Diamond Jubilee Art Abounds in London
If you're in London for the Diamond Jubilee, the 60th anniversary celebration of Queen Elizabeth II's reign, or simply are on the lookout for some royally good art in town, there are many exciting exhibits to view, or you can create aristocratic art of your own. For example, the Millennium Bridge was closed Sunday to allow artists to paint the flotilla celebrations (1,000 boats in the biggest pageant on the river for 350 years).
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ArtInfo breaks it down for the monarchy maniacs out there.
A wide variety of art can be found at the National Portrait Gallery's "The Queen: Art and Image" exhibition, which collects striking images of Her Majesty from the past 60 years. The focus is on the Queen as muse for artists as diverse as Andy Warhol, Lucian Freud, Gerard Richter and Gilbert & George. The painted portraits, photographs, press images and contemporary artworks show the "evolving representation of one of the most portrayed people of all time, and the influence of this imagery on changing perceptions of the monarchy."
Those looking for more traditional royal portraits should head to the Royal Academy's John Madejski Fine Rooms for their "Celebrating The Queen's Diamond Jubilee" exhibit which features paintings by Royal Academicians elected during her reign. Also on view are sculptures, paintings and drawings for the nation's coins and royal seals as well as portraits that have never before been shown to the public.
For a double-decker bus-sized portrait of Her Majesty, head to Towner in Eastbourne (about two hours south of London), which is showing a photo mosaic made from more than 5,000 personal photographs sent in by people from the South East. "The People's Monarch" was created by artist Helen Marshall with photo-mosaic experts Polly Tiles.