Time passes very quickly and we are already in August!
If the heat hasn’t halted your appetite for show openings, private viewings and exhibitions, you have come to the right place! Discover our selection of highlights from across the world, including an exhibition featuring Gilbert and George, a psychedelic display of Larry Smart artworks and the latest exhibitions featuring modern artist legends Alexander Calder and Paul Klee.
Don’t Miss it – Until 11th August
Richard H. Driehaus Museum, Chicago, USA
All of the British-Nigerian artist’s work reflects the intersection of his English and African heritage, and, in his own words is “about raising questions rather than answering them.” This exhibition features the artist’s earlier work from photography series’ to sculpture installations. It is presented within the context of one of America’s great Gilded Age mansions – the Driehaus Museum’s home – creating compelling juxtapositions that will reveal new perspectives on both the art and its setting.
Don’t Miss it – Until 12th August
Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro
For the first time in Latin America more than 100 works of famous painter Paul Klee are on view at this exhibition in Brazil. The exhibition features 16 paintings, 39 papers, 5 prints, 5 puppets and 58 drawings, as well as personal objects by the artist. Famously, Klee adopted various aesthetic styles such as Cubism, Expressionism, Constructivism and Surrealism. While all of these styles formed inspirations of varying degrees in his work, no single element can be attributed to his success on its own. He has achieved a remarkable pictorial language all his own, which reinforced his central role in the modern history of art.
Don’t Miss it – Until 18th August
Castello Sforzesco, Milano, Italy
500 years since the death of Renaissance legend da Vinci ensures his legacy is at the forefront of everyone’s minds; this exhibition is conceived around a rigorous selection of original drawings by Leonardo da Vinci, the Leonardeschi, and other Renaissance artists, coming from important Italian and foreign institutions. The drawings are shown as part of a celebration of their recent high-definition photographing and digital restoration, allowing these artistic treasures to be appreciated in a whole new light – and clearer than ever.
Don’t Miss it – Until 18th August
National Gallery of Australia
Arguably one of the most famous artists of all time, Claude Monet, is featured with the painting that gave Impressionism its name: Impression, Solei levant (Impression, Sunrise) 1872. Exhibited alongside this are the artists and paintings that aided in the founding and development of Impressionism, such as JMW Turner and his accomplished watercolour paintings. The works show off the autonomous nature of Impressionism and how the flâneur became so influential in depicting true reality.
Private View: Tuesday 20th August 2019, 6.30pm
Llis Llewellyn, Liverpool Cathedral
Early British modernism’s fascination with Christian imagery is explored in works by 73 artists, including Winifred Knights and Stanley Spencer.
Including works by Evelyn Dunbar, Sir Thomas Monnington, Winifred Knights, Rachel Reckitt, Helen Blair, Sir Frank Brangwyn, Edward Halliday, Barnett Freedman, Clare Leighton, Francis Spear, John Tunnard, Glyn Jones and Charles Mahoney.
Until 25th August
Musée Picasso, Paris
Alexander Calder and Pablo Picasso – two of the most seminal figures of twentieth-century art – innovated entirely new ways to perceive grand themes. While the resonances between them are filled with endless possibilities, a key connection can be found specifically in their exploration of the void, or the absence of space, which both artists defined from the figure through to abstraction
Until 25th August
This world-touring exhibition started at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London and went on to tour around Europe before arriving in Australia. It features iconic work by acclaimed artists from the 1950s, ’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.
Until 26th August
The British Museum, London, UK
The British Museum wants to show a celebratory vision of Manga artwork which is to be enjoyed by anyone, with or without background knowledge. The result is an intense graphic world where art and storytelling collide in the largest exhibition of manga ever to take place outside of Japan. Immersive and playful, the exhibition will explore manga’s global appeal and cultural crossover, showcasing original Japanese manga and its influence across the globe, from anime to ‘cosplay’ dress up activities.
GILBERT & GEORGE. THERE WERE TWO YOUNG MEN, APRIL 1971
Until 26th August
Foundation Louis Vuitton, Paris
From 3rd July to 26th August 2019, the Foundation Louis Vuitton presents a complete version of a rare series by Gilbert & George, “There Were Two Young Men” (April 1971), a “Charcoal on Paper sculpture” in six parts belonging to the Foundation’s collection. This work was first shown in 1971 at the Sperone Gallery in Turin. It is part of a series of 13 sculptures, created between 1970 and 1974, and now dispersed throughout the world.
A Feeling We All Share
1st – 31st August
Snape Maltings, Snape, Suffolk
Experience the unusual sights and sounds taking over Snape Maltings in Suffolk. Inspired by the criminal justice establishments across the East of England, the men of HM Prison Warren Hill have created a song to introduce you to each of the three locations: the Concert Hall Gallery, Inner Foyer and Dovecote Studio. The show also features work from Maggi Hambling, one of our Bridgeman Copyright artists.
Until the 1st of September
Barbican, London, UK
This exhibition celebrates the work and life of Lee Krasner (1908–1984), a pioneer of Abstract Expressionism. The first major presentation of her work in Europe for more than 50 years, Lee Krasner: Living Colour tells the story of a formidable artist whose importance has too often been eclipsed by her marriage to Jackson Pollock.
Until 2nd September
National Art Center Tokyo, Japan
This large-scale exhibition focuses on 50 years of work by one of France’s most prominent contemporary artists, Christian Boltanski. Boltanski is best known for his photographic installations in which the artist explores his own memory of life and vision of death. By appropriating these mementos, the artist examines the power that photography and documentation have in our lives. Since he began displaying the resulting works he has enjoyed worldwide acclaim, and in result has been producing and showing his works around the world.
UNTIL 8 September
Dulwich Picture Gallery
From the Grosvenor School of Modern Art, 120 prints, drawings and posters featuring the iconic Claude Flight and eight of his leading students have been brought together. Renowned for their vibrancy these artists were influential on movements such as Futurism, Vorticism and Cubism. Due to its affordability, the block-print linocut was described by the famous teacher Flight as “an art of the people”. The exhibition explores the modernisation happening at the time as well as displaying the original tools, lino blocks and studies which revolutionised the printmaking process.
UNTIL 15 September
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, Massachusetts
One of the problems we are faced with today is the constant urban expansion being driven by demanding social conditions. Big Plans uses photographs and maps which backed the social reform
of Boston, New York and Chicago around 1900 to ask visitors how contemporary artists and designers are tackling similar changes – a question which remains more poignant now than ever.
Until the 28th of September
Serpentine Gallery, London, UK
Focusing on different series that she has created over the past 50 years, this survey of Faith Ringgold’s work includes paintings, story quilts and political posters made during the Black Power movement including one to free activist Angela Davis. This exhibition, Ringgold’s first in a European institution, is chronological and includes paintings, political posters and story quilts. It begins with American People (1963 – 67), a series that exposes social inequalities and racial tensions she witnessed during the Civil Rights era and culminates in her response to the Black Power movement. In the 1970s, her work and politics embraced feminism as she led protests outside New York museums, demanding equal gender and racial representation in exhibitions. She designed political posters and co-organised the People’s Flag Show, for which she was arrested. This show is not one to be missed if you’re around London in September.
Until 29th September
National Gallery, London, Uk
An exhibition dedicated to one of the most overlooked Renaissance painters in 15th-century Spain. Though fewer than 20 works by the artist are known and much of his life remains something of a mystery, Bermejo’s paintings set him apart as a technically skilled and visionary master. This will be a unique opportunity to see Bermejo’s first documented painting, ‘Saint Michael’ alongside his last, the recently restored ‘Desplà Pietà’ (1490) from Barcelona Cathedral, which has never been lent outside of Spain until now. Also on display will be Bermejo’s only other signed masterwork, the ‘Triptych of the Virgin of Montserrat’ (probably 1470–75) from the Cattedrale Nostra Signora Assunta in Acqui Terme, Alessandria (Italy).
Until the 29th of September
Museo del Prado, Spain
Velázquez, Rembrandt, Vermeer: Parallel vision is an exhibition that encourages visitors to not only appreciate the quality and importance of the 72 works on display, some by the most admired painters of 17th-century Europe, but also to establish points of comparison between them.
Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light
10th August – 3rd November
National Gallery of Irland, Dublin
Organised by the National Gallery and the National Gallery of Ireland (in collaboration with Museo Sorolla), Sorolla is one of the most celebrated artists in his native Spain, and referred to as the ‘master of light’. See over fifty works spanning a prolific career in the first exhibition of his paintings in Ireland. From the vivid seascapes, garden views, and bather scenes for which he is most renowned to portraits, landscapes and genre scenes of Spanish life, the exhibition features 58 works spanning Sorolla’s career – many of which are travelling from private collections and from afar.
30th August – 8th December
Kunsthaus Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland
Kunsthaus Zürich presents Henri Matisse as a sculptor in an exhibition that brings bronzes in various states together with the sources of his inspiration, including nude photographs and
African sculptures. Curated by Sandra Gianfreda, over 70 works, accompanied by reproductions of historical photographs, films and music offer a vivid presentation of Matisse’s artistic method. Installed in the large exhibition gallery of the Kunsthaus, the exhibition opens with sculptures by Rodin, Maillol and Bourdelle whom Matisse – known primarily for his colourful paintings – strove to emulate before striking out on his own. His figures undergo a transformation that is akin to a metamorphosis: while the earliest works still bear the influence of naturalistic ideas, later creations and reworkings of the same motif become increasingly abstract.
31st August – 5th January 2020
Harvard Art Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts USA
Homer developed habits of seeing and pictorial strategies that informed his work in other media. In addition to tracing these connections, this show explores broader questions that Homer’s art raises about the responsibility of artists who work in periods troubled by war and conflict. Co-curated by Ethan W. Lasser, Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr. Curator of American Art and Head of the Division of European and American Art; and Makeda Best, Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography, Harvard Art Museums.
UNTIL 1 December
Peabody Essex Museum
After half a century full of travelling and exploration, Carolyn and Peter Lynch have developed an extraordinary collection of American Art spanning three centuries. By not prescribing parameters to the way they collected, the diverse range allows a lively debate about artistic creativity and evolving societies. In amidst of this great collection you can view the likes of Childe Hassam’s Impressionist paintings and Martin Johnson Heade’s landscapes.
UNTIL 19 January 2020
Irish Museum of Modern Art
It’s been 70 years since these great masters were placed side-by-side. The force and energy from Yeats work fuelled Freud’s lifelong interest in him and, although this admiration has never explicitly been cited by Freud, he felt a common purpose with his originality and independence. 33 oil paintings by Freud and 24 by Yeats will be exhibited along with a vast range of works on paper. What makes this exhibition so unique is that Freud’s long-time studio assistant David Dawson has helped select the various works, therefore providing his deep knowledge of Freud’s interest in Yeats.