In this day and age, being an art lover is an easy hobby. With the internet at our fingertips, we can easily order art books and prints from established and up-and-coming artists around the world. And with so many new galleries and museums popping up every day, most of us are never more than an hour away from an excellent exhibition.
At EasyFrame we’re into anything to do with art or picture framing, which means we like to keep track of exciting upcoming exhibits and installations at galleries around the country. Coming into January after a fun and food-filled Christmas season can be challenging, but the good news is that there are plenty of exhibitions to keep you busy in the upcoming months.
Whether you’re a seasoned art lover, or someone who’s made a New Year’s resolution to brush up on your knowledge of the greats, read on for a guide to the unmissable art exhibitions coming up in 2018.
Basquiat: Boom for Real, The Barbican, London
Jean-Michel Basquiat died young at the age of 27, but in his short life he made a permanent impact upon the art world. The American artist and social commentator hit the New York art scene in the 1980s, and pioneered a visionary neo-expressionist style which is still championed around the world today. To learn more, visit London’s Barbican and view over 100 of his different works.
(Now-28th January 2018)
Game of Thrones Tapestry, Ulster Gallery, Belfast
If you’re more into your TV than your fine art, this exhibition may be your cup of tea. Head to Belfast’s Ulster Gallery until the beginning of March and you can view a massive, hand-woven tapestry detailing the major events from series one to six of the TV hit Game of Thrones. Containing 250,000 threads placed by hand, the tapestry remains an ongoing project; further scenes will be added as episodes of the seventh – and final – season are aired. (Now-4th March 2018)
Constable & McTaggart, Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh
Described as "A Meeting of Two Masterpieces" this tiny exhibition consists of just two works: John Constable’s Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows, and William McTaggart’s The Storm. Free to enter, this exhibition makes a clever connection between the two paintings, and does good work bringing to light the achievements of Scottish artist McTaggart. It’s the perfect way to spend a lunch hour.
(Now-25th March 2018)
Stanley Spencer in Focus, Stanley Spencer Gallery, Maidenhead
Stanley Spencer may have his own gallery, but he’s perhaps not as well-known as he should be. If you’re keen to learn more about this influential English painter – who is most famous for his intimate nudes and self-portraits – visit the Stanley Spencer gallery in Maidenhead. This special exhibition features paintings and works on paper from the Cookham Collection.
(Now-25th March 2018)
Modigliani, Tate Modern, London
Modigliani was a controversial painter in his day. He had his first solo exhibition in Paris censored after someone caught sight of one of his nudes and complained to the police – as the story goes, they were offended by the pubic hair on display. Today his works are some of the most in-demand on the planet, so it’s no surprise that the Tate Modern has capitalised on his popularity with a special exhibition. Visit until the beginning of April and you’ll be able to view over 100 works, including 12 of his nudes.
(Now-2nd April 2018)
Age of Terror: Art Since 9/11, Imperial War Museum, London
A great deal has changed since the devastating events of September 11th 2001 – the art scene included. At this unique exhibition, you can view a number of important works that have been created in response to war, terrorism, and conflict since 9/11. More than 40 British and international artists are represented, including Ai Weiwei and Grayson Perry. A sobering, vital exhibition for the modern era.
(Now-28th May 2018)
Roy Lichtenstein in Focus, Tate Liverpool
Liverpool’s Tate Gallery is currently hosting an exhibition of Roy Lichtenstein’s works which charts his artistic progression from his early years to his last works. Visitors can learn about his early interest in landscapes, catch a glimpse of his most famous pop art comic-inspired creations, and watch a three-screen film installation.
(Now-17th June 2018)
The BFG in Pictures, The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle
Not all art exhibitions have to centre on a someone from an art textbook – in fact, this show featuring the works of Quentin Blake may be our favourite entry on this list! The gorgeous Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle, County Durham, is a wonderful spot for a day trip, particularly if you combine it with a tour of "The BFG in Pictures".
Curated by Blake himself, this exhibition features 40 original artworks, which were created to accompany the beloved Roald Dahl book. A must see for lovers of Dahl’s works.
(14th July-30th September 2018)
Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up, V&A, London
The EasyFrame team are great fans of Kahlo’s work, but we’d be lying if we said we knew a huge amount about her life. At this exhibition, which has been prepared by London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, we’ll be able to learn more by viewing some of Kahlo’s most intimate personal belongings. This is the first time this collection has been exhibited outside of Mexico; along with personal possessions, some of Kahlo’s paintings will also be on display. (16th June-4th November 2018)
Framing your Art Prints with EasyFrame
If you manage to make it to one of the fantastic exhibitions listed above, it’s likely that you’ll come away with at least one postcard or art print – after all, who can resist the call of the art gallery gift shop?
With EasyFrame you can rescue your brand new art print from a life collecting dust at the back of a cupboard by easily ordering a custom-made picture frame and picture mount. Head to our Picture Frames & Mounts page and you can enter the precise dimensions of your print. Choose the colour, size and style of your mount and frame, make your order and we’ll dispatch your picture frame within just three days.