As summer rolls round, there’s no question that London slides into a slower (and sweatier) pace of life; but if you’ve had your fill of standing on a pavement outside a pub, there are a trio of big exhibitions opening this week and running for the duration of the summer that we recommend you see. First up is Emma Hart: Mamma Mia! (until September 3) at the Whitechapel Gallery. The exhibition marks the sixth edition of the Max Mara Art Prize for Women, and is the result of Hart’s six-month residency in Italy, from which the artist produced a family of large jug-like ceramic heads, each covered with vivid patterns. Also newly opened is Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power (until October 22) at Tate Modern, which asks what it means to be a black artist in the US during the Civil Rights movement. Covering 1963 to 1983, the exhibitions features more than 150 works by over 60 artists, and shows how “Black Art” came to be debated and defined. Finally, the National Portrait Gallery will host The Encounter: Drawings from Leonardo to Rembrandt (until October 22), which puts on display portrait drawings from the masters of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. And if you want to make the latter extra special, The Ritz has partnered up with the NPG to offer tickets to the exhibition along with afternoon tea in the Palm Court, with a glass of champagne thrown in.
Pictured: Emory Douglas, We Shall Survive Without a Doubt (1971) Credit: © Emory Douglas/ARS NY