Dattch Top 5 Dates: Art Shows

Now is a great time to take your next date out to an art show; they give you the chance to demonstrate how in tune you are with the art scene of London when in fact you’ve had more experience with children’s colouring books.  You can pretend you’re super cultured when, in reality, just last week you had to be told that Van Gough is a painter and not a trendy bar.
On the other hand, if you’re actually interested in art, taking a date to an art exhibition will show her how passionate you can be about your interests and that you’re more creative than your facebook profile picture would suggest.
This week: get your art appreciation on with London’s best art shows.
 
artfairLondon Art Fair 2014 – From the 15th to the 19th, one of the biggest art fairs in the country is taking over the Business Design Centre in Islington.  It will be filled to the rafters with every artist in London displaying work varying from traditional art forms to film and photography with a bit of performance art in there too.  Book tickets now to avoid missing out on one of the biggest public exhibitions of the year.
 
richard-hamiltonRichard Hamilton at The Tate Modern – From today, you can check out the work of Richard Hamilton whose work is widely regarded as being part of the early days of pop-art. His work is fun, weird, political, sexual – everything modern art should be.  Check out this collection now; it’ll definitely give you and your date something to talk about afterwards.
 
500years500 Years of British Art – Head to the Tate Britain to experience a walkthrough of 500 years of British art.  That might sound overwhelming but to see that much art and culture in one place, arranged in chronological order is a rare experience.  See the evolution of our artisitc history while getting a full of sense of each time period and the different artists working at that time.
 
katie-walshTaylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize At The National Portrait Gallery – Featuring some of the most exciting contemporary photographers working today, the National Portrait Gallery are showcasing this year’s stunning submissions until the 9th February so make sure not to miss out.
 
martinparrOnly In England – Bizarrely exhibited in the Science Museum, the work of  Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr display the weird eccentricites of English social behaviours.  The collection of black and white photos from the late 60s and 70s will have you feeling nostalgic, make you laugh and proud to be English – even if you’re not.