What’s New: Art in London

As spring fever sets in, Londoners are emerging from their winter cocoons to explore a slew of recently opened  art shows. Indagare’s London-based expert Elena Bowes reports on two new exhibits in the city now.

Three fantastic art exhibits are gracing museums and galleries this month, two from British artists who hit the London scene in the 1960’s and one from a pioneering Brooklyn-based fashion photographer. The first is a fabulous, 50-year retrospective of the legendary rock band Pink Floyd at the Victoria and Albert Museum. This ground-breaking blockbuster of an art show, entitled ‘Their Mortal Remains,’ is a psychedelic, audio-visual journey through time that highlights the highly creative (and extremely private) British band. The exhibit features the group’s iconic imagery from their surreal album covers to their theatrical stage sets and displays over 350 artifacts including letters, video footage, costumes and instruments. Fans and newbies alike will love the show’s enlightening back story, which explains many of Pink Floyd’s iconic concepts and divulges secrets in their lyrics. And while the 17,000-square-foot exhibition can be daunting, the headphones help visitors navigate and the accompanying music changes as you move through the show. Ends October 1.

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Meanwhile, Howard Hodgkin’s exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery, entitled ‘Absent Friends,’ features 52 paintings and drawings that trace the artist’s inventive use of splashes, dashes, and stripes of color that became iconic over his six-decade career. Memory, emotion and relationships depict Hodgkin’s approach to portraiture, and the last major painting in the show is an abstract self-portrait of the artist listening to music. Ends June 18.

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Arthur Elgort, the famed Brooklyn fashion photographer who has worked with Vogue, Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent, will show his first solo UK exhibition at the Atlas Gallery this summer (49 Dorset St). His presentation of high fashion in everyday scenes – one of his most famous shoots is Kate Moss in a colorful swimsuit inside a local LA diner – has defined him as one of the most revolutionary photographers in the fashion world. Ends September 2.

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