There are many cities around the world famed for their art scene, but London is hard to beat when it comes to excellent galleries and exhibitions. At Spresso, we love the history, culture, and hustle and bustle of the British capital. So in honor of this great city, we took a look at some of the top art exhibitions coming to London over the next few months. If you’re an art junkie, you won’t want to miss these.
Abstract Expressionism, Royal Academy of Arts
Abstract expressionism arose out of post-war New York and became hugely influential around the globe, producing world-famous artists such as Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning. Explore the history of this fascinating movement at the Royal Academy of Arts from the end of September, making sure to keep an eye out for Pollock’s famous "Mural" and Mark Rothko’s "No. 15", which was valued at over $50 million in 2008. Runs from September 24 to January 2.
Picasso Portraits, National Portrait Gallery
Pablo Picasso is one of those artists who, like Van Gogh or Monet, is universally adored. At the National Portrait Gallery this autumn, fans will get to explore one specific aspect of his work: his skill in portraiture. The exhibition will showcase more than 75 works, ranging from the strikingly realist paintings of his youth to the colorful abstract works for which he is most famous. Runs from October 6 to February 5.
Painting with Light: Art and Photography from the Pre-Raphaelites to the
Modern Age, Tate Britain
Hosted by the Tate Britain, this exhibition looks at the works of the Pre-Raphaelites, and later painters such as John Singer Sargent, examining the harmonious relationship that existed between their works and the photography of the time. According to the organizers, it’s an exhibition that will blur the boundaries between the two media. Certainly sounds interesting to us. Runs until September 25.
Antony Gormley, White Cube Bermondsey
This brand new Antony Gormley exhibition will be debuting at the end of September. Entitled "Fit", the thought-provoking exhibition is a sequel to "Model", which was hosted in the same gallery in 2012. Word from White Cube is that Gormley has constructed 15 discrete chambers within the gallery space, creating a mysterious labyrinth through which visitors must pass. As far as interactive installations go, this is definitely the one to beat. Runs from September 30 to November 6.
Georgia O’Keefe, Tate Modern
Georgia O’Keefe is celebrated around the world as a painter who pioneered the American Modernism movement. In this exhibition, you’ll be able to view a hundred of her most famous – and controversial – paintings, alongside photographic portraits of O’Keefe taken by her husband. If you do go, keep your eyes peeled for "Jimson Weed, White Flower No 1", the most expensive painting by a female artist ever sold at auction. Runs until October 30.
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