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 Barbican's 'Digital Revolution', Tate Britain's 'Late Turner' exhibition, the Courtauld's Egon Schiele exhibition and the Frieze Art Fair.
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 His most renowned images will be on display alongside rarities and unpublished pictures, plus there will be a recreation of Horst's 1940s studio.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.
The late period of Turner's career saw him create some of his most recognisable and enduring works, so it's surprising that this is the first exhibition to look solely at that period. With over 150 works from all over Europe this is sure to be an eye-opener into a fascinating period for our most important painter.
The chance discovery of a photo showing Lucian Freud in Francis Bacon’s studio inspired this recent work by the 83-year old American artist. Known for his iconic Flag and target paintings from the late 1950s, Johns turns his attention to reproducing the source material for one of Francis Bacon’s paintings. The series replicates not only the image of Freud perched on a bedstead but also the tears and distressed quality of the original photograph.
The Danish artist presents new works that investigate value and time. Some works in the show will change over time to reiterate the transformation objects go under from creation as well as include pieces made using 3-D modelling technology.
The decade wait is over, as Wyn Evans takes over the Serpentine Sackler gallery with a new light installation and a selection of old works. The Welsh conceptual artist started out assisting Derek Jarman on his films, but is now better known for his multi dimensional practice that incorporates film, sculpture, text and photography. Here, informed by the gallery’s history and context, he explores the transformative aspect of light combined with sound.
The notoriously guarded New York-based artist will take over the Serpentine Gallery with a new site-specific work. The big reveal will happen at the opening as Donnelly will uncover the fabric of the building and no doubt orchestrate the viewers experience of both the gallery space and the work exhibited.
‘The Good Life’ for the Internet generation, this solo show by the Los Angeles-based British artist brings the virtual world of designed living and status sharing into the gallery. Captilising on our avid online consumption and limitless aspirational desires, Fornieles apes Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter with an immersive exhibition that incorporates sculptures and performance.
Suffolk-born romantic painter John Constable was never a success in his own lifetime. His paintings did well in France, but he only ever sold 20 in England, and it wasn't until his fifties that he was appointed a visiting lecturer at the Royal Academy of Arts, where he taught for a short time before his death, aged 60. Now, of course, he's a hugely influential name in the art world and the V&A is hosting this exhibition of Constable's works – alongside classical landscape artists Ruisdael and Claude – to explore his creative process. Over 250 drawings and watercolours will be on display, as well as mezzotints and oil sketches. Constable goes head to head with Turner in blockbuster exhibitions this autumn
A selection of the artist's latest works on film are shown alongside recent sculptural works across the Lower Gallery and Theatre. These explore the representation of digital information systems and the often conflicting desires for openly available information within mass media. They are exhibited in specifically designed architectural installations where certain aspects of the images are able to be manipulated and fragmented throughout layers of screens within space.
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.
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 and Fitch build to exhibit the bizarre filmed exploits.
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 and a publication.
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.
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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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