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Look, there’s Art Everywhere (or there will be soon!)

Posted at 5:30 pm, July 16, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Free, Fun London, Outdoor London
Freud © Art Everywhere

Why stare blankly at another Burger King advert when you could gaze at a Lucien Freud masterpiece on your way to work?

This morning Grayson Perry and Antony Gormley launched the UK’s largest art exhibition ‘Art Everywhere’. As of next Monday July 21, British artwork will be plastered onto 30,000 billboards and outdoor sites all over London and the rest of the country. If you’re too busy or skint to visit London’s pricier exhibitions, this is your solution to getting a fabulous culture fix for free.©Grayson Perry, The Annuncia
© Grayson Perry

After 38,000 public votes and with the advice of some of the nation’s top curators, the UK’s favourite artworks will be displayed on massive posters for us all to admire for six weeks.

As part of today’s launch, Antony Gormley unvieled his digital artwork which is being shown right now at Waterloo station and Piccadilly Circus, or if you’re feeling lazy, just watch it here:

This year London will be decorated with masterpieces from artists like Marc Quinn, William Blake, David Hockney, Grayson Perry, and Henry Moore. The full shortlisted artists in order of popularity are below:

David Hockney, My Parents, 1977

Dora Carrington, Farm at Watendlath, 1921

Dame Laura Knight, Ruby Loftus screwing a Breech-ring, 1943

Grayson Perry, The Annunciation of the Virgin Deal, 2012

Stanhope Alexander Forbes, A Fish Sale on a Cornish Beach, 1885

Michael Andrews, Melanie and Me Swimming, 1978-9

George Frederic Watts, Ellen Terry (‘Choosing’), 1864

Augustus Leopold Egg, The Travelling Companions, 1862

Patrick Caulfield, Pottery, 1969

John Hoyland, Memory Mirror, 1981

Rose Wylie, Early Memory Series No.2: Doodle Bug, 1998

Eileen Agar, Slow Movement, 1970

Julia Margaret Cameron, lago (Study from an Italian), 1867

Gilbert & George, Existers, 1984

John Constable, Study of Cirrus Clouds, c.1822

Edward Collier, Trompe l’oeil with Writing Materials, c.1702

Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg, Coalbrookdale by Night, 1801

Ivon Hitchens, A River Pool, 1951

Henry Moore, King and Queen, 1952-3, cast 1957

Hans Holbein the Younger, A Lady with a Squirrel and a Starling (Anne Lovell?), 1526-8

William Blake, The Circle of the Lustful, 1824-7

Gillian Wearing, Signs that say what you want them to say and not Signs that say what someone else wants you to say I’M DESPERATE, 1992-1993

Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger, Queen Elizabeth I (‘The Ditchley portrait’), c.1592

Ben Nicholson, 1940-42 (two forms), 1940-42

Marc Quinn, Self, 2006

Some special early posters are being put up today, so follow @arteverywhereUK for the latest details on where to find them. It’s like an art treasure hunt!

By Laura Sagar

Here’s a few pictures from last year…

Michael Craig Martin © Art Everywhere © Art Everywhere

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