Private View held by Richard Andrews
C R W Nevinson: The Twentieth Century Best known as a war artist, C R W Nevinson was described as "a journalist in paint" for the quality of his work, in which he avoided cliché and predictability. He was also a leading light in the London version of Italian Futurism. This exhibition of Nevinson's paintings, drawings and prints is the most comprehensive ever mounted, and covers his entire career, including the inter-war cityscapes of London, Paris and New York, and the apocalyptic foreboding of his last works. A series of talks accompanies the exhibition. Imperial War Museum until 30th January. Further details from the Imperial War Museum web site via the link from our Museums section.
London Eats Out tells the story of dining in the capital from 1500 to the present day - a gastronomic time trip lasting five hundred years, featuring fast food from street sellers to sushi bars. There is a full programme of accompanying events, including Tastings of punch, chocolate and tea, Interviews with leading London chefs, Lectures on the historical rivalries of coffee, tea and chocolate, and Demonstrations of how to cook celebration food. The museum is now featuring late night opening.
Museum Of London until 27th February. Further details from the London Eats Out web site via the link opposite.
Alfred The Great: London's Forgotten King offers the chance to see some of the new discoveries which have changed our vision of Alfred's place in London's history. Also on display are fine examples of Anglo-Saxon craftsmanship such as the world-famous Alfred Jewel. The only English monarch to be known as "the Great", there is far more to Alfred than the story about "the King who burnt the cakes". This exhibition gives the wider picture, showing how Alfred earned his title, how he successfully resisted the Viking invasions, how he heralded a revival of learning and the rule of law, and how his policies led to the political and cultural unification of England. Museum Of London until 9th January. Further details from the London Museum web site via the link from our Museums section.
The Turner Prize has now become a major event in the arts calendar, attracting a betting frenzy rivalling the Booker. Odds seem to be on either Tracy Emin's unmade bed (possibly in the hope that she will disgrace herself at the presentation) or Jane and Louise Wilson's video installation. All will be revealed on 30th November, but you can make your own mind up by visiting now, as well as putting the nominated works into perspective, by visiting the other permanent 20th century galleries. Tate Gallery London SW1 until 6th February. Further details from the Turner Prize and Tate Gallery web sites via the links opposite.
A Grand Design: The Art of the Victoria and Albert Museum presents a selection of works from across the collections, showing not only how those collections were formed, but also how they have been constantly reinterpreted within the Museum. The exhibition underlines how influential the collections have been on the development of British design. In a spectacular and challenging display the V&A looks at its present and future as well at its past. Victoria and Albert Museum until 16th January. Further details from the Victoria and Albert Museum web site via the link from our Museums section.
Renaissance Florence: The Art of the 1470s focuses on the work of a period of phenomenal creativity, and includes works by all the greatest artists working in the city at the time: Andrea del Verrocchio's "Ruskin Madonna" from Edinburgh, Sandro Botticelli's "Discovery of the Dead Holofernes" from the Uffizi and Filippino Lippi's recently discovered "Dead Christ Mourned" from the Musée Thomas Henry, Cherbourg. These accompany masterpieces from the Gallery's own collection: Verrocchio's "Tobias and the Angel", Antonio and Piero del Pollaiuolo's "Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian" and Botticelli's "Venus and Mars".
National Gallery until 16th January. Further details from the National Gallery web site via the link opposite.
John Soane: Architect Master of Space and Light was the most brilliant architect of his time, but has never been the subject of a major exhibition before. Soane's work is presented through drawings by the architectural perspectivist Joseph Michael Gandy, and by Soane and his office, as well as through freshly-taken photographs and architectural models. It includes both his masterpieces - Dulwich Picture Gallery, the interiors at the Bank of England and his House and Museum in Lincoln's Inn Fields - and lesser known works.
Van Dyck whose four hundredth birthday falls this year, revolutionised portraiture, a central art form in England, by introducing elegant and informal poses, very different from the starched and stilted style of earlier artists. To mark the anniversary, the Royal Academy has joined with the city of Antwerp, Anthony Van Dyck's birthplace, to assemble over one hundred paintings, spanning his whole career, creating the biggest retrospective ever his work. Royal Academy of Arts both exhibitions until 3rd December. Further details from the Royal Academy web site via the link from our Galleries section.
Van Dyck At The Wallace Collection As it cannot lend its pictures to the main exhibition at the Royal Academy, the Wallace Collection presents its eight works as a satellite event, together with miniatures, books, engravings and drawings. The Wallace Collection until 15th December. Further details from The Wallace Collection web site via the link from our Museums section.
Steve Bell: Bell's Eye offers a twenty year retrospective of the work of Guardian cartoonist Steve Bell, the man responsible for putting John Major in Y-fronts, and the first to spot the mad-eyed stare of "call me Tony" Blair, is eerily reminiscent of Margaret Thatcher. Barbican Centre Foyer Gallery until 21st November. Further details from the Barbican Centre web site via the link from our Galleries section.