Last year was exciting when it comes to art in London wasn’t it? I didn’t get to see everything I wanted, but I always like to set goals.  One of my favourites was the surprise of the small Soutine Exhibition at the Courthauld. Another surprise for me was Basquiat at The Barbican. The enormous bulk of his work was staggering for someone who died so young. As I look back at 2017, and forward into 2018, London leads on exciting and provocative exhibitions. Don’t forget Lumiere London, which starts on 17 January all over London.

© LLW TATE Modern

What does London have to look forward to in 2018? There is quite a bit, trust me.

Art in the City to catch before it goes:

Basquiat at Barbican ends 28 January
Soutine at Courtauld ends 21 January
Rachel Whiteread at Tate Britain ends 15 January
Cezanne at The National Portrait Gallery ends 11 February

“Believe it or not, I can draw…” Basquait

Art in the City worth seeing now:

Modgliani at Tate Modern
Opera Passion & Power at the V&A
Ferrari Under Skin at the Design Museum
Impressionist In London at Tate Britain
Charles II : Art & Power at The Queen’s Gallery

Art in the City 2018:

We are highlighting just a few exhibitions from each of the museums that have caught our eye.  We will feature more in our Super Seven’s throughout the year;

The V&A have some wonderful exhibitions coming up. This incredible museum seems to up their game annually and this year is no exception. Ocean Liners at the V&A 3 Feb – 10 June. Don’t under estimate how fantastic this will be. Think glamour, elegance of art deco, and the form of those beautiful ships. Frida Kahlo 16 June – 4 Nov shows her colourful style on the fashion side at the V&A, we are all going to want to go to Mexico.

The Royal Academy is celebrating its 250th anniversary this year, so expect some incredible exhibitions.  In fact it starts off with an exhibition on Charles I : King and Collector 27 Jan – 15 April. He was a prolific collector of art, and after his execution, many of these fine works were sold off. Here they are being brought together for the first time since the 17th century. It will be jaw dropping. We will have to wait until the end of the year to enjoy the Klimt/Schiele 4 Nov – 3 Feb. An exhibition celebrating the centenary of their death’s, with erotic drawings. I think what might be more interesting than the exhibition, will be the lectures attached, so keep an eye out for those – or I will for you!

The Tate also has some interesting exhibitions. The Picasso at Tate Modern 8 March – 22 July, is definitely on the list. The last time I saw a huge collection of his work was at The Met in New York, and it was sensational.

© LLW Art in the City

Other notables exhibitions we like the look of:

Rodin & The Art of Ancient Greece at The British Museum 26 April – 29 July
Azzedine Alaia: The Couturier at The Design Museum 10 May – 7 October
Monochrome at The National Gallery 18 February

If you are in the mood to buy, the London Art Fair gets under way 17-21 January.

Finally, as a lover of photography there is a huge focus in London this year, but I’m going to save that for another post!