From ruinous imagined landscapes to the bustle of New York city, dive into the start of summer with a curated selection of exhibitions around the world…

Bill Jacklin RA: The Graphic Work 1961-2016

3 June – 28 Aug 2016

RA, London

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The Bar IV, 1993, Bill Jacklin (Contemporary Artist) / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

This is the first ever retrospective of Bill Jacklin RA‘s graphic work, with his etchings from the 1960s displayed alongside newly created monotypes. He is always searching ‘for the magic’ and beautifully captures the atmosphere and light of his subjects by experimenting with various print techniques.

The subjects of Jacklin’s work range from exuberant representations of New York, the home he adopted 30 years ago, to intense studies of his dying father. He has a particular penchant for painting bustling crowds in New York hotspots, that showcase his ability to convey people, movement and light.

Monkey Tales

4 June – 30 Oct 2016

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

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Monkey in a Persimmon Tree, 1935 (woodblock colour print) (detail), Ohara Koson (1877-1945) / © UCL Art Museum, University College London, UK / Bridgeman Images

To celebrate the Chinese Year of the Monkey in 2016, this special display showcases adventurous and mischievous monkeys in artworks from Iran to Japan.

The exhibition features papercuts, woodblock prints and lithographs of monkeys in the wild, monkeys as gods, and scenes from the famous 16th-century Chinese novel Journey to the West.

 

America after the Fall: Painting in the 1930s

5 June – 18 Sep 2016

Art Institute of Chicago

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American Gothic (detail), 1930 , Grant Wood / The Art Institute of Chicago, IL, USA / Friends of American Art Collection / Bridgeman Images / All rights reserved Wood Graham Beneficiaries and Figge Art Museum / VAGA, New York

America after the Fall is a trailblazing exhibition that tells the story of a nation’s fall from grace and irrevocable changes to the American dream, by delving into the turbulent political, economic and aesthetic world of the 1930s. 50 works by some of the foremost artists of the era are brought together, including Georgia O’Keeffe, Grant Wood and Edward Hopper, to examine the avenues that artists explored in their attempt to forge a new identity and national art following the Great Depression.

 

Balzac and the Great Writers of his Time

17 June – 25 Oct 2016

Maison de Balzac, Paris

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Caricature of Honore de Balzac (1799-1850) (colour litho), Granville (fl.1830) (after) / Private Collection / Archives Charmet / Bridgeman Images

Honore de Balzac was a French playwright and writer who was known for his The Human Comedy, which presented a panorama of life in France after the 1815 fall of Napoleon Bonaparte. Balzac often wrote alone and at night, however The Human Comedy nourished meetings with the other great minds of the time, including Delphine de Girardin,  Alphonse de Lamartine, Victor Hugo,  Alfred de Musset and Franz Liszt. These influential connections led Balzac to engage in occasionally daring enterprises, both in art and politics.

A selection of paintings, sculptures and art pieces at the Maison de Balzac will unveil the complex links forged between these artists. Has artistic creation changed since the 19th century?

 

Painters’ Paintings: From Van Dyck to Freud

22 June – 4 Sep 2016

National Gallery, London

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Lucian Freud and David Hockney, 2002 (photo), David Dawson / Bridgeman Images

An intriguing exhibition exploring the connections between artists and the paintings they owned, spanning across over five hundred years of art history.

‘Painters’ Paintings’ takes its inspiration from works in the National Gallery Collection that were once owned by painters, revealing the private acquisitions of FreudMatisse, Degas, ReynoldsVan Dyck and more. It considers the reasons why these painters acquired other painters’ works – was it for artistic inspiration, a status symbol, as investments, to support their fellow artists or simply out of an obsession?

 

Jim Dine. I Never Look Away

24 June – 2 Oct 2016

Albertina, Vienna

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Self Portrait in a Scottish Coat, 1979 (black and white chalks and graphite on paper) (detail), Jim Dine / Private Collection / Photo © Christie’s Images / Bridgeman Images

Jim Dine is one of the most celebrated stars of American pop art, ranking alongside such noteworthy figures as Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol. Dine, who turns 81 years old this June, has an extensive artistic career that includes painting, sculpture, printmaking, illustration, performance art, stage design and poetry.

The Albertina is showing 60 fascinating self-portraits as a representative selection from his donation to the art gallery. These portraits, which Dine began painting in the 1950s, are both intense and surprising. They address a range of themes such as age, intimacy and creativity.

 

Stanley Spencer: Of Angels and Dirt

24 June – 25 Sep 2016

Hepworth Wakefield, Yorkshire

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Christ’s Entry into Jerusalem, c.1920 (oil on canvas), Stanley Spencer (1891-1959) / Leeds Museums and Galleries (Leeds Art Gallery) U.K. / Bridgeman Images

The Hepworth Wakefield will be hosting the first major survey in 15 years of one of Britain’s most loved painters, Sir Stanley Spencer. Coinciding with the 125th anniversary of the artist’s birth, the exhibition will showcase more than 70 works spanning his whole career, including rarely seen self-portraits and insightful extracts from his diaries.

Enjoy Spencer’s richly detailed paintings and exploration of religion and sexuality, nature and industry, work and leisure, that highlight his distinctive view of everyday life – ‘I am on the side of angels and dirt’.

  • Bridgeman are honoured to represent the Stanley Spencer Estate for image licensing and the Artists’ Collecting Society for the Artists’ Resale Right.

 

Painters of Light: from Divisionism to Futurism

25 June – 9 Oct 2016

Mart Rovereto, Trento

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The Pan Pan at the Monico, 1959 (oil on canvas), Gino Severini  / Musee National d’Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France / Bridgeman Images

An ambitious exhibition that presents major masterpieces by artists who, at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, defined the birth of modern Italian painting – Segantini, Pellizza Volpedo, Morbelli, Longoni together with Boccioni, Balla, Carra, Russolo and Severini.

Hubert Robert, 1733 – 1808

26 June 2016 – 2 Oct 2016

National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

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The Fire of Rome, 18 July 64 AD, Hubert Robert / Musee des Beaux-Arts Andre Malraux, Le Havre, France / Bridgeman Images

As a gifted landscape painter, draftsman, printmaker, interior decorator and garden designer, it’s not hard to see why Hubert Robert was one of the most prominent artists of his era. Aptly nicknamed ‘Robert of the Ruins’, he loved to paint picturesque ruins, both real and imagined. From the crumbling structures of ancient Rome to fictional landscapes built from an amalgamation of various locations and architectures, his works are simultaneously idyllic and desolate. This exhibition will be the first in over 80 years that will encompass his entire career and survey his achievements as both a painter and a draftsman.

Modigliani

28 June – 2 Oct 2016

Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest

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Nude, 1917, Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920) / Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA / Bridgeman Images

Don’t miss Budapest’s eagerly anticipated exhibition on the revolutionary Italian painter and sculptor, Amedeo Modigliani, whose paintings, drawings and sculptures will be moving from their previous display at the Museum of Modern Art in France.

Modigliani’s works are among the highest selling paintings at auction, with one of his characteristic nudes fetching $170.4 million at a Christies auction in late 2015. Check out the artist for yourself to see what makes him so popular…

 

Embracing the Contemporary: The Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Collection

28 June – 5 Sep 2016

Philadelphia Museum of Art

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Black Kites, 1997 (graphite on skull), Gabriel Orozco / Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania, PA, USA / Gift (by exchange) of Mr. and Mrs. James P. Magill, 1997 / Bridgeman Images

This exhibition celebrates one of the nation’s leading collections of contemporary art, which features some of the most prominent European and American artists of the past 50 years. From sculpture and painting to large-scale photography and video art, view works by the likes of American artists Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly and Brice Marden, as well as influential artists from around the globe including Richard Hamilton, Howard Hodgkin, Anselm Kiefer, Gabriel Orozco and Cy Twombly.