This East End stalwart reopened in 2009 following a major redesign and expansion that saw the Grade II listed building transformed into a vibrant, holistic centre of art complete with a research centre, archives room and café. Since 1901, Whitechapel Art Gallery has built on its reputation as a pioneering contemporary institution and is well remembered for premiering the talents of exhibitions by Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Frida Kahlo among others. Expect the rolling shows to be challenging and risqué.
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A Handful Of Dust
Some group shows have big and ponderous-sounding themes. Others, like this one, keep things simple. It's about dust. This exhibition traces a visual journey through the motif of dust vai aerial reconnaissance, wartime destruction and natural disasters,...Photography Until Sunday September 3 2017
Benedict Drew: The Trickle-Down Syndrome
If you’re poor – and hey, the overwhelming majority of us are – here’s a tiny crumb of comfort: money trickles down. The richer the rich get, the richer us deluded proletarian bozos get. That’s the idea behind trickle-down economics, anyway. And in British...Installation Until Sunday September 10 2017
Emma Hart: Mamma Mia!
You could cut the tension in this room with a knife. And Emma Hart does, and with a fork and spoon too. Giant cutlery swishes slowly through the air like a ceiling fan in her first major show here at the Whitechapel; the result of her winning the Max...Sculpture Until Sunday September 3 2017
Thomas Ruff belonged to the Dusseldorf School of Photography: a movement of photographers who emerged in the '70s, and dispensed with any artsy, pseudo-psychological funny business in favour of taking pictures that were unfussy, deadpan and objective....Wednesday September 27 2017 - Sunday January 21 2018
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The gallery should have a parental guidance for the Sarah Lucas exhibit. I visited the gallery with my children and walked in on a very sexually explicit exhibition, no warning until it was too late. Exhibitions such as this must carry a warning when advertised and at the point of entry. There are age restrictions for films, venues, bars, but not for explicit gallery exhibitions. Whitechapel please sort this out.
The Director of the Whitechapel, Iwona Blazwick isn't on every single 'most influential people in art' list for nothing. A visit to the Whitechapel always feels like you're at the forefront of what's happening in the contemporary art world. It's free to enter, has a terrific bookshop and is bang next door to Aldgate East tube station (a design destination in its own right). I'm very much looking forward to the Sarah Lucas exhibition in October 2013 and the Bloomberg commission is always worth a visit in its own right.