Kaley Tyne Johnson: The Most Anticipated Art Exhibitions of 2022

An alumni of the New York School of Interior Design, Kaley Tyne Johnson is a freelance interior designer whose work takes her all over the world, particularly Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom(1). From Cezanne to Andy Warhol, this article looks at a selection of the most exciting art exhibitions scheduled for 2022.(2)

Kehinde Wiley: The Prelude

National Gallery, London, United Kingdom

December 10, 2021, to April 18, 2022

Darling of the art world, Kehinde Wiley rose to prominence for his portraitures of people of color, his style reminiscent of the old masters. Wiley gained worldwide attention after being commissioned to paint a portrait of the former President of the United States, Barack Obama. Today, the piece hangs at the National Gallery in Washington DC. Visiting London’s National Gallery, Kehinde Wiley’s ‘The Prelude’ exhibition is a departure from his normal work, comprising a collection of landscape paintings inspired by the natural world, painted in a European Romantic Style.(2)

Andy Warhol: Revelation(2)

Brooklyn Museum, New York, United States(3)

November 19, 2021, to June 18, 2022

One of art’s most iconic figures, Andy Warhol’s new exhibition delves deeper into the artist’s conservative Catholic upbringing, exploring how it impacted his life and work. The exhibition incorporates more than a hundred works by Warhol, including several experimental films, as well as a selection of sketches by his mother, Julia Warhola.(2)

Louise Bourgeois: The Woven Child

Hayward Gallery, London, United Kingdom

February 9, 2022, to May 15, 2022

The Woven Child is the first major exhibition dedicated to Bourgeois’ fabric artworks, which the French artist created in the final two decades of her career. In this final chapter, visitors are shown glimpses of many of Bourgeois’ lifelong concerns, including identity, memory, sexuality, and family relationships. Highlights include Lady in Waiting from 2003, as well as the artist’s imposing 1997 Spider installation piece.(5)


Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois, United States(4)

May 15, 2022, to September 5, 2022

Paul Cezanne, whose extensive repertoire of Impressionist masterpieces inspired Picasso, Matisse, Monet, and others, will be honored in this vast retrospective; the first exhibition of the French artist to be staged in the United States in more than 25 years. Incorporating more than 90 Cezanne oil paintings and 40 drawings and watercolors, the exhibition will feature rarely seen masterpieces recently acquired from private collections.(2)

Vincent Van Gough: Self-Portraits

Courtauld Gallery, London, United Kingdom

February 3, 2022, to May 8, 2022

Recently revitalized by a multi-million-pound modernization project, the Courtauld Gallery is proud to host the first exhibition dedicated exclusively to Van Gogh’s portraits. Used as a form of self-expression and a method of introspection, as well as an avenue for exploring new techniques, Van Gogh’s self-portraits enabled him to hone his craft, practicing with a readily available model. Instantly recognizable, incorporating Self-Portrait with a Palette and Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear, they offer insights into not just Van Gogh’s creative practice, but fascinating perspectives of the French artist’s troubled life.(6)

Francis Bacon: Man and Beast

Royal Academy of Arts, London, United Kingdom

January 29, 2022, to April 17, 2022

Postponed in 2021, this long-awaited exhibition explores Bacon’s fascination with animals, and how it influenced his work, particularly the artist’s treatment of the human body. Hauntingly visceral and uniquely disturbing, Bacon’s raw forms explore boundaries between human and non-human. Incorporating around 45 paintings, the exhibition spans the artist’s 50-year career, from early pieces painted in the 1930s and 1940s, to Study of a Bull (1991), Francis Bacon’s final painting. The exhibit also features a trio of captivating bullfight paintings, all created in 1969, as well as a collection of unsettling portraits in which not just the identity, but the species of the subject is called into question.(5)

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