Art Exhibitions & Shows – August / September

Dark Woods of England, Tom Hammick (b.1963) / Private Collection

Revisiting The Decameron
Flowers Gallery, London, UK (Online Exhibition)
6 July – 9 August 2020
Flowers Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition that invites 14 contemporary artists who work across a variety of media to take inspiration from The Decameron by the 14th-century Italian author Giovanni Boccaccio, in which a collection of novellas are told by a group of self-isolating young people during the Black Death of 1348.
Curated by writer and critic Laura Gascoigne, this exhibition includes works by Stephen Chambers, Ken Currie, Amanda Faulkner, Tom Hammick, Marcelle Hanselaar, Nicola Hicks, Jiro Osuga, Freya Payne, Shani Rhys James, Mick Rooney, Tai-Shan Schierenberg, Tim Shaw, Susan Wilson and Lisa Wright.

Untitled, 1986 (acrylic, collage & metallic paint on canvas), Bruce McLean (b.1944) / Private Collection

Return of The Spirit of Painting
The White Chapel Gallery, London, UK
Until 23rd August
This show celebrates the work of many artists who were included in the 1981 exhibition ‘A New Spirit in Painting’ at The Royal Academy of Arts.⁣
This year, Whitechapel Gallery rediscovers a selection of paintings from the original exhibition, including works by Georg Baselitz, Bruce McLean and Julian Schnabel, as well as significant archive material from the Whitechapel Gallery and the Royal Academy of Arts.⁣

Blue, 1995 (oil and acylic on canvas), Daniel Richter (b.1962) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie’s Images

Radical Figures
Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK
July 14 – August 30 2020
Since painting was pronounced dead in the 1980s, a new generation of artists has been revitalising the expressive potential of figuration. Charging their vibrant canvases with a social and political undertow, they echo the words of Philip Guston: ‘I got sick and tired of all that Purity. I wanted to tell stories’.
Artists featured include Daniel Richter (b. 1962, Germany), Michael Armitage (b. 1984, Kenya), Cecily Brown (b. 1969, UK), Nicole Eisenman (b. 1965, France), Dana Schutz (b. 1976, USA), Tala Madani (b. 1981, Iran), Sanya Kantarovsky (b. 1982, Russia) and Ryan Mosley. Exuberant and explicit, each artist revels in the expressive potential of paint.

Jaguar Model 1975; Jaguar Modele 1975, 1984 (oil on canvas), Bernard Buffet (1928-99) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie’s Images / Bridgeman Images

Bernard Buffet: Today
Galerie Diane de Polignac, Paris, France
6 September 2020 – TBD
Curated by the artist’s son, Nicolas Buffet, Today places Bernard Buffet’s works within the visual context of the present moment. Seizing upon the artist’s modern iconography, the exhibition showcases his figurative approach as a means of revealing the excesses and imbalances of our current world.

Untitled, Nicholas Pace (b.1957) / Bridgeman Images

25 Years
Danielle Arnaud Gallery, Kennington, London UK
Until 25th September
This new exhibition at Danielle Arnaud Gallery features, among other artists Nicholas Pace.⁣ ’25 Years’ is a show celebrating the 25th anniversary of the gallery, focusing on the notion of time. The artworks reflect this concept from a scientific to a philosophical idea of time, including both real and imaginary perspectives.⁣

The Stairs, 1928 (watercolour, pen and ink on paper), Marcel Gromaire (1892-1971) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie’s Images / Bridgeman Images

Intimate Marcel Gromaire: Works on Paper
Galerie de la Présidence, Paris, France
12 September – 3 October 2020
A key spokesman of French figurative art from the 1920s to the 1960s, Marcel Gromaire made drawing the basis of his extensive oeuvre. Intimate Marcel Gromaire presents an array of such personal, illuminating works, alongside watercolours, the artist’s medium of choice during his travels.

The Schoolboys, 1986-87 (oil on canvas), Marlene Dumas (b.1953) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie’s Images / Bridgeman Images

Marlene Dumas: Double Takes
Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
2 September – 10 October 2020
Marlene Dumas: Double Takes surveys 30 years of paintings and drawings inspired by personal photographs as well as images found in magazines and newspapers. The exhibition’s title refers not only to the value of giving something a second glance, but also to the importance of ambivalence and multiple perspectives. Similarly, Double Takes can be divided into two themes; works inspired by Charles Baudelaire’s seminal poetry collection, “Le Spleen de Paris,” and Dumas’ characteristic portraits of peers and cultural icons.

From the planet to the star, 1938 (black ink and gouache on paper), Louis Soutter (1871-1942) / On Loan to the Hamburg Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany / Bridgeman Images

Louis Soutter: Omen
Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France
29 August – 12 October 2020
Louis Soutter’s works grapple with timeless, existential themes such as human nature, death, and the question of life after death. Simple, silhouette-like human figures, often drawn in black Indian ink, dance across abstracted backgrounds of sparing colour, lending his works an almost frenetic, archaic quality.

Amsel, c.1929-1930 (oil on canvas), Francis Picabia (1879-1953) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie’s Images / Bridgeman Images

Olivier Malingue Gallery, London, UK
21 September – 11 December, 2020
Including works by Marc Chagall, Francis Picabia, Salvador Dali, Lucian Freud, and Pablo Picasso, among others, Nude explores the role that the theme has played in influencing and informing artistic production since the end of the 19th century. Selected works showcase the interaction between stylised forms of nudity in relation to the human body’s anatomical features. Examining different ways of engaging with the theme, the exhibition also highlights how each artist considers the nude as a visual equation between physical features and the psychology of human emotions.

Boy with Boa, 2006 (oil on canvas), Dana Schutz (b.1976) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie’s Images / Bridgeman Images

Dana Schutz: Shadow of a Cloud Moving Slowly
Thomas Dane Gallery, London, UK
12 September – 20 December 2020
For Shadow of a Cloud Moving Slowly, the artist’s first solo exhibition in London, Dana Schutz presents a selection of new paintings and bronze sculptures that continue her exploration of fictional narratives and subjective experience. Divided between two spaces, the show features six bronze sculptures that rearticulate the artist’s painterly features, as well as new, large-scale paintings that suggest private narratives and continuous histories.

Nappy Head Blues, 1997 (wood, paint & found objects), Alison Saar (b.1956) / Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, USA / Gift of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women / Bridgeman Images

Alison Saar: Of Aether and Earthe
Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA, USA
14 September – 20 December 2020
Armory Center for the Arts and the Benton Museum of Art are partnering to present Of Aether and Earthe, a survey of Los Angeles-based artist Alison Saar’s sculptures and installations. Exploring and complicating binaries of body and spirit, the exhibition examines the duality between the spiritual and non-material (aether) and the physical (earthe). Saar’s powerful figurative sculptures, which allude to myths, legacies, and hidden histories, suggest themes of water, earth, and air that surge through her oeuvre.

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