Top Art Exhibitions: August 2018

Top Art Exhibitions: August 2018

 

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President and Michelle Obama dance during the 2009 Nobel Banquet in the Hall of Mirrors at the Grand Hotel in Oslo, Norway. Michelle’s silver blue gown is by Azzedine Alaia with her trademark ruching through the skirt. Dec. 10 2009., / Everett Collection / Bridgeman Images

Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier

The Design Museum, London,  10th May – 7th October 2018

This exhibition was originally planned with Alaïa before he died in November 2017. The designer’s appreciation of the human form, stemming from his early training as a sculptor, is evident in the clothes he created, each handmade and unique. The exhibition uses carefully chosen garments, anecdotes and images to give not just a celebration of the designer’s work but a tribute to his life’s creations.

If you are able to go to the Design Museum before August 12th also visit ‘Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008-2018’, an exhibition about the use of graphic design and technology within, and against, modern politics.

 

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Self Portrait with Velvet Dress, 1926 (oil on canvas), Kahlo, Frida (1907-54) / Private Collection / Photo: Jorge Contreras Chacel / Bridgeman Images

Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up

Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 16th June – 4th November 2018

The V&A is renowned for putting on ground-breaking exhibitions which put the subject in an utterly new perspective, such as Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty and Kylie Minogue: Image of a Popstar. Their 2018 exhibition on Frida Kahlo is no exception, choosing unusually to show few of the artist’s actual work. Instead the possessions of Frida Kahlo, such as her prosthetic leg and makeup are displayed, giving the viewer access to Frida Kahlo as a person. This is the first time these items are being shown outside of Mexico.

 

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Chatsworth House (photo), English Photographer, (20th century) / Private Collection / © Look and Learn / Bridgeman Images

Her Grace Land by Linder Sterling

Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, 24th March – 21st October 2018

Late last year Linder Sterling took on the role of artist-in-residence at Chatsworth House. The four installations she has created in that time are now being displayed, focusing on female stories within Chatsworth. The juxtaposition between the Chatsworth private art collection and Sterling’s contemporary, confrontational style is very successful.  For a similar experience visit Blenheim Palace, where Yves Klein has a solo exhibition until 7th October.

 

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Druids Sacrificing to the Sun in their Temple called Stonehenge, from a plan of Stonehenge by Dr Stukeley in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, engraved and pub. by the artist (engraving), Whittock, Nathaniel (1791-1860) / Private Collection / The Stapleton Collection / Bridgeman Images

Spellbound: Magic, Ritual and Witchcraft

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 31st August 2018 – 6th January 2019

Following on from the success of ‘America’s Cool Modernism’ the Ashmolean Museum presents a new exhibition about the history of magic. The Ashmolean is well known for its extensive collection of artefacts, so this exhibition promises to enthral the viewer with crystal balls, a unicorn horn and instruments used for conjuring spirits or performing enchantments. In addition it will feature personal stories of women accused of witchcraft as well as specially commissioned works by contemporary artists to highlight links between the past and present.

 

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Susie, 1988-89 (oil on canvas), Freud, Lucian (1922-2011) / Private Collection / © The Lucian Freud Archive / Bridgeman Images

Freud Project: The Ethics of Scrutiny

Museum of Modern Art Ireland, Dublin, 15th February – 2nd September 2018

This is the second Freud exhibition at the IMMA, as part of a five year loan of works. Curated by Daphne Wright it focuses on Freud’s own gaze, and the way in which he viewed his subjects. This assembly of art and writings, by a spectrum of people from Emily Dickinson to John Berger, provide a new perspective to see Freud through.

To read more about Bridgeman Images’ management of the Lucian Freud Archive click here.

 

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Anarchy In The UK, Issue No. 1, The Sex Pistols, 1976 (colour litho), English School, (20th century) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie’s Images / Bridgeman Images

Free the Pussy!

Summerhall, Edinburgh, 2nd August – 23rd September 2018

An exhibition curated by Tamysn Challenger to showcase art made in protest of Pussy Riot imprisonment in 2012 could not be more topical in light of the detainment of four Pussy Riot members following their 25 second pitch invasion in the World Cup Final 2018. Feminist artists such as Judy Chicago and displaying work, alongside punk artist Jamie Reid to recognise the Russian punk rock feminist protest group. Pussy Riot themselves will perform their art piece ‘Riot Days’ on 10th-19th August here.

 

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Delphiniums, 2017, (oil on canvas), Butlin, Anne-Marie / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Summer Exhibition

The Brian Sinfield Gallery, Burford, 1st  –  31st August 2018

Showcasing the works of Bridgeman Studio’s artist Anne-Marie Butlin this exhibition is a precursor to Butlin’s solo show in spring 2019. Her paintings combine the freedom of wild flowers growing in the countryside with an appreciation of their natural order and structure, to produce ‘beautiful, uplifting images’.

 

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TOLKIEN: THE HOBBIT Title page for a 1966 American edition. By J.R.R. Tolkien, first published in 1937. / Granger / Bridgeman Images

Tolkien: Maker of Middle Earth

Bodleian Libraries, Oxford, 1st June – 28th October 2018

This free exhibition guides you through Tolkien’s genius, displaying draft manuscripts, hand drawn illustrations, early abstract paintings and stories he wrote for his children. While curators have incorporated gadgets such as a 3D map of Middle Earth or projections of the Doors of Durin, the true power of this exhibition is the access it gives you to Tolkien himself. Having studied, taught and eventually been buried in Oxford, the Bodleian is the perfect setting. The inclusion of fan mail is a nice touch, allowing those that love the worlds created by Tolkien to have their own sense of fellowship.

 

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Wooden furniture and tapestries from Brussels, ca 1570, depicting episodes from life of Persian King Cyrus, Bagatti Valsecchi museum, Milan, Lombardy, Italy / De Agostini Picture Library / G. Cigolini / Bridgeman Images

The Frua-Valsecchi Collection

The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 1st August 2016 – 30th December 2018

Nearing the end of its long running residency at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, this exhibition features many items loaned from the extensive collection of Francesco and Massimo Valsecchi. Instead of isolating and spotlighting these items, the curators have carefully placed them around the museum so as to create thought-provoking juxtapositions of different dates and cultures, and to recreate the idiosyncrasy of the Valsecchi’s private displays.

 

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Vitra Design Museum, completed 1989 (photo), Gehry, Frank (b.1929) / Weil-am-Rhein, Germany / Wolfgang Neeb / Bridgeman Images

Night Fever: Designing Club Culture 1960-Today

Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rein, 17th March – 9th September 2018

Located in the Vitra Design Museum, a building designed by Frank Gehry, this exhibition explores how night clubs greatly influenced architecture from the 1960s onwards, encouraging experimentation with interior design and technology. It follows the different movements and counter cultures which gave rise to different expectations in club architecture and the relationships between clubs, music and fashion. The exhibition uses both traditional visual displays, and also immersive sound and sensation effects to recreate the distinct feel of the various raves, events, and happenings explored.

 

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Japan: Lady Murasaki Shikibu, poet and novelist (c. 973-1025 CE) depicted writing at her desk. Ukiyo-e by Utagawa Kunisada (1858) / Pictures from History / Bridgeman Images

Love Affairs: The Tales of Genji in Japanese Art

Minneapolis Institution of Art, Minneapolis, 18th August 2018 – 10th March 2019

This free exhibition displays art created in response to ‘The Tale of Genji’, believed by some to be the greatest work of Japanese literature. The story (which follows the life of an imperial Japanese prince, ‘Shining Genji’) was written by Murasaki Shikibu, a lady-in-waiting at the Japanese court in the early 1000s. The art that will be shown in the exhibition range from wood block prints, lacquered doors, and traditional paintings to modern manga and clothing, spanning around 500 years of reactions to this timeless tale.

 

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Surrounded by Nature, 1986 (oil on canvas), Brown, Roger (1941-97) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie’s Images / Bridgeman Images

New to Mia: Art from Chicago

Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, August 25th 2018 – January 6th 2019

This exhibition proudly celebrates Chicago. It looks at the contribution Chicago and Chicago-born artists have made, highlighting a wide variety of pieces. Promising art that is ‘outrageous’ and ‘psychologically charged’ this exhibit does not just focus on artists from the region, but topics which would resonate specifically with locals. Visit for a true insight into life in the Midwest.

 

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Fagend Study, 1968 (painted cast aluminum), Oldenburg, Claes (b.1929) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie’s Images / Bridgeman Images

Claes Oldenburg: Shelf Life

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 11th August – 2nd December 2018

Using Dutch still life paintings by Pieter Claesz and Cornelius Gijsbrechts as a reference point Oldenburg has created and displayed alongside these ‘vanitas’ images twelve shelves filled with small sculptures of everyday objects. In some places he recreates his own work: previously oversized sculptures are now miniature. Size and scale still fluctuates humorously, but the name of the exhibition dictates its feel; there is a sense of nostalgia, with Oldenburg seeing it as a retrospective project to ‘decide what one keeps’.

 

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Pat Sabatine’s Eighth Birthday Party, PA, April 1977, c.1982-83 (gelatin silver print), Fink, Larry (b.1941) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie’s Images / Bridgeman Images

Larry Fink: The Boxing Photographs

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, 11th August 2018 – 1st January 2019

Larry Fink’s photographs refrain from revelling in the violence and aggression often associated with boxing, instead focusing on the psychological aspects of the sport and the concentration of the athletes. They are surprisingly intimate images. Fink is fascinated by relationships, and within the boxing series many different relationships become visible; between opponents, between teammates, between coach and athlete, friends, even between the boxer and the ring.

 

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Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity, 2009 (wood, metal, glass mirrors, plastic, acrylic paint, led lighting system & water), Kusama, Yayoi (b.1929) / Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, USA / Museum purchase funded by the Caroline Wiess Law Accessions Endowment Fund / Bridgeman Images

Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow

Museum Macan, Jeruk, 12th May – 9th September 2018

Japanese contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama has travelled around Asia with her exhibition ‘Life is the Heart of a Rainbow’, displaying it in Jakarta, Tokyo and Singapore. In May it arrived in Indonesia, the first time Kusama has shown work there. Kusama’s self-confessed obsession with polka dots and infinity manifests itself in this other-wordly, yet personal, exhibition, comprised mainly of illusionistic installations. In October Kusama will be coming to London with another exhibition at the Victoria Miro gallery.

 

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Blue Poles, 1952 (oil, enamel, aluminium paint & glass on canvas), Pollock, Jackson (1912-56) / National Gallery of Australia, Canberra / Purchased 1973 / Bridgeman Images

American Masters

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 24th August – 11th November 2018

The National Gallery of Australia’s exhibition adds a personal touch to the enormous theme of ‘American Masters’; it displays only the museum’s own collection of American artists. Without loans the excitement of this time period in America is clearly linked with the Australian museum, despite been half a world away. Displaying work by artists whose copyright is represented by Bridgeman Images, such as Jackson Pollock, Claes Oldenburg, Andy Warhol, Donald Judd and Eva Hesse, this promises to be a fresh, novel way to explore the development of American artists.

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