Top Art Exhibitions: July 2016

From erotic flowers and illustrations to comical depictions of Latin America, discover all that the world’s art exhibitions have to offer this month.

Berenice Abbott – Photographs

1 July – 3 Oct 2016

Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin

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Watuppa, from the water front, Brooklyn, 1936 (gelatin silver print), Berenice Abbott  / New York Public Library, USA / Bridgeman Images

Berenice Abbott was one of the major photographers of the 20th century, with a career that spanned six decades. She is renowned for her black-and-white images of 1930s urban design, early portraits and her pioneering work as a science photographer.

Abbott’s stunning ‘Changing New York’ series are among her most popular and provide a historical chronicle of many now-destroyed buildings and neighbourhoods of Manhattan. They were intended to empower people by making them realise that their environment was a direct consequence of their collective behaviour; ‘photography helps people to see’.

Botero: Celebrate Life!

2 July – 11 Sep 2016

Kunsthal, Rotterdam

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Horse, 1999 (patinated bronze), Fernando Botero (b.1932) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie’s Images / Bridgeman Images

Welcome to the magical world of Fernando Botero, a Colombian artist who creates works full of quirky, full-figured characters and scenes from everyday life, often reflecting on politics and religion in a light-hearted manner. His art also portrays the vibrance of Latin America from colourful images of bull fights, dancing and music to native fruit and drinks.

This large-scale retrospective of Botero’s exuberant paintings, pastels and sketches at the Kunsthal gives a panorama of the artist’s own favourites from his considerable oeuvre, including the eye-catching horse sculpture ‘Caballo‘.

 

David Hockney: 82 Portraits and 1 Still Life

2 July – 2 Oct 2016

RA, London

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David Hockney, 1963 (b/w photo), Jorge Lewinski / Private Collection / © The Lewinski Archive at Chatsworth / Bridgeman Images 

In one of the most anticipated shows of the year, David Hockney returns to the Royal Academy of Art with an outstanding body of work. The British artist embraces portraiture with a new creative flair while providing an intimate snapshot of the LA art world and the people he encountered there. His subjects, whom he regards as friends and acquaintances, include fellow artists, curators and gallerists such as John Baldessari.

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Dou in Harmony

5 July – 6 Nov 2016

Dulwich Picture Gallery, London

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A Lady Playing the Clavichord (detail), Gerrit or Gerard Dou (1613-75) / © Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, UK / Bridgeman Images

A series of displays that will delve deeper into four major artists in the Gallery’s collection: Van Dyck, Dou, Rubens and Rembrandt. The exhibition will celebrate the creative processes of these Flemish and Dutch masters by examining their lives and techniques, as well as drawing comparisons with guests works that have never been seen together before.

A couple of Gerrit Dou’s finest musical-themed works, ‘A Lady playing the Clavichord’ and ‘A Young Lady Playing a Virginal’, will also hang together for the first time since 1665. These highly polished paintings will expose Dou’s varied approaches to the same subject and his cunning use of architectural space.

 

Georgia O’Keeffe

6 July – 30 Oct 2016

Tate Modern, London

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Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) 1920 (silver gelatin print), Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946) / Private Collection / Archives Charmet /

This is a rare opportunity to see over 100 remarkable paintings by this pioneer of 20th century art. Georgia O’Keeffe made her debut a century ago, in 1916, and was immediately recognised as a trailblazing artist. Her paintings of iconic enlarged flowers, New York skyscrapers and New Mexico landscapes have achieved worldwide critical acclaim and given her the title of the ‘Mother of American modernism’.

O’Keeffe played a vital role in leading the way for female artists, though she refused to be judged by her sex; ‘men put me down as the best woman painter… I think I’m one of the best painters’. The exhibition includes the most expensive painting by a woman ever sold at auction, O’Keeffe’s $44.4m (£28m) ‘Jimson Weed / White Flower No 1’.

 

On the Verge of Insanity. Van Gogh and his Illness

15 July – 25 September 2016

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

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Self Portrait with Bandaged Ear, 1889 (oil on canvas), Vincent van Gogh / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

This intriguing exhibition examines Vincent Van Gogh‘s mental instability for the first time, drawing new light to the serious illness that he suffered and the impact that it had on his work, via paintings, drawings, letters and rarely seen documents. He fully, perhaps obsessively, immersed himself in his work as a distraction from his feelings of inadequacy as an artist and failure as a human being. Sadly, he took his own life in July 1890, leaving behind him a bittersweet legacy that has hopefully opened people’s eyes to the effects of depression and isolation – something that Van Gogh felt many artists share: ‘a lot of artists are mentally ill’.

Lion Hunters: Copying Delacroix’s Big Cats

15 July 2016 – 15 January 2017

The Art Institute of Chicago

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The Lion Hunt, 1855, Ferdinand Victor Eugene Delacroix / Musee des Beaux-Arts, Bordeaux, France / Bridgeman Images

Delacroix believed that copying was the ultimate painting lesson, whether it be from direct experience of animals and studies of their exotic anatomy or from the Old Masters at the Musée du Louvre. He particularly enjoyed copying the work of Rubens and his ‘Lion Hunts’, which remained a prominent source of inspiration throughout Delacroix’s career.

During the early 19th century the attraction of the wild animal became increasingly universal and numerous artists visited the Jardin des Plantes to study and draw these cats in life and death. This exhibition explores how the lion (and tiger) obsessed artists in Paris captured the big cats on canvas and copied one another’s style, from drawing, painting and printing to sculpting.

 

Aubrey Beardsley and Japan

23 July – 28 August 2016

Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art, Kanazawa

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Frontispiece for ‘Venus and Tannhauser’ (detail), c.1895 (pen and ink),  Aubrey Beardsley / The Higgins Art Gallery & Museum, Bedford, UK / Bridgeman Images

View exquisite designs from the English illustrator and author Aubrey Beardsley, who created black ink drawings that emphasised the decadent, the grotesque and the erotic. The artist was a leading member of the Aesthetic movement, together with Oscar Wilde, and he made a significant contribution to Art Nouveau and poster styles.

Indeed, the poster art of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and the Parisian fascination for Japanese woodblock prints were a major influence on Beardsley; he contrasted large dark areas or detailed ones with blank areas. Beardsley even gained a somewhat controversial reputation for incorporating enormous genitalia in his illustrations, as inspired by Japanese shunga artwork.

 

Picasso and his Printers

23 July – 27 November 2016

LACMA, Los Angeles

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Pablo Picasso (b/w photo) / Photo © Michel Sima / Bridgeman Images

During all seven decades of his illustrious career, Picasso experimented with printmaking and graphic art. Different techniques fuelled his creative energy and technical ingenuity, as each opened up more opportunities for expression. His early drypoints and etchings were more conventional in technique, while the 1930s saw the artist adopt a more radical approach after a close association with printer Roger Lacourière. Picasso continuously pushed the boundaries of what could be achieved with each medium, producing a wide variety of stylish prints that range from depictions of still lifes to mythical creatures.

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