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The best art exhibitions in the UK this May

Eileen Agar at the Whitechapel, and Canaletto returns

By Emma Crichton-Miller  

Photo: Veronica Ryan, Pouch. Courtesy of the artist and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York. Photo by Max McClure.

Eileen Agar: Angel of Anarchy, Whitechapel Gallery, 19th May to 29th August 2021

The Whitechapel Gallery reopens in May with “Eileen Agar: Angel of Anarchy,” a major retrospective of the work of Argentinian-born, British based artist Eileen Agar (1899-1991). Classically trained at the Slade before a rapid immersion in Cubism in Paris, Agar was a significant figure in the evolution of surrealism in both France and Britain, working across painting, sculpture, collage and photography. Classical art, ancient mythologies, the natural world and sexual pleasure were among the themes that inspired her, through a career that extended through eight decades. Though celebrated…

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