DGA1085598 Portrait of a Kabuki theatre actor red-faced with anger, ukiyo-e art print by Utagawa Toyokuni (1769-1825), woodcut, Japanese civilization, Edo period, 17th-19th century; Bibliotheque des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, France; (add.info.: Portrait of a Kabuki theatre actor red-faced with anger, ukiyo-e art print by Utagawa Toyokuni (1769-1825), woodcut. Japanese civilisation, Edo period, 17th-19th century.); De Agostini Picture Library / G. Dagli Orti;  out of copyright

Top Art Exhibitions: January 2018

Beat the January blues and visit these fantastic exhibitions, which are sure to kick start a year of awe-inspiring art and culture across the globe.

Arthur Streeton: The Art of War

December 15 2017 – April 29 2018, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia

MEM1268318 The Somme Valley near Corbie, 1919 (oil on canvas) by Streeton, Ernest Arthur (1867-1943); 153x245.5 cm; Australian War Memorial, Canberra, Australia; (add.info.: Streeton has taken a position above the Somme Valley near Corbie, France, which provided the best view of an area heavily fought over by Australians in 1918. Within this scene, in early and late April, the Germans had advanced until the Australians held them at Villers-Bretonneux, a village seen in the centre distance of the painting. Painted in 1919, this is the Second phase of the Australian attack on the Somme on the morning of 8 August 1918. The bombs exploding in the distance are the British artillery destroying German positions on the skyline as the Germans advanced and the Australians held them at Villers Bretonnuex.); Australian, it is possible that some works by this artist may be protected by third party rights in some territories

The Somme Valley near Corbie, 1919 (oil on canvas) by Ernest Arthur  Streeton (1867-1943); Australian War Memorial, Canberra, Australia/ Bridgeman Images

Australian artist Arthur Streeton has his work documenting the First World War celebrated in this survey exhibition.  During the war Streeton served with the  Royal Army Medical Corps in Wandsworth between 1915-1917, before taking up a post as an official war artist on the Western Front in May 1918.

 

 

Ukiyo-e of the Late Edo and Meiji Periods

January 5 2018 – February 25 2018, Ukiyo-e Ota Memorial Museum of Art, Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan

DGA1085755 Japanese family in indoors, 1903, Ukiyo-e art print by Kamisaka Sekka (1866-1942), Horizontal oban woodcut, Japanese civilization, 17th-19th century, Edo period; Private Collection; (add.info.: Japanese family in indoors, 1903, ukiyo-e art print by Kamisaka Sekka (1866-1942), horizontal oban woodcut. Japanese civilisation, Edo period, 17th-19th century.); De Agostini Picture Library / A. Dagli Orti; out of copyright

Japanese family in indoors, 1903, Ukiyo-e art print by Kamisaka Sekka (1866-1942), Edo period; Private Collection; De Agostini Picture Library / A. Dagli Orti/ Bridgeman Images

This exhibition explores the impact of the The Meiji Restoration of 1868 – when the Meiji Emperor declared the beginning of imperial rule in Japan – on the art of traditional ukiyo-e prints.  The change in rule led to the eventual Westernisation of the country in all areas of society, documented and critiqued in this collection of around 150 pieces, including the work of Yoshitoshi Tsukioka and Kiyochika Kobayashi.

 

 

King in New York

January 13 2018 – June 1 2018, Museum of the City of New York, New York, NY, USA

UIG2624014 Martin Luther King, Jr; (add.info.: Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) was an American Baptist minister, activist, humanitarian and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement.); Universal History Archive/UIG; out of copyright
Martin Luther King, Jr (1929-1968); Universal History Archive/UIG/ Bridgeman Images

50 years after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr, MCNY look back over the activist’s presence in New York and the role the city played in the Civil Rights Movement.  The exhibition features images documenting his church sermons in the city and speeches at the United Nations, as well as discussions with the Mayor and other activists.

 

London Art Fair

January 16th – January 21st 2018, Business Design Centre, Islington, London, UK

Over the last thirty years, London Art Fair has given access to exceptional modern and contemporary art, as well as expert insight into the changing market.
Presenting leading British and international galleries alongside curated spaces Art Projects and Photo50, the Fair invites collectors and visitors to discover works by renowned artists from the 20th Century to today. The Fair also featured work by Bridgeman Studio artist Rosie Emerson. London Art Fair is an unmissable opening to the international art calendar.

Singapore Art Week

January 17 2018 – January 28 2018, Various locations, Singapore

SRB3585017 The Merlion Statue, Singapore (photo); (add.info.: The Merlion Statue, Singapore); © Sergi Reboredo; out of copyright

The Merlion Statue, Singapore (photo); © Sergi Reboredo/ Bridgeman Images

This 12 day celebration of the visual arts will take place in various locations across Singapore, highlighting the city’s status as the most prominent art destination in Asia.  Featuring public art walks, talks and exhibitions, the festival will focus on both traditional and contemporary art and practices.

 

 

Andreas Gursky

January 25 2018 – April 22, 2018, Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, London, UK

CH1199271 May Day IV, 2000 (chromogenic colour-print face-mounted to Plexiglas) by Gursky, Andreas (b.1955); 152x457 cm; Private Collection; Photo © Christie's Images; German, 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.

May Day IV, 2000 (chromogenic colour-print face-mounted to Plexiglas) by Andreas Gursky (b.1955);Private Collection; Photo © Christie’s Images/ Bridgeman Images

Renouned photographer Gursky reopens the newly refurbished Hayward Gallery with his first major UK retrospective.  Some of his best known works will be on display among 60, also with a focus on his more recent abstracted work.

 

 

Gilbert and George SCAPEGOATING PICTURES

January 26 2018 – April 22 2018, Metropolitan Arts Centre, Belfast, UK

CH658137 Youth Attack, 1982, 1982 (60 photographs in metal frames) by Gilbert and George (b.1943, b.1942); 302x601 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Youth Attack, 1982. Gilbert and George (b.1943, b.1942). 60 photographs in metal frames. Dated 1982. 302 x 601cm); Photo © Christie's Images; English, 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.

Youth Attack, 1982, 1982 (60 photographs in metal frames) by Gilbert and George (b.1943, b.1942); Private Collection / Photo © Christie’s Images/ Bridgeman Images

Marking the 50th anniversary of Gilbert and George‘s collaborative work, which began soon after meeting in 1967 at St. Martin’s School of Art, London, this extensive exhibition explores their often personal work, while also focusing on their portrayal of London’s East End and its inhabitants – an ongoing theme throughout their career together.

 

 

Juan Gris, María Blanchard, and the Cubist Movements (1916-1927)

Until February 25 2018, Carmen Thyssen Museum, Malaga, Spain

CH378243 Cubist Still Life in Blue and Grey, c.1917 (oil on board) by Blanchard, Maria (1881-1932); 54.7x64.4 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Nature Morte Cubiste Bleu Gris;); Photo © Christie's Images; Spanish, it is possible that some works by this artist may be protected by third party rights in some territories possible copyright restrictions apply, consult national copyright laws

Cubist Still Life in Blue and Grey, c.1917 (oil on board) by Maria Blanchard (1881-1932); Private Collection; Photo © Christie’s Images/ Bridgeman Images

This exhibition of Cubism’s second phase focuses on the work of Juan Gris and María Blanchard, developing the movement beyond that of its creators.  Also featuring works by other early 20th Century artists including Salvador Dalí and Benjamín Palencia.

 

Being Modern: MoMA in Paris

Until March 5 2018, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France

XIR156947 The House by the Railroad, 1925 (oil on canvas) by Hopper, Edward (1882-1967); 61x73.5 cm; Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA; (add.info.: Maison le long du chemin de fer;); 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.

The House by the Railroad, 1925 (oil on canvas) by Edward Hopper (1882-1967), Museum of Modern Art, New York/ Bridgeman Images

The first French exhibition to display the extensive collections of New York’s MoMA, featuring over 200 works from the 20th and 21st Centuries.  A huge variety of artists have been included in the show, which chronicles the Museum’s history of collecting through the decades.  Expect to see world famous works from the likes of Paul Cézanne, Waker Evans and Jackson Pollock to name but a few.

 

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