catch them while you can:
Inspired by Soane: I saw this and thought of you…
at Sir John Soane’s Museum closes Saturday 6th June
Fashion designers Manolo Blahnik, Christopher Bailey, and Paul Smith, artists Maggi Hambling and Antony Gormley, architects Zaha Hadid and Michael Graves are among the 100 personalities that have contributed postcard artworks, inspired by objects from the Soane Museum’s collection. FREE
Wellington: Triumphs, Politics and Passions
at National Portrait Gallery closing Sunday 7th June
Marking the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo (18th June 1815) this exhibition illustrates the Duke of Wellington’s extraordinary life as a soldier and statesman. Highlights of the exhibition include a youthful portrait by John Hoppner and Goya’s revealing portrait, started in 1812 and twice modified to recognise further battle honours and awards. The exhibition also displays a daguerreotype by Antoine Claudet, in the new medium of photography, taken on Wellington’s 75th birthday in 1844. FREE
Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington
by Sir Thomas Lawrence 1817-18
Salt and Silver: Early Photography 1840 – 1860
at Tate Britain closes Sunday 7th June
The first exhibition in Britain devoted to salted paper prints, one of the earliest forms of photography. A uniquely British invention, the technique transformed subjects into images with their own specific aesthetic and revolutionised photography.
at Royal Academy closes Sunday 7th June
One of the great American post-war masters, Richard Diebenkorn is an artist whose work takes you from abstraction to figuration and back again. This is the first UK exhibition of Diebenkorn’s work in 20 years and displays fine examples from the three broad phases of his career.
Cityscape #1, 1963
by Richard Diebenkorn
Joshua Reynolds: Experiments in Paint
at The Wallace Collection closes Sunday 7th June
Spanning most of Joshua Reynolds’s career, this exhibition demonstrates the sheer diversity of his artistic production and provides a surprising insight into the creative processes of this important and immensely prolific British artist. FREE
Photographs ©The London Art File
Come back soon to see Part 2
for more London exhibitions closing this month!