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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.


April 2014

Rafael Gómezbarros, 'Casa Tomada', 2013

Rafael Gómezbarros, 'Casa Tomada', 2013 © Rafael Gómezbarros, 2013. Image courtesy of the Saatchi Gallery, London

Pangaea: New Art from Africa and Latin America

  • Free

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.

  1. Saatchi Gallery Duke of York's HQ, King's Rd, SW3 4SQ
  2. Sun Apr 20 - Sun Aug 31
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Richard Mosse, 'Safe From Harm, North Kivu, eastern Congo', 2012

Richard Mosse, 'Safe From Harm, North Kivu, eastern Congo', 2012 © Richard Mosse. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery

Deutsche Börse Photography Prize

  • Free

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.

  1. Photographers' Gallery 16-18 Ramillies St, W1F 7LW
  2. Sun Apr 20 - Sun Jun 22
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Moyra Davey, 'Les Goddesses', 2011

Moyra Davey, 'Les Goddesses', 2011 © the artist

Moyra Davey

  • Free

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.

  1. Camden Arts Centre Arkwright Rd, NW3 6DG
  2. Sun Apr 20 - Sun Jun 29
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Chris Marker, Still from 'La Jetee', 1962

Chris Marker, Still from 'La Jetee', 1962 Courtesy British Film Institute

Chris Marker

  • Free

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'.

  1. Whitechapel Gallery 77-82 Whitechapel High St, E1 7QX
  2. Sun Apr 20 - Sun Jun 22
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© Tauba Auerbach

Tauba Auerbach: The New Ambidextrous Universe

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.

  1. ICA The Mall, SW1Y 5AH
  2. Sun Apr 20 - Sun Jun 15
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Henri Matisse, The Horse, the Rider and the Clown, 1943-4


Henri Matisse, The Horse, the Rider and the Clown, 1943-4
 © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Jean-Claude Planchet
© Succession Henri Matisse/DACS 2013

Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs

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.

  1. Tate Modern Bankside, SE1 9TG
  2. Sun Apr 20 - Sun Sep 7
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The London Original Print Fair 2014

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.

  1. Royal Academy of Arts Piccadilly, W1J OBD
  2. Thu Apr 24 - Sun Apr 27
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Pick Me Up

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.

  1. Somerset House Strand, WC2R 1LA
  2. Thu Apr 24 - Mon May 5
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Building the Picture: Architecture in Italian Renaissance Painting

  • Free

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.

  1. National Gallery Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN
  2. Wed Apr 30 - Sun Sep 21
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Marcello Geppetti: Richard Burton and Liz Taylor kissing in Ischia, June 1962

Marcello Geppetti: Richard Burton and Liz Taylor kissing in Ischia, June 1962 MGMC & Solares Fondazione delle Arti

The Years Of La Dolce Vita: The Birth Of Celebrity Culture In Focus

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.

  1. Estorick Collection 39a Canonbury Square, N1 2AN
  2. Wed Apr 30 - Sun Jun 29
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May 2014

Mr. & Mrs. Philip Cath in their studio, London 2013

Mr. & Mrs. Philip Cath in their studio, London 2013

Catlin Art Prize 2014

  • Free

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).

  1. Londonewcastle Project Space 28 Redchurch St, E2 7DP
  2. Thu May 1 - Sun May 25
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© Céline Condorelli

Céline Condorelli

  • Free

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.

  1. Chisenhale Gallery 64 Chisenhale Rd, E3 5QZ
  2. Fri May 2 - Sun Jun 22
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© Saskia Olde Wolbers

Saskia Olde Wolbers: Yes, These Eyes are the Windows

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.

  1. Artangel at 87 Hackford Rd, SW9 0RE 87 Hackford Rd, SW9 0RE
  2. Sat May 3 - Sun Jun 22
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Photograph of Kenneth Clark

Photograph of Kenneth Clark

Kenneth Clark

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.

  1. Tate Britain Millbank, SW1P 4RG
  2. Tue May 20 - Sun Aug 10
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Hong Hao, 'My Things No. 1', 2001

Hong Hao, 'My Things No. 1', 2001 © the artist

Prix Pictet 2014

  • Free

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.

  1. V&A Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL
  2. Thu May 22 - Sat Jun 14
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June 2014

Winifred Nicholson, 'Summer', 1928

Winifred Nicholson, 'Summer', 1928 © © The Trustees of Winifred Nicholson

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.

  1. Dulwich Picture Gallery Gallery Rd, SE21 7AD
  2. Wed Jun 4 - Sun Sep 21
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© Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2012

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2014

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.

  1. Royal Academy of Arts Piccadilly, W1J OBD
  2. Mon Jun 9 - Sun Aug 17
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George Smart, 'Goose Woman', c1840

George Smart, 'Goose Woman', c1840 Image courtesy of Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery

British Folk Art

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.

  1. Tate Britain Millbank, SW1P 4RG
  2. Tue Jun 10 - Sun Sep 7
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Edgar Degas, 'Combing the Hair ('La Coiffure')', about 1896

Edgar Degas, 'Combing the Hair ('La Coiffure')', about 1896 © The National Gallery, London

Colour

  • Free

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.

  1. National Gallery Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN
  2. Wed Jun 18 - Sun Sep 7
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Dennis Hopper, 'Double Standard', 1961

Dennis Hopper, 'Double Standard', 1961 © Dennis Hopper, Courtesy The Hopper Art Trust

Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album

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.

  1. Royal Academy of Arts Piccadilly, W1J OBD
  2. Thu Jun 26 - Mon Aug 25
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July 2014

Umbrellium, 'Marling'

Umbrellium, 'Marling' Photo courtesy of Igor Vermeer, Vermeer Fotografie, Netherlands

Digital Revolution

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.

  1. Barbican Centre Silk St, EC2Y 8DS
  2. Thu Jul 3 - Sun Sep 14
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Helio Oiticica, 'Pintura 9', 1959

Helio Oiticica, 'Pintura 9', 1959 Coleccion Patricia Phelps de Cisneros
© Projeto Helio Oiticica

Radical Geometry: Modern Art of South America from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection

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.

  1. Royal Academy of Arts Piccadilly, W1J OBD
  2. Sat Jul 5 - Sun Sep 28
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September 2014

'Mainbocher Corset', 1939, Horst P Horst. © Conde Nast / Horst Estate

Horst: Photographer of Style

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.

  1. V&A Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL
  2. Sat Sep 6 - Sun Jan 4
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AES+F, 'Last Riot'

AES+F, 'Last Riot' © the artists

AES+F

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.

  1. Royal Academy of Arts Burlington Gardens 6 Burlington Gardens, W1S 3ET
  2. Thu Sep 11 - Sun Oct 26
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Anselm Kiefer, 'For Paul Celan, Ash Flowers', 2006

Anselm Kiefer, 'For Paul Celan, Ash Flowers', 2006 © Anselm Kiefer. Private collection, Paris

Anselm Kiefer

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.

  1. Royal Academy of Arts Piccadilly, W1J OBD
  2. Sat Sep 27 - Sun Dec 14
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Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age

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.

  1. Barbican Centre Silk St, EC2Y 8DS
  2. Thu Sep 25 - Sun Jan 11
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October 2014

Ryan Trecartin and Lizzie Fitch, 'Priority Innfield (Way)', 2013

Ryan Trecartin and Lizzie Fitch, 'Priority Innfield (Way)', 2013 © the artist

Ryan Trecartin

  • Free

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.

  1. Zabludowicz Collection 176 Prince of Wales Rd, NW5 3PT
  2. Thu Oct 2 - Sun Dec 21
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Rembrandt, 'Self Portrait at the Age of 63', 1669

Rembrandt, 'Self Portrait at the Age of 63', 1669 © The National Gallery, London

Rembrandt: The Final Years

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.

  1. National Gallery Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN
  2. Wed Oct 15 - Sun Jan 18
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Egon Schiele, 'Standing Nude with Orange Stockings', 1914

Egon Schiele, 'Standing Nude with Orange Stockings', 1914 Leopold Museum, Vienna

Egon Schiele: The Radical Nude

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.

  1. Courtauld Gallery Somerset House, The Strand, WC2R 0RN
  2. Thu Oct 23 - Sun Jan 18
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Frieze Art Fair

Frieze Art Fair © Frieze

Frieze Art Fair 2014

  • 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.

  1. Regent's Park Chester Rd, NW1 4NR
  2. Thu Oct 16 - Sun Oct 19
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November 2014

Allen Jones, 'First Step', 1966

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

Allen Jones RA

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.

  1. Royal Academy of Arts Burlington Gardens 6 Burlington Gardens, W1S 3ET
  2. Thu Nov 13 - 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

100 Years Later: Conflict, Time, Photographer

  • Free

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 19 - Mon Apr 6
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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