As autumn begins, fantastic exhibitions are opening in London and across the rest of the UK. The Royal Academy’s Abstract Expressionism exhibition, with its Pollocks and Rothkos, and the bare-faced cheek of the Turner Prize showcase at Tate Britain, have garnered plenty of headlines, but here are five more shows to book in for…
Already acclaimed as one of the exhibition’s of the year, the National Portrait Gallery has brought together more than 80 paintings that span the great Spaniard’s entire career – from his early realist portraits to later spontaneous works. Expect to battle through sizeable crowds at this one. (Pic: Self-portrait by Pablo Picasso, 1896, Museu Picasso, Barcelona)
After falling out of of fashion for centuries, Caravaggio is now a guaranteed ticket seller. The National Gallery is banking on people paying to see a handful of his works, alongside paintings by lesser known artists he inspired. Among the Caravaggio paintings on display is the magnificent The Taking of Christ, above, which is worth the price of admission alone. (Pic: The Taking of Christ, National Gallery of Ireland)
Klein, who died in 1962 at the age of just 44, influenced pop, conceptual, and performance art with an oeuvre that encompassed painting, sculpture, performance, film, architecture and even judo. This exhibition features major works never before seen in the UK alongside his Fire Paintings, created using flame throwers.
The Serpentine is hosting an exhibition of new work from Helen Marten, one of the nominees for this year’s Turner Prize and the inaugural Hepworth Sculpture Prize. Drunk Brown House brings together work presented in London for the first time, including sculpture, text and screen-printed paintings, with an installation created specifically for the Serpentine’s Sackler Gallery. (Pic: Installation View, Annik Wetter)
Eardley’s career was a relatively short one due to the fact her life was cut short at the age of just 42. In that time she created a bold body of work, including memorable portraits of Glasgow street children, that will be showcased in this career retrospective. (Pic: Street Kids [detail], Estate of Joan Eardley/The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art)