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.
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 'Henry Matisse: The Cut-Outs' at Tate Modern, the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, the Barbican's summer show, 'Digital Revolution' and the Frieze Art Fair.
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. Richard Mosse's technicolour depiction of a turbulent Congo shot using military surveillance film was certainly a stand out at last year's Venice Biennale. Spaniard Alberto García-Alix presents his stark black and white self-portraits, while the scientific approach of the former biologist, Jochen Lempert offers studies of humans and the natural world and the American multi-media artist Lorna Simpson jazzes up the selection with her performative explorations of gender, culture and histories.
The Canadian artist’s solo show, ‘life without sheets of paper to be scribbled on is masterpiece’ presents Davey’s literature fuelled photographs and film works that blend the everyday with fiction to reflect upon the artist’s relationship with her family, psychoanalysis and her surroundings.
The first UK retrospective of this celebrated French filmmaker and photographer, will present his narrative driven works, bringing together five of his immersive multi-media installations for the first time along with extracts from his iconic films including ‘Sans Soleil’ and a series of books, 'Petite Planète'.
The New York-based artist, known for her vibrantly coloured paintings, prints and photographic work that are inspired by mathematics and physics will present new sculptures for her first solo exhibition in the UK. Here, Auerbach translates the science of symmetry in pallid plywood, reproducing complicated phenomena into abstractions.
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.
Now in its 29th year, The Original Print Fair returns to the RA with an array of prints for sale. Covering all styles of printmaking from woodcuts to graphic works by pop art masters and leading contemporary artists. You can also expect highlights from the renaissance through to modern day.
The fifth incarnation of the graphic arts festival returns to Somerset House in 2014 with drawings and prints by artists, creative groups and galleries from all over the world. For all the high-profile names involved, there’s an informal art-school vibe to this annual festival celebrating graphic design in all its manifestations.
Architecture plays an important role in Italian renaissance art, giving a what would have been a familiar edge to biblical stories. This show explores the techniques and theories behind the use of buildings in art of the time.
An exhibition of images by Marcello Geppetti and film cameraman Arturo Zavattini which looks at Italian cinema and the rise of the celebrity culture during the 1950s and 1960s, predominantly during the era of films by Michelangelo Antonioni and Federico Fellini, and of the Roman Cinecitta studios.
Now in its eighth year, this annual exhibition showcases the most exciting and dynamic graduate and postgraduate artists working today. Selected from the Catlin Art Guide, eight artists (nine when you consider the duo Mr & Mrs Philip Cath) have been shortlisted to create new works for the prestigious £5,000 prize. This year’s shortlist includes: Sarah Fortais (Central Saint Martins), Dennis J. Reinmüller (Edinburgh College of Art), and Jakob Rowlinson (The Ruskin School of Fine Art).
For the London-based artist’s first solo show, Condorelli will transform the industrial architecture of the gallery into an interactive platform filled with objects performing multiple functions to articulate our relationship with the infrastructure of working and living environments.
Did you know that when Vincent Van Gogh worked in London he lived in Brixton? Yup, between 1873 and 1874, the post-impressionist painter resided at 87 Hackford Road. Since 2012 the house has stood empty, but that’s about to change with the latest Artangel commission by Dutch artist Olde Wolbers. The deteriorated property will be animated back to life through an audio installation. Based on events from the 1970s, the fictional narrative weaves archival material with legend creating an experiential encounter.
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.
Established in 2008, this annual photographic award has become a globally recognized platform for raising awareness of social and environmental issues through remarkable photographers. This year’s exhibition focuses on ‘consumption’ and presents 70 works by 11 photographers from nine countries.
Art and Life: Ben Nicholson, Winifred Nicholson, Christopher Wood, Alfred Wallis, William Staite Murray, 1920-31
Ben and Winifred Nicholson were pivotal figures in the evolution of British modernism. Ben's beautiful, subtle and minimal paintings and Winifred's soft, colourful landscapes and still-lifes had a lasting impact. The period of 1920-1931 also saw them engage in serious artistic exchange with the other artists on show. The exhibition will no doubt be a wonderful window into a fascinating period of British art history.
For it 246th year, the RA's open-submission Summer Exhibition is serving up its standard mix of painting, printmaking, photography and sculpture by established and unknown artists.
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.
A geographical journey through art history traces the use of colour. The powders and pigments used from the renaissance through to impressionist France with each room dedicated to a different colour. Expect works by Edgar Degas among many others.
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.
A retrospective exhibtion of Horst P Horst's prolific 60-year career. The German-American photographer did shoots for couturiers such as Chanel, Schiaparelli and Vionnet in the ’30s, as well as experimenting with early colour techniques. His most renowned images will be on display alongside rarities and unpublished pictures, plus there will be a recreation of Horst's 1940s studio. Archive film footage, sketchbooks and letters will also give an insight into his creative process.
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.
From New York’s first skyscrapers to recent urban sprawls in Asia, this show includes 18 photographers’ who have influenced our understanding of the built environment.
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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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
Nice paintings ! I like them. Paintings made in February, June and November are the best of all others. Thanks
Paul Klee a "wishy-washy favourite of the student bedroom wall"? How very dare you. Who writes this tosh?
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
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
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