Wanderer, 2017 (woodcut), Hammick, Tom (b.1963) / Private Collection / Courtesy Flowers Gallery / Bridgeman Images

Top Art Exhibitions: April 2018

 

Tom Hammick : Lunar Voyage

Flowers Gallery, London, UK – 16 March – 5 May 2018
Exhibition of woodcuts, shown in its entirety for the first time in the UK, where Hammick conjures a metaphorical journey to outer space, weaving interstellar dreams and earthly relationships. A suite of seventeen images traces the cyclical path of his protagonist, an archetypal artist or poet, who leaves life on earth in pursuit of freedom and isolation on the moon – only to be haunted by memories of those he has left behind.

 

Nightfall, 2017 (woodcut), Tom Hammick, (b.1963) / Private Collection / Courtesy Flowers Gallery / Bridgeman Images
Nightfall, 2017 (woodcut), Tom Hammick, (b.1963) / Private Collection / Courtesy Flowers Gallery

Hello Spring

Newfields, Indianapolis, IN – April – May 2018

Be reminded that Nature is Art at the Indianapolis Museum of Art with the return of the spring flowers to the campus. The added sunshine of the day allowing you to take in the full sense of colour and warmth that spring brings.

 

An Orchard in Springtime, Apple Trees in Bloom, c.1920-29 (oil on cotton), Lauge, Achille (1861-1944) / Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, USA / The Holliday Collection / Bridgeman Images
An Orchard in Springtime, Apple Trees in Bloom, c.1920-29 (oil on cotton), Achille Lauge, (1861-1944) / Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, USA / The Holliday Collection

Monet & Architecture

The National Gallery, Sainsbury Wing, London, UK – 9 April – 29 July 2018

An unusual way to look at Monet’s work: the architectural perspective. More than 75 paintings by Monet, together for the very first time to explore this side of the Impressionist Master.

 

 The Beach at Trouville; La Plage a Trouville, 1870 (oil on canvas), Monet, Claude (1840-1926) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie's Images / Bridgeman Images
The Beach at Trouville; La Plage a Trouville, 1870 (oil on canvas), Claude Monet, (1840-1926) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie’s Images

Modern Simplicity

Phoenix Art Museum, Asian Gallery, Phoenix, AZ – 6 April – 2 December 2018

This collection of these modern ceramics pulls together the traditional Japanese emphasis on nature and its simplicity and the more modern innovation of clay work. All work together to give a new look at the aesthetics of Japanese ceramics.

 

 The Palaces of the Immortals, 1740 (ink and colour on silk), Yuan Yao, (fl.1739-88) / Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona, USA / Museum purchase with partial funding by Mr. and Mrs. K.J. Baltazar / Bridgeman Images
The Palaces of the Immortals, 1740 (ink and colour on silk), Yuan Yao, (fl.1739-88) / Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona, USA / Museum purchase with partial funding by Mr. and Mrs. K.J. Baltazar

 

Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985

Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York, NY -13 April – 22 July 2018

With over 120 artists featured in this exhibition you are likely to find a work that appeals to you. As the first extensive exhibition to cover the artistic voices of women in Latin American art between 1960 and 1985, this show brings the focus to various political and social conditions that are critical to the shape of these women as both people and artists.

 

Nuestra Señora de las Iguanas (Our Lady of the Iguanas), Oaxaca Juchitán, 1979 (gelatin silver print) , Iturbide, Graciela (b.1942) / Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, USA / Gift of Marcuse Pfeifer / Bridgeman Images
Nuestra Señora de las Iguanas (Our Lady of the Iguanas), Oaxaca Juchitán, 1979 (gelatin silver print) , Iturbide, Graciela (b.1942) / Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, USA / Gift of Marcuse Pfeifer

Collecting Stories: Native American Art

Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Bernard and Barbara Stern Shapiro, Boston, MA –  April 2018 – 10 March 2019

Take a step back to when the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston first opened its doors with various Native American Artworks held in the museum’s collection. Collecting stories will illuminate part of the historical and political contexts surrounding the very early development of the Museum of Fine Arts’ collection.

 

Sarape, pre-1860 (wool), American School, (19th century) / Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, USA / Gift of Mrs. Harold D. Walker and Miss Eleanor W. Brooks in memory of their mother Mrs. N. B. K. Brooks / Bridgeman Images
Sarape, pre-1860 (wool), American School, (19th century) / Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, USA / Gift of Mrs. Harold D. Walker and Miss Eleanor W. Brooks in memory of their mother Mrs. N. B. K. Brooks

ABBA: Super Troupers

 Southbank Centre, Royal Festival Hall Exhibition Space, London, UK – 20 March – 29 April 2018

An immersive musical journey through 9 rooms exploring the music, lyrics and lives of the unforgettable ABBA.

 

Studio shot of Swedish pop group ABBA, Germany 1970s / United Archives/Roba Archive / Bridgeman Images
Studio shot of Swedish pop group ABBA, Germany 1970s / United Archives/Roba Archive

Poster Girls A century of art and design

London Transport Museum, London, UK –

A powerful exhibition that shines a spotlight on female graphic designers and reveals the contribution they have made to poster design over the last 100 years. Over 150 posters and original artworks on display to recognise some of these forgotten design heroines and their works.

 

 'May Is Here, Come Out And See It By Underground', 1927 (colour litho), Dora M. Batty (1900-66) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie's Images / Bridgeman Images
‘May Is Here, Come Out And See It By Underground’, 1927 (colour litho), Dora M. Batty (1900-66) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie’s Images

Modern Times: American Art 1910-1950

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA – 18 April – 3 September 2018

Over the course of the early 20th century there was rapid change socially, technologically and artistically. Modern Times attempts to capture this change and the breakthrough of artists such as Charles Sheeler and Florine Stettheimer as they found their own style.

 

Two Calla Lilies on Pink, 1928 (oil on canvas), Georgia O'Keeffe, (1887-1986) / Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania, PA, USA / Bequest of Georgia O'Keeffe for Alfred Steiglitz Coll, 1987 / Bridgeman Images
Two Calla Lilies on Pink, 1928 (oil on canvas), Georgia O’Keeffe, (1887-1986) / Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania, PA, USA / Bequest of Georgia O’Keeffe for Alfred Steiglitz Coll, 1987

Picasso Ceramics

Louisiana Museum Of Modern Art, Copenhagen, DK – until the 27 may 2018

With more than 160 pieces this is the first major exhibition in Scandinavia to focus on a late, fortunate and highly imaginative part of Picasso’s work. One of the top exhibitions to see for 2018, according to the New York Times, this presentation of Picasso’s original ceramics marks the beginning of Louisiana’s 60th anniversary year.

 

Artist Pablo Picasso Holding One of his Ceramics during Exhibition of his Works in Paris November 24, 1948 (b/w photo), / Photo © AGIP / Bridgeman Images
Artist Pablo Picasso Holding One of his Ceramics during Exhibition of his Works in Paris November 24, 1948 (b/w photo), / Photo © ADAGP

Helen Frankenthaler Prints: The Romance of a New Medium

Art institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL – 20 April  – 3 September 2018

The self-titled exhibition The Romance of a New Medium, show cases the lesser known works of Helen Frankenthaler. The artist prints showing the same brilliant vibrancy of colour for which she is known for with her canvas works.

 

Helen Frankenthaler, Stamford, Conneticut, 1991 (b/w photo) / Private Collection / © Chris Felver / Bridgeman Images
Helen Frankenthaler, Stamford, Conneticut, 1991 (b/w photo) / Private Collection / © Chris Felver / Bridgeman Images

Bes-Ben: The Mad Hatter of Chicago

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN – 20 April 2018 – 6 January 2019

The eccentric and flamboyant hats of “Chicago’s Mad Hatter” are a marvel to see, with each being decorated in its own unique and wonderful way. Being topped with a variety of everyday items these decorative objects are a notable rarity with this being the first display of many.

 

Hat with hats, 1978 (mixed media), Benjamin B. Green-Field, (1898-1988) / Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, USA / Gift of the Alliance of the Indianapolis Museum of Art / Bridgeman Images
Hat with hats, 1978 (mixed media), Benjamin B. Green-Field, (1898-1988) / Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, USA / Gift of the Alliance of the Indianapolis Museum of Art / Bridgeman Images

With eyes closed – Gauguin and Munch

Munch Museum, Oslo, Norway  – Until the 22 April 2018

A rare opportunity to be acquainted with the outstanding graphic works of Paul Gauguin and Edvard Munch.

 

Left: Women at the Seashore; Frauen am Meeresufer, (woodcut), Munch, Edvard (1863-1944) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie's Images / Bridgeman Images Right: Self Portrait, 1889 (colour woodblock print), Gauguin, Paul (1848-1903) / Bibliotheque des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, France / Archives Charmet / Bridgeman Image
Left: Women at the Seashore; Frauen am Meeresufer, (woodcut), Edvard Much (1863-1944) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie’s Images
Right: Self Portrait, 1889 (colour woodblock print), Gauguin, Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) / Bibliotheque des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, France / Archives Charmet

Bloomsbury Spirit,They lived in circles, painted in squares and loved in triangles.

Artipelag, Stockholm-Gustavsberg, Sweden – Until the 30 September 2018

During the summer of 2018, the first exhibition in Sweden is held of the radical and boundary-breaking Bloomsbury Group. The group was active in Great Britain during the beginning of the 20th century and included amongst others Virginia Woolf, Dora Carrington, Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell.

 

 A Conversation, 1913-16, Vanessa Bell (1879-1961) / Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London, UK / Bridgeman Images
A Conversation, 1913-16, Vanessa Bell (1879-1961) / Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London, UK / Bridgeman Images

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