Matisse in the Studio

One of this year’s landmark exhibitions, Matisse in the Studio is finally here, looking at the artists relationships between his subjects (you guessed it – the junk in his studio) and the depictions of them he created. With across the board 5-star reviews, it’s continuing a wonderful year for the Royal Academy with the incredibly popular Russian Revolution and American Gothic exhibitions preceding it. Until November 12th, Royal Academy of Art. 

Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power

You must be living under a rock if you have not heard or already been recommended Tate Modern’s Soul of a Nation. Powerful, political, important: this exhibition opens a window into the soul of an artistic community far too often overlooked.  Until October 22nd, Tate Modern.

Fahrelnissa Zeid Retrospective

At times The Tate has been notoriously neglectful of women artists over the years, so it’s good to see them stepping up their game and celebrating one of the greatest female artists of the 20th century. Her abstract paintings are nothing short of glorious, and this retrospective of her work offers a chance to reevaluate and restore her incredible yet often overlooked legacy. Until October 8th, Tate Modern.

Art of the Brick

Art for the kids: see more than two million Lego bricks turned into works of art inspired by DC superheroes and villains at The Art of the Brick: DC Superheroes exhibition. Created by legendary Lego artist Nathan Sawaya, this contemporary art exhibition uses nearly 2,000,000 bricks to create large-scale sculptures of the most enduring Super Heroes and Super Villains. Until 10th September, Doon Street Car Park Southbank.

BP Portrait Award

Selected from 2,580 entries by artists from 87 countries around the world, the BP Portrait Award 2017 represents the very best in contemporary portrait painting. This year’s winner Benjamin Sullivan won £30,000 for his portrait entitled ‘Breech!’. Until September 24th, National Portrait Gallery.

 

Karine Laval: Reflections

Fifteen years work by contemporary French Photographer Karine Laval is on display this summer at the Crane Kalman Gallery. This exhibition charts her images of sun-drenched, bleached-out lidos to darker, more abstracted dystopian landscapes. Until August 19th, Crane Kalman Gallery.

Jamil Naqsh: Eternal Feminine

Jamil Nasqsh’ new portraits of beautiful young women are reminiscent of classic Mughal miniatures but enlarged. The works are modern yet aged, connecting them with the great art of the past. Until August 27th, Pontone Gallery.

Freize Sculpture Park

Regent’s Park is worth visiting on it’s own, but when it’s filled with some of the best contemporary sculptures from some of the best contemporary sculptors around, it doubles it’s appeal. Until October 8th, Regent’s Park.

Playground Structure

Uniting the works of various artists from the 60’s to the present day that encompass the idea of the grid. Sounds a little dry to the unartistic among us, however this exhibition shows how artists cut loose and pull apart the threads of banal normality. Until September 16th, Blain Southern.

Bram Bogart: Witte de Witte

This summer the Vigo Gallery in Mayfair are hosting the works of the Dutch-born artist Bram Bogart. Bogart challenged traditional ways of using paint, creating highly textured large scale works reminiscent of the Abstract Expressionists from America. Until September 10th, Vigo Gallery.

Harland Miller: One Bar Electric Memoir

Vibrant colours, biting humour and literary flair: Harland Miller’s paintings return to White Cube this August.Characterised by their bold and colourful abstract covers, these books embraced a positive attitude and the possibility of ‘fixing’ disorders through a process of self-help. Until September 9th, White Cube Gallery.