Old friends show their wares across the pond
In a matter of mere months, London will be hosting the summer Olympics. Not to be outdone by the sporting and commercial spheres, London’s great art institutions have lined up a series of ambitious exhibitions for 2012. Two of the Olympic year’s most formidable shows have just opened at the National Portrait Gallery and the Royal Academy. The first is an overview of Lucian Freud’s portraits, the second an exhibition of landscapes by David Hockney.