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12 art shows we can’t wait to see in 2017

The year ahead is looking in great artistic shape. Here’s our pick of the best art exhibitions coming to London

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Eddy Frankel
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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.

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Wolfgang Tillmans at Tate Modern
  • Art

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.

Eduardo Paolozzi at Whitechapel Gallery
  • Art
  • Sculpture

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.

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