Make a new years resolution for 2011 and follow the magpie @MagpieMusings and of course go to an arts event! Here are our must see gems for the new year-
Bridget Riley: Paintings and Related Work – National gallery until 22 May.
Prepare your eyes for some mind bending works from Brit artist Bridget Riley. The exhibition focuses upon Riley’s most recent paintings. Exclusively for this display she has made 2 works that have been made directly on to the walls of the exhibition space. Riley and her studio have created a new wall drawing, ‘Composition with Circles 7’, especially for the longest wall of the Sunley Room.
The Witching Hour- Darkness and the Architectural Uncanny – PM Gallery and House, 21 January -12 March
This exhibition has a treasure trove of artists including Turner Prize winner Richard Billingham’s images from the series ‘Black Country’ featuring a view of a cemetery and its carved headstones at night. The display features a variety of mediums such as Ravi Deepres film made in association with Michael Baig-Clifford, shot in HD but employing the 500-year old techniques of the camera obscura.
Modern British Sculpture– Royal Academy of Arts – opens 22 January.
This mammoth exhibition is a must see for sculpture lovers. It is the first exhibition for 30 years to examine British sculpture of the 20th Century. The show will represent a unique view of the development of British sculpture. It features pieces by some of the heavyweights of British sculpture including Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and Richard Long. The piece above is by Bill Woodrow, Electric Fire with Yellow Fish, 1981.
Follow the gallery here–> @royalacademy
Toulouse-Lautrec and Jane Avril: Beyond the Moulin-Rouge– Courtauld Gallery, 16 June to 18 September
Step inside a glamorous world of artists, dancers, cabaret actors, musicians and courtesans, and see Jane Avril who was also one of Toulouse-Lautrec’s closest friends. See these vivid works which delighted and played to the spectacle of bohemian Paris.
Fresh Fashion ! MA_11 Graduate Festival – London College of Fashion 2-9 February
See the latest graduate from LCF with MA_11 Graduate Festival at the college on Princes Street and then head to the graduate catwalk show which is returning for the third year in a row to the stunning surroundings of the Raphael Gallery at the V&A on Wednesday 2 February.
follow the college –> @LCFLondon
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Beyond London’s horizon..
Turner Contemporary Opens – 16 April, Margate.
This shiny new gallery opens its doors with a fantastic exhibition celebrating JW Turner. It explores the themes of imagination, discovery, wonder and the creative spirit. Centred on JMW Turner’s extraordinary but little-known painting The Eruption of the Souffrier Mountains, in the Island of St Vincent, at Midnight, on the 30th April, 1812, from a Sketch Taken at the Time by Hugh P. Keane, Esqre1815, depicting a dramatic volcanic eruption that Turner himself never witnessed, the exhibition will feature six major international contemporary artists.
Follow the gallery’s progress here- @TCMargate
See our Top Treasures page for more hints of what gems the Magpie shall be offering up in 2011.. x