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October 2016

The Vulgar Fashion Redefined

October 13, 2016 - February 5, 2017
Barbican Centre, Silk Street
London, EC2Y 8DS United Kingdom
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£14.50

The Vulgar is the first exhibition to explore the inherently challenging but utterly compelling territory of taste in fashion, from the renaissance through to contemporary design. Examining the constantly evolving notion of vulgarity in fashion whilst revelling in its excesses, you are invited to think again about exactly what makes something vulgar and why it is such a sensitive and contested term. Drawn from major public and private collections worldwide, The Vulgar showcases over 120 stunning objects, ranging from historical…

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May 2017

Hokusai: Beyond the Great Wave

May 25, 2017 - August 13, 2017
British Museum, Great Russel Street
London, WC1B 3DG United Kingdom
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£12

Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) is widely regarded as Japan’s most famous and influential artist. He produced works of astonishing quality right up until his death at the age of 90. This new exhibition will lead you on an artistic journey through the last 30 years of Hokusai’s life – a time when he produced some of his most famous masterpieces. Throughout the exhibition, outstanding examples of Hokusai’s work will show the artist’s creative breadth and depth. A selection of superb landscapes…

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June 2017

FAHRELNISSA ZEID

June 13, 2017 - October 18, 2017
Tate Modern, Bankside, Southbank
London, SE1 9TG United Kingdom
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£12.50

Trained in both Paris and Istanbul, Fahrelnissa Zeid (1901–1991) is best known for her large-scale abstract paintings. Her abstract vocabulary has been described as a synthesis of Islamic, Byzantine, Arab and Persian influences combined with stylistic elements that were developed in Europe during the post-war period. The exhibition examines the evolution of Zeid’s figurative and abstract work, the themes she pursued and the methods and materials she experimented with during her career. It also highlights the tension in the works…

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July 2017

Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power

July 6, 2017 - July 20, 2017
Tate Modern, Bankside, Southbank
London, SE1 9TG United Kingdom
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£17

In the period of radical change that was 1963-83, young black artists at the beginning of their careers confronted difficult questions about art, politics and racial identity. How to make art that would stand as innovative, original, formally and materially complex, while also making work that reflected their concerns and experience as black Americans? Soul of a Nation surveys this crucial period in American art history, bringing to light previously neglected histories of 20th-century black artists, including Sam Gilliam, Melvin…

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August 2017

Matisse in the Studio

August 5, 2017 - November 22, 2017
Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington Gardens 6 Burlington Gardens
London, W1S 3ET United Kingdom
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£14.50

Matisse drew his collection from the far corners of the world: Buddhist statuary from Thailand, Bamana figures from Mali, furniture and textiles from North Africa. Rarely of material value, these objects were nonetheless precious. Offering points of departure to which he could return again and again, they appear in his work in different guises and across spans of decades, reinvented afresh in each new setting. Matisse’s objects formed his repertoire, but they also provided him with influences from beyond the…

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September 2017

Basquiat: Boom for Real

September 21, 2017 - January 28, 2018
Barbican Centre, Silk Street
London, EC2Y 8DS United Kingdom
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£16

Boom for Real is the first large-scale exhibition in the UK of the work of American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960—1988). A pioneering prodigy of the downtown New York art scene, Basquiat came to the media’s attention in 1978 when he teamed up with his classmate Al Diaz to graffiti enigmatic statements across the city under the collective pseudonym SAMO©, before swiftly becoming one of the most celebrated artists of his generation. Drawing from international museums and private collections, Basquiat: Boom…

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October 2017

Arthur Jafa: Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death

October 5, 2017 - December 10, 2017
Rooftop Studio, Store Studios, 180 the Strand
London, WC2R 1EA United Kingdom
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Free

Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death is a new video by artist, director, and award-winning cinematographer Arthur Jafa. Set to the searing highs and lows of Kanye West’s gospel-inspired hip-hop track, “Ultralight Beam,” Love Is The Message is a masterful convergence of found footage that traces African-American identity through a vast spectrum of contemporary imagery. From photographs of civil rights leaders watermarked with “Getty Images” to helicopter views of the LA Riots to a wave of bodies dancing…

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AO London – Protest in Fashion Series

October 9, 2017 - December 31, 2017

UNBIASED | UNCENSORED | UNSCRIPTED Inspired by the incredibly thought provoking article entitled ‘Protest - The Cradle to Fashion’s Subversive Culture’ written by Kate Hart. AO London proudly presents a series of podcasts which explores the dialectical implications of subcultures in fashion and answers whether fashion will once again ride the waves of subculture to bring about trends more subversive and iconic than eras past. Fortified by an assertive panel of London College of Fashion students, and industry creatives, our podcast series…

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February 2018

T-SHIRT: CULT – CULTURE – SUBVERSION

February 9, 2018 - May 6, 2018
The Fashion Textiles Museum, 83 Bermondsey Street
London, SE1 3XF United Kingdom
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£9.90

The exhibition features a private collection of Vivienne Westwood t-shirts from the early days of Let it Rock, Sex, and Seditionaries, through to the designers most recent collections, Active Resistance to Propaganda and Climate Revolution. This group of rare objects will form a central installation of the exhibition, accompanied by an introduction to the historical biography of the T-shirt and an insight into its technological advances, mapped through sections focusing on contemporary design.

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Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins

February 28, 2018 - May 27, 2018
Barbican Centre, Silk Street
London, EC2Y 8DS United Kingdom
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£13.50

Another Kind of Life follows the lives of individuals and communities operating on the fringes of society from America to India, Chile to Nigeria. The exhibition reflects a more diverse, complex view of the world, as captured and recorded by photographers. Driven by personal and political motivations, many of the photographers sought to provide an authentic representation of the disenfranchised communities with whom they spent months, years or even decades with, often conspiring with them to construct their own identity through the…

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