Our Picks: External shows and news of interest
  • Natalia Naida @ AUGB Gallery
    6 September – 22 September
    ‘Ukraine’s Myth & Magic’, is a new exhibition featuring two young Ukrainian artists - Natalia Naida & Ivan Ribarchuk – who are introducing their work to Britain for the first time. This exhibition celebrates the myths and magic of Ukraine which inspire contemporary artists like Natalia and Ivan to capture both the beauty and unique spirit of their homeland. Their work ranges from floral landscapes to city scenes; from icons to Orthodox churches. Also exhibiting is water-colourist Alina Basetska with her acutely observed traditional Ukrainian village scenes.
  • Enid Marx @ House of Illustration
    25 May – 23 September
    Enid Marx (1902-1998) was a textile designer, printmaker and illustrator who, alongside her contemporaries Eric Ravilious and Edward Bawden, defined mid-­20th century design. The exhibition, Print, Pattern and Popular Art is the most comprehensive retrospective of Marx’s work to be mounted in the last 40 years.  It will bring together over 150 pieces from private and public collections, many previously unseen. She is best known today for her industrial textiles for the London Transport Board and wartime Utility Furniture Scheme. But over a career spanning seven decades her work was extraordinarily varied, encompassing patterned paper for Curwen Press, book illustration for King Penguin as well as stamp, poster and print design.  
  • Harriet Bowman @ Spike Island
    21 July – 23 September
    Harriet Bowman works with sculpture and writing. For her solo exhibition, All Round-er (sad sale), Bowman presents a new body of ceramic, leather, metal and sound works based on an ongoing narrative. This text – a key part of the artist’s process similar to making preliminary sketches – follows a fictional character called Fled who explores Bowman’s own curiosities for cars, horsepower and the language of advertising. Her writing generates symbolic objects that act as physical footnotes to the text. In the exhibition these objects are revealed in a theatrical diorama.
  • Nina Beber @ Spike Island
    21 July – 23 September
    Danish artist Nina Beier works with an array of objects that carry particular social histories, from human hair wigs to mechanical rodeo bulls and cigars to soap in European Interiors. By physically challenging these objects in various ways, she investigates how their value is constructed and communicated and reveals implicit power structures.
  • Francesca Woodman @ Tate Liverpool
    24 May – 23 September
    A Gustav Klimt exhibition held 10 years ago is the forerunner of the works of his radical protégé, Egon Schiele, alongside the sublime photography of Francesca Woodman, in Life in Motion. Both artists are known for their intimate and unapologetic portraits, which look beneath the surface to capture their subjects’ emotions. Schiele’s (1890–1918) drawings are strikingly raw and direct. He had a distinctive style using quick marks and sharp lines to portray the energy of his models. ‘I show you what you do not see – the body’s inner force’, said Woodman (1958–1981), who used long exposures to create blurred images that captured extended moments in time. Her photographs can be surreal, humorous and at times painfully honest. The close encounter between these two exceptional artists offers an intense viewing experience and a new perspective on their personal and powerful works.
  • Orla Kiely @ Fashion & Textile Museum
    25 May – 23 September
    Orla Kiely is one of the UK and Ireland’s most successful designers. Her stylized graphic patterns are innovative, influential and instantly recognisable. With a global audience in thrall to the rhythms and repeats of her designs, this exhibition explores the power of decoration to transform the way we feel. Featuring over 150 patterns and products, as well as collaborations with photographers, film directors and architects, Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern emphasises the role of ornament and colour in our everyday lives. Highlights include the original paper sketches for the trademark ‘Stem’ graphic, created in the 1990s, which has evolved to feature on everything from mugs and dresses to notebooks and even cars, plus prototypes for her early signature bags and the evolution of the iconic ‘Pear’ and ‘Flower’ designs. With unique access to the company archives, the exhibition offers a privileged insight into the designer’s world – how she works, what has inspired her, and why her facility with pattern has produced designs that have resonated around the world.
  • Emily Young @ New College, Oxford
    29 March – 27 September
    This year 'Britain's greatest living stone sculptor’, Emily Young adorns the magnificent quadrangle with over 20 sculptures. This is the first occasion which the cloisters, home to sculpture and monuments dating from medieval times, will host a solo exhibition by a contemporary artist, although her work has been shown in many locations.   She has been called 'The country's finest female sculptor' (The Independent).
  • Phyllida Barlow @ Jupiter Artland
    12 May – 30 September
    Phyllida Barlow creates a permanent site-specific commission for the collection at Jupiter Artland Foundation, for their tenth anniversary. Nestled in the woodland, Quarry brings together three sculptural objects made from concrete and steel, with Barlow’s signature textural surfaces. The work features two trunk-like columns rising from the landscape and culminating in their own 'skyframe', that looms over the canopy mimicking the oak and beech trees that sit throughout Jupiter Artland’s estate. Completing the trio of structures is a mountainous flight of ruined steps.
  • Lubaina Himid @ BALTIC
    11 May – 30 September
    Lubaina Himid, is currently Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Central Lancashire. Making Histories Visible, an ongoing interdisciplinary research project based at the university, led by Himid, continues to be a sustained exploration of the contribution of black visual art to the cultural landscape. As part of her exhibition, Himid will use traditional patterns and motifs of East African Kanga flags combined with mottos to produce a major outdoor commission. The work will be presented in tandem with a weekly programme of free public events every Sunday, including performances and community happenings. Through this Himid seeks to collaborate with and give visibility to marginalised creative communities.
  • Joana Vasconcelos @ Jupiter Artland
    12 May – 30 September
    Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos  has a studio where her team of skilled makers work on large and small projects.  Vasconcelos is conscious that while it is vital to keep traditional Portuguese craft skills - ceramics, knitting and crocheting alive, it is necessary- not just to make craft (that is repeating the past) but to add her artistic concept.  Her exhibition, Gateway, displays many skills, sewing and embroidery in her Valkyrie, metal work and engineering in her wrought iron teapot, and ceramic tiles and crochet in Volupta.  
  • Kelly Richardson @ Southampton City Art Gallery
    25 May – 6 October
    Taking cues from 19th-century painting, 20th-century cinema, and 21st-century planetary research, acclaimed Vancouver Island based artist Kelly Richardson crafts prints and videos that offer imaginative glimpses into the future which prompt a careful consideration of the present. For over a decade, Richardson has made works which speculate on what lies ahead given our current trajectory, often by imagining sublime, apocalyptic landscapes that have become inhospitable to humanity. Exhibiting across two galleries, Pillars of Dawn presents us with a scenario seemingly from the near future, in which all of our points of orientation are placed in doubt. The works ask us not only ‘how did we get here?’ or ‘what have we done?’ but ‘what have we become?’ and ‘what can we do – collectively?’ For Richardson, there can be no more urgent a set of questions.
  • Cornelia Baltes @ Chapter, Bristol
    13 April – 7 October
    Cornelia Baltes’ brightly coloured paintings combine simplicity with humour and playfulness. Real-world observations are stripped back to their simplest form; creating new abstract patterns and rhythms. Their bold graphic qualities often spilling out, over the surface and on to the walls and surrounding architecture in which they inhabit. Lightbox, is a a new site specific work – two giant cartoon hands emerge from either side of the building, reaching to clasp each other in a handshake. This ‘body’ of work will also extend to the caffi bar in June when Cornelia Baltes installs a new exhibition for our Art in the Bar programme.
  • Viviane Sassen @ The Hepworth, Wakefield
    22 June – 7 October
    Hot Mirror presents a survey of work by internationally renowned Dutch artist and photographer Viviane Sassen.  Sassen is one of the most innovative photographers working today and cites Surrealism as one of her earliest artistic influences, seen in the uncanny shadows, fragmented bodies and dream-like landscapes in her work. For Hot Mirror Sassen selects individual images from her notable art photography series of the last ten years, as well as new photographs and collages. These selections are be combined to create ‘image-poems’ that draw on the Surrealist strategies of collage. Hot Mirror also presents a new version of Sassen’s immersive film, Totem, 2014, which places the visitor inside a surreal landscape.
  • Lee Miller @ The Hepworth, Wakefield
    22 June – 7 October
    Lee Miller and Surrealism in Britain is be the first exhibition to explore Miller’s involvement with the surrealist circles in Britain in the late 1930s. This exhibition tells the story of Surrealism in Britain and shines a light on the little known, but exciting, cultural moment, through Miller’s lens. The show focuses on the creative collaborations with the artists Miller knew, photographed, and exhibited alongside, during a time when Britain was recognised as a ‘Surrealist centre’. Sculptures, paintings, photographs, collages and works on paper by artists Eileen Agar, Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst, René Magritte and Henry Moore also feature in the exhibition.
  • Anthea Hamilton @ Tate Britain
    22 March – 7 October
    Anthea Hamilton transforms the heart of Tate Britain with sculpture and performance Hamilton reveals a major new work, transforming the heart of Tate Britain into an immersive installation that will combine sculpture and performance.
  • Berenice Abbott & others
    4 November – 7 October
    The Gallery celebrates photography, A Public Art, 1840 - 1939, with an installation dedicated to its extraordinary Photographs Collection displaying classic images and rarely seen gems of artists, writers and actors by Edward Steichen, James Abbe, Berenice Abbott, Cecil Beaton and Dorothy Wilding among others.  The display celebrates sitters, makers and an array of different techniques as well as allowing visitors to revel in the creative language of photography and the constant reinvention of the genre of portraiture.
  • Olga Fedorova @ Annka Kultys Gallery
    12 September – 13 October
    An exhibition of new works by Olga Mikh Fedorova, to mark the artist’s second solo presentation with the gallery.  Short Term Memories features three large scale prints on glass, a video on a new type of transparent glass screen that the artist has developed, and three granite sculptures. Implicit in the show is the idea of memory, asking what imprint the human race will leave on earth after it inevitably passes away.
  • Morag Myerscough @ Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft
    5 May – 14 October
    Accompanying our exhibition Corita Kent: Get With the Action, Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft invited leading international designer Morag Myerscough and Luke Morgan to take over the museum’s Wunderkammer in a surprise visual display. The show connects to Myerscough’s Belonging project touring Sussex and will sit alongside their interactive kinetic installation Sign Machine (2016), which will be updated for the show; the structure invites visitors to sit on a swing that in turn revolves signs and objects adorning its crown. The concept of ‘belonging’ is a broad notion that contains many meanings for different people, and as such the two artists’ will explore its interpretation from different angles through a collection of objects and signs.
  • Corita Kent @ Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft
    5 May – 14 October
    Get with the Action explores the ground-breaking work of Corita Kent (1918-1986). Corita was an artist, a famously charismatic educator and a Roman Catholic nun based in Los Angeles during the 1960s. A contemporary of Andy Warhol and Ed Ruscha, her vibrant screenprinted banners and posters drew on pop and modern consumer cultures and became increasingly political throughout the decade. Her bright, bold work confronted issues of poverty, racism and war with an aesthetic more aligned with protest movements of the time than traditional religious imagery. Frequently appearing on the streets surrounding the Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles, where she taught, Kent’s imagery aimed to capture the public imagination in order to influence social change.  
  • Ellen Banner @ The Holburne Museum
    1 September – 21 October
    Discover the eclectic collection of art formed by Miss Ellen Tanner following her journey to the Middle East in the 1890s. From sumptuous textiles to delicate carved woodwork and lacquer and elaborately decorated metalwork, this collection, Bath to Baghdad, is on display for the first time following a major conservation project generously funded through the Big Give Christmas Challenge.
  • Helaine Blumenfeld @ Ely Cathedral
    13 July – 28 October
    An enlightening and unmissable exhibition shows major new works by nationally acclaimed artist and contemporary sculptor Helaine Blumenfeld.  This is one of her largest exhibitions in Europe and has been curated by Jacquiline Creswell. 'Tree of Life' takes its name from one of the most important and enduring themes occupying Blumenfeld's work. It captures all the powerful symbolism of this imagery and describes a compelling narrative of renewal, energy, optimism and hope - all themes developed by Helaine over a lifetime and now fully realised in this exceptional exhibition.  
  • Mary Kelly @ Pippy Houldsworth Gallery
    20 September – 3 November
    Face-to-Face, is an exhibition by the renowned American artist Mary Kelly.  Over the past fifty years, Kelly has been a pioneer of conceptual art and contributed extensively to the discourse of feminism and postmodernism.  The show will comprise works that demonstrate the artist’s sustained engagement with questions of war and violence.
  • Frida Kahlo @ V & A
    16 June – 4 November
    This exhibition, Making Herself Up, presents an extraordinary collection of personal artefacts and clothing belonging to the iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Locked away for 50 years after her death, this collection has never before been exhibited outside Mexico.
  • Hannah Wilke @ Alison Jacques Gallery
    25 September – 10 November
    A retrospective of Hannah's sculptural works in an exhibition spanning three decades of the American painter, sculptor, photographer, video and performance artist Hannah Wilke (1940 - 1993), in partnership with The Hannah Wilke Collection and Archive, Los Angeles. Wilke's firm legacy as a pioneering, often controversial, feminist and conceptual artist is evident not only in her early use of vaginal imagery as a feminist intervention but also in her radical choice of materials. The use of terracotta and ceramic, latex, chewing gum and erasers was unusual for this time period and their characteristics of malleability and fragility reflect the sense of vulnerability that is consistent throughout Wilke's practice.
  • Mary Dillwyn & Thereza Mary Dillwyn @ National Museum Cardiff
    5 May – 11 November
    Women in Focus is a year-long exhibition that explores the role of women in photography, both as producers and subjects of images. The exhibition draws on works from the permanent photographic collections at Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales and comprises two parts: Part One: Women Behind the Lens celebrates the role and contribution of women throughout the history of photography, from the first pioneering women photographers in Wales, Mary Dillwyn and Thereza Mary Dillwyn, to emerging contemporary practitioners including Chloe Dewe Mathews, Bieke Depoorter and Clementine Schneidermann.
  • Visible Women @ Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery
    14 April – 11 November
    Visible Women brings together work from Norwich Castle’s modern and contemporary collection made by women in order to celebrate their work and open up conversations about the under-representation of female artists in public collections. The title of the exhibition was adapted from the seminal book 50% Visible Women created by the radical feminist artist Penny Slinger (b.1947) while at the Chelsea College of Art, London in 1969.  Using photographic collage and original poetry, Slinger’s book examines how a woman is seen and how she sees herself; women take on multiple identities such as woman as goddess, woman as object of desire, and woman as mother, among others. What connects all these artists in this exhibition is their exploration of the human experience. Whether this is one that can be argued as ‘gendered’ is up for debate.
  • Melanie Manchot @ Parafin
    28 September – 17 November
    Melanie Manchot's works in this exhibition, White Light Black Snow includes a new body of photographic works, being shown for the first time, and the premiere of a new video work, Cadence (2018). The exhibition runs concurrently with a major survey show at MAC VAL in Paris.  
  • Noor Afsha Mirza @ Delfina Foundation
    27 September – 1 December
    The Scar, a fiction film installation by London and Istanbul based artists Noor Afshan Mirza and Brad Butler, is in three chapters (The State of the StateThe Mouth of the Shark and The Gossip), inspired by a true event with names, scenes and locations having been fictionalised through the use of Magical Realism.
  • Yayoi Kusama @ Victoria Miro
    3 October – 21 December
    This major exhibition of new work by Yayoi Kusama, Infinity Mirror Room, takes place across the Wharf Road galleries and waterside garden.  The exhibition will feature new paintings, including works from the iconic My Eternal Soul series, painted bronze pumpkin and flower sculptures, and a large - scale Infinity Mirror Room, created for this presentation. Throughout her career, Yayoi Kusama has developed a unique and diverse body of work that is highly personal in nature, and connects profoundly with global audiences. Continuing to address the twin themes of cosmic infinity and personal obsession, the new works in this exhibition are testament to an artist at the height of her powers as she approaches her 90th birthday. Paintings from the artist’s celebrated, ongoing My Eternal Soul series will be on view at Gallery II, Wharf Road.  Joyfully improvisatory, fluid and highly instinctual, the My Eternal Soul paintings abound with imagery including eyes, faces in profile, and other more indeterminate forms, including the dots for which the artist is synonymous, to offer impressions of worlds at once microscopic and macroscopic.
  • Lizzie Siddal @ Wightwick Manor & Gardens
    1 March – 24 December
    Lizzie Siddal was an important and influential artist and poet.  A professional member of the Pre-Raphaelite artistic circle, she is, however, remembered today mainly as the model for the iconic Millais painting, Ophelia, and as wife and muse of the Pre-Raphaelite artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti. ‘Beyond Ophelia’ examines Siddal’s style; subject matter; depiction of women; her influence on other artists; and the prejudice she faced as a professional female artist in the patriarchal Victorian art world.
  • Annie Swynnerton @ Manchester Art Gallery
    23 February – 6 January
    The first retrospective for nearly a century of the Manchester born painter Annie Swynnerton, a pioneering professional artist who challenged convention in art and life.  Painting Light and Hope features 36 paintings from across Swynnerton’s career, including 13 from Manchester Art Gallery’s collection with further loans from public galleries including the Royal Academy Collection, Tate and the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. The exhibition also features a number of rarely seen paintings on loan from private collections. Portraits showing the artist’s Manchester connections open the exhibition including Susan Dacre, with whom she co-founded the Manchester Society of Women Painters, and the Reverend William Gaskell, husband of novelist Elizabeth Gaskell. The exhibition also brings together landscapes, allegorical works and later portraits revealing her as a continually inventive artist who engaged with current art movements and forged her own independent style shaped by her experience of light and colour in Italy.
  • First Amongst Equals @ Foundling Museum
    16 January – 13 January
    In this exhibition, First Amongst Equals, remarkable women who have shaped contemporary British society choose objects that speak to them from the Museum’s Collection.
    Spanning 300 years of social history, culture and philanthropy, selections enable visitors to see the Collection from different perspectives, to make connections between the past and the present, and to reflect on women’s ongoing struggle for equality. Contributors, who have all achieved firsts within their respective fields, include: Maria Balshaw (first female Director of Tate); Moira Cameron (first female ‘Beefeater’, Yeoman Warder of the Tower of London); Baroness Hale of Richmond (first female President of the Supreme Court); Francesca Hayward (first black female Principal Dancer of the Royal Ballet); Carris Jones (first female chorister at St Paul’s Cathedral); Joanne Moore (first female tailor to have a men’s tailoring business on Saville Row); and Frances O’Grady (first female General Secretary of the TUC).  Starting in January, items will gradually go on display throughout the year.

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