Past Event: A Season of mellow fruitfulness for London Exhibition-goers
by Cass Art
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Keats had it right when he waxed lyrical about the “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness”.
But his poem To Autumn could just have easily been relating to its impact on artists as the environment.
For many creatives, this reflective period is the most stimulating time to create and view art.
Nowhere is this more apparent this year than in London, where its autumnal offerings, as Keats' poem would have had it, are full of “sweet kernels”.
Such kernels include the Royal Academy of Arts' Australia exhibition, which runs until December 8 in Piccadilly. It has been billed as the UK's most significant survey of Aussie art. This encyclopaedic exhibition of 180 works, drawn from Canberra’s National Gallery, concentrates on the distinctive Australian landscape's relationship with its artists. Tickets are £14. Concessions start at £6.
Paul Klee's Making Visible at the Tate Modern, Bankside, runs from next Wednesday (October 16) to March 9, 2014. Klee's name has been whispered in the same breath as Picasso. The Swiss artist betrays cubist, surrealist and expressionist influences. His fantastical abstracts were rubbished as “degenerate” by the Nazis. Tickets are £16.50 with £14.50 concessions.
Pop Art Design at the Barbican, Silk Street, is a long overdue first comprehensive exhibition to examine the fascinating idea exchange between artists and designers in the Pop Age - 50 years after the genre burst into life. It boasts 200 works by 70 artists and runs from October 22 to February 9, 2014, with tickets £12 (£10 concessions).
One of the US's most uncompromising creatives finally makes her solo bow in the capital at Camden Arts Centre, Arkwright Road from this Friday (October 11 to January 5, 2014).
Historical slavery and the ills of white supremacy feature in Kara Walker's soul-emancipating journey. Her politically-charged paper silhouettes lend a vibrancy and poignancy that will positively crackle inside the centre's every atom.
Frieze Art Fair 2013, London art's largest annual event, graces Regent's Park next Thursday (October 17) until October 20 with a selection of the world's leading contemporary galleries featuring over 1,000 artists. Its Sculpture Park, in the English Garden's beautiful surroundings, is within a three-minute walk of the main fair hub. Artists include Gimhongsok, Amar Kanwar and Peter Peri.
The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, stages Facing The Modern: The Portrait in Vienna 1900 until January 12, 2014. It features paintings from Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka and examines the key role portraiture played in Viennese painting and the seismic shift that marked the turn of the 20th century.
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