London art exhibitions calendar
Our handy calendar of the must-see art shows coming to town this year
Get your diary out for a new season of must-see exhibitions in 2014, including the London Art Fair, a celebration of Derek Jarman, the Royal Academy's interactive celebration of architecture and the beginnings of pop art.
This show looks at the depiction of ruins in art from the seventeenth century onwards, featuring work by Constable and Turner alongside contemporary artists like Rachel Whiteread and Tacita Dean. John Martin's incredible apocalyptic masterpiece 'The Destruction of Pompeii and Herculeanum' (1822) will also be making a very welcome appearance.
The socially engaging work of this conceptual artist that redefined the terrain and purpose of British art in the ‘60s and 70s has been receiving renewed interest of late. This archive exhibition in the Pat Matthews Gallery focuses on Willats’s show at the Whitechapel in 1979 that directly involved the gallery’s local community in a series of projects.
New Yorker Haim Steinbach is an art-world heavyweight. Best-known as purveyor (along with Jeff Koons) of what for a short time in the 1980s was dubbed ‘Commodity Art’ – a flashy kind of art which held a mirror up to that consumerist decade –Steinbach in fact has been lining up shop-bought and second-hand items (examples: Nike trainers, dog chews and boxes of soap powder) on shelves since the 1970s. He makes a terse kind of post-pop Proustian poetry that taps into the way objects stimulate memory and desire.
A shelf is more than just a functional storage facility for your alphabetized CD collection; it’s a portal into who we are. Shelves are a design phenomena, a means to display our interests. The Italian designer has curated a variety of shelving systems from the 1930s including designs by Ettore Scottsass, Ercol and IKEA that are accompanied by personal objects from Gamper’s designer friends.
The critically acclaimed Berlin-based artist presents five videos in the gallery's theatre space, which focus on politics, feminism and the effect of image proliferation via digital technology.
With a new sponsor and home for it's nineteenth year, the Royal College of Art's annual fundraiser returns with its sale of postcard-size artworks. For ten days in the RCA's Dyson building in Battersea, you'll be able to view over 2,500 works all priced at £50 by artists and designers from students to famous names like Grayson Perry, Paula Rego, David Bailey and Sir Paul Smith but you can't buy anything until Saturday 22 March. So what's the secret? Well you wont know who the work is by until you've bought it.
Renaissance Impressions: Chiaroscuro Woodcuts from the Collections of Georg Baselitz and the Albertina, Vienna
Over 100 works from the Albertina museum's collection of 16th century chiaroscuro printed works will be on display in this exhibition, showcasing this shortlived but influential technique with works by Hans Burgkmaier and Lucas Cranach.
As one of the leading lights of the Venetian renaissance, Paolo Veronese crafted subtle, beautiful works that dealt with a wide breadth of topics and shined a light on the opulence of Venetian life in the sixteenth century. This will be the first show dedicated entirely to the artist in this country with loans coming in from the Louvre and the Prado, giving us a rare and all-encompassing glimpse into the monumental works of a master.
The annual Tate Britain Commission invites an artist to respond to the Tate's collection and create work. The grandiose Duveen Galleries will be taken over this year by an ambitious new work by the British artist Phyllida Barlow.
Charles Saatchi - early patron of Damien Hirst and the YBA's - is at it again nurturing fresh talent. This time he's turned his sights towards Africa and Latin America, to find stunning colourful paintings by Boris Nzebo and creepy-crawly sculptures by Rafael Gómezbarros.
This celebrated annual photographic award exhibition is back with four new nominations who are all worthy of the £30,000 prize, but who will take home the coveted prize. Richard Mosse's visually and politically charged depiction of a turbulent Congo shot using military surveillance film was certainly a stand out at the 2013 Venice Biennale. Spaniard Alberto García-Alix presents his stark black and white self-portraits that span Franco’s dictatorship in the ‘70s to the present day, reflecting upon personal experiences. While the scientific approach of the originally trained biologist, Jochen Lempert offers studies of humans and the natural world, the American multi-media artist Lorna Simpson jazzes up the selection with her performative explorations of gender, culture and histories.
When illness took its toll and that giant of twentieth century French art Henri Matisse could no longer paint, he turned to to scissors and paper. The works he created in this very late period become some of his most iconic. Though he may have lost his ability to handle a paintbrush, he lost none of his brilliant vision and compositional know-how. The 120 works on display here will be amongst the best you will see in this country this year.
Clark was an art historian and patron who played a pivotal role in the development of twentieth century British art. This exhibition examines his impact through he relationships with the likes of Henry Moore, Graham Sutherland and the Bloomsbury Group.
Folk art has a long, deeply-rooted history in Britain, but has never gained the popularity - or even academic interest - that it deserves. This will be the first ever major exhibition dedicated to folk art in this country, and with over 100 different paintings, sculptures and objects is sure to paint a fascinating portrait of a sorely under-explored art form. Toby jugs, ships' figureheads and thatched sculptures will all feature.
Dennis Hopper wasn't just one of the best actors of his generation, he was also a keen and accomplished photographer. This show will bring together over 400 of his photographs, including portraits of artists and fellow actors like Robert Rauschenberg and Paul Newman.
Digital technology has been influencing artistic practices since the 1970s. This exhibition brings together varied practioneers including architects, musicians and game developers to explore the scope and the impact digital has.
South America wasn't immune to the modernist movement that took hold in mid-twentieth century Europe, across the continent artists were producing vibrant, radical art to rival that being made over here. With artists like the brilliant Helio Oiticica and Juan Melé this is sure to be a colourful, and no doubt radical, showcase of South American modernism.
Since 1987, Moscow-based art collective AES+F have been leaders of the contemporary Russian scene, with star appearances at a handful of Venice Biennales. This will be their first UK museum show, and will see the group showcasing a trio of video installations.
It seems shocking that this is the first major retrospective of Anselm Kiefer's work. The German artist's heavily textured, sculptural paintings - made with straw, clay and lead - are powerful and unique pieces of modern art. There will be work from his student days up until now, and it's sure to be full of strong, difficult and emotional work.
The LA-based artist brings the carnivalesque escapades of his absurd characters to London for the first time this autumn. Working with long-time collaborator Lizzie Fitch, ‘Priority Innfield’, which was originally shown at the 55th Venice Biennale, takes you on a rip-roaring roller coaster ride where dysfunctionality reigns supreme within the fabricated installations Trecartin builds to exhibit his bizarre filmed exploits.
It would appear that there is no such thing as too much Rembo. Especially when the shows are massive Autumn blockbusters providing an incredibly rare opportunity to see 40 of the Dutch master's late period paintings alongside 20 drawings and some 30 prints. The great man's work only got better with age, and this show will feature works lent by major museums across the globe.
Few people captured the human body with the obsessive fleshy intensity of Egon Schiele. The Viennese painter, and protégé of the great Austrian master Gustav Klimt, showed the human body in all its odd, contorted and bumpy glory. So it’s safe to assume that the title of this Courtauld show, ‘The Radical Nude’, is no exaggeration. It’s also Schiele’s first major solo museum show in this country, so will be our first proper chance to get our eyes around his provocative vision of men women.
- Critics choice
The biggest contemporary carnival in London’s art calendar hits its twelfth year in 2014. Last year's redesign and fewer galleries (still over 150) made for a better viewing experience and highlights included the daily-changing Frieze Projects.
2013 may have seen our interest in pop art reach fever pitch, but there's still more on the horizon with this retrospective show of pop-indebted work from the '60s onwards by this British painter.
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.
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