Popular London attractions to shine a spotlight on American art

Jasper Johns (b. 1930), Flags I. Colour screenprint, 1973. Gift of Johanna and Leslie Garfield, on loan from the American Friends of the British Museum. © Jasper Johns/VAGA, New York/DACS, London 2016. © Tom Powel Imaging

American history and culture will be coming to London in a series of world class exhibitions this year.

Whether you are an art enthusiast or looking to try something new, Caledonian Sleeper has created a list of some of the most inspiring and exclusive collections to visit, including collections by Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Grant Wood, Robert Rauschenberg and Alice Neel.

Exhibitions at the British Museum, the Royal Academy of Arts and Tate Modern, will cover a range of artistic movements from the 20th century, from Regionalism to Surrealism and Abstraction to Pop Art.

The Royal Academy of Arts’ exhibition America After the Fall: Painting in the 1930s will look at how American artists’ chronicled the economic and political unrest which dominated the decade following the Wall Street Crash in the 1920s. Later in the year the Royal Academy will present a collection of one of the most influential living US artists, Jasper Johns.

The British Museum will stage The American Dream: pop to the present exhibition, charting the creative movement of the print across five decades of turbulent and dynamic US history. It will include works by artists such as Andy Warhol, Ed Ruscha, Chuck Close and Louise Bourgeois, alongside more recent works from Kara Walker, Willie Cole and The Guerrilla Girls. 

Andy Warhol, Jackie II (Jacqueline Kennedy II), from 11 Pop Artists, vol. II, 1965, published 1966, colour screenprint ©
2016 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York and DACS, London.

The Tate Modern’s Robert Rauschenberg exhibition, organised in collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art in New York, is the first posthumous retrospective and the most comprehensive survey of the artist’s work for 20 years. The exhibition is now open until 2 April and looks at all aspects of the Pop artist's life, and will focus on a number of works that rarely travel.

The Tate Modern’s main summer exhibition Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power will explore how ‘Black Art’ was portrayed by artists across the US throughout the 1960-1980s. Beginning with the Spiral arts alliance that focused on civil rights, the exhibition tracks how African American visual art evolved, flourished and sparked debate in the quest for racial equality. 

Travel on Caledonian Sleeper to experience these truly visionary cultural collections in 2017.

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