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Anselm Kiefer Winter Landscape (Winterlandschaft), 1970

Anselm Kiefer

A dizzying show of post-war art

  1. Royal Academy of Arts Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J 0BD
  2. Wed Oct 1 - Sun Dec 14
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Horst: Photographer of Style

Snaps by the legendar Vogue lensman

  1. V&A Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL
  2. Wed Oct 1 - Sun Jan 4
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Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age

  • Rated as: 5/5

‘The long exposure time required by the first cameras favoured the static attributes of buildings, making them a far more reliable subject than the human figure,’ reads the dry introductory text to this extensive and actually quite moving show of photography from the past 80 years.

  1. Barbican Centre Silk St, EC2Y 8DS
  2. Wed Oct 1 - Sun Jan 11
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Vue Entertainment and Prop Store Exhibition

  • Free

Movie collectibles vendors Prop Store have been gathering some of the most recognisable, memorable and goddamn awesome bits of film ephemera for over a decade now, and will auction off 375 of them in London on October 16. Some of the items are expected to fetch tens of thousands of pounds, but you can see them for free in the fortnight preceding the sale. Drool over one of Wonka's golden tickets, admire Marty McFly's hoverboard, stay a safe distance from Ripley's anti-alien flame thrower and peer at the intricacies of a remote control Batmobile before they get snapped up and go to a new, film-obsessed home.

  1. Vue Westfield London Westfield Shopping Centre, W12 7GF
  2. Wed Oct 1 - Thu Oct 16
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Lambeth Open

  • Free

A chance to snoop around homes, workshops and studios of Lambeth's most creative inhabitants. Venues all over the Borough will be open to the public in order to showcase the many arts and crafts that are produced under locals' noses. Discover sculptures, textiles, jewellery, prints, photography and plenty more to adorn those suddenly all-too-empty corners of your house. Visit the Lambeth Open website for a map of all participating venues.

  1. Various Lambeth locations
  2. Sat Oct 4 - Sun Oct 5
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The Nakeds

  • Free

The naked body has transfixed artists for centuries. This show focuses on the recurring image of the unclothed figure from the post-war period to today using the powerful and provocative drawings of Egon Schiele as it’s starting point. Featuring works by Joseph Beuys, Louise Bourgeois, George Condo, Marlene Dumas, Tracey Emin, Chris Ofili, Andy Warhol and Franz West, the show presents sketches that capture the multifarious nature of the human psyche.

  1. Drawing Room Tannery Arts, 12 Rich Estate, Crimscott St, SE1 5TE
  2. Wed Oct 1 - Sat Nov 29
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  • Free

Why would you call your event Photomonth when it's actually on for two months? It's a conundrum we'll just have to move on from, because it would be a shame to put you off this vast festival of photography which includes exhibitions, talks and workshops in a selection of venues across east London.

Designing the Twentieth Century: Life and Work of Abram Games

Abram Games had an influential and celebrated 60-year career as a graphic designer. He created the first animated BBC ident and many of London Transport's most iconic posters and was appointed an official poster artist during World War II. This exhibition, curated with help from Games' children Naomi and Daniel, looks at his artistic process through a collection of more than 100 original posters, paintings and sketches.

  1. Jewish Museum 129-131 Albert St, NW1 7NB
  2. Until Sun Jan 4
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Lawrence Weiner

  • Free

The prominent American artist who creates immaterial sculptures through cryptic slogans presents a new body of work, ‘ALL IN DUE COURSE’. Using the gallery’s interior and façade as well as creating an off-site piece on the former Peckham Road Fire Station, Weiner will showcase his new sculptures in his distinct choice of font: Maragret Seaworthy Gothic.

  1. South London Gallery 65 Peckham Rd, SE5 8UH
  2. Wed Oct 1 - Sun Nov 23
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Revolution was in the air in early twentieth century Russia, but it wasn’t just the government that was being overthrown. Malevich was at the forefront of an artistic avant-garde that reduced paintings to black squares and stark shapes. If you like your art minimal and blunt, Malevich is the king.

  1. Tate Modern Bankside, SE1 9TG
  2. Wed Oct 1 - Sun Oct 26
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Roman Ostia: Ancient Ruins, Modern Art

The fascination of Roman ruins is featured in this unique display of antiquities, marbles and mosaics. The work of contemporary Italian artists, Umberto Mastroianni and Ettore De Conciliis offset the archaeological pieces and convey the changing face of creativity.

  1. Estorick Collection 39a Canonbury Square, N1 2AN
  2. Wed Oct 1 - Sun Dec 21
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The Threadneedle Prize: Figurative Art Today

The seventh edition of the Threadneedle Prize presents the best figurative and representational artists from across Europe. The six finalists selected by an esteemed panel of judges including The Times art critic, Nancy Durrant; gallerist, John Martin and sculptor, Kevin Francis Gray will be exhibited along with the longlist of artists who entered the open submission £30,000 prize. Chantal Joffe, Laura Oldfield Ford and Sarah Lucas will feature in the inaugural ‘Curated Space’.

  1. Mall Galleries The Mall, SW1Y 5BD
  2. Wed Oct 1 - Sat Oct 11
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Inkygoodness presents Beermat Characters at The Coningsby Gallery, 29th April - 4th May Beermat Characters is the latest project by Inkygoodness, inviting illustrators, artists & character designers to transform a beer mat (coaster) into a character. Showcasing the talents of over 80 artists & illustrators tasked with the challenge to transform a simple beermat into a character, our latest project will launch on Tue 30th April 2013 at the Coningsby Gallery in central London, with music, plenty of drinks on offer and a great atmosphere guaranteed! Expect a diverse selection of artworks from handmade to digital, felt plush, paper-cut outs, inked & painted, 3D sculptures & much much more!

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