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With access to hundreds of museums and galleries a tube ride away, we Londoners are spoilt for choice when it comes to a fun day out. But sometimes the capital’s embarrassment of riches means it’s tricky to pick where to go.
Claudette Johnson: Presence
British painter Claudette Johnson, a founding member of the UK’s Black feminist art movement, has spent her career depicting black women and men (often her friends and family) to make up for their absence from historical works. The Courtauld is now presenting a survey of her distinctive, richly-coloured and deeply moving works: “Due recognition has been a long time coming, but Johnson is soaring,” said the Standard’s five-star review.
Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Boundless
Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s fascination with wrapping objects in fabric, which began with shop windows and chairs in the Sixties, reached its climax in 2021 when they wrapped the entire L’Arc de Triomphe. This retrospective brings together illustrations, photographs and plans to look at the married couple’s seminal projects.
Taylor Wessing Photo Portrait Prize
Showcasing the works of “talented young photographers, gifted amateurs and established professionals”, the Taylor Wessing Photo Portrait Prize, which is returning to its home venue this year after its three year refurbishment, is always a huge treat and a chance to see what’s going on in contemporary portrait photography around the world.
Jewish leftist Canadian-American painter Philip Guston (1913-1980) spent his career responding to our reeling world, making haunting drawings, paintings and murals about racism, social upheaval, antisemitism and fascism. This extraordinary retrospective brings together many of his most important works, including his celebrated Sixties figurative paintings.
Impressionists on Paper
In the maelstrom of modernity that was late 19th-century France, Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists radically transformed what we think of as art – and in the process, lifted the status of works on paper from something chucked away, to artworks in their own right. This show features around 70 works on paper by leading artists whose innovation would change art forever.