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© Lisa Brice (2021). Courtesy the artist; Stephen Friedman Gallery, London and Salon 94, New York. Photo: Mark Blower
© Lisa Brice (2021). Courtesy the artist; Stephen Friedman Gallery, London and Salon 94, New York. Photo: Mark Blower

17 autumn art exhibitions in London we can’t wait to see

All the leaves are brown, but the art is, like, really colourful

Written by
Eddy Frankel
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The end of summer is a quiet time in art, everyone’s off sunning themselves in Saint-Tropez or drinking champers with curators called Klaus in Lake Como or something. But come September, it’s back to business, and the exhibition schedule this autumn is looking pretty damn snazzy. From big famous names to relative unknowns, huge paintings to little immersive installations, the art shows taking place this autumn are going to be worth putting on a jumper and finally leaving the house for.

London art exhibitions opening in autumn 2021

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Sterling’s painting is a collission of bright colours, cartoon-like caricature figures and big old conceptual heft, and it’s as serious and intensely political as it is fun. This new show is all about changing skin tone through fake tanning and sunbeds. She’s one of the most exciting young painters in the UK today, and her show is one of three solo exhibitions this autumn at the continually impressive GCCA. 

Goldsmith’s Centre for Contemporary Art. Sep 17-Oct 31. Free. Details here.

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Just like they insisted on calling it Euro 2020 despite the competition taking place in 2021, the Royal Academy’s big annual open-call art show is back, and is still called the Summer Exhibition despite taking place in what can only possibly be described as the autumn. Get ready for big crowds, red dots and lots of people saying ‘Summer Exhibition? More like AUTUMN exhibition, right!?’. Great stuff.

Royal Academy of Arts. Sep 22-Jan 2 2022. £20-22. Details here.

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Some people see John Constable – one of Britain’s most celebrated artists – as nothing more than a peddler of boring, conservative visions of quaint fields and villages. But this show at the Royal Academy is here to prove that old John had a wild side too, with a whole host of experimental later works that would go on to influence countless artists.

Royal Academy of Arts. Oct 30-Feb 13 2022. £19-21. Details here.

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Despite the title, this show isn’t about how Britain’s great William Hogarth travelled around Europe getting wrecked on his gap year, but instead how he and his continental peers captured the dawn of a new modernity. 

Tate Britain. Nov 3-Mar 20 2022. £tbc. Details here.

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