From Pop Art to abstract portraits, London is awash with must-see art exhibitions in 2017. Some of Broadgate’s most revered artists including Richard Serra, Howard Hodgkin, Jim Dine and George Segal will feature across exhibitions this spring and beyond.
For an inside scoop on the tickets to book now, the artists to know and to mark our new Urban Eden season, Broadgate’s Communications Manager, Natasha Nanner caught up with our art curator, Rosie Glenn.
Which are the London shows everyone should try to see this spring?
My can’t-miss list includes three solo exhibitions dedicated to our Broadgate artists. First stop will be Richard Serra at the Gagosian Gallery (until 10 March) which features three new large-scale stainless steel sculptures by the artist. To give you an idea, Serra’s work at Broadgate is the stunning Fulcrum just off Broadgate Circle; it's about 15 metres high, that's taller than the length of a London bus!
I’m also planning to see Alan Cristea Gallery's exhibition of new work by Jim Dine entitled Poet Singing (until 11 March) which features eight new portraits of singing poets alongside abstract prints and the artist’s ongoing fascination with Pinocchio and motifs including hearts and Venuses. In fact, his double Venus works are currently on display in the pavement lobby of 155 Bishopsgate and were specially created especially for the space.
Finally, don’t miss British artist Howard Hodgkin's Absent Friends show at the National Portrait Gallery which arrives on 23 March. Hodgkin is the creative force behind the Wave mosaic which sits alongside the entire length of the pool wall at Virgin Active.
Beyond Broadgate artists’ solo shows, what are the other exhibitions people will be talking about?
American Pop Art is the big theme for London shows in early 2017 and two of Broadgate’s artists, Jim Dine and George Segal, were pioneers of the movement. In fact, Dine has donated a huge group of works to the British Museum for its highly anticipated show called The American Dream (9 March-18 June). Featuring works by icons including Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein and pioneers Kara Walker and Julie Mehretu, the show will explore the power, influence and changing nature of the American Dream over the past turbulent 60 years.
One of the main shows in town at the moment is a solo presentation by American Pop icon Robert Rauschenberg at Tate Modern (until 2 April). This is so special because it includes his pioneering screen printed images of iconic moments from the 1960s.
To see the impact of Pop Art here in London, Tate Britain is also staging a retrospective by David Hockney (until 29 May) while, just around the corner from Broadgate, the Whitechapel Art Gallery has an Eduardo Paolozzi display until 15 May that can’t be missed.
Finally, what should people make the time to see at Broadgate?
We’ve got some incredible exhibitions by artists including Tracey Bush, Julie Leonard and Rosie Leventon inspired by our spring campaign which focuses on wellness, the nature and recycling. We’ll also be hosting an external photography display from March which ties into the number of photography shows on throughout London at the moment. Tate Modern is exhibiting important modern photographs from Sir Elton John's superb collection, entitled The Radical Eye, including Man Ray's portraits of artists such as Matisse and Picasso (until 17 May).
Photo by Samuel Zeller