Top Art Exhibitions: November 2018

Top Art Exhibitions: November 2018

 

Credit: Ned Kelly (1855-80), 1964 (oil on panel), Sydney Nolan (1917-92) / Private Collection / Photo © Agnew's, London
Ned Kelly (1855-80), 1964 (oil on panel), Sydney Nolan (1917-92) / Private Collection / Photo © Agnew’s, London

Sydney Nolan: The Ned Nelly Series

Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Open until 12th November 2018

This collection presents the fantastic world of Sydney Nolan with a specific focus on his Ned Kelly series. In this exhibition, the life of bushranger and outlaw Ned Kelly is played out in episodic paintings, each depicting a specific event or period, with most featuring Nolan’s iconic depiction of the armour-clad Kelly. Kelly’s armour, and that of his bushranger gang, forms a crucial focal point from which Nolan draws his inspiration; on occasion Nolan’s depictions of Kelly step into fantasy. Indeed, upon sighting the outlandish suits of armour in escape the authorities were awestruck. This exhibition contains 26 of Nolan’s famous pieces organised by the Art Gallery of Western Australia.

 

 

Credit: In the Name Of, 2008 (oil on linen), Ali Banisadr (b.1976) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie's Images
In the Name Of, 2008 (oil on linen), Ali Banisadr (b.1976) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie’s Images

The World Upside Down: Ali Banisadr

Blain Southern, Berlin, Open until 17th November 2018

This display is a show of development in the artist Ali Banisadr, spotlighted here in his first ever solo exhibition. Banisadr has gone through changes in his technique and presentation which can be observed in the works presented in this showcase at Blain Southern. As one travels through the artistic timeline, it is clear Banisadr has maintained his general aesthetic but massively developed his technique in order to change the tone of his paintings from rough to soft. Both methods are seen side by side in this exhibition.

 

Self-Portrait with Changuito, 1945, by Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), oil on masonite, 56x41 cm. Mexico, 20th century., Freda Kahlo (1907-54) / De Agostini Picture Library / G. Dagli Orti
Self-Portrait with Changuito, 1945, by Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), oil on masonite, 56×41 cm. Mexico, 20th century., Frida Kahlo (1907-54) / De Agostini Picture Library / G. Dagli Orti

Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up

V&A, London, Open until 18th November 2018

In this exhibition at the V&A, visitors are invited to dive into several facets of the life of Frida Kahlo in a display of not only her distinctive artwork, but her personal artefacts like clothing and makeup.

Travel through the colourful and passionate, yet tragic and troubled lifetime of Frida Kahlo as you see each stage of her life via the medium of paintings, casts and dresses in the Victoria and Albert museum. The range of artwork and media on display really allow visitors an intimate and full insight into the way this wonderful artist worked.

 

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Double Painter, 1987 (oil on canvas),Georg Baselitz (b.1938) / Private Collection

A Focus on the 1980s: George Baselitz

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London, Open until 21st November 2018

In honour of his 80th birthday a collection of Georg Baselitz’ expressionist paintings from 1980 are now on display at the Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac. The paintings are pronounced and present his view of reality in his distinct way. This period of Baselitz’ artistic career is strongly indicative of his creative freedom as he often used his fingers and pure expression to create his masterpieces. This exhibition collects these works and mostly consists of still life paintings and portraits made in his distinctive style.

 

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Robert Frank 1954 / Photo © Fred Stein

Modern Masters: Group Show (Photographers in the 20th Century)

Hamiltons Gallery, London, Open until 23rd November 2018

A collection of extremely talented photographers works are displayed in this collection organised by the Hamiltons Gallery. All these photographers are contemporary and depict their subjects in wide spectrum of interesting ways. Photographers presented in this collection include Irving Penn, Robert Mapplethorpe, Robert Frank, Sir Don McCullin and Peter Beard.

 

 

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A Shepherd with a Bird, 1986 (oil on canvas),Markus Lüpertz (b.1941) / Private Collection

Markus Lüpertz:

Almine Rech Gallery, Paris, Open until 24th November 2018

This exhibition consists of a collection of Lüpertz’ renaissance inspired paintings and sculptures. Lüpertz makes his paintings earthy in colour and texture, with subjects commonly being of Greek or Roman origin. Lüpertz mainly painted still life artworks that reflect his immediate cultural experience. His paintings all have an air of complexity and grandeur when it comes to their composition and tone which can only truly be acknowledged when viewing his work in person.

 

 

Credit: Oaken Stub Shot, 2008-09 (egg tempera on gesso panel), Nina Murdoch (b.1970) / Private Collection
Oaken Stub Shot, 2008-09 (egg tempera on gesso panel), Nina Murdoch (b.1970) / Private Collection

Nina Murdoch: Collecting Colour

Marlborough, London, Open until 24th November 2018

In this new work by Nina Murdoch – her first solo showcase – is being put on display for the first time by the the Marlborough Gallery in London. This exhibition shows Murdoch’s exploration of her own past in each painting as she highlights a selection of industrial scenes in a bold and intriguing way. There are 16 works in this collection composed with paint which is then scraped away, giving the paintings fascinating texture. In conjunction with her technique, Murdoch is also concerned with the contrast between the dark concrete world and astounding pure light.

 

 

Credit: Father, Summer 1995, 1995 (oil on canvas) , Maggi Hambling, (b.1945) / Private Collection
Father, Summer 1995, 1995 (oil on canvas) , Maggi Hambling, (b.1945) / Private Collection

Maggi Hambling: new portraits

Marlborough, London, Open until 30th November 2018

 

Marlborough London is delighted to present Maggi Hambling: New Portraits. The exhibition is the inaugural show for their new project space, Gallery 3. The works on display are small in scale but big in impact. Their source is Hambling’s observation and imagination coupled with her relish of the sensuality and unending adventure of oil paint.

 

 

Credit: 'Monument' for V. Tatlin, 1968 (cool-white fluorescent tubes), Dan Flavin(1933-96) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie's
‘Monument’ for V. Tatlin, 1968 (cool-white fluorescent tubes), Dan Flavin(1933-96) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie’s

Sublime Hardware

Luxembourg & Dayan, London, Open until 8th December 2018

Sublime Hardware, an exhibition that explores the connections between two key Post-war artworks made on opposite sides of the Atlantic: Dan Flavin’s “Monument” for V. Tatlin (1967) and Pino Pascali’s Cannone Semovente (1965). The legacies of Flavin (1933 – 1996) and Pascali (1935 – 1968) draw on very different art historical traditions, contexts and materials, and on the surface of things the works appear poles apart: one a vision of light and the other of destruction. There may, however be more linking the two artworks and their respective artists than one might think. Sublime Hardware is a provocative proposal to consider Flavin and Pascali as emblems of a wider political, technological and material set of conditions that encouraged Post-war art practitioners to avoid the pit of artificiality in their work by employing its very own mechanisms.

 

 

 

 

Credit: Ambiguous orange, 1969, Claudio Verna(b.1937) / Private Collection / De Agostini Picture Library
Ambiguous orange, 1969, Claudio Verna (b.1937) / Private Collection / De Agostini Picture Library

Claudio Verna: Curated by Piero Tomassoni

Cardi Gallery, Milan, Open until 20th December 2018

This collection display comprises a selection of abstract geometric compositions from the artist Claudio Verna. At a glance, Verna’s work may appear to resemble that of Rotho or Albers, but on closer inspection one realises each work contains intricacies and details not seen in the work of either of the former artists. Verna combines blocks of colour and shape with intricate details. These works are beautifully displayed in the minimalist interiors of the Cardi Gallery for a truly immersive exhibition.

 

 

Credit: Brown Emerson (Carbon), 1962 (ink on paper mounted on board), Carl Andre (b.1935) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie's Images
Brown Emerson (Carbon), 1962 (ink on paper mounted on board), Carl Andre (b.1935) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie’s Images

Carl Andre: Works on Paper

Massimo de Carlo, Milan, Open until 22nd December 2018

Massimo De Carlo inaugurates the new season with a solo exhibition by Carl Andre. The exhibition is the first comprehensive show in Italy of Carl Andre’s works on paper, a body of work composed of typed poems that precedes and anticipates the artists practice as a sculptor and is a precious insight into the artists’ intimate intellectual sphere.

 

Closing in 2019

 

Barbara Walker: Vanishing Point

Jerwood Gallery Hastings, Open until 6th January 2019

Vanishing Point is a new exhibition by artist Barbara Walker for the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings. For the artist, it marks an embarking on a reviewed set of working methods and in a symbiotic way, a parallel address to subject matter. Walker signals her intent in the title. Vanishing Point riffs on both the perspectival device in the canon of Western post renaissance art and an occlusion of black presence in that same canon.

 

 

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Henrietta / North Sea Wave, 2004-05 (oil on canvas), Maggi Hambling (b.1945) / Private Collection

Maggi Hambling: The Quick & the Dead

Jerwood Gallery, Open until 6th January 2019

Featuring Maggi Hambling – Sebastian Horsley – Sarah Lucas – Julian Simmons – Juergen Teller

In this new exhibition, The Quick and the Dead centres on paintings and drawings made over the past decade by ACS and Bridgeman Artist Maggi Hambling, in which she has portrayed Horsley, Lucas, Simmons and Teller. These works are in dialogue with portraits of Hambling made by the other living artists.

The artists are friends who have portrayed each other at different moments, and are being displayed together for the first time this autumn at Jerwood Gallery, Hastings.

 

 

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Looking Upward,Charles Wilbert White (1918-79) / Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, USA / Museum purchase funded by the African American Art Advisory Association

Charles White: A Retrospective

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Open until 13th January 2019

The work of an artist that sees the struggle in people; Charles White’s detailed sketches of people are available to view in New York. His works manage to capture the pure emotion of their subjects, whether it be sorrow or anger, confidence or fear. White mainly focuses on the difficulties people face in a world of poverty and discrimination as he too lived in that world earlier in life. His work is a clear reflection of the sentiment people feel on the problems and difficulties in their lives and represent his method of making his thoughts on the matter known.

 

 

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A Bar at the Folies-Bergere, 1881-82 (oil on canvas),Edouard Manet (1832-83) / Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London, UK

Courtauld impressionists

National Gallery, London, Open until 20th January 2019

The National Gallery in collaboration with the Courtauld gallery presents a display of major impressionist artists, featuring work from such esteemed names as Manet and Renoir. This exhibition contains over 40 spectacular paintings which chronicle the blooming and growth of Impressionism as an artistic genre, contrasting and comparing the way artists of different cultures responded to the world around them.

 

 

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Jane Avril poster by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, (1864-1901) / Photo © Ken Welsh

Pin-Ups – Toulouse-Lautrec and the Art of Celebrity

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh, Open until 20th January 2019

Now visible at the Scottish National Gallery is a presentation of the work of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, with particular care given to representing his views and his admiration of Parisian night-life. His work was mainly inspired by the boisterous city of Paris that he lived in as he made bright prints of woman dancing or of men smoking pipes. Experience the ‘city of pleasure’ as you step into the first Toulouse-Lautrec exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery and into the world of this bohemian era artist.

 

 

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Untitled No. 1 from a series of altar paintings, 1915, Hilma af Klint (1862-1944) / Haags Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, Netherlands

 Hilma af Klint: paintings for the future

Guggenheim Museum, New York, Open until 3rd February 2019

The abstract paintings of Hilma af Klint are on display at the Guggenheim in New York. Klint was a mystic whose abstract paintings were among the earliest examples of a purely abstract aesthetic in art. All these paintings show the striking style of Klint as she uses her artwork to portray pure emotion in a way not frequently seen in art, and sadly not by the public either. This is because the majority of her collection has been in private hands until very recently. Finally, at the Guggenheim museum visitors can now enjoy the unique work of Hilma af Klint – early abstract art which is as striking and vivid as it is rare and unseen.

 

 

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Buddha (bronze gilt), Thai School, (15th century) / American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA / Photo © Boltin Picture Library

Buddha’s Life, Path to the Present

De Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam, Open until 3rd February 2019

De Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam celebrates the Buddha in its numerous incarnations in an exhibition which spans centuries, artistic contexts and cultures. The exhibition brings together thousand-year-old objects and modern art. The oldest object dates from the third century A.D. and the most recent is from 2018. Among the highlights is the standing Buddha, measuring over two meters high and dating from the fifth – sixth century AD, which greets the visitor at the entrance of the exhibition. The show includes a wealth of fascinating ancient sculptures lent by members of the Royal Asian Art Society in the Netherlands (KVVAK), which is celebrating its centenary this year.

 

 

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Bolton Mills, 1938 (collage), Julian Trevelyan (1910-88) / Bolton Museum and Art Gallery, Lancashire, UK

Julian Trevelyan: The Artist and his World

Pallant House Gallery Chichester PO19 1TJ, Open until 10th Feb 2019

A founding member of the British Surrealist Group, Julian Trevelyan (1910–1988) was at the centre of a defining moment in British 20th century art. He was an original participant of the Mass Observation project and embraced a wide variety of styles from surrealism to realism and abstraction. He was also married to the artist Mary Fedden (1915-2012).

So why is he not better known?

Through over 100 paintings and prints this exhibition reaffirms Trevelyan’s significant contribution to British art. It celebrates his distinctive visual language which reflects on an enduring appetite for experimentation.

This exhibition marks the 30th anniversary of the Artists’ death.

 

 

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The Kiss, 1907-08 (oil on canvas), Gustav, Klimt (1862-1918) / Osterreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, Austria

Klimt/Schiele

Royal Academy of Arts, London, November 4th – 3rd February 2019

With this exhibition at the Royal Academy of Art, the unique work of Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele will soon be available to view once again in London. In this exhibition the viewer is invited to observe the gentle yet intense works of these famed artists seen in conjunction with one another as the Royal Academy displays methods of discussion and comparison of the two artists’ distinct oeuvres. Fascinatingly, sketches presented alongside the artworks show an insight into the creative process as many sketches depict practice versions of more famous artwork or tests of paint and applique gold.

 

 

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Justify my Love, 2003 (oil on canvas), Cecily Brown (b.1969) / Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany / Wolfgang Neeb

Cecily Brown: Where, When, How Often and with Whom

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, November 8th – 24th February 2019

Life, colour, motion and erotic power pervade the works of Cecily Brown. The British painter, born 1969 is considered as one of the central figures in the resurgence of painting since the turn of the century. Her artworks, sometimes murky, sometimes vibrant and always visually arresting, feel as contemporary as they are attention-stealing.

 

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Moses Smashing the Tablets of the Law, 1659 (oil on canvas), Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (1606-69) / Gemaldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Germany

Rembrandt & Saskia – Love in the Dutch Golden Age

Fries Museum, Opening November 24th

Friesland’s most famous bridal couple forms the leitmotif of the exhibition. Through the couple’s experiences, visitors discover the ins and outs of a high society marriage during the seventeenth century. From the early stages of courtship, fairytale-like weddings and the founding of a family to the pitfalls of marriage, such as child mortality and adultery. Marriage portraits, intimate sketches and personal objects tell the story of how love and suffering were shared in the Dutch Golden Age.

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