It’s the most festive month of the year, and Christmas is just one of the many events on our calendar.
2018 might be coming to an end, but there are still many exhibitions this month to keep us occupied over the holiday season. This year of culture is being brought to a close by some of the best exhibitions we have seen all year! Check out all the biggest arts events highlights of the month.
Present Day – Supporting Living Artists
Candida Stevens Gallery, 12 Northgate, Chichester. Until December 22nd
Artists Mali Morris and Calum McClure feature in this exhibition at Candida Stevens Gallery. ‘As a gallery we strongly believe in supporting living artists, so are delighted to be showing work by 19 artists, all working in the present day, in December and some in January. This exhibition developed as a result of a number of our artists supplying us with new exciting work that we just had to share, and it has become a show stopper. With new work by some gallery favourites, alongside some new names who we are confident you will like, it has developed into one not to miss.’
even more ALCHEMY
Tatha Gallery, The Newport, Newport on Tay. Until December 24th
Bridgeman Studio Artist Calum McClure features in this show from Tatha Gallery: ”Art to inspire the imagination and enrich the soul. We believe that art can have a positive influence on lives. Our winter show is a celebration of the magic and the joy that can be experienced when surrounding ourselves with the things we love. The conscious and subconscious enjoyment of art can be compared to an alchemical process of transformation where the colours, moods, stories, scenes and moments combine to create a gold tinted aura of alchemy.”
The Ashmolean Museum at the University of Oxford. Until January 6th
Don’t miss the Ashmolean’s fabulously creepy exhibition of historic artefacts surrounding the mysterious past of Witchcraft. From body parts to bewitched bottles it’s all here for those looking for one last creepy scare before getting into the Christmas spirit!
John Walter: CAPSID
Home, Manchester. Until January 6th
Dr. John Walter presents an alternative and gorgeous take on the virus. His vibrant, multi-coloured, Costumes and Cytoplasm Paintings (among other artworks) present an alternative perspective and therefore offer a different perception on a range of different illnesses. From performance to painting, and from printmaking to sculpture, Walter’s work unites art with scientific research to deftly address a crisis of representation surrounding viruses such as HIV.
Oscar Murillo: Catalyst
Kukje Gallery K2, Seoul, until the 6th of January
A timely introduction to the expansive oeuvre the artist has developed over the past six years, Murillo’s first solo presentation in Korea is comprised of approximately 20 works. These include an installation of sprawling black canvases punctuated by his flight drawings, catalyst paintings, and a new video work. In addition Murillo shows works from his ongoing series of composite paintings. The installation in the gallery’s K2 and K3 spaces profoundly reinterprets the white cube, infusing it with a state of tension and condensed energy.
Me Somewhere Else
Blain Southern, London. Until January 19th
Chiharu Shiota’s first exhibition at the London gallery centres on a new site-specific installation, along with sculpture and works on canvas.
In the titular installation, Me Somewhere Else, Shiota creates a vast net of yarn, which is suspended from the gallery ceiling and connected to the floor by a cast of the artist’s feet. The blood red of the yarn is laden with symbolism, from the neural pathways in the human brain to the connections that bind us together. As such an impressive and vast piece of work it is really worth a visit before it closes in January!
The Progressive Revolution: A Modern Art for a New India
Asia Society, New York. Until the 20th of January
Asia Society presents a landmark exhibition of works by members of the Progressive Artists’ Group, which formed in the aftermath of India’s declaration of independence in 1947. The Progressive Revolution: Modern Art for a New India examines the founding ideology of the Progressives and explores the ways in which artists from different social, cultural, and religious backgrounds found common cause at a time of massive political and social upheaval. Works in the exhibition — spectacular paintings from the 1940s to 1990s — underscore how these artists gave visual form to the idea of India as secular, heterogeneous, international, and united.
Mantegna and Bellini
As the first exhibition to focus on the links between Andrea Mantegna and Giovanni Bellini, two of the most influential painters of the Italian Renaissance, this exhibition cannot be missed. Giving the opportunity to see the works of both painters side by side, this exhibition allows for an eye opening insight into the works and influences of these two prolific painters.
The Winter Show 2018
Compass Gallery, 178 West Regent Street. Until January 31st
Compass Gallery’s Annual Christmas Show has always been an important point in its calendar which enables them to show a wide range of high quality works from many of their regular exhibitors from across the country. Supporting each new generation at the start of their career and onwards as they develop has always been one of the main purposes of the gallery. This year, as the gallery approaches its 50th Anniversary they have decided to focus on some of the numerous New Generation artists past and present, one of whom is Bridgeman artist Calum McClure.
Klimt / Schiele: Drawings from the Albertina Museum, Venice
Royal Academy of Arts, London. Until February 3rd
1918 was a major year in Vienna’s history as the Austro-Hungarian empire fell. It was also the year two fantastic Austrian artists died — Mentor Gustav Klimt and mentee Egon Schiele are reunited in this rare display of drawings. While visiting Klimt/Schiele: Drawings, walk downstairs to where the RA are also currently showing ‘Oceania’, a beautiful display of over 200 artworks from the geographical area of Oceania spanning over 500 years, and closing on the 10th of December. Both are without a doubt worth the visit, but catch it quick – it closes on the 10th of December.
Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power
Brooklyn Museum, New York. Until February 3rd
Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power shines light on a broad spectrum of Black artistic practice from 1963 to 1983, one of the most politically, socially, and aesthetically revolutionary periods in American history.
‘Good Grief, Charlie Brown’
Somerset House, London. Until March 3rd
If you are in need of a cultural hit but find yourself occupied with the children this holiday season, this exhibition might be the perfect compromise. As one for all the family, you can take a look back in time at the history of ‘Peanuts’ and the art development behind the iconic Charlie Brown and Snoopy characters. It’s the largest and most definitive ‘Peanuts’ collection. Good grief!
Ugo Rondinone: Vocabulary of Solitude
Arken Museum of Modern Art, Ishøj. 1st December – 30th of December
Forty-five sad clowns washed up in a huge room lit up by a neon rainbow. Such is the surrealist interior design of the Vocabulary of Solitude installation at the Arken Museum of Modern Art in Ishøj, Denmark, the centrepiece of the eponymous exhibition dedicated to Swiss contemporary artist Ugo Rondinone. Both nightmare inducing and beautiful, if you find yourself in Ishøj then it is not to be missed.
Tiona Nekkia McClodden, Virginia de Medeiros: JOURNEYS WITH THE INITIATED
Participant Inc, New York. 2nd December – 13th January
Between 1978 and 1980, queer German novelist, poet, and self-taught ethnographer Hubert Fichte traveled to New York to engage with a city that he perceived to be a center of Afro-diasporic culture and tradition. Fichte’s novel Die Schwarze Stadt. Glossen (The Black City: Glosses, 1990) features several sprawling long-form texts and interviews related to his encounters with artists, scholars, activists, spiritualists, everyday citizens, and queer communities in New York.
Taking Fichte’s text as a starting point, Journeys with the Initiated explores the race, gender, and sexuality that has established various communities as outsiders within the mainstream western society.
As always, showing an astounding number of renowned artists and artworks, the Christmas Exhibition at Browse and Darby cannot be missed. Showing names such as Craigie Aitchison, Peter Doig, Lucien Freud, Gerald Laing, and many more, the range and diversity of the works will make for a striking exhibit.
Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2018
South London Gallery, London. 5th December – 24th February
Bloomberg New Contemporaries returns to the South London Gallery for the first time since 1999. The exhibition will offer an insight into today’s creative practices, showcasing some of the most dynamic work being made by 50 emerging artists. The exhibition spans the SLG’s main site and the Fire Station, and features drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, performances and video. Migration, borders, cultural and gender identity, as well as the use of technology are strong thematic threads running through the works on show.
Ahmed Morsi – The Flying Poet
Aicon Gallery in New York. December 6th – Jan 12th
Drawing on his memories of his upbringing, Ahmed Morsi employs a series of surrealist motifs that take a dip in the metaphysical. The works in this exhibition span Morsi’s oeuvre from the 1960’s till the present moment – a time period reflecting the artists residence in New York City.
Fashion Illustration Gallery Art Fair 2018
The Shop at Bluebird, London. 7th December – 9th December
Art fairs around this time of the year are a great way to get some Christmas shopping out of the way and view some beautiful pieces of work at the same time, and the Fashion Illustration Gallery Art Fair is no exception. As no one needs an excuse to visit Covent Garden at this time of the year, make your way down to the Shop at Bluebird to see both luxury brands and the FIG’s striking limited edition prints.
New Works by Minjung Kim
Robilant + Voena, St Moritz. 7th December – 7th January
Renowned for their presentations of Italian art, the gallery is starting their St. Moritz winter season with an exhibition that invites visitors into an entirely different world with the Korean Artist Minjung Kim. Alongside China, Korea has brought forth one of the most important schools of art in the east. Minjung Kim, whose artistic education took place both in Korea and Italy, draws upon this rich heritage and creates work using traditional techniques and materials such as Hanji paper and ink, and a meditative, repetitive approach to art making.
Three California Masters: Robert Bechtle, Richard Diebenkorn and Wayne Thiebaud: Figures and Landscapes
Crown Point Press Gallery in SF. 13th December – 2nd February
Robert Bechtle, who lives in San Francisco, is known for his photo realist approach to painting and is a pioneer of the genre. Wayne Thiebaud works from life and from memory in his unique illustrative style. Although his depiction of commonplace objects has been associated with Pop Art, Thiebaud describes himself as “just an old-fashioned painter.” Printmaking has been an integral part of the creative careers of all three painters. This exhibition features prints that each artist has created in the Crown Point Press studio since the nineteen-sixties.
Brendan Nieland: Surface Tensions
The Gallery, De Montfort University, Leicester. 14th December 2018 – 9th February 2019
This exhibition, Nieland’s latest, will be opened by De Montfort University’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Dominic Shellard at 7pm, followed by an introduction by Paul Finch, Director of the World Architectural Festival. It will compile several of Nieland’s instantly recognisable pop-art inspired buildings and landscapes in a contemporary environment, in what is looking to be a dazzling array of colour, angles and distortions.