It's easy to forget how lucky we are to live in a city with such an incredible art calendar. But when you lay it out and really see what we have to look forward to, it's a little overwhelming, isn't it? There are retrospectives looking at artists who changed the shape of art forever (Hockney, Johns, Basquiat, Paolozzi, Cezanne), historical explorations (revolutionary Russia, Flemish painting), contemporary giants (Whiteread, Tillmans) and – a real relief after the relatively one-sided man-desert of 2016 – a fantastic spread of amazing female artists.
This list not only shows the luxury of choice we have to look forward to, but it's enough to get anyone properly and seriously excited for 2017.
Tillmans doesn’t care about your damn categories. You might think he’s a photographer, but he’s a DJ too, and a musician, and an activist – he’s anything he wants to be, and this show is going to be quite the tour de force.
You’ll know Paolozzi from the Tottenham Court Road murals, or one of his countless public sculptures in the city. But he also helped invent pop art as we know it, and this retrospective will be full to bursting with eye-popping work.
Zeid is the best abstract artist you’ve probably never heard of. Mixing western abstraction with Islamic art influences, this Turkish painter created an undulating visual vocabulary that’s as beautiful as it is unique.
Potter, TV presenter, author, cross-dresser, artist: Perry is a proper renaissance transvestite, and this promises to be his biggest and most fun show for years.
She was the first woman to win the Turner Prize, and Whiteread is still a powerfully influential and immediately recognisable sculptural force. This mid-career retrospective will be a big, authoritative, immersive statement from a seriously important artist.
This young kid brought the street into the gallery and changed art forever before dying at just 27. Music, film, text, graffiti - it's all going to be here, and it's going to be amazing.
Mirza smashes together light, sound and music to create immersive, stuttering, strobing installations. You’ll be left dizzy and bewildered, but hey, it’s nice when art has an impact, right?
Van Eyck helped shape how the Pre-Raphs painted and approached art. Here, his famous Arnolfini Portrait is finally being shown in relationship to these great British artists.
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