,400 submissions, selectors Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Enrico David and Goshka Macuga have chosen 55 artists from the recent crop of art graduates from UK Institutions. This year’s showcase of up-and-coming talent reveals artists are concerned with modes of production, human behaviour, desire and materiality.

  1. ICA Carlton House Terrace, The Mall, SW1Y 5AH
  2. Fri Nov 28 - Sun Jan 25
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Shomei Tomatsu, 'Steel Helmet with Skull Bone Fusedby Atomic Bomb, Nagasaki', 1963

Shomei Tomatsu, 'Steel Helmet with Skull Bone Fusedby Atomic Bomb, Nagasaki', 1963 © Shomei Tomatsu – interface. Courtesy of Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo

Conflict, Time, Photography

As we look back over 100 years since the end of the First World War, the Tate examines the - often uneasy - relationship between photography and conflict.

  1. Tate Modern Bankside, SE1 9TG
  2. Wed Nov 26 - Sun Mar 15
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Guy Bourdin: Image Maker

Provocative, surreal and instantly recognisable: the work of Guy Bourdin marks a high point in twentieth century fashion photography, turning editorial and advertising imagery into something rich and strange. Guy Bourdin: Image Maker is the UK’s largest ever exhibition of his work, charting his 40 year career from protégé of Man Ray to photography revolutionary. Over 100 colour exhibition prints, as well as early and late works in black and white, will be on display, along with Polaroid test shots, contact sheets and transparencies.

  1. Somerset House Strand, WC2R 1LA
  2. Until Sun Mar 15
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© Caragh Thuring

Caragh Thuring

  • Free

Image consumption and a viewer’s satisfaction are explored in the London-based artists first exhibition in a public gallery. Thuring’s latest paintings consider how our appetite for visual stimulus affects our attention span and the amount of time we will spend looking at static imagery. Using photographs taken in Holland where Thuring noticed a tendency for Dutch residents to create twee window displays of vases and knick-knacks, the painter creates sparsely populated vistas where the interior and exterior collide.

  1. Chisenhale Gallery 64 Chisenhale Rd, E3 5QZ
  2. Fri Nov 28 - Sun Feb 1
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  1. November
  2. December
  3. January
  4. February

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7 comments
Eleanor Ferguson
Eleanor Ferguson

To all the people scandalized by the Paul Klee comment, you do understand that we live in a world where peopel are allowed to have opinions; rather than some sort of mythical dictatorship where cultural appreciation is sanctioned by the state and anyone who doesn't toe the party line will be expunged ?? Also art criticism is just that.....criticism.

Celeste Ponzellini
Celeste Ponzellini

In reference to the exhibition in October on Paul Klee your opening line reads:''A wishy-washy favourite of the student bedroom wall...'' HOW DARE YOU? I appreciate that in the more detailed description of the actual show, you are more respectful to this great artist, but this initial line is unacceptable and offensive to the man and the potential visitors alike, not to mention the curators of the exhibition. I do sincerely hope you will change this by the time we get closer to October. I would also like to point out that this less than tasteful joke, has for me finalised the decision of cancelling my subscription to your magazine, which has in the last two years or so declined so much it has reached the bottom. Regards

Esar Quais
Esar Quais

Nice paintings ! I like them. Paintings made in February, June and November are the best of all others. Thanks

Liz Keevill
Liz Keevill

Paul Klee a "wishy-washy favourite of the student bedroom wall"? How very dare you. Who writes this tosh?

thaer jrab
thaer jrab

Iwould like to show my liters and simpoles from my oun world

mulondo patrick
mulondo patrick

My name is Mulondo PATRICK from Uganda East Africa. I am student at Makerere university 3rd year studding art. I want to be part of these exhibitions and exhibit my works as well. I am a sculptor working with fiberglass mixed media with scrap metal welded together. Below is a link to my works. How can I please be part of these exhibitions? http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2642977811187.71152.1757875344&type=3 http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2805850882912.72528.1757875344&type=3

Saskia Whinney
Saskia Whinney

I hear the great French Artist/ Graffiti Writer Horfe is coming and doing a show in London in March. That should definitely be added to the list