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Top 10 London Art Exhibitions To See In July

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Top 10 London Art Exhibitions To See In July

We look ahead to London art openings in July and select the 10 must-see exhibitions.

Joseph Cornell, Untitled (Celestial Navigation), 1956-58. © The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation/VAGA, NY/DACS, London 2015.


Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon @ National Portrait Gallery (2 July- 18 October)
Will someone ever be able to replicate the class, style and attitude of actress Audrey Hepburn? National Portrait Gallery dedicates a photographic exhibition to the iconic cinema star, which includes rarely seen photos of her life. Read Londonist review. £9/£7.50, booking in advance suggested

Ben Uri: 100 Years in London @ Somerset House (2 July-13 December)
The gallery based in St John's Wood celebrates a centenary of exhibiting work that relates to the history of London's émigré community. See the unique collection at Somerset House, including paintings by George Grosz, Jacob Epstein and David Bomberg. Read Londonist review. Free entry

Joseph Cornell: Wanderlust @ Royal Academy of Arts (4 July-27 September)
Explore the imaginary world of Joseph Cornell through a series of 80 boxes, assemblages, collages and films — some never before seen outside the USA. £10/concessions available, booking in advance suggested

Hannah Collins @ Camden Arts Centre (4 July-13 September)
The British artist is known for her massive, unframed photographs which immerse the viewer in a full-on spatial and emotional experience. This exhibition will display her art accompanied by film and sound installations, focusing on personal encounters with other cultures. Free entry

Soundscapes @ National Gallery (8 July-6 September)
A group of musicians and sound artists have been commissioned to select a painting from the collection and compose a new piece of music or sound art in response. The immersive and site-specific exhibition will encourage the visitor to ‘hear’ the paintings and ‘see’ the sound. Read Londonist review. £10/£9, booking in advance suggested

The London Open 2015 is at the Whitechapel Gallery. Details below


Fausto Pirandello @ Estorick Collection (8 July-6 September)
The first UK exhibition dedicated to this artist, who contributed to the development of Italian post-war art between the 1930s and 1950s. Entrance to the permanent collection is included in the ticket price. £5/£3.50, book in advance or pay on the door

Ladybird By Design @ House of Illustration (10 July-27 September)
This graphic exhibition explores the famous designs of Ladybird books. On display, 120 illustrations as well as rare photographs and correspondence. £7/£5, book in advance or pay on the door

No Colour Bar: Black British Art in Action 1960-1990 @ Guildhall Gallery (10 July-24 January)
Similar to the V&A exhibition back in February, the Guildhall explores the identity and heritage of the black British community in London between the 1960s-90s. The focus will be on the life and works of Eric and Jessica Huntley and their pioneering publishing house, Bogle L’Ouverture Press. Free entry

Marc Quinn: The Toxic Sublime @ White Cube (15 July-13 September)
The artist presents a whole new series of artworks after a two-years long artistic investigation. In this exhibition, Quinn delves into the natural phenomena and our complex relationship with the environment. Free entry

The London Open 2015 @ Whitechapel Gallery (15 July-6 September)
See Whitechapel Gallery triennial exhibition: on display, some of the most dynamic and forward-looking art currently made across the capital. There will be sculpture, painting, performance, moving image, photography, printmaking and many other media and practices. Free entry

Alice Anderson: Memory Movement Memory Objects @ Wellcome Collection (22 July-18 October)
Anderson's sculptures are all mummified in copper thread with the Wellcome displaying 100 of these singular creations and inviting visitors to take part in the creation of a new work too. Free entry

To find more about what's on in London, visit Londonist's Museum & Galleries and Art & Photography pages.

Last Updated 24 August 2015