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, including Tate Modern's autumn blockbuster Paul Klee: Making Visible, a retrospective of everyone's favourite grown-up YBA, Sarah Lucas, at the Whitechapel Gallery, and the electric survey Pop Art Design at the Barbican.
A twin tub washing machine can never be looked at in the same light after British sculptor Bill Woodrow has got his hands on it. Known for his sculptural tampering that transform everyday objects from domestic appliances to car bonnets into unexpected entities will be displayed with his recent exploration of Bronze and pollen drawings in this cohesive retrospective that celebrates this inventive and witty artist.
Coinciding with the grand unveiling of the recently revamped Tate Britain, this exhibition will reveal what painting means today from the perspective of Tomma Abts, Gillian Carnegie, Simon Ling, Lucy McKenzie and Catherine Story.
Showcase of the most talented and exciting emerging photographers, students, amateurs and established professionals working across the globe, presents ambitious approaches to portraiture in this annual photographic portrait award.
- Critics choice
Defined by an instantly recognisable brand of English eccentricity, the Paul Smith label is one of the country's best loved sartorial success stories. This exhibition will recreate his office, providing a key to his eclectic tastes and sources of inspiration. It will also detail his rags to riches career path.
JMW Turner liked to go fishing on the Thames and is reputed to have lashed himself to the mast of a ship in order to paint a storm at sea. More than half his artistic output was of maritime subjects but this is the first comprehensive exhibition to explore the artist's lifelong lifelong fascination with the sea.
Find out what the UK's most promising fine art graduates have been up to up to in this annual showcase of up-and-coming talent from across the UK. This year's 46 participants were selected by Ryan Gander, Chantal Joffe and Nathaniel Mellors and demonstrate the variety of media artists are working with today from sculpture and photography to installation.
Biennial prize for contemporary artists and designers inspired by Islamic traditions of craft and design. The exhibition showcases the work of the ten artists and designers shortlisted for the £25,000 prize. Around 270 nominations were received from countries including Algeria, Brazil, Kosovo, Norway and Russia.
Clown heads painted over Goya etchings, mutilated figures, genital faced children, and miniature models depicting horrific carnage. This is the world according to the ‘Les Enfants Terrible’ Champan brothers and it’s about to arrive at the Serpentine’s new Sackler gallery. Jake & Dinos have been working together since the 1990s, but we’ve not been privy to a show at a public institution since 1996, so expect some surprises with new works alongside old pieces that have never been seen before.
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- Paul Klee: Making Visible
- Shunga: Sex and Pleasure in Japanese Art
- Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013
- Only in England: Photographs by Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr
- Home Truths: Photography, Motherhood and Identity
- Elmgreen & Dragset: Tomorrow
- Daumier: Visions of Paris
- Whistler and the Thames: An American in London
- Pop Art Design
- Turner and the Sea