Top Art Exhibitions: August 2019

Top Art Exhibitions: August 2019

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.

 

753329 How to Blow up Two Heads at Once (Ladies), 2006 (mixed media) by Shonibare, Yinka (b.1962); 237.5x160 cm; Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College, MA, USA; (add.info.: Two fiberglass mannequins, two prop guns, Dutch wax printed cotton textile, shoes, leather riding boots, plinth. ); Museum purchase with funds provided by Wellesley College Friends of Art; British, in copyright. PLEASE NOTE: This image is protected by the artist's copyright which needs to be cleared by you. If you require assistance in clearing permission we will be pleased to help you.
How to Blow up Two Heads at Once (Ladies), 2006 (mixed media), Shonibare, Yinka (b.1962) / Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College, MA, USA / Museum purchase with funds provided by Wellesley College Friends of Art / Bridgeman Images

Yinka Shonibare CBE

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.

 

 

988920 Fairy Tale, 1929 (watercolour on gessoed canvas) by Klee, Paul (1879-1940); 50x43 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Fairy Tale; Marchen. Paul Klee (1879-1940). Watercolour on gessoed canvas. Painted in 1929. 50 x 43cm.); Photo © Christie's Images; Swiss, it is possible that some works by this artist may be protected by third party rights in some territories.
Fairy Tale, 1929 (watercolour on gessoed canvas), Klee, Paul (1879-1940) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie’s Images / Bridgeman Images.

Paul Klee

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.

 

XOT361882 Self portrait, c.1512 (red chalk on paper) by Vinci, Leonardo da (1452-1519); 33.3x21.3 cm; Biblioteca Reale, Turin, Piedmont, Italy; (add.info.: drawn in the Turin style;); Italian, out of copyright.
Self portrait, c.1512 (red chalk on paper), Vinci, Leonardo da (1452-1519) / Biblioteca Reale, Turin, Piedmont, Italy / Bridgeman Images

Sala delle Asse. Leonardo Da Vinci tra Natura Arte e Scienza.

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.

 

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Impression: Sunrise, 1872 (oil on canvas), Monet, Claude (1840-1926) / Musee Marmottan Monet, Paris, France / Bridgeman Images

Monet: Impression, Sunrise

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.

 

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Compositional Study for ‘Scenes from the Life of St. Martin of Tours’, c.1928-33 (oil on tracing paper), Knights, Winifred (1899-1947) / Private Collection / Photo © The Fine Art Society, London, UK / Bridgeman Images

Art, Faith & Modernity, Liverpool Cathedral

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.

 

CCL196820 Alexander Calder (1898-1976) at work in the 'Gouacherie' (photo) by French Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Calder au travail dans la 'gouacherie'; in 'Calder a Sache' published by the Editions du Cercle d'Art in 1975;); French, it is possible that some works by this artist may be protected by third party rights in some territories.
Alexander Calder (1898-1976) at work in the ‘Gouacherie’ (photo), French Photographer, (20th century) / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Calder-Picasso
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

 

 

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Hendrix – Fire, 1967 (acrylic), Smart, Larry (1945-2005) / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Revolutions: Records and Rebels

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 LennonJimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan, and all have become textbook examples of psychedelic 60’s artwork.

 

2641642 Japan: Young woman in a "yukata" (a casual summer kimono), Junichi Nakahara, c. 1935; (add.info.: Junichi Nakahara was a prominent artist well-known for his illustrations, fashion designs, interior decorating and doll making. He started out as a dress designer and fashion illustrator and in the 1920s he was attracted to illustrating for Shojo magazines ('Shojo Manga' marketed to a young female audience) and produced the cover art for several issues of 'Shojo no Tomo' (Girls’ Friend) up into the 1930s. His work may be considered transitional between Japanese Art Deco and modern manga images.); Pictures from History; it is possible that some works by this artist may be protected by third party rights in some territories.
Japan: Young woman in a “yukata” (a casual summer kimono), Junichi Nakahara, c. 1935 / Pictures from History / Bridgeman Images

Manga
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.

 

LUN4380744 Gilbert Prousch, George Passmore. Opening of the FIAC 2014. Ghent Palace. Paris on 22 October 2014; (add.info.: Gilbert Prousch, George Passmore. Opening of the FIAC 2014. Ghent Palace. Paris on 22 October 2014); Photo © Michel Lunardelli; out of copyright.
Gilbert Prousch, George Passmore. Opening of the FIAC 2014. Ghent Palace. Paris on 22 October 2014 / Photo © Michel Lunardelli / Bridgeman Images

 

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.

 

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Maggie Hambling – portrait / Photo © George Newson / Bridgeman Images

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.

 

753221 Untitled, 1951 (oil on canvas) by Krasner, Lee (1908-84); 101x147.5 cm; Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College, MA, USA; Bequest of Merrill Millar Lake (Class of 1936); American, in copyright. PLEASE NOTE: This image is protected by the artist's copyright which needs to be cleared by you. If you require assistance in clearing permission we will be pleased to help you.
Untitled, 1951 (oil on canvas), Krasner, Lee (1908-84) / Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College, MA, USA / Bequest of Merrill Millar Lake (Class of 1936) / Bridgeman Images.

Lee Krasner. Living Colour

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.

 

MAJ5035892 Portrait of the French visual artist Christian Boltanski (born 1944) in 2010 Photography; (add.info.: Portrait of the French visual artist Christian Boltanski (born 1944) in 2010 Photography); Photo © Majno; out of copyright.
Portrait of the French visual artist Christian Boltanski (born 1944) in 2010 Photography / Photo © Majno / Bridgeman Images

Christian Boltanski — Lifetime

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.

 

 

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Brooklands, c.1929 (linocut printed in colours on tissue Japan), Flight, Claude (1881-1955) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie’s Images / Bridgeman Images

Cutting Edge: Modernist British Printmaking

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.

 

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Central Park (photo) / Buyenlarge Archive/UIG / Bridgeman Images

Big Plans: Picturing Social Reform

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.

 

450929 "Tar Beach 2" Quilt, 1990 (silk) by Ringgold, Faith (b.1930) ; 167.6 x 170.2 cm; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania, PA, USA; (add.info.: Produced at The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia;); Purchased with funds contributed by W. B. Dixon Stroud, 1992; American, in copyright. PLEASE NOTE: This image is protected by artist's copyright which needs to be cleared by you. If you require assistance in clearing permission we will be pleased to help you. In addition, we work with the owner of the image to clear permission. If you wish to reproduce this image, please inform us so we can clear permission for you.
“Tar Beach 2” Quilt, 1990 (silk), Ringgold, Faith (b.1930) / Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania, PA, USA / Purchased with funds contributed by W. B. Dixon Stroud, 1992 / Bridgeman Images

Faith Ringgold

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.

 

BAL2912 St. Michael triumphs over the Devil, 1468 (oil and gold on wood) by Bermejo, (Bartolome de Cardenas) (c.1435/40-1500); 179.7x81.9 cm; National Gallery, London, UK; (add.info.: Probably the central panel of an altarpiece from the church of San Miguel in Tous, near Valencia. The kneeling donor is the knight Antoni Joan, lord of Tous, holding a psalter open at two penitential Psalms (Psalms 51 and 130)); Spanish, out of copyright.
St. Michael triumphs over the Devil, 1468 (oil and gold on wood), Bermejo, (Bartolome de Cardenas) (c.1435/40-1500) / National Gallery, London, UK / Bridgeman Images

 

Bartolomé Bermejo: Master of the Spanish Renaissance

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).

 

518220 Geographer, 1669 (oil on canvas) by Vermeer, Jan (Johannes) (1632-75); 53x46.6 cm; Stadelsches Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany; De Agostini Picture Library / M. Carrieri; Dutch, out of copyright.
Geographer, 1669 (oil on canvas), Vermeer, Jan (Johannes) (1632-75) / Stadelsches Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany / De Agostini Picture Library / M. Carrieri / Bridgeman Images

Velázquez, Rembrandt, Vermeer. Parallel vision

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.

 

FTB60780 Mending the Sail, 1896 (oil on canvas) by Sorolla y Bastida, Joaquin (1863-1923); 220x302 cm; Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna, Ca’ Pesaro, Venice, Italy; Spanish, out of copyright.
Mending the Sail, 1896 (oil on canvas), Sorolla y Bastida, Joaquin (1863-1923) / Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna, Ca’ Pesaro, Venice, Italy / Bridgeman Images

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.

 

2656487 Henri Matisse, the painter (b/w photo); Ewing Galloway/UIG; .
Henri Matisse, the painter (b/w photo) / Ewing Galloway/UIG / Bridgeman Images .

Matisse – Metamorphoses

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.

 

 

1764675 Watching Ships, Gloucester, 1875 (watercolour and gouache on paper) by Homer, Winslow (1836-1910); 21.6x35.6 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Watching Ships, Gloucester. Winslow Homer (1836-1910). Watercolour and gouache on paper. Dated 1875. 21.6 x 35.6cm.); Photo © Christie's Images; American, out of copyright.
Watching Ships, Gloucester, 1875 (watercolour and gouache on paper), Homer, Winslow (1836-1910) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie’s Images / Bridgeman Images

 

Winslow Homer: Eyewitness

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.

 

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The Fourth of July, 1916 (oil on canvas), Hassam, Childe Frederick (1859-1935) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie’s Images / Bridgeman Images

Life Above everything: Lucian Freud and Jack B. Yeats

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.

 

 

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Reflection (Self Portrait), 1985 (oil on canvas), Freud, Lucian (1922-2011) / Private Collection / © The Lucian Freud Archive / Bridgeman Images

Life Above everything: Lucian Freud and Jack B. Yeats

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.

 

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