Trees, Trafalgar Square and Troy are on my Wednesday Wishes for March. London is awash with tempting exhibitions and here is my pick of what to see in March.
Wednesday Wishes: New in March
Spring is bringing out a whole crop of new exciting exhibitions in London. All things arboreal are celebrated in Among the Trees at the Hayward Gallery opening on March 5. Expect to immersed deep into the forest whilst standing in a concrete brutalist art gallery.
Down the Thames at Tate Britain Aubrey Beardsley is celebrated. He died young but produced huge quantities of ground breaking art in a very short time. As a teenager I was obsessed by Beardsley and covered a shoe box with his prints in which to keep treasures. Some of the work on display has a distinctly adult theme that didn’t make it onto my shoebox.
Wednesday Wishes: Free in March
Trafalgar Square is where you need to head for free art in March. The latest artwork to occupy the Fourth Plinth is unveiled on March 26. The End by Heather Phillipson resembles a swirl of cream with a cherry on it, topped off by a fly and a camera drone. You could vote for the occupant of the plinth and as I recall one of the teens put his cross by The End.
Once you’ve admired the plinth, head toward the National Gallery for Nicholas Maes: Dutch Master of the Golden Age a small but perfect (and free) show celebrating this little known Dutch master.
Wednesday Wishes: Last chance to see in March
If you haven’t seen Troy: Myth and Reality at the British Museum, get your skates on as it closes on 8 March. Troy is a lush exploration of the history and myth from its origins thousands of years ago to the present day. Go while you can.
There is slightly more time to see Tim Walker: Wonderful Things at the Victoria and Albert Museum which closes on 22 March. Fashion and photography come together in this exhibition that leaves you in no doubt that glossy magazine fashion photography is art.
Wednesday Wishes: Worth Travelling for in March
If I were leaving London for art in March I would head straight to Norwich for Art Deco by the Sea until 14 June at the Sainsbury Centre. This exhibition celebrates the art and architecture that blossomed in British coastal resorts between the wars.
Oxford is also on my list of places to visit. There are two exhibitions which are especially alluring at the moment Young Rembrandt at the Ashmolean Museum (27 February – 7 June) which I saw when it was on in Leiden and loved. Over at the Bodleian Library The Art of Advertising 5 March – 31 August is free. I confess that I love the artistry and creativity that goes into persuading us to buy stuff.
Where will you go this March on Wednesday or any other day?