It’s a brand new year, and 2019 is being kicked off with some fantastic new exhibitions and shows as arts organisations continue to find new and fascinating ways to look at and display artwork in the 21st century.
Have a look at some of the latest fantastic exhibitions worldwide below – from 1930’s couture fashion to Warhol, and medieval manuscripts to Suffragettes it’s all here!
Must See: Dawoud Bey: Night Coming Tenderly, Black
Art Institute Chicago, 11th January – 14th April 2019
Photographer Dawoud Bey decided to make a fundamental change in his work as he approached his 60th year. Already renowned as a portraitist, he turned his attention to history, beginning with a group of works that memorialized the six young black people tragically killed in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963. He continues this engagement with African American history in his latest project.
Fashion and Textile Museum, London Until 20th January 2019
This exhibition at the fashion and textile museum aims to explore the day and evening styles of the decade, which ushered out the excess and decadence of the Jazz age in favour of hard utilitarianism of World War II. Emphasis is placed on the stars photographed in their 1930’s fashions who encapsulate the culture of the period. Fashion is thus used as a lens – in Night and Day: 1930’s Fashion and Photographs the turbulent period of speedy social change is analysed from a very rich visual perspective.
The new silhouettes of the 1930s played with the hard edged chic seen in the Art Deco and Moderne styles, the unexpected as seen in the surrealists and the sensuality of silver screen sirens.
Tate Modern, London Until 27th January 2019
Anni Albers, known for her angular work in textiles as part of the Bauhaus is the focus of this solo show at the Tate Modern. While she was discouraged from taking certain classes – as many female Bauhaus students were – Anni excelled in other areas, and this exhibition is the first major solo exhibition of her work in the UK. Albers’ work takes several forms aside from the textile-based output for which she was known. Prints and drawings are also on display, which show links to the work of her partner Josef Albers – another Bauhaus alumni – known for minimalist painted works in a geometric style. This exhibition highlights the artist’s creative procedure, attention to detail, and her engagement with art, architecture and design.
Votes for Women
Museum of London, Until 10th March 2019
This historic exhibition at the Musem of London opened in 2018 as this year marks the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act. It runs until March, so don’t miss it. The show is dedicated to Women who campaigned tirelessly for over 50 years to achieve voting rights for women. Items and objects from the movement’s turbulent past are included in the display, which culminates in a newly commissioned film which reflects on the contemporary relevance of the militant campaign that continues to inspire, shock and divide opinion.
Tramway: Upper Foyer Gallery, Glasgow, 10th January – 3rd March 2019
”We live much of our lives in our heads — looking forward, recollecting, yearning, regretting, day-dreaming. For most people this inner life is frequently visual: they can conjure up an image of something in their ‘mind’s eye’ that is a little like looking at it. However, around 3% of the population — with aphantasia — lack imagery altogether, while for another minority — with hyperphantasia — imagery is so vivid that it resembles ‘real seeing’.”
This groundbreaking new show at Glasgow’s Tramway gallery examines the phenomena and process of making art – how initial concepts are processed in our heads before being made physical. It also questions how one can make art without an initial mental perception of what it should look like. The work of participating artists of all kinds – including writers, designers, architects – will strive to demonstrate the multitude of ways that people approach their creative processes. Curated by Bridgeman Studio Artist Susan Aldworth.
Specifically, The Flowers Gallery in Booth #22. Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, London N1 0QH. 16th – 20th of January 2019
Exhibiting works by artists such as Tom Hammick, William Crozier, Ken Currie, Charlotte Edey, Fiona Grady, Michael Kidner, John Kirby and Carol Robertson. Tom Hammick, who is a Bridgeman Artist, is hosting a talk from 12:00 – 12:45PM on the Saturday, the 19th. He will be in conversation with Joe Hill, Director of Towner Gallery.
Royal Academy, London January 28th – March 31st 2019
This exhibition, the first of the Royal Academy’s 2019 schedule puts two radically different artists alongside one another – Renaissance legend Michelangelo meets pioneering video artist Bill Viola. In 2006, Viola encountered a display of Michelangelo’s drawings – originally created as gifts or expressions of his love – on a visit to Windsor Castle. These works are more intimate than Michelangelo’s more well-known works, offering delicate insights into Michelangelo’s fascination with using the body to convey emotional and spiritual states. Viola’s own works also deal with fundamental questions of morality.
This show explores the links and connections between both artists, and presents itself as an immersive journey through life’s cycle. 12 Installations from Viola are incorporated, as well as drawings and artwork from Michelangelo – as well as his only marble sculpture in the UK, the Virgin and Child with the Infant St John.
Whitney Museum of American Art, Until March 31st 2019
Andy Warhol remains one of the most instantly recognisable modern artists to this day. His contribution to the Pop Art world and subsequent examination of the functions of the image – reshaping the role of the artist in society – will never be forgotten. Stunningly, this is the first Warhol retrospective in the U.S. since 1989. This dedicated retrospective splits Wahol’s career into 19 segments, and includes a mix of still artwork and footage.
The Lightbox Gallery, Surrey, January 20th – April 1st
This exhibition will feature portraits and self-portraits from The Ingram Collection. From wives and husbands, to mythological characters, soldiers and footballers, this exhibition will explore over 100 years’ worth of artists’ work depicting people.
Bridgeman are proud to represent the Ingram Collection. A number of our wonderful copyright artists’ estates are also featured in this show.
Portland Gallery, 3 Bennet Street, London, January 24th – February 15th
We are delighted to present an exhibition of over 65 oil paintings and works on paper by the celebrated artist, Mary Fedden. Comprising some of the best examples of her work from all periods of her career, many of the artworks have not been seen in public since their original purchase.
Bow Arts, The Nunnery, Bow Road, London, January 25th – March 24th
Doreen Fletcher’s atmospheric urban landscapes have only recently captured an audience, when the discovery of her paintings revealed a distinctive vision of the changing capital. For the first time, the Nunnery Gallery will bring the majority of her work back under one roof, in the home of their making – the East End.
The works reveal the drastic changes of east London’s streets across just three decades, remembering the businesses long forgotten and the buildings that have since been knocked down. A superb colourist, she applies her rigorous technique to recording the drama of the city in compelling and authoritative images.
For twenty years Doreen Fletcher painted the streets of east London until discouraged by lack of recognition, she gave up in 2004. Only a chance meeting with The Gentle Author of Spitalfields Life brought her painting to public attention in 2015. For the first time, this retrospective reveals the full breadth of Doreen Fletcher’s achievement between 1983 and 2004, showing the largest selection of her paintings together, and including many previously unseen pictures from private collections.
Kunsthal KAdE Amersfoort, January 26th – May 5th, 2019
Caspar van Wittel (1653-1736) was born in Amersfoort. Around 1673 he left for Italy, and after earning a good reputation for himself there never returned to the Netherlands. As a result, in the present the vast majority of his works are in collections in Italy, England and Spain. With this new exhibition titled ‘MAESTRO VAN WITTEL – Dutch master of the Italian cityscape’, Museum Flehite and Kunsthal KAdE honour the master who is virtually unknown in the Netherlands with a new major retrospective. One particular highlight of the exhibition are the side-by-side displays of the artworks with photography – a series specially commissioned in 2018 for the show – which depict the same locations as the paintings in the 21st century. Some places have entirely changed – others remain recognisably similar.
The Sun: Living with our Star
Science Museum, London Until 6th May 2019
This interactive exhibition at the Science Museum combines artworks and illuminated sculptures with interactive displays and videos. It examines humanity’s relationship to the one source upon which all things depend – the Sun. With exhibits such as an indoor beach, where visitors can bask in artifical sunlight, or a 3D video, where the sun moves overhead in a massive illuminated display there is plenty to see and keep young ones entertained as well.
”From 3,000-year-old artefacts to upcoming space missions and even a nuclear fusion reactor, our new exhibition takes you on a visual, action-packed journey that brings the science of the Sun to life.”
British Library, London 7th January 2019, 19:00 – 20:30
Medieval historian Michelle Brown explores the making, meaning and enduring cultural significance of these two legendary and beautiful manuscripts from the North of England.
The Codex Amiatinus and the Lindisfarne Gospels are amongst the greatest monuments of the Anglo-Saxon age, but also part of a story of international engagement stretching from the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, to Rome and to the deserts of the Middle East.
Discover the journeys these manuscripts have taken, and why they are significant even now. This event first took place in Autumn 2018 and returns due to exceptional demand.
The Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge, 8th January – 17th March 2019
Whistler & Nature casts a new light on the work of the great late-Victorian master, James McNeill Whistler. Born in America, but living in the UK for most of his life, he was known as an artist with a bold personality and a revolutionary attitude towards the natural world, facing tough criticism at early points in his career.
Featuring around 90 paintings, sketches and prints, the exhibition examines how his family involvement in early 19th-century industry, and pursuit of a career in the US military, shaped his knowledge of observational drawing and influenced his artistic style.
The Mayor Gallery, London 10th January – 8th February 2019
For more than forty years Stephen Buckley, (b. 1944 Leicester, England) has concerned himself with addressing the major themes of the twentieth century through a personal style oscillating between the matière of Kurt Schwitters, the dandyism of Francis Picabia and the intellectual rigour of Marcel Duchamp. He takes the two most basic components of a conventional painting (canvas and stretcher), and makes multi-dimensional constructions, as well as literally taking apart and reconstructing the very physical elements of an artwork.
Cleveland Museum of Art, Until 5th May 2019
This new display at the Cleveland Museum of Art explores the key role that northeast Ohio played in the art and life of American artist Charles Burchfield. The exhibition presents about 30 drawings made between 1915 and 1920, the period surrounding what Burchfield described as his “golden year.” In 1917, he completed more paintings than ever before, using the midwestern landscape to express universal emotions and moods.
Art Institute Chicago, 14th January – 22nd March 2019
With this exhibition, the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries celebrate the Caxton Club’s recent publication, Chicago by the Book: 101 Publications That Shaped the City and Its Image (University of Chicago, 2018). Founded in Chicago in 1895, the Caxton Club is a society of booklovers committed to promoting and supporting the art of the book. Chicago by the Book profiles 101 landmark publications about Chicago that have helped define the city and its image. While these books mainly document the history of the city, several also served as agents of change.
Christie’s New York, 20 Rockefeller Center, 17th Jan at 10am (First Lot)
A large selection of unique pieces from China are available on auction at Christie’s in New York. Plates, pots, dishes and more are on display and sale, courtesy of the Hodroff collection.
Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Henry and Lois Foster Gallery, 19th January – 12th May 2019
The photographs of Graciela Iturbide not only bear witness to Mexican society but express an intense personal and poetic lyricism about her native country. One of the most influential photographers active in Latin America today, Iturbide captures everyday life and its cultures, rituals, and religions, while also raising questions about paradoxes and social injustice in Mexican society.
The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge 22nd January – 5th May 2019
This exhibition is the first of two successive selections of works on paper to celebrate the outstanding generosity of benefactors and donors who have helped to enrich the collections. It will also highlight a number of exceptional works bought with funds raised or donated by individuals, charities, and other supporters.
Each tells a story of disinterested commitment to giving for the benefit of others. Preserved, researched and displayed by the Museum – and made globally accessible in digital form – they exit the private sphere to be shared with and enjoyed by all.
Tate Modern, London 23rd January – 6th May 2019
The last major exhibition of Pierre Bonnard’s work in the UK was 20 years ago – coincidentally, also held by Tate. Bonnard, along with Henri Matisse, was one of the greatest colourists of the early 20th century. His style immediately invokes the work of Van Gogh or Monet but Bonnard preferred to work from memory, using his imagination to capture the spirit of a moment which was then expressed through his passionate handling of colour and innovative sense of composition.
This show will allow new generations to discover Bonnard’s innovative technique and will provide new surprises even for older fans of the artist’s work.
Art Institute Chicago, 26th January – 5th May 2019
The images of Lee Bontecou (American, born 1931) reflect a post–World War II angst and existential fear brought on by the arms race and nuclear threat, coupled with awe at a technology capable of space travel. While best known for her wall reliefs that bridge the divide between painting and sculpture, Bontecou produced a series of important prints between 1962 and 1982 at Universal Limited Art Editions (ULAE), a workshop founded by Tatyana Grosman in West Islip, New York, in 1957. This exhibition is the first show devoted to Bontecou’s prints since 1975 and is drawn from the Art Institute’s complete edition and significant archive of her ULAE production.
The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge 29th January – 12th May 2019
To complement the major show on James McNeill Whistler (covered above) a secondary gallery at the Fitzwilliam, the Print Room is holding an exhibition of the artist’s etchings, drypoints and lithographs focusing on people. The range will include figures emerging from the shadows in the artist’s early ‘French set’ of the 1850s and intimate domestic scenes of friends and fellow artists in London.