From Champagne Life to Vogue 100 – Top London Art Events

We’re pretty spoilt for choice with London art events. It seems like every day there’s a new must-see exhibition opening. I’ve rounded up a few of my current favourites to share with you.

The Saatchi Gallery is celebrating its 30th anniversary and has its first all women exhibition, running until 6 March. It features the work of a whole host of female artists, giving us a chance to reflect upon what it means to be a female artist working today. It’s one of my favourite contemporary galleries and I often pop into its restaurant too.

Whilst the title of the exhibition, Champagne Life, suggests luxury and success, it’s also ironic in that an artist will spend many unglamorous hours toiling in a studio to create their artworks.

One of my favourite pieces is by Alice Anderson – her work 181 kilometres uses 181 kilometres of copper thread and paired with Bound, a bobbin made of wood and copper thread, it’s an impressive sight.

Saatchi Gallery exhibitionI’m not quite sure what to make of Soheila Sokhanvari’s taxidermy horse…

Champagne Life Saatchi Gallery horseHowever there’s no denying the intricacy of Jelena Bulajic’s human faces. She certainly seems to have empathy with her portraits.

Champagne Life Saatchi Gallery
Lumas is a new discovery for me however they actually have 40 galleries worldwide in 17 different countries. Their South Molton Street gallery is the first in London and focuses on accessible art. It’s designed to look like a collector’s home, and it feels very welcoming.

Lumas Art Now galleryNot only that but the staff are really lovely too. Lumas is known for its museum quality, limited edition photographic prints and they’ve just launched a range of postcard-sized photographs.

Lumas Art Now exhibition
The designs are very funky, from quirky Darth Vaders to eccentric animals and giant sweets. They’re ideal as a gift, being equipped with built-in hooks and magnets, plus an acrylic desk stand, and are very reasonable at £24 each.

Lumas Art Now London
You really shouldn’t miss Vogue 100 at the National Portrait Gallery. In one exhibition, they’ve managed to convey the essence of style throughout the ages – no mean feat! Starting in 1916 when Vogue was founded, it takes you on a journey from wartime Britain to the present day. In addition to some striking fashion shots such as this one from the 1940s, there are also many portraits of iconic celebrities.

Vogue 100 1940s
Who could forget this portrait of Princess Diana by renowned photographer, Patrick Demarchelier?

Diana by Patrick Demarchelier
Whilst this shot of Twiggy really seems to sum up the swinging Sixties.

and Alexander McQueen poses in a premonitory fashion with a skull…The other fabulous thing about this exhibition is the gift shop. They’ve commissioned quite a few one-off items and it really is a great place to pick up presents that you can’t get anywhere else. The exhibition runs until 22 May, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Vogue 100 Julien McDonald
Finally, I’d also recommend the Alexander Calder at Tate Modern. It’s not permitted to take photos but his sculptures are really fascinating, particularly his lesser known early works. The exhibition runs until 3 April.

Also on my must-see list is Painting the Modern Garden at the Royal Academy and Bejewelled Treasures: The Al Thani Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum,  I hear that both are fantastic.

Have you seen any good art exhibitions in London or elsewhere recently?