From photography to massive installations, London’s summer’s exhibitions are nothing if not diverse. Diversify your art go-tos and discover some new galleries, with boundary-pushing exhibitions.
Benedict Drew: The Trickle-Down Syndrome
June 3rd – September 7th
The Whitechapel Gallery is the kind of gallery where you take friends to make them think you know something about art, but whether you’ve heard of Benedict Drew or not you should pop along to this. The exhibition spans large-scale installations made in reaction to pop culture and political events.
77-82 Whitechapel High St, London E1 7QX, 020 7522 7888
Gregory Crewdson: Cathedral of the Pines
June 23rd – October 8th
Over at Soho’s Photographers’ Gallery is this huge sprawling exhibition of legendary US photographer Gregory Crewdson‘s work, Cathedral of the Pines which mixes 19th-century formal portraiture with a documentary of the decline of rural America, or specifically Becket, Massachusetts.
16-18 Ramillies St, Soho, London W1F 7LW, 020 7087 9300
June 13th – October 8th
Turkish avant-garde painter Fahrelnissa Zeid gets a retrospective this summer at the Tate Modern. Her bold and bright, huge abstract paintings mix Islamic and European patterns and styles and demand attention.
Bankside, London SE1 9TG, 020 7887 8888
Jürgen Partenheimer: Lichtschwarm
April 28th – June 8th
White Cube in Bermondsey will show Jürgen Partenheimer: Lichtschwarm – he is one of Germany’s best-loved living artists and his work can be said to be minimalist and metaphysical. Discover his abstract pastel paintings in this new exhibition.
The Encounter: Drawings from Leonardo to Rembrandt
July 13th – October 22nd
The National Portrait Gallery looks back at the golden age of Renaissance and Baroque portraiture to examine the relationship between the painter and the muse. See stripped back work from Leonardo da Vinci, Holbein, Rubens and Rembrandt.