Art Lovers get a Taste of the Great Outdoors
With spring in full swing and summer approaching, London's the place for those who prefer al fresco to Al Taylor, Al Hansen and Al Plastino.
These three US artists forged their own creative niches. But for viewers who like their art outside with the soft breeze on their backs, April, May and June promise rich pickings in England's capital with some amazing public and street art:
Katharina Fritsch's Hahn Cock (Trafalgar Square's Fourth Plinth)
The German's 4.72m-high (15ft 5in) fibreglass blue cockerel debuted on July 25, 2013 and is due to come down next January. The cockerel is seen as symbol of regeneration, awakening and strength.
Kerry Hunter's Goat (Spitalfields)
This 3.5m-high (11ft 5in) goat sits comfortably among Spitalfields' old and new buildings.
Banksy's Poodle Guard Dog (Cargo beer garden, Rivington Street)
The guerrilla artist uses London streets as a canvas, stencilling humans and animals engaged in surprising behaviour, mixing politics with humour.
Public art (Canary Wharf)
London's business hub is dotted with sculptures, many of them abstract, dotting the area. Temporary exhibitions abound.
The Alternative London Walking Tours (Brushfield Street)
London's longest-running free street art tour features Banksy, Invader and Stik among others.
Of course, you can get too much sun, so London and the rest of England's indoor artistic offerings continue as usual, such as:
Pangaea: New Art from Africa and Latin America (Saatchi Gallery, King's Road)
Highlights from Wednesday (April 9) to August 31 include Boris Nzebo's vibrant paintings and Rafael Gomezbarros' haunting giant ants.
Juliana Leite (CASS Sculpture Foundation, Goodwood, West Sussex)
This emerging artist's huge-scale wooden and clay creations display from April 11 to June 1.
The London Original Print Fair 2014 (Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly)
The 29th edition covers printmaking genres including pop art and woodcuts from April 24-27.
Building the Picture: Architecture in Italian Renaissance Painting (National Gallery, Trafalgar Square)
This gives an insight into techniques used in breathing new life into biblical stories from April 30 to September 21.
Broad Vision's Future Human (GV Art Gallery, Chiltern Road)
Imagined futures and possible human evolutions are explored via cross-medium artworks from June 6-28.
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2014 (Piccadilly)
The 246th edition welcomes paintings, printmaking, photography and sculpture from June 9 until August 17.
British Folk Art (Tate Modern, Millbank)
This unsung medium is highlighted from June 10 to September 7, featuring over 100 different paintings, sculptures and objects, such as Toby jugs.
Image one: RA Summer Show, Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Image two: Patchwork Bedcover made by James Williams, Wrexham 1842-52, St Fagans: National History Museum