Exhibition season in London is here!

With Frieze, the Affordable Art fair and more, this month our calendars are looking very busy.

Be sure to catch all the best current exhibitions and shows to make the most of it!



Pablo Picasso in Antibes, Summer 1946 (b/w photo) / Photo © Michel Sima / Bridgeman Images

Picasso: Masterpiece!  

Musée Picasso, Paris, 4th September 2018 – 13th January 2019

Through works sourced from The Musée National Picasso-Paris archives and pieces loaned from all over the world, this exhibition presents a fresh selection of Picasso’s greatest pieces. Masterpiece!  Poses the question of how Picasso himself defines the term, and explores answers to this through a focus on his critical reception, aided by the articles, publications and exhibitions which elevated each piece to masterpiece status.




Image: Jack Shainman Gallery

Toyin Ojih Odutola: When Legends Die

Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, 6th September – 27th October 2018

When Legends Die is a series of portraits of Nigerian nobility imagined by Odutola; an homage to a fictional aristocratic family headed by TH Lord Temitope Omodele, third son to the barony of Obafemi, house of ambassadors, and his husband TMH Lord Jideofor Emeka, 19th Marquess of the UmuEze Amera, RSO, OG, EC, one of the oldest noble clans of Nigeria. This collection represents her most recent exploration of portraiture and of depicting blackness, a series, in Odutola’s words, ‘about wealth and nobility, and the sort of self-possession and ownership of capital that surrounds you, instead of you being the capital.’ Such an exploration is made extraordinary by the combination of Odutola’s ironic fantasy aristocracy and the raw talent with which she executes their portrayal.




Image: Foam

Masahisa Fukase: Private Scenes

Foam, Amsterdam, 7th September – 12th December 2018

Post his tragic death in 2012, the archives of the work of Fukase have been steadily disclosed, and now Amsterdam’s famed photography gallery Foam presents a retrospective of his photographs. The exhibition spans his career, from intimate photographs documenting domestic life with Fukase’s second wife Yoko Wanibe, to the seminal series Karasu (Ravens). Foam pays a beautiful tribute to the work of a photographer they declare ‘one of the most radical and experimental photographers of the post-war generation in Japan.’




Uncle Chair, 2001-10 (tubular steel & synthetic textile), Franz West (1947-2012) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie’s Images

Franz West

Centre Pompidou, Paris,12th September – 10th December 2018

Hailed as the largest retrospective devoted to the work of Franz West, this comprehensive exploration of the artist’s sculpture, drawings furniture and vast outdoor works is organised by the Centre Pomidou and Tate Modern, and will travel to the latter venue in 2019.  Visitors will be able to handle replicas of West’s trademark Passtücke (‘Adaptives’). These sculptures were intended to be picked up and engaged with, and are essential manifestations of West’s interest in the relationship between artworks and their viewers.




Sculpture n. 21 (Scultura n. 21), 1935 (stainless steel), Fausto Melotti (1901-86) / Museo del Novecento, Milan, Italy / Mondadori Portfolio/Electa/Luca Carrà

Fausto Melotti: The Deserted City

Hauser & Wirth New York, 22nd Street, 13th September – 27th October 2018

Hauser & Wirth’s ‘The Deserted City’, curated by Edoardo Gnemmi, Director Fondazione Fausto Melotti, looks to emphasise the union of the poetic and the sculptural in mid-century Modernist Melotti’s work. Sculptures, ceramics and his famed Teatrini (‘Little Theatres’) are exhibited in a gallery space governed by large plinths and inspired by the structures of the works of contemporaries Girorgio de Chirico and Alberto Burri. Visitors are able to trace a narrative of Meltotti’s exploration of literature, mathematics, philosophy and music in an immersive installation of his works.




Dorset horned polled ram and young ram (pencil & w/c on paper), Mary Newcomb (1922-2008) / The Ingram Collection of Modern British and Contemporary Art

Drawing From Observation: Mary Newcomb

Crane Kalman Gallery, London, 20th September – 3rd November 2018

Newcomb’s work has been exhibited at Crane Kalman since 1970, and so it is only fitting that the exhibition to accompany the publication of Drawing from Observation should be held there. The book is made up of Newcomb’s sketches, paintings and diary entries detailing the natural world around her, compiled by the artist’s daughter and grandson after her death. The opening pages of her diary, begun on New Year’s Day 1986, read, ‘I wanted … to remind ourselves that – in our haste – in this century – we may not give time to pause and look – and may pass on our way unheeding.’ The exhibition is a beautiful tribute to these intimate observations.




Godrevy Point 19 2017 acrylic on plywood 41 x 51 cm, Vanessa Gardiner (b.1960) / Private Collection

Vanessa Gardiner: currents

Sladers Yard, Dorset, 22nd September – 11th November 2018

This next month sees the work of Vanessa Gardiner exhibited in currents, a show exploring the visual representation of water. Gardiner is known for her paintings of the coast, primarily scenes of Portland, Cornwall and Skye. For this series, Gardiner works in acrylic on board, rendering largely geometric landscapes in layers of scored and buffed blocks of colour. She notes it can take weeks to work into the board, adding paint and stripping it back, until the final texture is achieved. Her works are displayed among those of Julian Bailey, Luke Elwes, Janette Kerr and Peter Southall.




Apollo and Marsyas, painting by Jusepe de Ribera (1591-1652) in 1637 / Tallandier

Ribera: Art of Violence

Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, 26th September 2018 – 27th January 2019

The work of Ribera, Spanish Baroque painter, draughtsman and print maker, is characterised by violently realist depictions of tortured bodies, intensified by extreme contrasts of light and dark; traits well illustrated by ‘Art of Violence’. The show marks the first UK exhibition of Ribera’s work, and represents an impressive assembly of works loaned from seven different countries. The exhibition’s homage to the works enable visitors to be as struck by such visceral, fleshy depictions of pain and devotion as generations of Ribera’s admirers have been before.




White, Sienna and Black, 1956 (oil on board), Paul Feiler (1918-2013) / Private Collection / Photo: Bob Berry

Elusive Space: A Centenary Retrospective

Paul Feiler, The Redfern Gallery, London, 26th September – 27th October 2018

The discourse surrounding the work of Feiler is one of paintings revealing ways of seeing. Feiler’s works provide an induction into his point of view, rather than presenting specific objects. Nazi Germany forced Feiler to move to Britain in 1933, where he trained at the Slade School of Fine Art and later taught at Eastbourne College and then the West of England College of Art. He produced a series of works inspired by the English coast, thick with chalky paint, and then shifted to a period of simplified squares and circles, grappling with titles like Janicon (from the Greek God Janus, who looks into both past and future), and Adytum (‘a place not to be entered, the innermost sanctum of a shrine’). This exhibition is part of a series of events to celebrate the centenary of Feiler.




Old Tangier (oil on canvas) , Derek Balmer (b.1934) / Private Collection


Derek Balmer

Catto Gallery, London, 27th September – 15th October 2018

Derek Balmer is known for his technicolour paintings of abstracted images curated from experiences travelling warmer climates. He speaks of paraphrasing in his art, of translating the figurative into a language of his own; exploring abstraction through a wealth of both colour and texture. He pushes the boundaries of the ideas he seeks to convey, constantly altering how the paint is applied and allowed to rest on the canvas, whether carved with a palette knife, daubed with fingers, thinned with turpentine or layered with brushstrokes.




Image: Hauser & Wirth

Berlinde De Bruyckere: Stages and Tales

Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Bruton, 29th September 2018 – 1st January 2019

Sculptor Berlinde De Bruyckere is famed for her work in mixed media of horse skin, wax, wool, hair and wood. Most recently she has begun work with blankets, worn and layered, rich with well-worn texture and earthy tones; the results of which are exhibited in two new bodies of sculptural work at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, together with examples of her previous work. The collections evoke ideas of social deprivation and human struggle, exploring a harsh reality of vulnerability through De Bruyckere’s distortions of organic forms.




Image: Saatchi

Rashid Khalifa: Penumbra: Textured Shadow, Coloured Light

Saatchi Gallery, London, 3rd – 21st October 2018

Khalifa is known for his convex canvases; his experiments with, and manipulations of, light and colour, and how both reach the viewer. Penumbra marks his first London show, an exhibition of his latest three dimensional works: large sculptural pieces that experiment with movement, texture, geometry and colour. Convex wall works of coloured flaps and a maze of grid structures initiate visitors into Khalifa’s world, a ‘spiritual journey with no fixed destination.’





Guilty Drain, Methwold Hythe, 2018 (acrylic on board), Fred Ingrams (b.1964) / Private Collection

Fred Ingrams: A Year in the Fens

Stapleford Granary, Cambridge, 6th – 20th October 2018

Ingrams defies the stereotype of the Fens as an uninspiring, blank area of British agricultural land with his rich paintings. He gifts a striking fullness to the supposedly bland landscape, rendering its fertile black soil in a rainbow of warm tones, and its manmade flat structures in sweeping, dynamic strokes. His paintings are the products of lone, directionless drives through the sprawling landscape; their raw power is a result of Ingrams’ intimacy with his subject matter.





Richmond Bridge, 1955 (oil on board), Julian Trevelyan (1910-88) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie’s Images / Bridgeman Images

Julian Trevelyan: The Artist and his World

Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, 6th October 2018 – 10th February 2019

A collection of 90 paintings and prints, and of rarely seen sketchbooks, letters and photographs make up this exhibition. The full stretch of Trevelyan’s career is explored, from his early Surrealist experiments, to work as part of the Mass Observation project (a push to record the everyday through volunteers) in northern England, through to his travels and his work as Head of Printmaking at the Royal College of Art.




Orion, 2004 (oil on canvas), Paul Reid (b.1975) / Private Collection


108 Fine Art: Paintings, Drawings & Sculpture from Paul Reid and Joash Woodrow

108 Fine Art Ltd, 16 Cold Bath Road, Harrogate HG2 0NA 13th October – 10th November 2018

Three fantastic contemporary artists comprise the artists featured in this show in Harrogate, West Yorkshire. This multifaceted exhibition features painting, drawings and sculpture from Paul Reid, Joash Woodrow and Michael Sandle – the former two of whom are Bridgeman Copyright artists. The work is concerned with different methods of displaying and depicting the humanoid form, and crosses a wide variety of styles, methods and techniques. Historical contexts also form an important part of the work, and the surrounding environments shown in the images highlight the diversity of the works displayed.




In a Garden, Lisbon, 1981 (oil on board), David Alan Redpath Michie (1928-2015) / Private Collection

David Michie OBE, RSA: A Retrospective Exhibition

The Glasgow Art Club, 185 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4HU 20th October – 10th November 2018

To celebrate what would have been David Michie’s 90th birthday this autumn, the artist’s family will present a retrospective of his work. With over 50 paintings and etchings on display this will be the first solo exhibition of David Michie’s work to be held in Glasgow.

There will also be a small group of works on display by his mother, Anne Redpath, and his father, James Michie, kindly on loan from family members. The David Michie paintings and etchings on display will be available for sale, along with copies of his book and a range of postcards and greeting cards of his work.