It’s already May, so it’s high time to start preparing your calendars for the month’s events and shows! Bridgeman Copyright artist Eileen Agar is part of Common Ground – Uncommon Vision at Michael Richardson Contemporary Art – be sure not to miss it – and the Affordable Art Fair is back in London! New Bridgeman artist Daniel Preece will be exhibiting for a short time at the Kittoe Contemporary stand, and finally Bridgeman Copyright Artist Euan Uglow will be exhibiting at MORE Museum Gorssel with his new show Painting Perception. That’s just the tip of the iceberg – see more below.
Until 5th May – Don’t Miss!
John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota – United States
This display spotlights woodblock prints that have emerged from postwar Japan. The prints signify a friendship and connection of diplomacy between the American and Japanese governments. The art form of printmaking is celebrated as part of Japanese tradition with a vibrant and bold aesthetic. Key Japanese artists involved in this exhibition include Koshiro Onchi, Hiratsuka Unich and Yoshida Chizuko.
Until 12th May – Don’t Miss!
Daniel Preece is one of our newest artists on Bridgeman Images. He is a contemporary painter living and working in London with a very distinctive visual language. He will be exhibiting at the Kittoe Contemporary stand at the Affordable Art Fair in Hampstead, London, from 8th – 12th of May. Not to be missed!
Until 17th May – Don’t Miss!
Art Space Gallery / Michael Richardson Contemporary Art, St. Peter’s Street, London
Bridgeman Copyright Artist Eileen Agar enjoys a stunning show alongside Jefferey Camp and Cecil Collins in this new arrangement from Art Space Gallery. This the first time the work of these artists has been brought together. Each shares a quality of vision whereby their juxtaposition reveals the common ground between them.
‘All three are visionary painters, interpreting humanity and environment through the powerful filter of the imagination. Agar is the most surrealist, Camp the most figurative, Collins the most spiritual. Each transcends the chosen subject to make strange and beguiling images that simply don’t fit the rules and imperatives of the Modernist canon.’
Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and the School of London.
Until 19th May – Don’t Miss!
State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow – Russia
In collaboration with Tate in London, the Russian public are introduced to the figurative artists of London who used this style to express deep and personal emotions and life experiences. The artists of the School of London often focused on the attention of the human body as well as depicting landscapes and cityscapes. The culture which was so crucial to the formation of these artists’ careers will be received in a new light in the eyes of the Russian public.
Until 2nd June
Albertinum, Dresden, Germany
In the 1920s Dresden was a hotspot for the European artistic avant garde. In the middle of the decade, Soviet Russian Constructivism, the Dutch De Stijl movement and the Bauhaus created a sensation. Works by El Lissitzky, Piet Mondrian, Lyonel Feininger, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, László Moholy-Nagy, Oskar Schlemmer and other artists were exhibited in the city’s galleries, provoking controversial discussion in the press. This exhibition at the Albertinum seeks to show highlights from some of the biggest names of the era.
27th February – 9th June
Tate Modern, London – United Kingdom
Dorothea Tanning was an American painter inspired by surrealism. The Tate Modern exhibits the largest scale exhibition of her work in 25 years. A hundred works are on display from across her impressive seven decade career. Tanning expressed the motif that there is more to life than that which meets the eye, with works exploring diverse themes such as identity, desires and sexuality.
30th May – 14th June
Portland Gallery, London
A delightful new exhibition of over thirty new paintings from the Bridgeman Copyright artist Simon Palmer. Paintings will be available to buy and reserve prior to the opening. To register your interest, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
An English watercolourist, Simon Palmer was born in 1956. He studied art in England and his work is held in numerous collections in Europe, USA and Japan. He has undertaken private works and commissions including paintings for the National Trust at Sissinghurst and at Salt’s Mill, Saltaire in England. Simon Palmer was born and has lived most of his life in Yorkshire. His enigmatic, captivating paintings seem to pay homage to this area of Northern England.
24th January – 16th June
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania – United States
On the rocky steps outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art stand ten cast-iron blockwork sculptures by British artist Anthony Gormley. The sculptures have replaced the presence of human anatomy on the steps with architecture. They stand ten feet tall and represent ‘urban animals’, asking the viewer to reflect on the context of work.
21st April – 30th June
Touring Polish museums, Poland
Henry Moore’s sculptures will start a tour at the national centre for Polish sculpture in Oronsko and then tour to the National Museums of Wroclaw and Krakow. Over 20 sculptures with a variety of scales, ranging from huge monumental bronzes to smaller works will be displayed. Moore’s sculpture will also be placed in parks and plazas alongside each museum. The exhibition will present Moore’s contribution and influence on Polish art, with some sculptures being shown alongside works by Polish Artists from a variety of the museum’s collections.
12th March – 30th June
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna – Austria
The abstract expressionist work of Mark Rothko, an American painter of Russian – Jewish descent is being shown in Vienna. Known and recognised worldwide, an overview of Rothko’s work will be celebrated, ranging from the early figurative works of the 1930’s and 40’s to more classical abstract paintings of the 1950’s and 60’s. A common theme present in Rothko’s work is his connection to basic human emotions and the expression of this through art.
9th February – 8th July
Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, Los Angeles – United States
The Huntington Library in LA displays seven paintings by Celia Paul, a 21st century painter. Celia Paul studied at London’s prestigious Slade School and was noticed by artist Lucian Freud. Her earliest portrait subjects include members of her own family and elderly women in nursing homes. Paul also painted the waves of the Suffolk Coast. All of the paintings included in this show are equally arresting and impressive.
21st March – 31st July
Mathaf: Arab museum of modern art, Doha – Qatar
Maqbool Frida Husain was an Indian modernist painter noted for his flat cubist styles. He was a member of the Progressive Artist Groups founded in Bombay in 1947. This exhibition showcases Husain’s academic paintings with miniaturist qualities through a variety of different themes such as oil painting, watercolour, architecture and installation. The exhibition explores several topics including the human passion for creativity and the divine cosmic aspects of being through myths, symbols and narratives.
27th March – 11th August
Tate Britain – London, United Kingdom
This exhibition puts together 50 works by Vincent Van Gogh, focusing on his style that inspired Britain and its artists such as Francis Bacon. Van Gogh lived in Britain for seven years as a young man and loved British culture – this exhibition will focus on the modern art revolution that Van Gogh led. Famous works, including Starry night over the Rhone and Sunflowers will be showcased; their impact on British art discussed.
2nd May – 25th August
This world – touring exhibition started at the at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London, and went on to tour around Europe before arriving in Australia. This iconic exhibition features work by acclaimed artists from the 50s, 60s, and 70s, including legendary artist Larry Smart (1945-2005). Born in Beckenham (South London), in the late 1960’s Larry created seminal silk images of John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan, and all have become textbook examples of psychedelic 60’s artwork.
26th May – 1st September
MORE Museum Gorssel, Gorssel, Netherlands
In the middle of the attractive village centre of Gorssel is the largest museum for Dutch Modern Realism, Museum MORE. Exhibited here are works by leading Dutch artists from the past 100 years as part of the permanent exhibitions of this museum. Uglow’s large summer exhibition at Museum MORE is entirely devoted to the British painter. Radically structured and with powerfully controlled emotion, the artist worked on an oeuvre that can be compared to the work of celebrated fellow countrymen Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud.
30th May – 1st September
Barbican Art Gallery – London, United Kingdom
Lee Krasner (1908-1984), is one of the pioneers of abstract expressionism but was more typically recognised as Jackson Pollock’s wife. Over 100 works are being exhibited at Krasner’s first retrospective in Europe for over 50 years, with some of the works being exhibited for the very first time in the UK. Krasner’s skill for invention is portrayed through striking early self-portraits, impressive large scale abstract paintings and other acclaimed photographs relating to the war efforts. The Barbican Museum states that ‘Krasner has not received the recognition that she deserves in Europe, making this an exciting opportunity for visitors here to experience the sheer impact of her work’. Not one to miss!
24th May – 2nd September
The Frist Art Museum presents Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection—an exhibition that captures the vitality and expressiveness of twentieth-century Mexican art with iconic works by Frida Kahlo, her husband Diego Rivera, and their contemporaries, including Manuel Álvarez Bravo, María Izquierdo, José Clemente Orozco, and David Alfaro Siqueiros.
Among the more than 150 works on view will be seven painted self-portraits by Kahlo, Rivera’s Calla Lily Vendor, and numerous portraits of the Gelmans, plus more than fifty photographs that provide insight into Kahlo and Rivera’s passionate love affair and how the couple lived, worked, and dressed.
18th May – 15th September
Musee Des Beaux – Arts, Caen, France
Dennis Oppenheim was an American performance artist, conceptual artist, earth artist and photographer. This exhibition presents a selection of videos and images showing Dennis Oppenheim’s process of mark making on paper with a variety of subjects. Oppenheim’s work, while initially concerned with its role in the gallery space, through time became more and more about socio-political contexts.
13th April – 6th October
Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City – Mexico
This exhibition explores the contemporary artist and activist Ai Weiwei. Ai Weiwei is concerned with the iconoclasm of Chinese heritage and how this has impacted a violent revolution. By looking at traumas in both Mexico and China, artist Ai Weiwi expresses the underlying impact of violence against young people and its wider effect on culture. In 2016, Ai Weiwei visited Mexico in search of a new project. He created a documentary and portraits made of lego to symbolise the disappearance of 43 students from the Escuela Normal Rural de Ayotzinapa on the night of September 26th – 27th– 2014. Ai Weiwei’s emotional and personal work is a real eye opener into modern day tragedies.
23rd May – 20th October
Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury – London
The first exhibition in almost 30 years celebrating Eliot Hodgkin’s spectacular work. The exhibition includes objects and paintings from Hodgkin’s various still life studies, as well as inspiring items from the careers of other artists. There is a small introduction into the history of Hodgkin’s extraordinary (yet little known) home. A highlight of the works on display is the intricately detailed composition of ‘The Months’ completed 1950 – 1951 showcasing twelve intensely arranged fruit and flower compositions, each with details picked out in finely tuned colour.
18th May – 17th November
Victoria & Albert Museum, London – United Kingdom
This exhibition focuses on the connection between visual art and food, and explores the ways that different communities experience both. The exhibition is split into four sections. The first, Compost, analyses the food system through attitudes about food waste. Farming examines how food affects the landscape, the social issues surrounding farmers and the impact of new technologies on growing crops. The two other sections are Eating, concerned with how meals affect us culturally, socially and politically and Trading, which looks at the buying, selling and transporting of food around the world.
9th March – 26th Jan 2020
M.H. de Young Museum , San Francisco, United States
Matt Mullican is an American – Venezuelan artist who apparently, incredibly creates huge bodies of work whilst under hypnosis. This body of work varies in mediums including collage, painting, photography video, sculpture and installation. Mullican uses colour coding systems to identify different worlds he has created through his art forms.
Book Launch: Be Ready In Advance!
Tom Hammick: Night Animals (Book Launch Event)
Flowers Gallery, 21 Cork Street, London
Flowers Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings and prints by Tom Hammick, inspired by his 2018 Residency at the 71st Aldeburgh Music Festival.
Tom Hammick uses landscape as an arena for imagined scenes of love and loss. Shaped by diverse references from Northern European Romantic painting to daily news imagery and contemporary cinema, Hammick’s depictions of solitary figures and isolated dwellings conjure mysterious narratives of those living on the edgelands and outskirts of society.
On the 6th of June, Tom will be presenting his new book, ‘The Making of Poetry’.