Top Art Exhibitions: September 2018

Top Art Exhibitions: September 2018

 

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The Blackberry Fairy, Barker, Cicely Mary (1895-1973) / Lebrecht History / Bridgeman Images

Flower Fairies: Botanical Magic

The Garden Museum, London, 8 August – 30 September 2018

Incredibly, 2018 is the centenary of the first appearance of Cicely Mary Barker’s flower fairy illustrations. Barker’s magic is in her attention to detail; she sketched the fairies from children in her sister’s nursery, and every plant is botanically accurate. To celebrate the centenary the Garden Museum is putting on an exhibition displaying the first postcards, original sketches and costumes of Flower Fairies that younger visitors can dress up in!

 

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Shhh…, 1990/2012 (digital chromogenic print mounted on sintra), Reynolds, Hunter (b.1959) / Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA, USA / purchased as the gift of Louis Wiley, Jr. (PA 1963) in memory of Paul Monette (PA 1963) and his partner Roger Horwitz / Bridgeman Images

DRAG: Self-portraits and Body Politics

Hayward Gallery, London, 22 August– 14 October 2018

This small free exhibition puts centre stage artists who have previously been confined to the side-lines both of art and society, looking at how they use drag to explore gender, class and race. Mainly consisting of photographic and video art, a key aspect of the exhibition is the complete fluidity of gender and how this is articulated not just in performances but in everyday life.

For more portraits visit the National Portrait Gallery to see the entrants and winners of BP Portrait Award 2018, visible until 23rd September. Over the years this competition has attracted over 40,000 entries from more than 100 countries, with an incredible variety of art on display.

 

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Two Tulips with Blue Square, 2013, (archival inkjet print on Somerset Satin), Hopton, Georgie,/ Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Photos X Folios

Grace Belgravia, London, September 20th – October 30th 2018

To coincide with Frieze Art Fair, Bridgeman Editions presents Photos X Folios – an exhibition of limited edition prints & photographs which have been produced to raise awareness for arts educational charities the RA Schools, House of Fairy Tales and Funtasia. The exhibition brings together two unique print folios, Turkish Tulips (curated by Gavin Turk) and the Bridgeman Folio, in conjunction with the work of photographers. A selection of work by photographer Adam Waymouth will also be showcased, taken whilst working for the educational charity Funtasia in Luxor, Egypt.

 

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One Ton drinking, 2018, (oil on canvas), Adlington, Mark / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Mark Adlington: A Memory of Elephants

John Martin Gallery, London, 13th – 29th September 2018

Mark Adlington spent two years in Kenya and Namibia where he was granted exceptional access to herds of elephant and a unique opportunity to become familiar with some of the most famous individual elephants alive. For Adlington, the exhibition lets him describe elephant conservation not in terms of declining numbers but through an understanding of the magnificent individuals that make up those herds. The exhibition brings together drawings made in the field alongside a series of oil portraits, sales of which will help support the work of the conservation charity Big Life.

 

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Dick Whittington and his cat, an illustration from ‘Rhyme Stew’ by Roald Dahl (1916-1990) 1989 (pen and ink, w/c), Blake, Quentin (b.1932) / Private Collection / Photo © Chris Beetles Ltd, London / Bridgeman Images

Quentin Blake: Voyages to the Moon and the Sun

House of Illustration, London, 7th June – 30th September 2018

Cyrano de Bergarac’s early sci-fi novels were paired by The Folio Society to Quentin Blake in 1991, the perfect illustrator for this project. At the House of Illustration you can see these drawings exhibited for the first time, to coincide with a new publication of The Folio Society, in which he has redrawn and added to many of the original illustrations.

 

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Yvonne, 1922 (oil on canvas), John, Augustus Edwin (1878-1961) / Nottingham City Museums and Galleries (Nottingham Castle) / Bridgeman Images

Augustus John: Drawn from Life

Poole Museum, Dorset, 26th May – 30th September 2018

The Welsh artist Augustus John was one of the dominant figures in British painting in the early 20th century. This free exhibition focuses on his early to mid-career to explore his rise from ‘timid, unremarkable’ schoolboy to innovative, bohemian artist following a head injury while diving in 1897. It also explores his relationship with the South-West of England and other influential figures working and living in the region at the same time, such as TE Lawrence and Thomas Hardy.

 

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A French almanac celebrating the visit to Paris of Tsar Nicholas II and Empress Alexander of Russia, 1897 / Universal History Archive/UIG / Bridgeman Images

Glorious Years: French Calendars from Louis XIV to the Revolution

Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire, 21st March – 28th October 2018

The French revolution did not just restructure French society, but for a few years re-invented time itself. The French Revolutionary Calendar was used for 12 years, with 10 day weeks, 3 week months and the 22 September 1872 (the day after the monarchy was abolished) as Day 1. The aim was to remove all religious and royalist influences from the calendar. This exhibition explores the beautifully decorated calendars from the reign of Louis XIV to the Revolution, revealing much about the religious, social and political climates of each year. It also touches on the power of the printed image, as these calendars were important in spreading propaganda and information about the different governments.

 

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ROLLING STONE, 1981 Cover of ‘Rolling Stone’ magazine, 22 January 1981, featuring a nude photograph of rock musician John Lennon with his wife, Yoko Ono, taken shortly before he was murdered in New York City on 8 December 1980. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. / Granger / Bridgeman Images

Double Fantasy – John & Yoko

Museum of Liverpool, Liverpool, 18th May 2018 – 22nd April 2019

John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s relationship resulted in an unprecedented outpouring of creativity. This free exhibition features many items and works from Yoko Ono’s private collection, the majority of which are going on public display for the first time. It chronologically tracks the two individuals meeting, falling in love, and eventually being torn apart, in the context of world events which occurred at the same time. Their story is told in their own words through interviews, lyrics and the art they created in response to those world events and each other. Located in Lennon’s hometown of Liverpool the exhibition is also a part of Liverpool’s celebration of its 10th anniversary as European Capital of Culture.

 

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Treetops, 2000 (oil on canvas), Cooper, Eileen (b.1953) / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

Eileen Cooper RA Forest

Rabley Gallery, Marlborough, 15th September – 20th October 2018

This exhibition showcases Eileen Cooper’s new drawings and paintings, centred on the theme of ‘forest’. Cooper has always been interested in mythology, fairy-tales and folklore, within which forests are commonly used symbolically. Serving as the first female Keeper of the RA 2010-2017 Cooper has been vocal about supporting other women artists; this is reflected in her art which ‘brings an unapologetically female perspective to her subject-matter’.

 

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Sissy Liberty Fabric, 2008 (cotton), Perry, Grayson (b.1960) / Fry Art Gallery, Saffron Walden, Essex, UK / Bridgeman Images

Liberty Art Fabrics & Fashion

Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh, 28th July 2018 – 12th January 2019

Founded in 1875, Liberty is one of the most well-recognised department stores in London. Most famous are the ‘liberty prints’, fabric prints in distinctive styles. Over the past 140 years Liberty has remained relevant by collaborating with contemporary artists and designers, such as William Morris, Grayson Perry, Yves Saint Laurent, Mary Quant, and Vivienne Westwood. This exhibition features many of these prints, particularly focusing on how textiles bring art into everyday life.

 

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Orient Line via Suez Canal to Australia, c.1951 (colour litho), Syon, John (fl.1951) / Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK / Bridgeman Images

Ocean Liners: Speed and Style

V&A Dundee, Dundee, 15th September 2018 – 24th March 2019

On September 15th the highly anticipated Victoria and Albert Design Museum in Dundee opens To celebrate the highly acclaimed Ocean Liners: Speed and Style exhibition, which debuted in the V&A Museum in London, is travelling to Dundee. The V&A Dundee, Scotland’s first design museum, is a major part of Dundee’s waterfront rejuvenation. The building itself was designed by Kengo Kuma & Associates, the Japanese architects who also designed Japan’s Olympic Stadium. In the shape of a boat it blends seamlessly with the old dockyard, referencing Dundee’s history as it moves forward.

 

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Your Cyclical Natures – Sculpture Painting Drawing

Oliver Sears Gallery, Dublin, 6th September – 18th October

In his second solo show at the Oliver Sears Gallery Michael Canning looks at the process of creation through a selection of his sculptures, paintings and drawings, as the title suggests. Canning’s work is characterised by his interest in light, the landscape of County Limerick where he lives and works, and the solitary nature of creative work. This can be seen explicitly in his characteristic botanical paintings; he paints wildflowers he discovers while walking around County Limerick in incredible detail, always in front of an expanse of sky and low, rural landscape.

 

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Dan Flavin: Untitled (for Ksenija)

Lenbacchaus, Munich, Germany, July 17th – September 20th 2018

Before his death Dan Flavin conceived this exhibition specifically for Lenbachhaus; this is its second display after his friend and patrons Heiner Friedrich and Philippa de Ménil donated the work back. The subterranean gallery (Kunstbau) is perfect for his work, with no light sources other than his pieces to illuminate the rooms. His Minimalist work integrates seamlessly with the space, and is paired with video art by Marcia Hafif who, like Flavin, was an active artist in New York during the 1970s.

 

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Seated Woman with Bent Knee, 1917 (gouache, w/c and black crayon on paper), Schiele, Egon (1890-1918) / Narodni Galerie, Prague, Czech Republic / Bridgeman Images

Egon Schiele – The Jubilee Show

Leopold Museum, Vienna, Austria, 23rd March – 4th November 2018

This centenary celebration is for Egon Schiele, after his death in 1918. He is the ‘central artist’ of the Leopold Museum, and the majority of the paintings, drawings and archival work in this exhibition are from their collection, with a few ‘noble guest’ loans. Arranged thematically, this exhibition explores Schiele’s depictions of: The Self, The Ego, Mother, Spirituality, The Naked Woman, The Transformation of the Female Image, Landscapes, Cityscapes and Portraits.

 

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Olive Trees with Yellow Sky, After Vincent Van Gogh (Pictures of Pigment), 2007 (chromogenic print), Muniz, Vik (b.1961) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie’s Images / Bridgeman Images

Hot Sun, Late Sun. Untamed Modernism.

Fondation Vincent Van Gogh Arles, France, 21st April – 28th October 2018

This is a thematic exhibition focusing on the works of Picasso and Van Gogh. Through the lens of the sun the exhibition explores the artists’ relationships with the Mediterranean region and Modernism. The ‘hot sun’ refers to Van Gogh in Provence, at the height of Modernism. ‘Late sun’ is an allusion to Picasso’s later work, ‘where its last rays naturally correspond to the artist’s advanced age’. Works by other artists in the exhibition also look at sun gods, the sun as a star and many more variations on the theme – it is a fascinating new perspective to look at this period from.

 

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Miss T, 1969 (oil on canvas), Hendricks, Barkley L. (b.1945) / Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania, PA, USA / Purchased with the Philadelphia Foundation Fund, 1970 / Bridgeman Images

Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power

Brooklyn Museum, USA, 14th September 2018 – 3rd February 2019

Having previously shown in the Tate Modern in 2017, this exhibition travels to Brooklyn. It explores works by Black artists working between 1963 and 1983, a turbulent time at the height of the Civil Rights movement. The artists working at this time created vibrant, diverse work; some commented on the racial violence and injustice at the time, while others paid tribute to Black leaders, such as Jack Whitten’s abstract homage to Malcolm X. Some simply depicted everyday portraits of friends, families and contemporaries. The exhibition gives unprecedented insight into the way artists responded to issues of race and identity of that time.

 

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David Wojnarowicz in Bed, 1983 (gelatin silver print), Hujar, Peter (1934-87) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie’s Images / Bridgeman Images

David Wojnarowicz: History Keeps Me Awake at Night

Whitney Museum of Art, USA,  13th July – 30th September 2018

There is no ‘signature style’ you can apply to David Wojnarowicz; working in New York during the 1980s he deliberately created art in a variety of different mediums and techniques. The most consistent aspect of his work was the focus on the ‘outsider’. Diagnosed with AIDs during the AIDs crisis of the late 1980s and early 1990s, he constantly felt himself an outsider in society, and became very vocal in his condemnation of politicians who refused to help those suffering. His early work has a starkly different tone to art he created later in his short life (he died aged 38 in 1992) and this is explored by the curators’ pairing of pre- and post-diagnosis works.

 

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Summer ’96 No. 9, 1996 (acrylic on paper), Truitt, Anne (1921-2004) / Private Collection / © annetruitt.org / Bridgeman Images

Anne Truitt Paintings

Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, 14th September – 27th October 2018

Anne Truitt is best known for her totemic wood sculptures but this exhibition puts the focus firmly on her paintings, displaying 15 of them. Only two of these works have been publicly displayed before. While many people have linked her art with Minimalism, she herself preferred to focus on expression, saying ‘“I’ve struggled all my life to get maximum meaning in the simplest possible form.”

 

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Seine, 1989 (oil on canvas), Wu Guanzhong (1919-2010) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie’s Images / Bridgeman Images

Wu Guanzhong: Expressions of Pen & Palette

National Gallery of Singapore, Singapore, 31st August 2018 – 30th September 2019

This exhibition is on show to commemorate the centennial of Wu Guanzhong’s birth in 1919. He was a Chinese artist, educated in France, known for combining Oriental and Western artistic traditions.  His style was completely contradictory to the popular style at the time, of Social Realist depictions of heroic farmers and workers. At one point in his career he was banned for 7 years from painting, and destroyed much of his own work to protect himself. He also wrote prolifically. This exhibition draws together his writing and art, finding the links between these two methods of expression.

 

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