Exhibition Curious The Essential Artlyst 2017 Preview

London in 2017 will play host to a number of truly exciting exhibitions from Russian art during and after the revolution; the queen of Bloomsbury Group Vanessa Bell, the first show dedicated to Queer Art from 1861-1967, sculptor Alberto Giacometti, a David Hockney retrospective and the first large-scale exhibition in the UK by Jean-Michel Basquiat. That’s just a small sample of what will be on offer. Throughout the year Artlyst will continue to keep you up to date with listings, Editor’s choice, recommended exhibitions, previews and reviews. If you haven’t subscribed to our newsletter click here.

Young Gods: Year 10

Charlie Smith London

13 January – 11 Feb 2017

This is the 10th edition of Young Gods, an annual presentation of graduate and post-graduate artists working in all media  selected from London art schools curated by Zavier Ellis

London Art Fair 2017

Business Design Centre

18 – 22 January 2017

The UK’s premier Modern British and contemporary art fair returns to Islington’s Business Design Centre in January.

Vanessa Bell (1879-1961)

Dulwich Picture Gallery

8 February – 4 June 2017

The first major monographic exhibition of Bloomsbury Group artist Bell.

David Hockney: Retrospective

Tate Britain

9 Feb – 29 May 2017

The world’s most extensive retrospective of the work of David Hockney. widely regarded as the most successful and recognisable artists of our time.

Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932

Royal Academy of Arts

11 Feb – 17 April 2017

One hundred years on from the Russian Revolution this powerful exhibition explores one of the most momentous periods in modern world history through the lens of its groundbreaking art and artists including Kandinsky.

Wolfgang Tillmans

Tate Modern

15 Feb – 11 June 2017

Tillmans first ever exhibition at Tate Modern brings together works in an exciting variety of media: photography, video, digital slide projections and recordings.

Edouardo Paolozzi Retrospective

Whitechapel Gallery

16 February – 14 May 2017

This major Eduardo Paolozzi retrospective spans five decades and features over 250 works; from the artist’s post-War bronzes, revolutionary screen-prints and collages, to his bold textiles and fashion designs.

America after the Fall: Painting in the 1930s

Royal Academy of Arts

25 Feb – 4 June 2017

The art of 1930s America tells the story of a nation in flux Artists responded to rapid social change and economic anxiety with some of the the 20th century’s most powerful art brought together in this once-in-a-generation show.

The American Dream; Pop to the Present

British Museum

9 March – 18n June 2017

The past six decades have been among the most dynamic and turbulent in US history, from JFK’s assassination, Apollo 11 and Vietnam to the AIDS crisis, racism and gender politics. Responding to the changing times, American artists have produced prints unprecedented in their scale and ambition. Works by Jasper Johns, Ed Ruscha, Kara Walker, Andy Warhol

Gillian Wearing and Claude Cahun: Behind the mask, another mask

National Portrait Gallery

9 March – 29 May 2017

This exhibition brings together for the first time the work of French Surrealist artist Claude Cahun and British contemporary artist Gillian Wearing.

Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends

National Portrait Gallery

23 March – 18 June 2017

This is the first exhibition of portraits by Howard Hodgkin (b.1932), one of Britain’s leading artists. 

Queer British Art 1861-1967

Tate Britain

5 April – 1 Oct 2017

Featuring works relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer LGBTQ identities the show marks the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England.

Alberto Giacometti

Tate Modern

10 May – 10 Sept 2017

Fifty years since Tate first showed the work of Alberto Giacometti his work returns to London This exhibition will focus on the influences that shaped Giacometti and the experimental way in which he developed 

Matisse in the Studio

Royal Academy of Art

5 Aug – 12 Nov 2017

Step into the studio of Henri Matisse brimming with the artist rsquo s treasured objects Focusing exclusively on their important role in his work for the first time the RA will reveal how this eclectic

Basquiat: Boom for Read

Barbican Art Gallery

21 Sept 2017 – 28 January 2018

The first large-scale exhibition in the UK of American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jasper Johns 

Royal Academy of Arts

23 Sept – 10 Dec 2017

Jasper Johns is regarded as one of the most important artists of the th century and has remained central to American contemporary art since his arrival in New York in the 


Royal Academy of Arts

7 October 2017 – 7 Jan 2018

Take another look at two artistic giants father of conceptual art Marcel Duchamp and larger-than-life Surrealist Salvador Dali This is the first exhibition to throw light on their surprising relationship.

Cezanne Portraits

National Portrait Gallery

26 October 2017 – 11 February 2018

The major new exhibition, Cézanne Portraits, will bring together for the first time over 50 of Cézanne’s portraits from collections across the world, including works which have never been on public display in the UK.

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