2018 was an incredible year for art, and for those of us lucky enough to have visited some of the art exhibitions that took place throughout the year, we were certainly given an insight into things to come in 2019.
Here are a few of our favourite art exhibitions that took place in 2018 as well as some of the up and coming events on the art calendar due in the next twelve months.
All Too Human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life
The Tate Modern
A celebration of some of the world’s best painters of the human form, big names such as Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon and rarer works from Frank Auerbach and Paula Rego where on offer at the Tate Modern until August 2018.
Attracting thousands of visitors each week, visitors to the Tate Modern made a beeline for this unique exhibition and marvelled at the intimate ways that the artists captured people and their surroundings with nothing but a humble paintbrush.
Aftermath: Art in the Wake of World War One
The Tate Britain
An exhibition to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War, Aftermath: Art in the Wake of World War One was an exploration of how artists responded to the impact of the conflict as part of our social history.
Visitors were welcomed to the Tate Britain up until August 2018 to see this expression of social change as the period was also a great time of reflection and creativity. Big artistic heavyweights such as Picasso were part of the event alongside lesser well-known artists.
Michael Jackson: On the Wall
The National Portrait Gallery
An art exhibition for art lovers and music lovers alike, the National Portrait Gallery threw open its doors to the late King of Pop in this engaging collection of paintings, photographs and sculptures collected from over 40 different artists from around the world to mark what would have been the artist’s 60th birthday.
Well attended during the exhibitions three-month spell at the iconic gallery, visitors from all over the world flocked to see this homage to the iconic musician.
Looking forward to 2019, we’ve earmarked some great exhibitions on the arts calendar, so make a date in your diary and head to London to experience some of the best new exhibitions coming to town this year.
Art Exhibitions 2019
Staging Jackson Pollock
Whitechapel Gallery until 24th March 2019
The work of American Abstract Expressionist Jackson Pollock returns to the first exhibition space his pieces were first shown back in 1958 in this new exhibition.
Featuring pieces from his Summertime 9A collection as well as rare archive footage, it is a must see for anyone visiting London this Spring.
Harald Sohlberg: Painting Norway
Dulwich Picture Gallery until 2nd July 2019
Using mythology and symbolism to convey a sense of the Norwegian landscape, Harald Sohlberg’s work is coming to the Dulwich Picture Gallery to celebrate what would have been the artist’s 150th birthday this summer.
Sohlberg’s paintings depict the wilderness of the Nordic landscape, the soft beauty of the flower fields and the harsh cold of the winter and reveal influences such as Norwegian Naturalism and Symbolism, which he was exposed to during his training in Copenhagen and Christiania.
BP Portrait Award
The National Portrait Gallery from 13 June to 20 October 2019
Portrait painting lovers can enjoy the BP Portrait Award as the world’s most prestigious competition of its kind enters its 40th year. With a total prize fund of £74,000, the award is aimed at encouraging artists to focus upon and develop portraiture in their work and all entries are free to view by the public before and after the winner is announced.
An annual highlight of the UK art calendar, this is something not to miss if you’ll be visiting the capital from June onwards.
William Blake: The Artist
The Tate Britain from 11th September 2019
Newton 1795-c. 1805 William Blake 1757-1827 Presented by W. Graham Robertson 1939 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/N05058
Poet and painter, the Tate Britain will be taking a fresh perspective of beloved artist William Blake this autumn.
With a collection of over 300 pieces of art, the exhibition will provide a comprehensive overview of Blake’s achievements and ambitions across a range of media and will also discuss his relationship with the art world of his time and tell the stories behind some of the most iconic images in the history of British art.
Dulwich Picture Gallery from 4th October 2019
Marking the 350th year after the artist’s death, the Dulwich Picture Gallery is to stage London’s Rembrandt moment with an innovative exhibition that aims to refresh the way that we look at works by this incomparable Dutch artist.
Bringing together 35 famous pieces on loan from all over the globe, the exhibition will focus on his mastery of light and visual storytelling that create impact and drama.
An immersive exhibition created with illumination, thi exhibition is certainly worth a visit to London and the Dulwich Picture Gallery.