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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.


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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Hogarth's London

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.

  1. Cartoon Museum 35 Little Russell St, WC1A 2HH
  2. Wed Oct 22 - Sun Jan 18
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Wildlife Photographer of the Year

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.

  1. Natural History Museum Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD
  2. Fri Oct 24 - Tue Mar 31
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Giovanni Battist Moroni

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.

  1. Royal Academy of Arts Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J 0BD
  2. Sat Oct 25 - Sun Jan 25
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Grayson Perry: Who Are You?

  • Free

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. 

  1. National Portrait Gallery St Martin's Place, WC2H 0HE
  2. Sat Oct 25 - Sun Mar 15
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Donald McGill

  • Free

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.

  1. Chris Beetles Gallery 8 & 10 Ryder St, SW1Y 6QB
  2. Wed Oct 22 - Sat Nov 8
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Michael Putland: A Life in Music–50 Years on the Road

  • Free

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.

  1. Getty Images Gallery 46 Eastcastle St, W1W 8DX
  2. Wed Oct 22 - Sat Nov 22
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Robin von Einsiedel: Zoo Köln

  • Free

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.

  1. Bosse & Baum Copeland Park, 133 Copeland Rd, SE15 3SN
  2. Sat Oct 25 - Sat Nov 22
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Schizophrenia Taiwan 2.0

  • Free

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.  

  1. Ambika P3 35 Marylebone Rd, NW1 5LS
  2. Fri Oct 24 - Sun Nov 2
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Affordable Art Fair Battersea

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?

  1. Battersea Evolution Battersea Park (Chelsea Bridge entrance), SW11 4NJ
  2. Thu Oct 23 - Sun Oct 26
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