Eight for 2018

The eight most important art dates for your 2018 diary.

Eight for 2018

London Art Fair's 30th Anniversary
17 - 21 January, 2018

Continuing to showcase the biggest names in contemporary British art, this 30th anniversary is marked with a specially curated exhibition that includes two Artimage artists, Sonia Boyce and Mat Collishaw

With an acronym that occasionally lends itself to sitting with the ‘lost and found’ on Instagram (#LAF), it's not just established British names that accompany this great art showcase, as younger and international ones too feature in specially curated projects.

Dusk Till Dawn, 2012 (Installation view, Blain Southern, London, 2013), Mat Collishaw

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London Fashion Week (LFW)
16 - 20 February, 2018

Fashion and art have always gone oh so well together. From Andy Warhol’s silkscreen print of Yves Saint-Laurent to Alexander McQueen’s exclusive collaboration with Damien Hirst in 2013, even to the humorous fashion blog that parallels art history images with Alexa Chung’s current day sartorial choices, their bond is undeniable. Nowhere is this more evident, however, than at LFW.

We have been lucky enough to work with numerous luxury brands and fashion houses this year, from Henry Holland to Bombay Sapphire and are excited for those lined up for the new year, too.

You Stole My Look, 1998, Georgina Starr

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Bacon and Freud at Tate Britain
28 February - 27 August, 2018

A landscape of art world giants, Tate Britain’s exhibition All Too Human: Bacon, Freud and a century of painting life explores the visceral humanity that can be imbued within paint on canvas, and celebrates the artists who do it oh so well: Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Paula Rego and Frank Auerbach. 

What’s more, three works by Francis Bacon will be shown in the UK for the first time in at least three decades. 

View more Francis Bacon images here.

'Study for Portrait of John Edwards', c. 1984, Francis Bacon

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British Council Collection's 80th Anniversary
1 April, 2018

Known as the ‘museum without walls’, the British Council Collection has been collecting and promoting the very best in British art for – come 2018 – a staggering 80 years.

Initially set up in slightly old-fashioned terms as an aid for ‘cultural and social relations between the United Kingdom and peoples of other lands', it now holds over 8,500 pieces of 20th and 21st century British artworks and is always worth a browse for the many gems it holds.

See images from the British Council Collection here.

Room for Improvement - A Nouveau Niche, 1995, Bruce Mclean

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The Royal Academy of Art's 250th Anniversary
12 June - 19 August, 2018

The Royal Academy of Arts (RA) was established an incredible 250 years ago, by a motley crew of 36 members (two of whom were women) at the permission of a 28-year old, not yet mad, King George III.

Did you know that in 1867, when the RA moved to its current residence at Burlington House, the then RA president secured an annual rent of £1 for 999 years? Inflation, eh?

With many Royal Academicians also Artimage members, have a look in our Royal Academicians collection for a truly inspiring anniversary selection.

I want to speak to my grandma, 2006, Fiona Rae

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90 Years Since Warhol's Birth
6 August, 2018

Pop Art sensation and cultural icon, Andy Warhol’s shock of silver hair and infamous art lair, ‘The Factory’ all merge with his iconic artworks to make the man the legend.

A purveyor of more than just screen prints, his friendships with, and striking polaroids of, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Muhammad AliMick Jagger and more are also worth a look this anniversary.

Warhol died in hospital of a cardiac arrest in 1987, but not before being shot at three times nearly twenty years earlier by ardent feminist Valerie Solanas (who missed twice, by the way).

View more Andy Warhol images here.

Andy Warhol, 1979, Andy Warhol

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30 Years Since Freeze
6 August - 29 September, 2018

The seminal 1988 exhibition organised by Damien Hirst marked the emergence of a new art movement in Britain, known as the Young British artists (YBAs).

The exhibition went ahead with help from Hirst’s Goldsmith’s tutor, Michael Craig-Martin, who commented: “It amuses me that so many people think what happened was calculated and cleverly manipulated whereas in fact it was a combination of youthful bravado, innocence, fortunate timing, good luck, and, of course, good work. It caught people’s imagination.” 

Explore more images from the Freeze exhibition.

Just prior to Freeze private view. Left to Right: Ian Davenport, Damien Hirst, Angela Bulloch, Fiona Rae, Stephen Park, Anya Gallaccio, Sarah Lucas and Gary Hume. August 1988, Abigail Lane

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30th Anniversary of Basquiat's Death
12 August, 2018

A prodigy of the 1980s downtown New York art scene, Jean-Michel Basquiat soared as an art world prodigy before falling to his untimely death aged 27; an artist whose works now breaks US records, selling for $110m (£85m) this year.

From one half of prolific underground graffiti artist duo, SAMO, to an international art icon and close friend of Andy Warhol, the intimacies of their relationship are detailed in Warhol’s diaries, as well as in a series of Basquiat polaroid portraits taken by Warhol and now available on Artimage.

Read more about when Warhol met Basquiat.

Jean-Michel Basquiat, 1982, Andy Warhol


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Images from top: Dusk Till Dawn, 2012 (Installation view, Blain Southern, London, 2013), Mat Collishaw. © Mat Collishaw. All Rights Reserved, DACS/Artimage 2017. Photo: Mat Collishaw; You Stole My Look, 1998, Georgina Starr © Georgina Starr. All Rights Reserved, DACS/Artimage 2017; 'Study for Portrait of John Edwards', c. 1984, Francis Bacon © The Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved, DACS/Artimage 2017. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd; Room for Improvement - A Nouveau Niche, 1994, Bruce Mclean. © Bruce McLean. All Rights Reserved, DACS/Artimage 2017. Image: © British CouncilI want to speak to my grandma, 2006, Fiona Rae. © Fiona Rae. All Rights Reserved, DACS/Artimage 2017. Photo: Antony Makinson and Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd; Andy Warhol, 1979, Andy Warhol. © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / DACS/Artimage 2017; Just prior to Freeze private view. Left to Right: Ian Davenport, Damien Hirst, Angela Bulloch, Fiona Rae, Stephen Park, Anya Gallaccio, Sarah Lucas and Gary Hume. August 1988, Abigail Lane. © Abigail Lane. All Rights Reserved, DACS/Artimage 2017. Photo: Abigail Lane; Jean-Michel Basquiat, 1982, Andy Warhol. © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / DACS/Artimage 2017.