London Art Exhibitions 2023 A Month By Month Guide




Artlyst has put together a month-by-month guide of the best of the London art exhibitions coming in 2023.  It will be a packed year of major exhibitions from classical masters such as Donatello, Rubens and Frans Hals; through the 19th-century Impressionist painter Berthe Morisot and siblings Christina and Dante Gabriel Rossetti to 20th-century seminal artists Hilma af Klint and Piet Mondrian and the long-awaited Philip Guston retrospective. In addition, there are solo exhibitions of Marina Abramović, Sarah Lucas, Mike Nelson and Alice Neel to look forward to.

January

Spain and the Hispanic world , Royal Academy of Arts

Attributed to Manuel Chili, called Caspicara, The Four Fates of Man: Death, Soul in Hell, Soul in Purgatory, Soul in Heaven, Ecuador 1775, On loan from the Hispanic Society of America, New York

Spain and the Hispanic World: Treasures from the Hispanic Society Museum & Library

Royal Academy of Arts

21 January – 10 April 2023

The exhibition will present a visual narrative of the history of Spanish culture, reflecting the great diversity of cultural and religious influences, from Celtic, Islamic, Christian and Jewish to American, African and Asian, that have shaped and enriched Spanish culture across four millennia. The selection of over 150 works will include paintings, sculptures, silk textiles, ceramics, lustreware, silverwork, precious jewellery, maps, drawings and illuminated manuscripts. Includes masterpieces by El Greco, Velázquez, Goya and Zurbaran.

£22-24.50

https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/

February

Peter Doig, The Courtauld Gallery

Peter Doig 2022, courtesy The Courtauld photo by Fergus Carmichael

The Morgan Stanley Exhibition: Peter Doig

The Courtauld, London

10 February – 28 May 2023

A major exhibition of new and recent work by Peter Doig. Including paintings and works on paper created since the artist’s move from Trinidad to London in 2021, the exhibition will present an exciting new chapter in the career of one of the most celebrated and important painters working today. Doig is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s leading artists, known for his highly original figurative and immersive landscape paintings existing somewhere between real places and the imagination. In 2021 Doig moved back to London where he has set up a new studio, which has become the catalyst for developing paintings started elsewhere which are being worked up alongside fresh paintings, which explore a rich variety of places, people, memories, and ways of painting.

£14

www.courtauld.ac.uk

Donatello, V&A

Donatello, Madonna of the Clouds, Photo : © 2023. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Donatello: Sculpting the Renaissance 

V&A

11 February – 11 June 2023

The first exhibition of its kind to be staged in the UK, Donatello: Sculpting the Renaissance, will explore the exceptional talents of the Renaissance master. Arguably the greatest sculptor of all time, Donatello, (about 1386-1466), was in the vanguard of a revolution in sculptural practice in the early Renaissance. This major exhibition will offer a new vision of the artist and his impact on artistic development at this crucial time in the history of art. Featuring many works that have never been on display in the UK, the exhibition will explore Donatello’s diverse creativity within the vibrant artistic and cultural context of fifteenth-century Italy, and his influence on subsequent generations of artists.

£20

https://www.vam.ac.uk/

 

Action, Gesture,Paint, Whitechapel Gallery

Wook-kyung Choi, Untitled (detail), 1960s Acrylic on canvas, 101 x 86 cm © Wook-kyung Choi Estate and courtesy to Arte Collectum

Action, Gesture, Paint: Women Artists and Global Abstraction 1940–70
Whitechapel Gallery

9 Feb – 7 May 2023

Whitechapel Gallery presents a major exhibition of 150 paintings from an overlooked generation of 80 international women artists.

Reaching beyond the predominantly white, male painters whose names are synonymous with the Abstract Expressionist movement, this exhibition celebrates the practices of the numerous international women artists working with gestural abstraction in the aftermath of the Second World War.

It is often said that the Abstract Expressionist movement began in the USA, but this exhibition’s geographic breadth demonstrates that artists from all over the world were exploring similar themes of materiality, freedom of expression, perception and gesture, endowing gestural abstraction with their own specific cultural contexts – from the rise of fascism in parts of South America and East Asia to the influence of Communism in Eastern Europe and China.

The exhibition features well-known artists associated with the Abstract Expressionism movement, including American artists Lee Krasner (1908-1984) and Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011), alongside lesser-known figures such as Mozambican-Italian artist Bertina Lopes (1924-2012) and South Korean artist Wook-kyung Choi (1940-1985). More than half of the works have never before been on public display in the UK.

£16.50

www.whitechapelgallery.org

Alice Neel, Barbican Art Gallery

Alice Neel, Self-Portrait 1980, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institute, ©The Estate of Alice Neel and courtesythe Estate of Alice Neel

Alice Neel: Hot Off The Griddle

Barbican Art Gallery

16 February – 20 May 2023

The largest exhibition to date in the UK of American artist Alice Neel (1900–1984) whose vivid portraits capture the shifting social and political context of the American twentieth century.

Describing herself as ‘a collector of souls’, Neel worked in New York during a period in which figurative painting was deeply unfashionable. Crowned the ‘court painter of the underground,’ her canvases celebrate those who were too often marginalised in society: labour leaders, Black and Puerto Rican children, pregnant women, Greenwich Village eccentrics, civil rights activists and queer performers. A member of the US Communist Party, Neel and her radical portraits caught the attention of the FBI. In recent years, the politics of her work has given her cult status among a younger generation of artists.

Organised in collaboration with the Centre Pompidou, Paris, this exhibition brings together over 70 of Neel’s most vibrant portraits, shown alongside archival photography and film, bringing to life what she called ’the swirl of the era’.

£18

https://www.barbican.org.uk/

Beyond The Streets London
Saatchi Gallery
17 February – 9 May 2023

The most comprehensive graffiti and street art exhibition to ever open in the UK. Occupying the entire Gallery, discover original art, rare ephemera, photography, site-specific installations, archival fashion and surprises from over 150 artists, icons, rule-breakers and mark-makers.

From £15

https://www.saatchigallery.com/

Mike Nelson,Hayward Gallery

Mike Nelson, Gang of Seven 2013, Installation view The Power Plant, Toronto 2014

Mike Nelson: Extinction Beckons

Hayward Gallery

22 February – 7 May 2023

The first major survey of work by internationally acclaimed British artist Mike Nelson will feature sculptural works and new versions of the artist’s key, large-scale, psychologically charged and atmospheric installations. Utterly transforming the spaces of the Hayward Gallery, many of these works will be shown for the first time since their original presentations.

£15

https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/art-exhibitions/

 

March

An Old Woman ('The Ugly Duchess')Quinten Massys about 1513

An Old Woman (‘The Ugly Duchess’) ,Quinten Massys about 1513 ©The National Gallery

The Ugly Duchess: Beauty and Satire in the Renaissance
The National Gallery

16 March – 11 June 2023

This exhibition will cast an unexpected light on one of the most famous, but perhaps also most misunderstood, paintings in the Gallery’s Collection, An Old Woman (about 1513) by Quinten Massys (1465/6–1530). At the core of the exhibition will be the exceptional reunion of ‘An Old Woman’ with her male pendant, ‘An Old Man’ (about 1513), on rare loan from a private collection in New York. The two works have only been displayed together once in their history, in the ‘Renaissance Faces’ exhibition held 15 years ago at the National Gallery. Through a small selection of works in a variety of media, the exhibition will examine the ways in which older women were depicted during the Renaissance. ‘An Old Woman’ is being conserved for the occasion, revealing the full extent of its outstanding execution.

Free

https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/

Souls Grown Deep like the Rivers, Royal Academy of Arts

Thornton Dial,
Stars of Everything, 2004. © 2022 Estate of Thornton Dial / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London. Photo: Stephen Pitkin/Pitkin Studio.

Souls Grown Deep like the Rivers: Black Artists from the American South

The Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Galleries

Royal Academy of Arts

17 March – 18 June 2023

Souls Grown Deep like the Rivers: Black Artists from the American South will showcase unique African American artistic traditions and methods of visual storytelling. For generations, Black artists from the American South, have created artworks whose subjects and materials often reverberate with its painful history – the inhuman practice of enslavement, the cruel segregationist policies of the Jim Crow era, and institutionalised racism. Largely excluded from museums and galleries and burdened by poverty and a lack of resources, artists were often deprived of traditional art materials and would use local, recycled materials to realise their artworks. Souls Grown Deep like the Rivers will bring together around 60 works from the early 20th century to the present, in various media including sculpture, paintings, reliefs, drawings, and quilts – mostly drawn from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation, Atlanta and most of which will be seen in Europe for the first time. Artists will include Thornton Dial, Hawkins Bolden, Bessie Harvey, Lonnie Holley, Ronald Lockett, Nellie Mae Rowe, Mary T. Smith, Henry and Georgia Speller, Mose Tolliver, Charles Williams and Purvis Young. The exhibition will also feature quilts by the celebrated quiltmakers of Gee’s Bend, Alabama, and the neighbouring communities of Rehoboth and Alberta.

£15

https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/

After Impressionism, National Gallery

Vision of the Sermon (Jacob Wrestling with the Angel)
Paul Gauguin
1888 © National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh

After Impressionism: Inventing Modern Art
The National Gallery

25 March – 13 August 2023

A ground-breaking new exhibition of over a hundred paintings and sculptures by artists such as Cézanne, Van Gogh, Picasso, Matisse, Kandinsky, Claudel, Sonia Delaunay and Kollwitz will open at the National Gallery next year. ‘After Impressionism: Inventing Modern Art’ (25 March – 13 August 2023), will include some of the most important works of art created between 1886 and around 1914. While celebrating Paris as the international artistic capital, ‘After Impressionism: Inventing Modern Art’ will also be one of the first exhibitions to focus on the exciting and often revolutionary artistic developments across other European cities during this period. Important loans come to the exhibition from institutions and private collections worldwide including Museum of Modern Art, New York; Musée d’Orsay, Paris; Art Institute of Chicago; Musée Rodin, Paris; National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh; Museu nacional d’arte de Catalunya, Barcelona; Tate; and Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut.

see website for ticket information

https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/

Portraits of Dogs, The Wallace Collection

David Hockney, Dog Painting, 1995 © David Hockney. Photo: Richard Schmidt Collection. The David Hockney Foundation

Portraits of Dogs: From Gainsborough to Hockney

The Wallace Collection

29 March – 15 October 2023

The exhibition explores our devotion to four-legged friends across the centuries. Through carefully selected paintings, sculptures, drawings, works of art and even taxidermy, the exhibition highlights the unique bond between humans and their canine companions.

See website for ticket information

https://www.wallacecollection.org/

Berthe Morisot, Dulwich Picture Gallery

Berthe Morisot, Woman at her Toilette, 1875-80. Image courtesy of The Art Institute of Chicago,

Berthe Morisot

Dulwich Picture Gallery

31 March – 10 September 2023

In spring 2023, the Dulwich Picture Gallery will present Berthe Morisot: Shaping Impressionism, the first major UK exhibition of the renowned Impressionist since 1950. In partnership with the Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris, it will bring together around 30 of Morisot’s most important works from international collections, many never seen before in the UK, to reveal the artist as a trailblazer of the movement as well as uncovering a previously untold connection between her work and 18th century culture, with around 20 works for comparison.

A founding member of the Impressionist group, Berthe Morisot (1841-1895) was known for her swiftly painted glimpses of contemporary life and intimate domestic scenes. She featured prominently in the Impressionist exhibitions and defied social norms to become one of the movement’s most influential figures.

£16.50

https://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/

April

The Rossettis Tate Britain

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Paolo and Francesca da Rimini, 1855 (detail) © Tate

The Rossettis

Tate Britain,

6 April – 24 September 2023

The exhibition will show how siblings Christina and Dante Gabriel Rossetti forged a counter-cultural circle in 19th Britain, inspired by new ideas about life, love, sex, society and art. This will be the largest exhibition of Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s paintings in two decades and the first time all the surviving paintings and major works on paper by his wife Elizabeth (née Siddall) will be seen in public.

£22

https://www.tate.org.uk/

Hilma af Klint, Tate Modern

Hilma af Klint The Ten Largest, Group IV, No. 3 Youth 1907 Courtesy of The Hilma af Klint Foundation

Hilma af Klint and Piet Mondrian

Tate Modern

20 Apr – 3 Sep 2023

Presented in the Eyal Ofer Galleries. Exhibition organised by Tate Modern and Kunstmuseum Den Haag

From early landscapes and flower paintings to celebrated abstract works – including many never before seen in the UK – this exhibition will reassess two pivotal figures in art history. It will reveal how their visual language of signs, shapes and colours was rooted in a shared fascination with the natural world and a desire to understand the forces behind life on earth.

£18

https://www.tate.org.uk/

Isaac Julien OBE

Isaac Julien OBE RA KBE

Isaac Julien

Tate Britain

27 Apr – 20 Aug 2023

An ambitious solo exhibition of work by Isaac Julien, one of the most important contemporary artists and filmmakers working today. It will reveal the scope of Julien’s pioneering work from the early 1980s through to his recent large-scale, multi-screen installations, which investigate the movement of peoples across different continents, times and spaces.

see website for pricing information

https://www.tate.org.uk/

May

Luxury and Power, British Museum

Gilt silver rhyton with winged griffin, Turkey, 5th century BC.

Luxury and Power: Persia to Greece

British Museum

4 May – 13 August 2023

Drawing on dazzling objects from Afghanistan to Greece, this exhibition moves beyond the ancient Greek spin to explore a more complex story about luxury as a political tool in the Middle East and southeast Europe from 550–30 BC.

From £12

https://www.britishmuseum.org/

St Francis of Assisi, National Gallery

Saint Francis Receiving the Stigmata, El Greco 1590-1595  © National Gallery of Ireland

Saint Francis of Assisi
The National Gallery

6 May – 30 July 2023

The first major art exhibition in the UK to explore the life and legacy of Saint Francis of Assisi (1182–1226), one of history’s most inspirational and revered figures, will be staged at the National Gallery. The exhibition presents the art and imagery of Saint Francis from the 13th century to today and examines how his spiritual radicalism, his commitment to the poor, his love of God and nature, as well as his striving for peace between enemies and openness to dialogue with other religions, make him a figure of enormous relevance to our times. Saint Francis of Assisi brings together paintings from across the National Gallery’s collection – by Sassetta, Botticelli, and Zurbarán – with international loans, including Caravaggio’s ‘Saint Francis of Assisi in Ecstasy’ (Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, about 1595), Josefa de Óbidos’s, ‘Saint Francis and Saint Clare adoring the Christ Child in a Manger’ (Lisbon, Private collection, 1647), as well as works by Stanley Spencer, Antony Gormley, and Arte Povera artist, Giuseppe Penone. The exhibition will include a new commission from Richard Long (b.1945).

https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/

June

RA Summer Exhibition 2022

RA Summer Exhibition

Summer Exhibition 2023

Royal Academy of Arts

12 June – 20 August 2023

The Royal Academy’s annual Summer Exhibition, the world’s largest open-submission contemporary art show, will be in its 255th year. It provides a unique platform for emerging and established artists to showcase their works to an international audience, comprising a range of media from painting, printmaking and photography to sculpture, architecture and film. It has been held each year without interruption since 1769. Around 1200 works will go on display, the majority of which will be for sale, offering visitors an opportunity to purchase original work. Funds raised support the exhibiting artists, the postgraduate students studying in the RA Schools and the work of the Royal Academy.

see the website for ticket information

https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/

Capturing the Moment, Tate Modern

Louise Lawler Splash 2006, printed 2012 Tate Purchased with assistance from the Karpidas Family (Tate Americas Foundation) 2013, accessioned 2021 © Louise Lawler

Capturing the Moment

Tate Modern

15 June 2023 – 28 January 2024

Capturing the Moment will be a celebration of modern and contemporary painting, drawing on the rich holdings of the Yageo Foundation Collection. The exhibition will showcase how painters have captured moments in time on the canvas, and how painting and photography have influenced each other. It will feature artists spanning the last 80 years, from Andy Warhol, Jeff Wall and Lucian Freud to Michael Armitage, Louise Lawler and Nijdeka Akunyili Crosby.

https://www.tate.org.uk/

Carrie Mae Weems, Barbican Art Gallery

Carrie Mae Weems, Barbican Art Gallery

Carrie Mae Weems

Barbican Art Gallery

21 June – 3 September 2023

Explore the work and career of Carrie Mae Weems in this first major UK exhibition dedicated to one of the most influential American artists working today.

Carrie Mae Weems is celebrated for her exploration of identity, power, desire and social justice through work that challenges representations of race, gender, and class. The largest presentation of the artist’s multi-disciplinary work in Europe to date, this exhibition brings together photographs, films, objects and installations spanning over three decades.

Weems came to prominence in the early 1980s through photographic work that questioned how the representation of the Black subject, particularly within America, has historically reproduced systemic racism and inequality. The exhibition captures the performative and cinematic nature of her practice, from the iconic Kitchen Table Series (1990) to the epic film installation The Shape of Things (2021) focusing on the history of violence in the United States.

https://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/art-design

Dear Earth: Art and Hope in a Time of Crisis

Hayward Gallery

 21 June – 3 September 2023

In June 2023, the Hayward Gallery will present the international group exhibition Dear Earth: Art and Hope in a Time of Crisis. Inspired by artist Otobong Nkanga’s suggestion that “caring is a form of resistance”, this pioneering exhibition will highlight the ways in which artists are helping to reframe and deepen our psychological and spiritual responses to the climate crisis, hoping to inspire joy, empathy and a re-enchantment with the world. Artists will explore the interdependence of ecologies and ecosystems, as well as our emotional connection with nature. They will also imaginatively explore new ways of how we can all help the planet and climate-vulnerable communities across the globe.

Featuring engaging and impactful works in a diverse range of media, including public artworks outside the gallery space, this exhibition will include artists Agnes Denes, Andrea Bowers, Otobong Nkanga, Hito Steyerl and Imani Jacqueline Brown amongst others.

Yevonde,National Portrait Gallery

Mask (Rosemary Chance) by Yevonde (1938, printed 2022-3), purchased with the Portrait Fund, 2021 © National Portrait Gallery, London.

Yevonde: Life and Colour

National Portrait Gallery
22 June – 15 October 2023

The National Portrait Gallery will open its doors again on 22 June 2023, after the largest redevelopment in its history with a programme of major exhibitions. The first exhibition will explore the life and career of the twentieth-century photographer, Yevonde, who pioneered the use of colour photography in the 1930s. The exhibition will survey the portraits and still-life works that the artist produced throughout her sixty-year career, positioning Yevonde as a trailblazer in the history of British portrait photography.

https://www.npg.org.uk/

DIVA 

V&A

24 June 2023 – 7 April 2024 

From the Opera goddesses of the Victorian era to today’s global megastars, DIVA will celebrate the power and creativity of iconic performers, exploring and redefining what it means to be a diva and how this has been subverted or embraced over time across opera, stage, popular music, and film. Featuring fashion, photography, design, costumes, music and live performance drawn from the V&A collection and loans from across the world, the exhibition looks at how the performer has intersected with society and driven change through their voice and art. It will consider how the diva has been reclaimed and redefined and will examine the external and internal forces that contribute to shaping and worshipping the diva

https://www.vam.ac.uk/

Paul McCartney Photographs,National Portrait Gallery

Self-portraits in a mirror. Paris, 1964 © 1964 Paul McCartney.

Paul McCartney Photographs 1963-64: Eyes of the Storm

National Portrait Gallery

28 June – 1 October 2023

This unprecedented display will share, for the first time, an extraordinary archive of rediscovered and never-before-seen photographs taken by Paul McCartney. The exhibition will focus on the portraits captured by McCartney using his own camera between December 1963 and February 1964, the period in which John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr were propelled from being the most popular band in Britain to an international cultural phenomenon.

https://www.npg.org.uk/

July

Contemporary African Photography, Tate Modern

Kudzanai Chiurai, We Live in Silence IV, 2017. Courtesy the Artist and Goodman Gallery

A World in Common: Contemporary African Photography

Tate Modern

6 July 2023 – 14 January 2024

A major group show will open in the summer, A World in Common: Contemporary African Photography, bringing together contemporary photographers of different generations from across Africa. It will explore how artists have reimagined the continent’s diverse cultures, histories and geographies – from bustling cityscapes to dream-like utopias – and how photography can allow the past and the future to co-exist in powerful and transformative ways.

https://www.tate.org.uk/

Herzog & de Meuron 

The Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Galleries 

Royal Academy of Arts

14 July – 15 October 2023

In Summer 2023, the Royal Academy of Arts will present an exhibition of the critically acclaimed architectural practice Herzog & de Meuron. Founded in Basel in 1978 and now working across the globe, their projects continue to inspire, as they transform otherwise ordinary conditions and materials into something extraordinary that people engage with using all our senses. Notable projects include museums, hospitals, stadia, and private and civic buildings such as Tate Modern, London (2000 and 2016), the National Stadium, Beijing (2008), 1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach (2010) and Elbphilharmonie Hamburg (2016). This new exhibition, curated in close collaboration with the architects, will provide visitors an insight into the thinking and approaches applied to built works and projects still in process. Sampling the practice through a range of working methods, materials and technologies it is an opportunity to creatively embrace physical and digital tools in the perception and experience of architecture and its surrounding contexts.

see website for ticket information

https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/

Crivelli’s GardenPaula Rego 1990-1

Crivelli’s Garden, Paula Rego, 1990-1 The National Gallery, London. Presented by English Estates, 1991 © Paula Rego

Paula Rego: Crivelli’s Garden
The National Gallery

20 July – 29 October 2023

More than 30 years after Dame Paula Rego (1935–2022), the National Gallery’s first Associate Artist (1990–92), was commissioned to create a painting for the Sainsbury Wing Dining Room, a new exhibition will explore the relationship of Rego’s work titled ‘Crivelli’s Garden’ to the 15th-century altarpiece that inspired it. The exhibition, which had long been planned to mark this anniversary, will unite the two monumental artworks in the Gallery’s collection for the first time – inviting visitors to draw out direct comparisons – and will also show how members of National Gallery staff found their way into Dame Paula’s work.

https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/

September

Gabrielle Chanel. 

Fashion Manifesto With the support of CHANEL

V&A

 16 September 2023 – 25 February 2024 

The first UK exhibition dedicated to the work of French couturière, Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel, Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto will chart the evolution of her iconic design style and the establishment of the House of CHANEL, from the opening of her first millinery boutique in Paris in 1910 to the showing of her final collection in 1971. Featuring over 180 looks, seen together for the first time, as well as jewellery, accessories, cosmetics and perfumes, the exhibition will explore Chanel’s pioneering approach to fashion design, which paved the way for a new feminine elegance and continues to influence the way women dress today. Based upon the Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto exhibition organised by the Palais Galliera, Fashion Museum of the City of Paris, the exhibition will be re-imagined for the V&A and feature rarely seen pieces from the V&A’s collection, alongside looks from Palais Galliera and the Patrimoine de CHANEL, the heritage collections of the fashion House in Paris.

Marina Abramović 

Main Galleries

Royal Academy of Arts

 23 September – 10 December 2023

In September 2023 the Royal Academy of Arts will present a solo exhibition of the internationally acclaimed artist Marina Abramović Hon RA. The exhibition will be Abramović’s first major survey in the UK, bringing together over 50 works spanning her entire career, including performance works within the galleries. It will explore how Abramović has reflected on the temporal nature of performance art by extending its impact through its traces: photographs, videos, objects, installations and re-performances of her works by young performers. This exhibition continues the Royal Academy’s strand of programming that has showcased some of the most important living artists.

see website for ticket information

https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/

Rubens & Women

Dulwich Picture Gallery

27 September 2023 – 28 January 2024

Rubens & Women, a major exhibition of the Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640), will unite a diverse range of paintings and drawings from throughout the artist’s career. The exhibition will be the first to challenge the popular assumption that the artist painted only one type of woman, providing instead a more nuanced view of the varied and important place occupied by women, both real and imagined, in his world.

Over 40 paintings and drawings along with archive material will reveal the essential ways in which Rubens’s relationships with women nourished his creativity and career – from the role played by his female patrons and family members to his profound faith, artistic beliefs, and great loves. Featuring masterpieces from international and private collections, many of which will be appearing in the UK for the first time, this landmark exhibition will reconsider one of art history’s most influential figures.

Sarah Lucas, Tate Britain

Pauline Bunny 1997 Sarah Lucas born 1962 Presented by the Patrons of New Art (Special Purchase Fund) through the Tate Gallery Foundation 1998 © Sarah Lucas

Sarah Lucas

Tate Britain

28 September 2023 – 14 January 2024

Career-spanning exhibition devoted to Sarah Lucas, an artist internationally celebrated for her bold and irreverent approach to British experiences of class, sex and gender. The show will cover the full scope of her work in sculpture, installation and photography, which deftly explores what makes us human and how objects are imbued with meaning.

https://www.tate.org.uk/

Frans Hals, National Gallery

The Laughing Cavalier
Frans Hals
1624 © Trustees of the Wallace Collection, London

The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Frans Hals
The National Gallery

30 September 2023 – 21 January 2024

This exhibition, the first major retrospective of Hals in more than thirty years, means a new generation can discover why he deserves his place as one of the greatest painters in Western art. Some fifty of Hals’s finest works will be brought together, including the exceptional, first-ever loan of his most famous picture, ‘The Laughing Cavalier’ (1624), from the Wallace Collection. From small works to large group portraits, genre scenes, and marriage portraits reunited for the first time from international collections, visitors will see the very best of his life’s work. Exhibition organised by the National Gallery and the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam with the special collaboration of the Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem.

October

Guston

Philip Guston, Painting, Smoking, Eating, 1973. Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam © The Estate of Philip Guston

Philip Guston

Tate Modern

5 Oct 2023 – 25 Feb 2024

The long-awaited retrospective of one of the 20th century’s most captivating painters, Philip Guston. Over a 50-year career, Guston’s work responded to a world marked by turmoil, bridging the personal and the political, the abstract and the figurative, and the humorous and the tragic.

https://www.tate.org.uk/

RE/SISTERS,Barbican Art Gallery

Pamela Singh, Chipko Tree Huggers of the Himalayas #4, 1994. © Pamela Singh Courtesy sepiaEYE

Re/Sisters

Barbican Art Gallery

5 October 2023 – 14 January 2024

A major group exhibition exploring the relationship between gender and ecology, highlighting the systemic links between the oppression of women and the degradation of the planet.

Featuring around 50 international women and gender non-conforming artists, RE/SISTERS is a new exhibition featuring work from emerging and established artists across the fields of photography and film.

Works in the exhibition explore how women’s understanding of our environment has often resisted the logic of capitalist economies which places the exploitation of the planet at its centre. They are presented alongside works of an activist nature that show how women are regularly at the forefront of advocating and caring for the planet.

Reflecting on a range of themes, from extractive industries to the politics of care, RE/SISTERS explores environmental and gender justice as indivisible parts of a global struggle. It seeks to address existing power structures that threaten our increasingly precarious ecosystem.

https://www.barbican.org.uk/

Hiroshi Sugimoto: Time Machine

Hayward Gallery

11 October – 7 January 2024

Hiroshi Sugimoto: Time Machine will be a comprehensive survey of the internationally renowned artist and photographer. Including work produced over the past five decades, Time Machine will feature selections from all of Sugimoto’s major photographic series, as well as lesser-known works that illuminate his innovative, conceptually-driven approach to making pictures. The exhibition will highlight his work’s philosophical yet playful inquiry into the nature of representation and art, our understanding of time and memory, and the paradoxical character of photography as a medium suited to both documenting and invention. Through his expansive exploration of the possibilities of still images, Sugimoto has created some of the most alluringly enigmatic photographs of our time; pictures that are meticulously crafted and deeply thought-provoking, familiar yet tantalisingly ambiguous.

November

David Hockney, National Portrait Gallery

David Hockney, Self-Portrait 1993

David Hockney: Drawing from Life

National Portrait Gallery

2 November 2023 – 21 January 2024

November sees the return of the critically acclaimed exhibition David Hockney: Drawing from Life which was staged for just 20 days before the National Portrait Gallery’s closure due to Covid in March 2020. Recognised as one of the great draughtsmen of all time and a champion of the practice, drawing has been a constant for Hockney. The exhibition explores the artist’s work over the last six decades through his intimate portraits of five sitters: his mother, Celia Birtwell, Gregory Evans, Maurice Payne and the artist himself. The 2023 exhibition will also debut a selection of new portraits, which depict friends and visitors to the artist’s Normandy studio between 2020 and 2022.

https://www.npg.org.uk/

Women in Revolt!

Tate Britain

2 November 2023 – 7 April 2024

A landmark exhibition of over 100 women artists working in Britain in the 1970s and 80s. Women in Revolt! will foreground a generation of artists who worked largely outside the mainstream. Influenced by the slogan ‘the personal is political, the exhibition will reassess their contribution to art history and their connection to events such as the equal pay act, Greenham Common, Rock Against Racism, Section 28 and the AIDS crisis.

See website for ticketing information

https://www.tate.org.uk/

Impressionists on Paper: Degas to Toulouse-Lautrec

The Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Galleries

Royal Academy of Arts

25 November 2023 – 10 March 2024

In late nineteenth-century France, Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists radically transformed the status of works on paper. Drawings, pastels, watercolours, temperas and gouaches increasingly became autonomous works of art. Drawing claimed a shared aesthetic with painting and was no longer perceived as merely preparatory. Impressionists on Paper: Degas to Toulouse-Lautrec will focus on this crucial shift in how these works were viewed. The exhibition will feature around 70 works on paper by Impressionist and Post-Impressionists, many of which have been rarely seen. Artists will include leading figures such as Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Berthe Morisot, PierreAuguste Renoir, along with Paul Gauguin, Odilon Redon, Georges Seurat and Vincent Van Gogh, as well as less familiar figures such as Giuseppe De Nittis and Armand Guillaumin. The exhibition will demonstrate how these artists cultivated a more open approach and will stress the innovations in their drawings, which are often still relatively unknown but are no less radical than their paintings.

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