• Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life

    Posted on 21st June 2013 by Andy.


    Where: Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG When: 26 June – 20 October 2013 Next week sees Tate Britain playing host to one of the country’s most prolific and distinctive painters. The exhibition, Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life, is a comprehensive retrospective of the artist’s studies of industrial and urban landscapes.

    His pale colour palette, muddy tones and stylised figures will probably be quite familiar but his pictures also document life in the North of England from the 1920s to the 1950s. His large canvases of street scenes are bustling with people and lots of great details that reveal themselves the more you look. This exhibition is going to be popular, so book to avoid disappointment. Find out more: http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/lowry-and-painting-modern-life?gclid=CPPy0_jn77cCFUTHtAodCUEA-Q

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  • Going Underground

    Posted on 31st May 2013 by Andy.


    Love it or loathe it the London Underground has been the lifeblood of the capital for 150 years. Delays, cancellations and overcrowding aside, the Tube and its iconic logo have achieved global recognition. To celebrate this historic milestone the Poster Art 150 exhibition brings together a fraction of the 3,300 posters held in the London Transport Museum’s archive. Since 1908 the Underground has regularly commissioned original artwork for its posters. Although they may have painted a cleaner and more colourful image of London and its suburbs than would be immediately recognisable to locals, they became key to the character of the Tube. From Harry Beck’s iconic map to posters by artists such as Man Ray, Paul Nash or Laszlo Moholy-Nagy the exhibition is a fascinating journey through the history of the city and its people that is surprising, amusing and illuminating. This is a fitting tribute to the world’s first underground rail network, so catch it while you can. Exhibition: Poster Art 150: London Underground's Greatest Designs When:  Until 27th October Where: London Transport Museum, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7BB www: www.ltmuseum.co.uk/whats-on/exhibitions

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  • Inspiring summer exhibitions

    Posted on 23rd May 2013 by Andy.

    If you want to see inspiring, innovative art and design from the past, present and future this summer London is offering a wealth of opportunities. We’ve chosen three of the best must-see exhibitions that are going on in the capital right now. David Bowie is Where: V&A, Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL When: Until 11th August www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/david-bowie-is/ The V&A have got into the habit of staging high-profile exhibitions but the latest is by far the biggest and the best. Bowie is… celebrates the life and work of the Thin White Duke, David Bowie. Not only is it the fastest selling exhibition in the museum’s history but it also sold out online before it even opened. It’s a fantastic showcase of his influences, work and amazing stage personas, packed with over 300 objects ranging from handwritten lyrics to stage costumes. As an exploration of his work it illustrates how Bowie fused music, fashion and art to create exciting and original performances. Despite a few glaring exceptions (such as Bowie’s less successful side projects like Tin Machine) this is a comprehensive journey through the career of one of the Twentieth Century’s leading musical icons. Don’t worry if you haven’t got tickets though. You can still get tickets at the V&A box office on the day but be prepared to queue. Designs of the Year 2013 Where: Design Museum 28 Butlers Wharf, Shad Thames, SE1 2YD When: Until 7th July www.designmuseum.org/exhibitions/2013/designs-of-the-year-2013 The Design Museum’s annual exhibition of new and innovative design from the past year celebrates up and coming as well as established talents, awarding the best in seven design categories. The exhibition encompasses architecture, digital, fashion, furniture, graphics, product and transport design. So not only will you see iconic buildings but the best in cutting edge lamps, chairs, audio equipment and even bicycles. However, the stand out designs of the exhibition have to be Thomas Heatherwick’s stunning Olympic Cauldron, which had a starring role in the Olympic opening ceremony last year, and Renzo Piano’s The Shard, which looms large over the Design Museum from it’s home in nearby London Bridge. Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2013 Where: Burlington House, Piccadilly London W1J 0BD When: 10th June to 18th August www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibitions/summer/ Every year new artwork is selected from thousands of submissions from new and established artists by the Royal Academy panel of experts. Now in its 245th year it’s a showcase for paintings, sculpture, photography, film and architecture. You’ll see over a thousand new works of art and the best bit is they’re all for sale. So you get the chance to make a canny investment or get a one-off for your living room. Even if you’re not in the market for some art, they’ll also be new work from Grayson Perry and Anthony Caro to enjoy.

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