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A new year is on the horizon and with it comes the promise of some very exciting art exhibitions. Here's our pick of the up and coming corkers that you really won't want to miss...
Rubens & his Legacy: Van Dyck to Cezanne
24th January – 10th April 2015 at The Royal Academy
Peter Paul Rubens has been hailed as the ‘prince of painters’ – a title he arguably deserves! See his range of art works for yourself at London's Royal Academy early this year, curated into six themes; power, lust, compassion, elegance, poetry and violence. Rubens’ influence can be identified in prints by an array of great artists Picasso, Rembrandt and Van Dyck to name but a few. For the first time, see the work of these great artists alongside their influence, Rubens. A highly anticipated show that brings together uncountable masterpieces and celebrates Rubens’ incredible legacy – not one to miss!
Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends
12th February – 25th May 2015 at The National Portrait Gallery
During the Edwardian period John Singer Sargent was considered to be the leading portrait painter of his generation, and who are we to argue? Over the course of his life, Sargent produced over 900 paintings, 2000 watercolour paintings and endless sketches and drawings. From this vast selection, the National Portrait Gallery applauds seventy pieces of his portraiture from his travels to the US and Europe, demonstrating his unique style and personal interpretation. Featuring a range of never-been-seen-before pieces from private collections, pencil this one in the diary.
Human Rights Human Wrongs
February – April 2015 at The Photographers’ Gallery
A particularly poignant and significant art exhibition to make time for this year (and close by to the Cass Art shop in Soho which is always a plus). Visit the Photographers’ Gallery to see Human Rights Human Wrongs, a collection of over 200 original prints from Black Star Photo Agency. It explores the importance of photography as a medium for documentary and accessing our past. Presented as a global exploration rather than a series of individual stories, journey from 1945-early 1990’s following political upheavals and social tension.
19th September – 13th December 2015 at The Royal Academy, London
Is there an easy way to introduce Ai Weiwei? He is a living legend and his visionary, increasingly political work has landed him in all sorts of trouble but we’re indebted to his perseverance in consistently commenting on cultural change. The RA hosts his first major British exhibition featuring a variety of mediums and exploring his own Chinese culture, underpinned by the theme of freedom. The Royal Academy say ‘When he speaks, the world listens’, and let's face it: they’re right.
Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots
30th June – 18th October 2015 at Tate Liverpool
This is the first exhibition of art in more than three decades to show Pollock’s 'Pour Paintings', made between 1951 and 1953 and deviating from his infamous 'drip' technique. These lesser known pieces shed light on an extremely influential part of his practice, as well as showing some never-before-seen sculpture and drawings by one of the most provocative artists of the twentieth century.
The World Goes Pop
17th September 2015 – 20th January 2016 at Tate Modern, London
We're planning well in advance for this one, but if 2014 has taught us anything it’s that winter needs more colour. That’s exactly what we’ll get at the Tate Modern’s Pop Art Exhibition next September. It explores how the spirit of Pop Art was rejoiced across the globe – from Latin America to the Middle East, from Europe to Asia. Reaching beyond Western consumer culture, this exhibition of over 200 works, will show other messages made with Pop Art’s vibrant style. Plus we love the title.
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1 - Ushio Shinohara, Doll Festival, 1966 © Ushio Shinohara, Photo courtesy of Tokyo Gallery+BTAP, Tate Modern: The World Goes Pop
2 - Dr. Pozzi at Home by John Singer Sargent, 1881. The Armand Hammer Collection, Gift of the Armand Hammer Foundation. Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.
3- Bob Fitch, Martin L. King (Dr Martin Luther King Jr.) Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America, December 1965, Gelatin silver print, BS.2005.177499 / 106-364. The Black Star Collection, Ryerson Image Centre
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