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Summer 2013: Art in London

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Patrick Caulfield

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Tate Modern
Tate Modern
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Tate Modern
Royal Academy of Art
Royal Academy of Art
Royal Academy of Art
Others: Saatchi Gallery, Dulwich Picture Gallery, RCA
National Gallery
Courtauld Gallery
Institute of Contemporary Arts
Others: Saatchi Gallery, Dulwich Picture Gallery, RCA
Others: Saatchi Gallery, Dulwich Picture Gallery, RCA
 

Credit: Patrick Caulfield, Bishops 2004 The estate of Patrick Caulfield

We run through all the best art exhibitions coming to town this summer - from the new chronological rehang at Tate Britain to the Royal Academy's annual Summer Exhibition and one-off trip to Mexico.

 
 

Tate Britain

Chronological rehang, Patrick Caulfield, Gary Hume and Lowry

Tate Britain Tate Britain Where:
, Millbank, London London, SW1P 4RG
Category: Art Galleries

Millbank, Westminster, London, SW1P 4RG

Tube: Pimlico Station

 
 

On 13th May 2013, Tate Britain's collection displays reopen after a large refurbishment and chronological rehang. A sequence of 20 rooms will present the story of British art from the last 500 years in a continuous display - a walk through time - which includes iconic works by the likes of Bacon, Constable, Hirst, Hockney and Hogarth, and devotes special areas to William Blake, Henry Moore and JMW Turner. From 5th June, the gallery also pairs the celebrated British painter Patrick Caulfield and the contemporary artist Gary Hume before it becomes the first major London museum to mount an exhibition of LS Lowry's landscapes since the popular Lancashire artist's death in 1976. Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life (25th Jun - 20th Oct) brings 80 works to London and promises to be a highlight of the Tate's 2013 season. Also, running until 2nd June, Looking at the View examines the changing way more than 50 British artists, including Tracey Emin and JMW Turner, have tackled landscape.

 
 

Events at Tate Britain

Phillip King
On SoonFree Event

8th December 2014 to 1st February 2015 - Various Times | Free

 

An abridged survey of the career of the Tunis-born, British artist, offering a display of early wood and plaster works from the early 1960s, shown alongside two works from his 'Cone' series; Rosebud and Sure ...

Olafur Eliasson: Turner Colour Experiments On SoonFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

23rd October 2014 to 25th January 2015 | Free

 
The Turner Prize 2014 On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

30th September 2014 to 4th January 2015 | 10, concs 8.60

 
The EY Exhibition: Late Turner: Painting Set Free On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

10th September 2014 to 25th January 2015 | 15 (Adults), 13.10 (Concessions)

 
BP Spotlight: Marlow Moss
On SoonFree Event

23rd October 2014 to 22nd March 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
BP Spotlights: 'Poor Man's Picture Gallery': Victorian Art And Stereoscopic Photography
On SoonFree Event

13th October 2014 to 12th April 2015 - 10am-6pm | Free

 
BP Spotlight: William Hogarth
On SoonFree Event

27th October 2014 to 26th April 2015 - 10am-6pm | Free

 
BP Spotlight: New Brutalist Image 1949–55
On SoonFree Event

24th November 2014 to 4th October 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
BP British Art Displays: A Walk Through British Art
On SoonFree Event

14th May 2013 to 31st December 2016 - 10am-6pm | Free

 
David Tremlett: Drawing For Free Thinking
On SoonFree Event

19th September 2012 to 31st December 2016 - 10am-6pm | Free

 
BP Spotlight: Spaces Of Black Modernism: London 1919-39
On SoonFree Event

13th October 2014 to 29th March 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
David Hall: TV Interruptions
On SoonFree Event

13th October 2014 to 29th March 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Karen Knorr: BP Spotlight
On SoonFree Event

13th October 2014 to 29th March 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
William Hazlitt: Through The Eyes Of A Critic
On SoonFree Event

30th September 2014 to 5th April 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Caroline Achaintre
On SoonFree Event

13th October 2014 to 3rd May 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
All events at Tate Britain
 
 
 

Tate Modern

Choucair, El-Salahi, Gallagher and Gaba

Tate Modern Tate Modern Where:
, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street, London London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries

Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG

Tube: Blackfriars Station

 
 

This summer, Tate Modern presents a series of intriguing premieres, including the UK debuts of pioneering Lebanese abstract artist Saloua Raouda Choucair and Sudanese artist Ibrahim El-Salahi, and a substantial solo show for US-born contemporary artist Ellen Gallagher. The Choucair retrospective (17th Apr to 20th Oct) features more than 120 works, many of which have never been seen before, bringing together paintings, sculptures and other objects made by the 97-year-old artist over six decades, reflecting her interests in science, mathematics and Islamic art and poetry. Ibrahim El-Salahi: A Visionary Modernist (3rd Jul - 22nd Sep) brings together 100 gloriously colourful works from across more than five decades of the career of one of the most significant figures in African and Arab Modernism. Ellen Gallagher: AxME (1st May - 1st Sep) is the UK's first major solo exhibition of the work of one of the most acclaimed and versatile contemporary artists to have emerged from North America since the mid-1990s. A final summer exhibition features an immersive twelve-room installation by Benin artist Meschac Gaba, constructed over five years and recently purchased by the Tate. Entitled Museum of Contemporary African Art, the free installation invites visitors to see and interact with a vast array of objects and environments.

 
 

Events at Tate Modern

Conflict, Time, Photography Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

26th November 2014 to 15th March 2015 | Adult 14.50, concession 12.50

 
Sigmar Polke: Alibis Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

9th October 2014 to 8th February 2015 | 14.50 (Adults), 13.10 (Adults without donation), 12.50 (Concessions), 11.30 (Concessions without donation)

 
Sonia Delaunay Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

12th April 2014 to 9th August 2015

 
Joseph Beuys: Artist Rooms
OngoingFree Event

24th May 2014 to 31st December 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Heather & Ivan Morison: Skirt Of The Black Mouth
OngoingFree Event

19th October 2012 to 30th September 2015 | Free

 
Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture
On Soon

12th December 2014 to 3rd April 2015 - Various Times | phone for prices

 
Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963-2010
On SoonFree Event

9th October 2014 to 8th February 2015 - Various Times | 13.10, concs 11.30, under 12s Free

 
Richard Tuttle: Commission On SoonFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

14th October 2014 to 6th April 2015 | Free

 
Albert Renger-Patzsch
On SoonFree Event

27th to 31st Dec 2014 - Various Times | Free

 
Louise Bourgeois: Works On Paper
On SoonFree Event

20th August 2014 to 12th April 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Lawrence Weiner
On SoonFree Event

24th May 2014 to 31st January 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Nam June Paik
On SoonFree Event

3rd November 2014 to 31st December 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Vanessa Bell And Saluoa Raouda Choucair
On SoonFree Event

24th May 2014 to 23rd August 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Abstraction And The Sublime
On SoonFree Event

28th May 2014 to 31st December 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Alexander Brodsky And Ilya Utkin
On SoonFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Elegies
On SoonFree Event

28th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Niki De Saint Phalle And Richard Serra
On SoonFree Event

28th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Surrealism And Beyond
On SoonFree Event

28th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Around Abstract Art 1920-1935
On SoonFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Arte Povera And Anti-Form
On SoonFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Beyond Painting
On SoonFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Beyond Surrealism
On SoonFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Bill Viola
On SoonFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Charlotte Posenenske
On SoonFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Chen Zhen And Leonilson: Objects For Mending
On SoonFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Constructionism
On SoonFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Cubism
On SoonFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Cy Twombly
On SoonFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Elements Of Chance
On SoonFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Ellsworth Kelly
On SoonFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Everyday Alchemy: Contemporary Sculpture
On SoonFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Giorgio De Chirico And Jannis Kounellis
On SoonFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Henry Wessel
On SoonFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Homeworkers
On SoonFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Leon Golub & Hrair Sarkissian: Facing History
On SoonFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Minimalism
On SoonFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
New Images Of Man
On SoonFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Nicholas Hlobo
On SoonFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Pino Pascali
On SoonFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Realisms
On SoonFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Russian Revolutionary Posters
On SoonFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
The Reclining Nude
On SoonFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Thomas Hirschhorn And Germaine Richier
On SoonFree Event

27th May 2014 to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
All events at Tate Modern
 
 
 

National Gallery

Vermeer and Music: The Art of Love and Leisure

National Gallery National Gallery Where:
, Trafalgar Square, London London, WC2N 5DN
Category: Art Galleries

Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London, WC2N 5DN

Tube: Charing Cross Station, Leicester Square Station, Embankment Underground Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Covent Garden Station

 
 

You'll certainly need to book ahead when the National Gallery brings works by the incomparable Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer and his contemporaries to London this summer, juxtaposing them with musical instruments and songbooks of the period. In Vermeer and Music: The Art of Love and Leisure (26th Jun - 8th Sep), two musical Vermeer paintings owned by the National Gallery - 'Young Woman Standing at a Virginal' and 'Young Woman Seated at a Virginal' - are brought together with Vermeer's 'Guitar Player' for the first time in a free exhibition displayed in the gallery's Sainsbury Wing. Visitors are given an insight into music as a pastime of the elite in the northern Netherlands during the 17th century; used for symbolic purposes, music was often used as a metaphor to indicate harmony, transience or to show the sitter's position in society.

 
 

Events at National Gallery

Maggi Hambling: Walls Of Water
On SoonFree Event

26th November 2014 to 15th February 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Rembrandt: The Late Works On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

15th October 2014 to 18th January 2015 | Adult 18, student 9

 
Rembrandt: The Late Works:Talk
On Soon

15th October 2014 to 18th January 2015 - Various Times | 18, NUS 9, OAP 16

 
Peder Balke
On SoonFree Event

13th November 2014 to 12th April 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
A Festive Tour Of The National Gallery
On Soon

Sunday 28th December 2014 at 11am-12.15pm & Monday 29th December 2014 at 6pm-7.15pm | 15

 

Explore the Christmas story through sparkling altarpieces and paintings by Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance masters and celebrate the season with crisp winter scenes by Dutch, French and German artists, including Monet and Pissarro.

All events at National Gallery
 
 
 

National Portrait Gallery

BP Portrait Award & Laura Knight Portraits

National Portrait Gallery National Portrait Gallery Where:
, St Martin's Place, London London, WC2H 0HE
Category: Art Galleries

St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE

Tube: Leicester Square Station, Charing Cross Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Embankment Underground Station, Covent Garden Station

 
 

Once again, the highlight of the National Portrait Gallery's summer season is the BP Portrait Award (20th Jun - 15th Sep), the world's most prestigious portrait painting competition which returns for its 34th year. With a new first prize of 30,000 the Award is aimed at encouraging artists to focus upon and develop portraiture in their work while the free exhibition of selected entrants will showcase outstanding and innovative new work in a variety of styles and approaches. Two artists have been short-listed for the 2013 Award - both for powerful paintings of their sons and daughters. John Devane ('The Uncertain Time') and Susanne du Toit ('Pieter') will learn who has scooped the top prize on Tuesday 18th June, two days before the exhibition opens at the National Portrait Gallery. Also on at the National Portrait Gallery over the summer, in the Porter Gallery, is Laura Knight Portraits (11th Jul - 13th Oct), an exhibition of 30 portraits from one of the most popular and pioneering British artists of the twentieth century. Capturing contemporary life and culture, Knight's highly distinctive and vivid work reflect her success in gaining greater professional recognition for women in the arts, and are remarkable for their diverse range of subjects and settings.

 
 

Events at National Portrait Gallery

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

13th November 2014 to 22nd February 2015 | 3

 
Portrait Of The Day: Talk
OngoingFree Event

25th to 31st Dec 2014 - 12noon | Free

 
Suffragettes: Deeds Not Words
OngoingFree Event

1st July 2014 to 1st April 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Anarchy & Beauty: William Morris And His Legacy, 1860-1960
On SoonFree Event

16th October 2014 to 11th January 2015 - Various Times | 12.70, OAP 11.80, concs 10.90, family 18.10-26.30, accompanied under 12s Free

 
Snowdon: A Life in View On SoonFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

26th September 2014 to 21st January 2015 | Free

 
Grayson Perry: Who Are You'
On SoonFree Event

25th October 2014 to 15th March 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
The Real Tudors: Kings and Queens Rediscovered On SoonFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

12th September 2014 to 1st March 2015 | Free

 
Keep The Home Fires Burning
On SoonFree Event

1st July 2014 to 1st February 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Henry Tonks: Studies Of The Artist
On SoonFree Event

18th November 2014 to 1st July 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Old Titles And New Money: American Heiresses And The British Aristocracy
On SoonFree Event

24th November 2014 to 1st August 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
The Artist's Cause At Heart: Marion Harry Spielmann, Collector And Donor
On SoonFree Event

18th November 2014 to 1st August 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Colour, Light, Texture: Portraits By Matthew Smith And Frank Dobson
On SoonFree Event

5th August 2014 to 1st May 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Favourites: Art And Power, 1600-1800
On SoonFree Event

9th August 2014 to 1st September 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Hidden: An Unseen Portrait Of Oliver Cromwell
On SoonFree Event

10th July 2014 to 19th October 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Pictured & Seen
On SoonFree Event

9th August 2014 to 30th November 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
All events at National Portrait Gallery
 
 
 

Royal Academy of Art

Summer Exhibition & Mexico: A Revolution in Art

Royal Academy of Arts Royal Academy of Arts Where:
, Burlington House, London London, W1J 0BD
Category: Art Galleries

Burlington House, Mayfair, London, W1J 0BD

Tube: Green Park Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 
 

The Royal Academy's annual Summer Exhibition (10th Jun - 18th Aug) is one of the fixtures of any summer in London and has been running since 1769. Over 11,000 pieces are sifted through from relative unknowns to famous artists and members of the RA - giving the whole show a wonderful element of surprise. The fun part for visitors is choosing a favourite and, with the majority of works on sale at varying price ranges, you can even buy one if you really fall in love with it. Soon after its annual summer exhibition kicks off, the Royal Academy travels to Mexico for work by Diego Rivera, Tina Modotti and Edward Weston. Held in the Sackler Wing of the RA, Mexico: A Revolution in Art, 1910-1940 (6th Jul - 29th Sep) places works by national artists, such as the 'three greats' of Mexian art - Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros - alongside those of international artists affected by their experiences in Mexico during a time of profound political change.

 
 

Events at Royal Academy of Arts

Charles Stewart: Black And White Gothic
On SoonFree Event

20th December 2014 to 15th February 2015 - Various Times | 3, mems Free

 

Exhibition of the pen and ink drawings in the manner of the great graphic artists of the nineteenth century, inspired by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu's tale of Maud Ruthyn.

Allen Jones RA
On Soon

13th November 2014 to 25th January 2015 - Various Times | 11.50, concs 8

 
Giovanni Battista Moroni (c.1520-1579) On SoonFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

25th October 2014 to 25th January 2015 | 10 (Adults), 8/9 (Concessions), 6 (Ages 12-18, unwaged) Free (Disabled carer, under 12s)

 
Rubens and His Legacy: Van Dyck to Cezanne On SoonFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

24th January to 10th April 2015 | 15, child Free, concs available

 
Still-Life: Form And Colour

Saturday 28th February 2015 - 10am-4pm | 55, adv booking required

 

Discover more about colour mixing, composition and shape.

All events at Royal Academy of Art
 
 
 

Courtauld Gallery

Collecting Gauguin: Samuel Courtauld in the '20s

The Courtauld Gallery The Courtauld Gallery Where:
, Somerset House, Strand, London London, WC2R 1LA
Category: Art Galleries

Somerset House, Strand, Covent Garden, London, WC2R 1LA

Tube: Temple Station

 
 

The Courtauld Gallery's summer showcase for 2013 delves into the works of Post-Impressionist master Paul Gauguin, widely celebrated as one of the most important artists of the 19th century. This exhibition was assembled by the pioneering collector Samuel Courtauld (1876-1947) and includes major paintings and works on paper as well as one of only two marble sculptures ever created by the artist. Two important works by Gauguin (1848-1903) have been loaned to supplement the Courtauld's private collection: 'Martinique Landscape' (Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh) and 'Bathers at Tahiti' (Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham). Collecting Gauguin (20th Jun - 8th Sep) offers an opportunity to consider the contribution of Samuel Courtauld in developing the artist's reputation in this country - a reputation that only started to flourish following Gauguin's death.

 
 

Events at The Courtauld Gallery

Egon Schiele: The Radical Nude On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

23rd October 2014 to 18th January 2015 | 6, concs 5, National Art Pass 3

 
Jack Of Diamonds
On SoonFree Event

18th September 2014 to 18th January 2015 - 10am-6pm | permanent collection and smaller displays 7, concs 6, NUS/unwaged/disabled carer/Friends Of The Courtauld Free, permanent collection and temporary exhibitions 8.50, concs 7.50, NUS/unwaged/disabled carer 4, Friends Of The Courtauld Free

 
The Courtauld Collection
On SoonFree Event

6th June 2014 to 31st December 2015 - Various Times | 6, concs 4.50, NUS/unwaged/disabled carer/Friends Of The Courtauld/under 18s Free, Mon 10am-2pm excl Bank Hols Free

 
Unseen
On SoonFree Event

15th January to 29th March 2015 - 10am-6pm | permanent collection and smaller displays 7, concs 6, NUS/unwaged/disabled carer/Friends Of The Courtauld Free, permanent collection and temporary exhibitions 8.50, concs 7.50, NUS/unwaged/disabled carer 4, Friends Of The Courtauld Free

 
Goya: The Witches And Old Women Album
Free Event

26th February to 25th May 2015 - 10am-6pm | permanent collection and smaller displays 7, concs 6, NUS/unwaged/disabled carer/Friends Of The Courtauld Free, permanent collection and temporary exhibitions 8.50, concs 7.50, NUS/unwaged/disabled carer 4, Friends Of The Courtauld Free

 
All events at Courtauld Gallery
 
 
 

Institute of Contemporary Arts

Keep Your Timber Limber & Points of Departure

 

Keep Your Timber Limber: Works on Paper (19th Jun - 8th Sep) explores how artists since the 1940s have used drawing to address ideas critical and current to their time, ranging from the politics of gender and sexuality to feminist issues, war, censorship and race. Stretching from fashion to erotica, the works can all be viewed as being in some way transgressive, employing traditional and commercial drawing techniques to challenge specific social, political or stylistic conventions. The free exhibition brings together the work of eight artists: Judith Bernstein, Tom of Finland, George Grosz, Margaret Harrison, Mike Kuchar, Cary Kwok, Antonio Lopez and Marlene McCarty. Also running this summer at the ICA as part of the 2013 Shubbak Festival in London, Points of Departure (26th Jun - 21st Jul) presents new commissions by Palestinian artists Jumana Emil Abboud, Bashar Alhroub, Bisan Abu Eisheh, and UK artists Jeremy Hutchison and Olivia Plender - all of whom undertook eight-week residencies in London and Ramallah respectively.

 
 
 

Others: Saatchi Gallery, Dulwich Picture Gallery, RCA

New Order: British Art Today, A Crisis of Brilliance & Annual Graduate Shows

 

Featuring 17 young artists based in the UK, New Order: British Art Today continues the Saatchi Gallery's 25-year-long support of emerging artists and the King's Road gallery's drive to make contemporary art as widely available as possible to both a British and international audience. The free exhibition offers an arresting insight into the nature of Britain today. It includes sculptural forms that owe a debt to American minimalism, paintings that mine British caricature from the 18th century, the iconography of earthly power, every day elements from ordinary life, industrial materials as well as traditional oil paint and gouache. British artists also feature in A Crisis of Brilliance (12th Jun - 22nd Sep), the Dulwich Picture Gallery's survey of such contemporaries as CRW Nevinson, Stanley Spencer, Mark Gertler and Dora Carrington, from their time at the Slade School of Art to their responses to the First World War. Finally, the Royal College of Art presents its annual Graduate Shows at both Kensington and Battersea (20th-30th Jun).

 
 
Sophie Wallace

EDITOR

Sophie Wallace

26th December 2014

 

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