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London art exhibitions calendar

Our handy collection of all the big, small and scary art exhibitions coming to town

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Hello eager art friend, want to do some planning ahead? Well, you've come to the right place with our one-stop shop for all the art exhibitions, big or small, coming to London over the next couple of months. From exciting new gallery openings to upcoming London photography shows, keep your eyes peeled and your paintbrush poised for as much art as your diary can handle. Or, if you can’t wait that long, here's the best new art in London this week to satisfy those creative cravings sooner. 

Art exhibitions in December

David Bailey: NW1

Thirty-four years ago, photographer David Bailey released his book 'NW1': a series of images of Camden and Primrose Hill, where he had lived for decades. At that time, the area was in a state of crumbling disrepair – hard to imagine for those who know this swanky location now. To tie in with the book's re-printing, publishers HENI are holding an exhibitions of these poignant images form yesteryear.

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HENI Publishing , Soho Until Tuesday January 31 2017

Chloe Sells: Measuring Infinity

The American-born photographer works in the darkroom, and creates seductive and complex images, often working into the pictures with paint and marker pens. This new series of images are the outcome of two years of photographing the Makgadikgadi Salt Pan in Botswana.

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Michael Hoppen Gallery , Chelsea Until Friday December 23 2016

When Frost Was Spectre-Grey

'Tis the season for pictures of wintry landscapes! Taking its title from a poem by Thomas Hardy, this exhibitions gathers various contemporary photographers, including Evgenia Arbugaeva, Nicholas Hughes and Pentti Sammallahti.  

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Photographers' Gallery , Soho Until Sunday January 15 2017

Lucy Raven: Edge Of Tomorrow

The first UK solo exhibition of the New York-based artist, Lucy Raven. She's created a series of installations for the gallery, looking essentially at how images are made, moving from a copper mine in the American West to a film studio in India.

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Serpentine Gallery , Knightsbridge Until Sunday February 12 2017

Zaha Hadid

A uncompromising visionary and fearless innovator, Zaha Hadid was never far from controversy of some kind, whether it was the form her buildings took or the circumstances in which they were built. But in this retrospective, it willl be the late Iraqi-British architect's drawings and paintings on display – in, appropriately, the Sackler extension, which was designed by her firm in 2013.

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Serpentine Gallery , Knightsbridge Until Sunday February 12 2017

Silke Schatz: Choose Love

The Germans artist creates drawings, collages and paintings about places that are filled with meanings and memories – often for her in particular. Recent work has touched upon the 'jungle' refugee camp in Calais. 

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Friday December 9 2016

Bruce McLean: A Hot Sunset And Shade Paintings

McLean was part of that group of St Martins students from the 1960s, who loved nothing more than pissing off their tutors with weird, outlandish, provacative works of art. His playful, mischievous nature still comes in the large-scale paintings and film pieces that he mostly makes these days.

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Bernard Jacobson , St James' Until Saturday January 28 2017

Ken Price: A Survey of Sculptures and Drawings, 1959-2006

American artist Price entered into the nascent LA art scene in the Fifties, and made a name for himself in ceramics. They baffled critics, who had no idea what to make of these bright, jolly cups and mugs. Also on display will be some of Price's equally colourful drawings. Far out!

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Hauser & Wirth , Mayfair Until Saturday February 4 2017

Australia's Impressionists

Impressionism isn't all about cancan dancers and lilies floating on ponds – down in the southern hemisphere, Australia cultivated its own particular take on what's often considered an exclusively European movement. Much of the work on display – by artists including Tom Roberts and Arthur Streeton – has never before been seen in the UK.

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National Gallery , Trafalgar Square Until Sunday March 26 2017

Art exhibitions in January

Lockwood Kipling: Arts and Crafts in the Punjab and London

Lockwood Kipling – father of poet Rudyard – was one of those quintessially Victorian jack-of-all-trades. An artist, designer, sculptor, teacher, curator and champion of the Arts and Crafts movement, he is largely responsible for the V&A's glittering collection of Indian cultural artefacts. This show will look at his remarkable legacy.  

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V&A , Brompton Saturday January 14 2017 - Sunday April 2 2017

Art exhibitions further ahead

Sonia Boyce: We Move In Her Way

British artist Boyce is creating a multi-media installation that is built largely around an open-ended dance performance she's letting the participants direct – making references to anarchic movement Dada and Brazilian artist Lygia Clark along the way.

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ICA , St James' Wednesday February 1 2017 - Sunday April 2 2017

Helen Johnson: Warm Ties

For the Australian artist's first solo show in the UK, she'll showing a number of her large-scale, multi-layered paintings across a specially made structure that deals with the complex history between her homeland and Britain.

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ICA , St James' Wednesday February 1 2017 - Sunday April 2 2017

Do Ho Suh

Korean artist Do Ho Suh is known for his diaphonous fabric sculptures of architectural spaces that hang suspended in the gallery space, floating like ghosts. For his first show at Victoria, he'll also be showing compressed versions of these works that he describes as 'two-dimensional drawings'. 

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Victoria Miro , Hoxton Wednesday February 1 2017 - Saturday March 18 2017

Tim Noble and Sue Webster

The YBA duo – who shot to fame in the '90s with their instantly recognisable silhouette sculptures – make a welcome return to Mayfair gallery.

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Blainsouthern , Mayfair Friday February 3 2017 - Saturday March 25 2017

David Hockney

Have we reached peak Hockney of late? The Royal Academy has granted him two shows in the last four years, focusing on his eye-poppingly colourful, hit-and-miss recent works. Fortunately, this big Tate retrospective – scheduled ahead of Hockney's 80th birthday – will go all the way back to his student work of the early '60s, and trace what's frankly astupendous journey of ceaseless innovation. From his 'gay propaganda' works, to his glossy LA pool scenes, to his intricate photocollages and experimental fax works, this looks set to be one of the biggest crowd-pleasers of recent years.

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Tate Britain , Westminster Thursday February 9 2017 - Monday May 29 2017

Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932

This show will throw a magnifying glass over a remarkable creative period in Russian history: after the Bolshevik revolution forever changed society, and before Stalin's brutal period of censorship began. In these fifteen years, artmaking flourished astonishingly – from Kandinsky and Malevich's pioneering abstraction to the rise of social realism. 

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Royal Academy of Arts , Mayfair Saturday February 11 2017 - Monday April 17 2017

Wolfgang Tillmans

At first glance, Wolfgang Tillmans's photographs look almost throwaway. His subjects are so varied – friends, foliage, oceans, genitals – that you'd be forgiven for thinking he doesn't give them any thought. But take a step back, and you realise you're looking at one of the most distinct bodies of photographic work of contemporary times. Tillmans asks fundamental questions about how we perceive and deal with the world – and recently, with the pro-Remain posters he created ahead of the EU referendum, the political urgency in his work has come to the fore. This Tate blockbuster is one you won't want to miss.

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Tate Modern , South Bank Wednesday February 15 2017 - Sunday June 11 2017

Eduardo Paolozzi

A retrospective of the late giant of British pop, who across five decades produced an extraordinary body of work that proclaimed his love for the modern world, including sculptures, screenprints, collages and textiles.

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Whitechapel Gallery , Whitechapel Thursday February 16 2017 - Sunday May 14 2017

The American Dream: Pop to The Present

This show takes a look the Land of Opportunity through the prism of its artists and their printed works. There'll be many familiar pop faces here. Ed Ruscha's slick images both chronicle and celebrate everyday Americana; Andy Warhol peeks into the darker side of the nation's history with images of disgraced president Richard Nixon and bereaved First Lady Jackie Kennedy. Issues of racial divide – no less pressing than they ever were – are explored by African-American artist Kara Walker. 

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British Museum , Bloomsbury Thursday March 9 2017 - Sunday June 18 2017
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Top ten art exhibitions in London

Fancy seeing an art show this weekend but no idea where to go? Well look no further. You can't go wrong if you head down to one of our ten favourite art exhibitions taking place in the capital right now.

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By: Time Out London Art



WEST16 Street art exhibition at the Westbank Gallery is what you need to get out = it's gonna be out of this world 25+ London artists!!