Exhibitions Opening in July 2015


July is another busy month for new exhibitions
 at London’s museums and galleries

Here’s The London Art File’s 
pick of exhibitions
 opening in the capital this month:

Audrey Hepburn: 
Portraits of an Icon
at National Portrait Gallery opening Thursday 2nd July

This fascinating photographic exhibition will illustrate the life of actress and fashion icon Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993). From her early years as a chorus girl in London’s West End through to her philanthropic work in later life, Portraits of an Icon will celebrate one of the world’s most photographed and recognisable stars.


Joseph Cornell
Wanderlust
at The Royal Academy opening Saturday 4th July

Joseph Cornell hardly ventured beyond New York State, yet the notion of travel was central to his art. His imaginary voyages began as he searched Manhattan’s antique bookshops and dime stores, collecting a vast archive of paper ephemera and small objects to make his signature glass-fronted ‘shadow boxes’. These miniature masterpieces transform everyday objects into spellbinding treasures.

Soundscapes
at The National Gallery opening Wednesday 8th July

Leading contemporary sound artists and musicians Nico Muhly, Susan Philipsz, Gabriel Yared, Jamie xx, Chris Watson, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller – have been commissioned to respond to six paintings of their choice from the National Gallery collection. Each brand new ‘soundscape’ has been specially created for the exhibition and can only be heard within the exhibition space for the duration of the show.

 No Colour Bar:
Black British Art in Action 1960-1990
at Guildhall Art Gallery opening Friday 10th July

This exhibition at The Guildhall Art Gallery in the City is an innovative look at Black British cultural identities, heritage and creative voices and the struggle Black British artists faced to have their voices heard – from the 1960s to the 1990s. The focus will be on the life works of Eric and Jessica Huntley and the Bogle L’Ouverture Press, a publishing house and pioneering bookshop and cultural hub that they founded in 1969.

Excavating Egypt
at The Egypt Exploration Society, 3 Doughty Mews, London,WC1 
from Sunday 12th July to Sunday 26th July

Ever wondered what it takes to be an archaeologist? Wanted to dig in Egypt? Or discover new treasures of your own? Meet the teams that uncovered hidden secrets, find out where they lived, how they excavated and what they discovered. With over a century of experience, The Egypt Exploration Society holds one of the largest and most complete archaeological archives in the country, and for two weeks in July they are opening their doors to visitors.

Marc Quinn:
The Toxic Sublime
at White Cube Bermondsey opening Wednesday 15th July

An exhibition of new work by Marc Quinn, his first at White Cube London since 2010, includes two new bodies of work and is the culmination of two years of investigation into natural phenomena and our distanced and complex relationship with the environment.

We Want More:
Image Making and Music in the 21st Century
at The Photographers’ Gallery opening Friday 17th July
We Want More explores photography’s role in defining music culture today. Both industries have seen a significant change to ideas about ownership and distribution, caused by the advent of digital technologies.  The frameworks that created a distance between photographers, fans, stars and their labels have collapsed allowing new ways for music photography to be produced, shared and consumed.

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