This week's best new art
The best new exhibitions you'd be mad to miss
With an art scene as changeable as London's, how can you ever keep track of what to see right now? By using this page, that's how. These are the new openings the Time Out Art team thinks are worth seeing. If you'd prefer to see something we already know is good, try our list of London's top ten art exhibitions.
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.
When you think of Georgian London, it’s hard not to think of William Hogarth’s satirical paintings and prints depicting the squalor and lavish existence of a depraved society. No other artist has quite captured the extremes of our fair capital with such imaginative detail. To celebrate the 250th anniversary of Hogarth’s death, this display of some of his most famous prints including ‘A Rake’s Progress’ and ‘Gin Lane’, show the extremes of an immoral eighteenth-century London.
Celebrating its fiftieth year, the renowned competition exhibition returns to the Natural History Museum with images of the most extraordinary species on the planet captured by professional and amateur photographers. Attracting record number visitors each year and over 40,000 entries you can preview the talent on show and even have your say with the People’s Choice Award that includes stunning under water views of Australian sea lion pups playing to the unlikely vision of a texting monkey.
Over 40 works by the famed renaissance portraitist, not only makes up the most significant survey of the sixteenth century painter but also reveals Moroni’s ability at tackling religious subject matter. A contemporary of Titian, he captured the everyday lives of people in his native Bergamo with compassion, marking him out as a uniquely gifted artist of his time.
The cross-dressing ceramist presents a show of fourteen portraits in Gallery 32. Coinciding with the screening of his Channel Four ‘Who Are You?’ series, in which Perry turns attention to portraiture and identity, this display brings together some of the individuals Perry met during the filming including politician Chris Huhne and X-Factor contestant Rylan Clark as well as a new self-portrait. Varying from tapestries to pots, the Turner Prize-winning artist captures his sitter’s individuality at poignant moments in their lives when they are questioning who they are.
We have the graphic artist McGill to thank for the saucy seaside postcard genre. The Blackheath resident was a dab hand at creating frolicking escapades and rib tickling antics for the British coastal visitor. Known for gaudy humour, the more outrageous his postcards that featured couples, young women, fat old ladies, drunken men and vicars, the more popular they were. Here, over 100 of McGill’s comical and audacious cartoons are on display.
With an impressive fifty-year career of following the most iconic music legends on tour, this show collates the British music photographer’s most stunning shots. Including Pete Townsend throwing his guitar into the air at one of The Who’s concerts to Mick and Bianca Jagger passed out on a tour bus; Putland reveals the many faces of music history.
Swathes of murky colours and obscure forms collide in the London-based painter’s work. The recent Royal College of Art graduate is concerned with the process of painting, experimenting with texture and manipulation of materials.
Part of a touring programme, this exhibition presents the work of emerging Taiwanese artists to new audiences. Regarded as a rebel region by China, the island of Taiwan exists as part of the world and yet is outside of it. This group show of new media artists looks at breaking down the misconceptions of an isolated nation and celebrates its thriving digital economy.
It’s easy to see why the Affordable Art Fair, which celebrates its fifteenth anniversary in Battersea Park this weekend, is so popular: the artists include both emerging talents and household names, and there's nothing remotely snooty about the atmosphere. There are paintings, photography, sculpture and prints from over a hundred UK galleries at the fair and pieces are strictly priced from £100-£5,000. As funds are short for many of us these days, the organisers have arranged tours to help you identify the biggest bargains of the lot. So, what masterpieces will you bag this weekend?
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