Monochrome: Painting in Black and White at National Gallery
When you think of black-and-white art, no doubt, photography or Op art springs to mind. Rarely would you think that artists like Rembrandt or van Eyck worked in monochrome. For their winter blockbuster, the National Gallery brings together paintings and drawings by Old Masters through to contemporary artists to explore what happens when the colour spectrum is reduced to the minimum. Including early examples of Medieval grisaille (grey monochrome painting) work, Albrecht Dürer drawings, Kazimir Malevich’s revolutionary Black Square (1929) painting and Olafur Eliasson’s immersive light installation that suppresses other light frequencies, the show will leave you seeing the power of monochrome.
Monochrome: Painting in Black and White is on until February 18, 2018. £16 weekends, £14 weekdays.
Modigliani at Tate Modern
Among the many highlights of this outstandingly comprehensive exhibition of the Italian artist will no doubt be his nudes. From the best-loved to the controversially-explicit, Modigliani’s approach to representing the naked female form, transformed figurative painting and here you’ll be able to see the largest group ever compiled in the UK. Although Modigliani died at the young age of 35, he carved a career through continual experimentation that deems him one of the greatest artists of 20th century.
Modigliani is on until April 2, 2018. £18.50, concs £15.
Age of Terror at IWM
This landmark exhibition brings together works made since the 2001 terrorist attacks in New York. From Film and installations to painting and sculpture by internationally renowned artists including Grayson Perry, Ai Weiwei, Jenny Holzer, and Jake & Dinos Chapman, the exhibition will address the complex issues faced around the world today that isn’t often reflected in the mainstream media. Each artist’s response to conflict, war and a heightened state of emergency will give a different perspective on this daily global issue.
Age of Terror: Art since 9/11 is on until May 28, 2018. £15, concs £7.50-£10.50.
Impressionists in London at Tate Britain
In the 1870’s, French artists such as Monet, Pissarro, Sisley and Derain sought refuge in London as they fled the devastation of the Franco-Prussian war. Their period of exile across the Channel proved an exceptionally fruitful one for both the development of the French artists as well as the British art scene. For the first time, the influential relationships between French and British artists as well as the art dealers and patrons is explored in this illuminating exhibition that includes everything from depictions of recreational London pursuits and extensive studies of the Thames to the examination of art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel’s important role in establishing Impressionism as a movement.
Impressionists in London, French Artists in Exile (1870-1904) is on until April 29, 2018. £17.70, concs £15.90.
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