The LAF’s August Favourites

To sort the wheat from the chaff and help you decide what to see at
London’s museums and galleries here’s…

The London Art File’s
Favourite Exhibitions in London in August 2015

Favourite New Exhibition

Animal Tales at The British Library


This is exactly how a small exhibition should be done. The British Library has put together the perfect collection of literary works that feature animal characters. All the most well-loved stories of children’s literature are there from Peter Rabbit to Black Beauty via Aslan and Mog. But there are also great adult works there too, including Kafka’s Metamorphosis and Art Spiegelman’s graphic novel Maus. Don’t miss Darren Waterston’s illustrations for Mark Doty’s animal poems – just stunning.

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Favourite Exhibition About to Close

Cornelius Johnson: Charles I’s Forgotten Painter at National Portrait Gallery
Closes Sunday 13th September


This exhibition in Room 6 of the NPG is another small but delightful display which focusses on a now little-known portrait painter of the 17th Century, Cornelius Johnson. Johnson was appointed as a court painter to Charles I and, although now pretty much forgotten, was one of the most popular, successful and prolific artists of his day. When you see these wonderful portraits, it is hard to understand why Cornelius Johnson has faded from the public conscience. Well done to the NPG for reminding us about him.

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And a quick shout-out for The London Open 2015 at The Whitechapel Gallery which is also about to close.


The London Open is the triennial open submission contemporary art show, open to all artists aged 26 and over living and working in London. 2015 was a bumper year for numbers of submissions, a record 2,133 artists applied with 48 being selected by a panel of high profile art world figures including artist Angela de la Cruz and critic Ben Luke. The London Open has a buzzy feeling to it and a tremendous diversity of works on show, including painting, sculpture, video art and assorted installations. Be quick though, it closes on Sunday 6th September.

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