From the earliest masters right up to the most fascinating modern instalments, London covers virtually the entire spectrum of art in its 2017 calendar. The trouble is, with so many galleries and exhibitions on every corner, it can be hard to know what’s worth seeing and what could’ve been replaced with food or a nap. We have hand selected some of the more interesting exhibitions coming up this year so you can fill your diary with only the most riveting productions from the art world. Read on to see our top picks for art exhibitions in 2017.
Sir Eduardo Paolozzi – Whitechapel Gallery
Feb 16th – May 14th
Generally considered one of the founders of pop art, Eduardo Paolozzi’s work will be displayed in a stunning retrospective that covers five decades at the Whitechapel Gallery. This legendary artist broke down conventions and introduced the world to an entirely new form of creative expression. This is definitely not an exhibition that should be missed.
America after the Fall – Royal Academy of Arts
Feb 25th – June 4th
Could there be a more aptly named exhibition given the state of the United States at the moment? Of course, the fall they are talking about here is the Wall Street Crash of 1929 and the ensuing years of the Great Depression. However bad America might seem today, at least the majority of the country is employed right? This is a great one for a bit of perspective.
David Hockney – Tate Britain
David Hockney Exhibition at Tate Britain
Feb 9th – May 29th
In July, David Hockney, one of Britain’s most iconic painters, will be turning 80, so what better way to celebrate this milestone age than by amassing some of his most famous and important pieces of art and presenting them in one of the world’s most renowned galleries. Make your way through his life, one decade at a time and admire his many styles shown through paintings, drawings and photos.
Grayson Perry – Serpentine
June 8th – September 7th
Quite the social commentator, Grayson Perry is an artist turned author and TV presenter who has gained fame for his outspoken artwork, which includes vases with untraditional décor, prints and even tapestries. His work touches on various themes that are prominent in modern society, such as masculinity and culture. If you are looking for something a bit different to cast your eyes upon this summer, this exhibition will do the trick.
Basquiat: Boom for Real – Barbican
Jean-Michel Basquiat, Glenn, 1985. Courtesy Private Collection
September 21st – January 28th 2018
This a pretty big deal for the Barbican. The works of New York graffiti artist-turned-social commentator Jean-Michel Basquiat will be towards the end of this year so make sure you clear your diary and make this a priority. His work is outlandish and poignant as he comments on power structures, race and class. Despite his untimely death at the tender age of 27, Basquiat has left behind a legacy that deserves our attention.
Cezanne Portraits – National Gallery
October 26th – February 11th 2018
If you’re looking for a once in a lifetime art experience then head over to the National Gallery for was is guaranteed to be a mind-blowing exhibition of one of the most prestigious painters in the world. There will be over 50 of his magnificent pieces on display, several of which have never been exhibited in the UK before. Don’t miss this!
What London Art Exhibitions are you attending this year? Please leave a comment below.
Main Image Credit: Eduardo Paolozzi, Wittgenstein in New York courtesy of Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
Image Credits: America after the Fall: Painting in the 1930s courtesy of Royal Academy
Image Credits: David Hockney Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) 1972 courtesy of Art Gallery of New South Wales / Jenni Carter
Image Credits: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Glenn, 1985 courtesy of Marbican
Image Credits: Boy in a Red Waistcoat, 1888-90 by Paul Cézanne courtesy of National Portrait Gallery