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Best art exhibitions this autumn

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The Royal Parks aren’t the only places awash with colour this autumn…

With a portfolio spanning ancient art, contemporary paintings, sculpture and more, St James’s galleries have something to inspire all palettes. Check out our pick of the best art exhibitions this season.

Summer exhibition at the Royal Academy (22 September – 2 January)

Don't let the name fool you; the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition 2021 is one of this autumn’s must-see exhibitions. Co-ordinator Yinka Shonibare has selected over 1,300 pieces under the theme 'Reclaiming Magic' to celebrate artists from different backgrounds and cultures. See something you like? Take home a masterpiece and help fund the arts as a portion of all sales go towards funding free art tuition - book your ticket now.

The Colour of Colour at Hazlitt Holland-Hibbert (7 October – 17 December)

In the frame as one of the most important twentieth century British artists, Patrick Heron’s exploration of colour inspired a generation of up-and-coming artists. Uncover some of his most celebrated paintings – many of which haven’t been exhibited for over 50 years – with Patrick Heron: The Colour of Colour at Hazlitt Holland-Hibbert on Bury Street.

Emily Young: Carving in Time at Tomasso gallery (13 October – 12 November)

Emily Young has made a career out of celebrating the raw beauty in unwanted geological materials. This exciting new exhibition on Jermyn Street creates a conversation in sculpture across the ages, marrying 21 of Young's contemporary works with 12 historic pieces made from rare coloured and patterned marbles.

Asian art season (21 October - 6 November)

2021 marks the 24th anniversary of Asian Art in London. Admire a 16th century Ottoman patterned tile at Christie’s, contemporary masterpieces from Senaka Senanayake at Grosvenor Gallery and more. From Japanese art at Malcolm Fairley or Grace Tsumgi Fine Art to Song dynasty ceramics at Priestley & Ferraro Chinese Art, take yourself on an art tour of St James’s many specialist galleries.

Wish you were here at The Cristea Roberts Gallery (29 October – 4 December)

Be transported to the Baltic coast of Germany with Christiane Baumgartner’s immense woodcuts based on video stills and memories from her childhood. Gaze at the collection’s astounding centrepiece, a vast cascading waterfall, seen for the first time in the UK at the Cristea Roberts Gallery.

Hope Love Helium at White Cube (5 November – 8 January)

Challenge your perception with Magnus Plessen’s ‘Hope Love Helium’: a study in plant and human form at White Cube Mason’s Yard.