London Art Picks

This week we bring you our selection of London's latest art exhibitions with shows from the Tate Britain, Timothy Taylor Gallery and the Lisson Gallery. We'd also love to hear about your go-to galleries, leave us a comment with your top art picks!

1/ Painting with Light

Tate Britain

11 May - 25 September 2016

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We’re lucky to have so many fabulous galleries close by … one of our favourites to pop into is the Tate Britain as we love their collection of beautiful Pre-Raphaelite paintings. This month ‘Painting with Light’ opened, it is the first major exhibition to address the connections between early photography and British art, focussing on Pre-Raphaelite, Aesthetic and British Impressionist works of art. The exhibition begins wonderfully with early photography and its impact on painters including J.M.W. Turner. We also discovered how Pre-Raphaelite painters took posed photographs of their muses to work from, see below for some examples from the exhibition.

2/ Dubuffet: late paintings

Timothy Taylor Gallery

20 May - 2 July 2016

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This week Timothy Taylor opened a Jean Dubuffet exhibition, displaying a collection of late works. Towards the end of his career Dubuffet had perfected his Art Brut style, inspiring a generation of artists. There are interesting examples in this examples including painting, sculpture and drawings from several series. One of these is the ‘Hourloupe’ series which is derived from semi-automatic doodles he made when talking on the phone. We enjoyed the sense of immediacy and the energy captured in these works.

3/ Stanley Whitney: Radical Times

Lisson Gallery

20 May – 2 July 2016

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We love the latest bold and bright exhibition from the Lisson Gallery on Bell Street. They are exhibiting a series of oil paintings and gouache on paper works from artist Stanley Whitney, at his first London exhibition. The works have all been made within the past few months as direct responses to global events, literature and music - with titles such as ‘Radical Times’ and ‘Deep Water’. Whitney loosely bases his compositions on grid forms together with abstract colour blocks and lines which have a beautiful harmony.