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4 Artistic Reasons to Visit London Right Now

This blog post was updated on July 8, 2021.

At any given moment, there’s great art on view in London – and for whatever reason there are some especially amazing shows on right now. Here’s a look at four ace exhibitions I’ve come across recently that are currently running and worth your viewing considerations next time you visit London.
Anish Kapoor
Lisson Gallery, 27-29 and 52 Bell Street, London, NW1 5DA (the exhibition is at the 52 Bell Street space)
The nearest London Underground station is at Edgware Road.

This eponymously titled show by popular sculptor Anish Kapoor includes a series of “vast, seething red and white resin and silicon paintings” alongside two smooth and mostly rounded (but with chipped and jaggy edges) pink onyx floor-based sculptures as well as a couple of ultra sleek and reflective wall-mounted stainless steel elliptical sculptures.

The exhibition run May 9. Admission is free.

Goya: The Witches and Old Women Album
Courtauld Gallery, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 0RN
The nearest London Underground station is at Temple.

Reuniting for the first time all the known drawings from one of Goya’s most celebrated private albums, Witches offers an extraordinary chance to closely admire and inspect some of the Spanish artist’s most fascinating works. All the pieces are drawings made with a watercolour brush and black carbon ink from when the artist was in his late 60s/early 70s (1819-1823).

Goya: The Witches and Old Women Album is on until May 25. General admission full adults is £8.50 (about $12).


Syngenta Photography Award 2015: Scarcity-Waste
East Wing Galleries, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA
The nearest London Underground station is at Temple.

Maybe a minute’s walk across the Somerset House courtyard from the above mentioned Goya exhibition, the Syngenta Photography Award 2015: Scarcity-Waste exhibition explores the “fundamental social, political and environmental issues of our time” through award winning photography.

The show is open to the public now and runs until April 10. Admission is Free.
From Her Wooden Sleep …
Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, London, SW1Y 5AH
The nearest London Underground station is at Charing Cross

From Her Wooden Sleep … by German-born Canadian artist Ydessa Hendele is a major new work described by the artist herself as a “cultural composition.” The exhibition marks the first time Hendeles’ art has been shown in London and is comprised of more than 150 wooden antique manikins from the artist’s own collection arranged alongside an assortment of historic objects, the exhibition casts a distinctive mood and presents the chance to browse the thoughtfully paused moment of an intriguingly situatedtableau vivant.

From Her Wooden Sleep … is on now and runs until May 17 at the Entry to the ICA is with Day Membership, set at £1. Day Membership includes access to all art exhibitions and displays, as well as use of facilities such as the café bar and free WiFi.

About the author

Chris Osburn

Chris Osburn is a freelance writer, photographer, consultant, and curator and the driving force behind the long running and award winning blog, Originally from the American Deep South, Chris has lived and worked all over the world and has called London home since 2001.

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