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Updated: Oct 26, 2021

Exhibitions 2021/ DETAILS BELOW /Plus our latest PODCAST on all exhibitions RIGHT HERE

Eileen Agar: Angel of Anarchy, 19 May – 29 August 2021

Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High St, London, E1 7QX

The British Surrealist, Eileen Agar, is being given a commendable retrospective at the Whitechapel Gallery in East London entitled Angel of Anarchy named after one of Agar’s sculptures in the exhibition. At the same time, a complementary exhibition in the Whitechapel entitled Phantoms of Surrealism showcases eleven women surrealists around at the same time as Agar. All artists were part of the International Surrealist Exhibition held at the New Burlington Galleries in Mayfair in 1936.

Phantoms of Surrealism 19 May – 12 December 2021, Whitechapel Gallery

David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring, Normandy, 2020

Main Galleries 23 May – 26 September 2021

Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD

In addition, the Royal Academy of Arts in Piccadilly has launched two major exhibitions by British artists. David Hockney’s exhibition is called The Arrival of Spring, Normandy 2020 in which Hockney exhibits over a hundred works capturing the arrival of spring during lockdown on his ipad and printed for gallery viewings. Michael Armitage’s exhibition, entitled Paradise Edict showcases his latest work inspired by political unrest in his mother’s native homeland Kenya. Armitage also brings work by a group of East African artists who have inspired him over the years.

Michael Armitage: Paradise Edict (with Asaph Ng’ethe Macua and other East African Artists) 22 May – 19 September 2021, Royal Academy of Arts

Together with Juliet Rix (author, journalist and regular contributor to From Our Own Correspondent on BBC World Service), our editors Kathleen Bondar and Susan Gray came together to produce a podcast in which they reviewed all these unmissable exhibitions.

Left to right: Kathleen Bondar; Susan Gray; Juliet Rix


Eileen Agar: Angel of Anarchy Images

Photograph of Agar wearing Ceremonial Hat for Eating Bouillabaisse



Private Collection

©Estate of Eileen Agar/Bridgeman Images

Joseph Sleeping


Oil on board

Dimensions unknown

Courtesy of Redfern Gallery, London

©Estate of Eileen Agar/Bridgeman Images



Oil on canvas

510 x 610 mm

Courtesy of The Penrose Collection

©Estate of Eileen Agar/Bridgeman Images

Angel of Anarchy


Plaster, fabric, shells, beads, diamante stones, other materials

570 x 460 x 317 mm

© Tate Images

Phantoms of Surrealism Images:

Grace Pailthorpe

Sea Urchin / The Escaped Prisoner

7 May 1938

Watercolour on board

56 × 78 cm

James Birch / Photo: Maria Anastassiou

Max Ernst

Poster for International Surrealist Exhibition, Burlington Galleries, London


Colour Lithograph

76.2 x 50.8 cm

The Murray Family Collection, UK & USA

Corella Hughes

Scale model of the London International Surrealist Exhibition, 1936 (detail)


Gallery 1: 109.5 x 75 cm; Gallery 2: 166 × 96 cm

© Corella Hughes

David Hockney Images: iPad painting © David Hockney

Key 21 David Hockney, No. 133, 23rd March 2020

Key 106 David Hockney, No. 340, 21st May 2020

Key 6 David Hockney, No. 88, 3rd March 2020

Michael Armitage & Asaph Ng’ethe Macua Images:

Key 12

Michael Armitage, The Chicken Thief, 2019. Oil on Lubugo bark cloth, 200 x 150 cm. Courtesy of the Artist and White Cube © Michael Armitage. Photo: © White Cube (Theo Christelis).

Key 20

Asaph Ng’ethe Macua, When the Men Took Power From Women, n.d. Gouache on paper, 41.1 x 44.2 cm. © Courtesy of the Artist. Photo: Maximilian Geuter

Key 15

Michael Armitage, Pathos and the twilight of the idle, 2019. Oil on Lubugo bark cloth, 330 x 170 cm. Courtesy of the Artist and White Cube © Michael Armitage. Photo: © White Cube (Theo Christelis).

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