Our Picks: External shows and news of interest
  • Irma Blank @ Alison Jacques Gallery
    24 March – 26 April
    Life Time is a solo exhibition by Irma Blank.  The exhibition comprises selections from two major bodies of work - the Avant-testo series (begun in the late 1990s) and the Global Writings series (2000 to present). Blank's work will feature in the forthcoming 57th Venice Biennale, curated by Christine Macel. Since the late 1960s, Blank's singular production has focused on the recording of time as gesture. In her drawings and paintings time is inscribed as a material record of life through the material traces of the artist's labour. Located between drawing and writing, the work evokes the space of the book but encompasses paintings on canvas and paper, screen prints and drawings in pastel, pencil and ink.
  • Monique Oliver @ Gloucester Guildhall
    5 April – 27 April
    Monique Oliver works in abstract in a deliberate style which explores concepts of duality and specifically states of change brought about by conflict. Through a play of randomness and pattern, temporary instability in the paint is provoked through style and technique and the final piece is only fully captured during the drying process.  
  • Amelie Duccomun @ Gallery Elena Shchukina
    26 January – 28 April
    The exhibition features works from Amélie Duccomun's latest series Sensitive Water Mapping, exploring her long-standing interest in questions of time and memory, as experienced through the perception of the natural landscape. Driven by a constant search for the new, a “need to arrive at a place where everything needs to be felt for the first time”, Ducommun draws creative inspiration from discovering new panoramas and unfamiliar geographies.
  • Jane Brown @ Allen Gallery, Alton
    5 April – 28 April
    The renowned photographer Jane Bown lived for much of her life in Alton, Bentworth and Alresford, returning to her old home in Alton's Lenten Street for her final years.  Her distinctive photographs were published weekly in the Observer newspaper for an extraordinary 60 years and have been collected in a series of books.  This exhibition 'Observer Observed' features many of her celebrated portraits of the famous, from the Beatles to the Queen, along with several  of the not-so-famous.  
  • Scarlett Hooft Graafland @ Flowers, Cork St.
    29 March – 29 April
    Scarlett Hooft Graafland’s surreal, dream-like photographs provide the lasting record of her carefully choreographed, site-specific sculptural interventions and performances in some of the most isolated corners of the earth. The exhibition Discovery draws together more than a decade of exploration, from the salt desert of Bolivia to the desolate Canadian Arctic, the island of Madagascar and the remote shores of Vanuatu, where her interactions reflect an exchange between the boundless realm of nature and the relative confines of culture.
  • Anne Ryan @ Turps Gallery
    25 March – 29 April
    Anne Ryan's The Cowboy Paintings were made in London between 1998 and 2002. Large groups of them have been exhibited in Frankfurt and Limerick, but this is the first major collection of them ever shown in London. Based on images from cowboy novel covers and film stills, the paintings explore the core narratives of cowboy fiction.
  • Chiara Canoni @ Arcade
    24 March – 29 April
    The first UK solo exhibition of Chiara Camoni is called Sisters - a beautiful collection of mood pieces.  
  • Mila Furstova @ Brook Gallery
    1 April – 29 April
    Guiding Light is an exhibition showcasing recent work from one of the UKs most important young talents. Czech born, internationally exhibited artist Mila Fürstovä, brings to the gallery a collection of the most beautiful, accomplished, gentle and spiritual work.  
  • Barbara Rae @ Bohun Gallery
    1 April – 29 April
    Barbara Rae's printmaking has been integral to her artistic activity since her student days. The way she conceives and works on her monoprints, screenprints and etchings complements and informs her approach to painting. The discipline imposed by these media and the unique opportunities offered by them create a set of possibilities, which stimulate her vision of the world, whether she is drawing, painting, making prints, or simply observing.The artist has taken inspiration from the atmospheric and mysterious colours of Scotland and Ireland in her latest silkscreen prints. She combines the influence of landscape and travel with painterly abstraction.
  • Kate Evans & Anna King @ Zillah Bell Gallery
    8 April – 29 April
    Kate Evan’s work uses delicate drawings and watercolour washes with large areas of negative space. This produces compositions that reflect the richness of the subject matter. Her work creates a feeling of isolation and space, which depicts the sheer wilderness of these locations. Kate works in mixed media; using a combination of watercolour and pencil. This allows the freedom to produce different effects, playing with the transparency of the medium creating deep and layered imagery.  Anna King says, ‘My work explores the margins of landscape. I work in oil paints on paper pasted onto board, drawing into the wet paint with pencil. This technique results in a deconstructed, sketch-like finished work; the smooth surface, fragility and fluidity of the mark making on paper echoing the temporary and peripheral nature of the places I paint.’  
  • Anna Mc Dermott @ Artizan Art Gallery
    1 April – 29 April
    Working with acrylics, aluminium, gemstones and Russian Standard Vodka, Anna McDermott’s stunning exhibition “Presence” offers up a collection of fragmented abstract landscapes to mesmerise and enthrall.  
  • Hanne Friis @ Kristin Hjellegrarde Gallery
    1 April – 29 April
    Norwegian artist Hanne Friis and Belgium-based Iraqi sculptor Athar explore the fragility and visceral presence of the human body in Disclosing the Uncanny. In the works of Hanne Friis, opposites collide in a litany of seeming contradictions – order/chaos, beauty/grotesque, natural/artificial, inside/outside, or, as she refers to herself, “Baroque-minimalist”. The drama, sensuality and movement of Baroque art find themselves translated into Friis’s minimalist aesthetic through her unique treatment of raw material. Creating tactile sculptures, she carefully hand dyes textiles with pigments she has collected from natural materials she has foraged from the Norwegian landscape and her surroundings, such as lichen, birch bark, mushrooms, pinecones and other plants.
  • Maria Lassnig @ Hauser & Wirth
    1 March – 29 April
    Spanning work made from the 1950s to the end of the artist’s life, this survey traces Maria Lassnig’s evolution from early experiments with abstraction to a richly inventive figuration and the refinement of her ‘body awareness’ paintings, in which she captured physical sensation as felt from within. Lassnig devoted much of her career to recording her physiological states through a direct and unflinching style, believing that ‘truth resides in the emotions produced within the physical shell’. Pursuing her extraordinary science of the self, Lassnig rendered an oeuvre that has influenced important artists such as Martin Kippenberger and Paul McCarthy.
  • Jasleen Kaur @ Division of Labour
    6 April – 29 April
    Jasleen Kaur’s work is an ongoing exploration into the malleability of culture and the layering of social histories within materials and objects. Refashioned objects are often based on instinct and resourcefulness, reflecting a hybridity of national custom and reconsidering the realities of materiality, usage and everyday routine. For this exhibition Kaur presents; ‘Cairns 2016.’ a series of three sculptures influenced by the actions of her father, who for 30 days ritualistically prepared a joth (ghee candle) and placed it on a derelict plot of land by their house within a shelter of bricks and tiles. Jasleen’s family were advised by a Sikh saint to light the joth at sundown for thirty days      to ward off negative energies. This project is explicitly personal to Kaur, and explores the disparity between Indian and Western rationale through an object that expresses a confluence between two cultural ideas, values and aesthetics.  
  • Suki Chan @ Centre for Contemporary Chinese Art
    27 January – 30 April
    A year ago Suki Chan used a camera obscura in a film she made and became intrigued by how our eyes receive images upside-down and yet the brain interprets them the right way up. "For me, looking at the upside down image in the darkened space, it is as though we have been transported to the inside of our eyes and are witnessing, at that same instant, our retinal image". Weaving together extraordinary images, bio-medical research, and individual testimonies, Suki Chan’s new interactive moving image work Lucida, exposes the curious, complex relationship between the human eye, vision and the brain.  
  • Lubaina Himid @ Modern Art Oxford
    21 January – 30 April
    Invisible Strategies brings together a wide range of Lubaina Himid’s paintings from the 1980s to the present day, as well as sculptures, ceramics and works on paper. The exhibition opens with Himid’s monumental Freedom and Change, 1984, which appropriates and transforms the female figures from Picasso’s Two Women Running on the Beach (The Race), 1922, into black women, powerfully and humorously subverting one of the most canonical paintings in Western art history. Containing many works shown for the first time in decades alongside pieces never-before seen in a public gallery, this exhibition highlights Himid’s consistently thought-provoking and distinctive visual style.  
  • Fiona Robinson @ Royal West of England Academy
    1 March – 30 April
    An exhibition of work by Fiona Robinson RWA exploring the relationship between drawing and music “Drawing is the closest thing to pure thought, not in a philosophical sense, but in terms of the immediacy of the connection from eye to brain to hand. I draw, because I must, in order to understand. It is a way of knowing something.” Fiona Robinson’s work is increasingly informed by music. Using the language of drawing she creates an equivalent of, a transcription of, music. It is not a system of notation, not an alternative to a musical score to be reinterpreted, it is a response to the sound. This exhibition contains recent drawings of specific Claude Debussy pieces.
  • Angie Lewin @ Winchester Discovery Centre
    11 March – 30 April
    Angie Lewin’s highly recognisable prints reflect and record the time she spends sketching the native flora of the clifftops and salt marshes of the North Norfolk coast and Scottish Highlands. Her distinctive imagery can be seen across a variety of mediums. Curated by the artist, this exhibition, A Printmaker's Journey includes work selected from a wide range of disciplines and periods which will lead us through the inspirations and affinities which have influenced her journey as a printmaker and designer
  • Philomene Hoel @ Gallery SO
    21 April – 30 April
    Philomène Hoël's Keep It Longer is a site-specific project which will occupy Gallery S O's two spaces for two weeks with two shows. This will include two screens, two curators and two texts.
  • Lubaina Himid @ Modern Art Oxford
    21 January – 30 April
    The first major survey exhibition by British artist Lubaina Himid, one of the pioneers of the British Black Arts Movement. Himid’s work challenges the stereotypical depictions of black figures in art history, foregrounding the contribution of the African diaspora to Western culture. Invisible Strategies brings together a wide range of Himid’s paintings from the 1980s to the present day, as well as sculptures, ceramics and works on paper. Containing many works shown for the first time in decades alongside pieces never-before seen in a public gallery, this exhibition highlights Himid’s consistently thought-provoking and distinctive visual style.
  • Elizabeth Price @ De La Warr Pavilion
    4 February – 1 May
    In a dream you saw a way to survive and you were full of joy, is the title of this exhibition, which features works by over fifty artists including Becky Beasley, Guy Bourdin, Claude Cahun, Henry Fuseli, Richard Hamilton, The Lumiére Brothers with Loie Fuller, Henry Moore, Paul Neagu, Bridget Riley, Jo Spence and Francesca Woodman. The exhibition is designed to create an immersive experience for the viewer, in which works are connected associatively, with ‘the slippery, fugitive logic of a dream’. Elizabeth Price has staged the exhibition as ‘an austere melodrama’ exploring the psychological and formal power of the horizontal, in a vast repertoire of images depicting the reclining or recumbent body in varying states of weariness, stupor, reverie, grief, death, erotic transport and languor. The exhibition includes sculptures, drawings, photographs, films and videos, arranged in four loosely threaded sections: Sleeping, Working, Mourning and Dancing.
  • Anita Klein @ Hayletts Gallery
    8 April – 6 May
    Anita Klein is now a hugely successful international artist known for her paintings and prints which celebrate the small poignant moments we all tend to overlook within our family & home.  
  • Jenny Pockley @ Beaux Arts Bath
    10 April – 6 May
    Jenny Pockley’s vibrant contrast of shadow and colour offers hauntingly beautiful representations, which take on a hazy dreamlike quality. Vast skies swamp architectural landmarks in shrouds of rich, luminous colour, where shimmering light or beautifully smooth pigment applied over a gesso ground evoke the weight of rich emotional metaphor. Indeed, the artist’s poignant use of colour cultivates the viewer’s emotional investment in a city, using it to enliven buildings and views that have become signposts for memories and significant moments in one’s life. Individually, each work has a restricted colour palette, which allows the artist to focus on the emotive effects of a single hue through layering a combination of tones.  By abstracting the cityscape and focusing on these formal elements of light, colour, and line, Pockley creates serene and silent views where time is brought to a standstill, ultimately eliminating the hustle and bustle of the everyday city experience.  
  • Joy Gregory @ The Exchange, Newlyn Art Gallery, Exeter
    11 February – 6 May
    Joy Gregory is one of the major artists to emerge from the Black British photography movement of the 1980s; a time when debates around the domain of representation were explored and challenged. Gregory’s work is influenced by a combination of race, history, gender and aesthetics; firmly rooted in concepts of ‘truth and beauty’. This major survey show Lost languages and other voices, brings together 16 bodies of work spanning 20 years. The title refers to the works Gomera and Kalahari, in which Gregory draws attention to marginalised indigenous languages. Journeys also feature, with work made in South Africa, the Orkneys, Sri Lanka and the Caribbean. The exhibition contains a number of series that explore identity, a recurring theme throughout Gregory’s practice; Autoportrait, Bottled Blonde, Objects of Beauty and Girl Thing.  
  • Nathalie Djurberg @ Lisson Gallery
    31 March – 6 May
    Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg’s perverse and psychologically probing exhibition, ‘Who am I to Judge, or, It Must be Something Delicious,’ looks at human nature’s capricious and erotic inclinations, capturing those moments when one succumbs to carnal pleasure without thought for morality or social standards. The exhibition marks the artists’ return to their signature stop-motion animation style in three darkly humorous films, two of which make their debut in London. Working collaboratively, Nathalie Djurberg’s claymation vignettes are overlaid with soundtracks produced by Hans Berg, with both sonic and visual elements being edited and combined to create one pulsating environment, complemented by a new sculptural installation made specifically for the exhibition.
  • Elisabeth Frink @ Hauser & Wirth Somerset
    19 January – 7 May
    A major solo exhibition of sculpture by the late Elisabeth Frink. The exhibition ‘Transformation’ comprises a selection of Frink’s distinctive bronzes produced in the 1950s and 1960s, alongside a series of drawings that highlight the artist’s skill as a draughtsman. Outside in the grounds are some of Frink’s most important sculptures from her later life, including the celebrated Riace Warriors.
  • Entangled @ Turner Contemporary Gallery
    28 January – 7 May
    Entangled: Threads & Making is a major exhibition of sculpture, installation, tapestry, textiles and jewellery from the early 20th century to the present day. It features over 40 international female artists who expand the possibilities of embroidery, weaving, sewing and wood carving, often incorporating unexpected materials such as plants, clothing, hair and bird quills. Curated by writer and critic Karen Wright, the exhibition brings together artists from different generations and cultures who challenge established categories of craft, design and fine art, and who share a fascination with the handmade and the processes of making itself. A new publication accompanies the exhibition, with essays and interviews by Ann Coxon, Stina Högkvist, Siri Hustvedt, Kathryn Lloyd, Rosa Martínez, Marit Paasche, Frances Morris and Karen Wright.
  • Hannah Sullivan @ Royal West of England Academy
    2 April – 7 May
    Hannah Sullivan is a Bristol based performance artist invested in reframing and opening creative practices, by focusing thought on what they do. Drawing does many things, it records but it also asks us to pay attention. Hannah is interested in the liveness of observational drawing, the affect this occasion has on our relationship to what we choose to draw, and the resulting marks as maps of our looking. Using a simple drawing exercise Hannah aims to make some time for you to consider what we cultivate when we draw. Draw To Look is a new participatory work developed especially for the Drawing Lab at DRAWN 2017, inspired by the RWA building and spaces it consists of a specially made drawing desk, a one-on-one performance and an evolving exhibition.
  • Elizabeth Frink @ Hauser & Wirth, Somerset
    19 January – 7 May
    A major solo exhibition of sculpture by the late Elisabeth Frink. The exhibition ' Transformation' comprises a selection of Frink's distinctive bronzes produced in the 1950s and 1960s, alongside a series of drawings that highlight the artist's skill as a draughtsman.   Outside in the grounds are some of Frink' s most important sculptures from her later life, including the celebrated Riace Warriors.  
  • Rebecca Louise Law @ Now Gallery
    3 March – 7 May
    The Iris’ is a newly commissioned site-specific installation by Rebecca Louise Law, who is known for her use of organic material, in a sculptural and painterly fashion. 10,000 fresh irises will be suspended with copper wire and will appear to float within the gallery space. Law’s palette of vibrant blue, purple, yellow and white irises will inhabit NOW gallery, bringing nature into the gallery and as with all our installations, change the way we look at the space. Working with simple colour, the irises will cascade to envelope viewers. The work will take a simple object – in this case an iris – creating visual impact with not only quantity but also arrangement.  
  • Hen Coleman @ The Fire Station Gallery (Henley)
    4 May – 8 May
    A solo show of recent work by Hen Coleman.
  • Nana Shiomi @ Rabley Drawing Centre & Gallery
    2 April – 13 May
    This exhibition marks the completion of Nana Shiomi’s epic woodcut print series ‘One Hundred Views of Mitate’. It will be accompanied by the publication of ‘Nana Shiomi, This Side and The Other Side, Woodcuts 1996 – 2016’.
  • Emily Myers @ Rabley Drawing Centre & Gallery
    2 April – 13 May
    Mirror & Reflect is a collection of ceramic vessels in response to the work of Nana Shiomi.  Emily Myers’ forms and surface decoration mirror and reflect Shiomi’s dualistic principals. Pairs of pots lean and invert as if in conversation. The surface of the clay is incised with converging lines, playing with perspective illusions and giving architectural poise to the pieces.  
  • Soheila Sokhanvari @ Jerwood Space
    9 January – 13 May
    Paradise Lost contains new work by Soheila Sokhanvari, a series of 20 framed drawings on paper in crude oil and gold . Born in Iran and now living in Cambridge, these works draw on Soheila Sokhanvari’s personal history in order to explore how political events in the Middle East might have wider implications in the West. The medium of the drawings, crude oil and gold, are considered two of the most precious commodities in the world.  They both connect the two regions, reflecting on the materials’ properties and the role they have played in historical, political events. These have had personal implications for Sokhanvari, her family, and Iranians prior to 1979 and the toppling of the Pahlavi regime. The majority of the drawings in the exhibition are re-creations of Sokhanvari’s family photographs taken in Iran, many of which represent the artist as a young child
  • Anita Klein @ Eames Fine Art Gallery
    19 April – 14 May
    A celebration of over 80 years of making Linocuts.   A wonderful selection of beautiful original prints, by Anita Klein  
  • Jo Brocklehurst @ House of Illustration
    3 February – 14 May
    Brocklehurst's figurative paintings from fetish clubs record experiments with sex, androgyny and couture that later inspired the mainstream fashion collections of Jean Paul Gaultier, while her best-known portraits from the 1980s offer a raw, beautiful and female perspective on punk. Co-curated by her model and muse Isabelle Bricknall, the exhibition also features her drawings of Berlin’s 1990s performing arts scene for Berliner Zeitung, alongside clubland-inspired interpretations of Alice Through the Looking Glass. 
  • Adela Breton @ Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
    6 August – 14 May
    The remarkable Adela Breton (1849-1923) worked at archaeological sites in Mexico making full-size colour copies of ancient Mexican ruins. Her copies of the wall paintings in temples and buildings in Chichén Itzá, Teotihuacan and Acancéh are now the only full record of what was there in the 1900s and allow today’s academics to interpret the images and the history they show. They are recognised as of great importance for Mesoamerican studies. For the first time since the 1940s, the large watercolours will be on display as a celebration of Adela Breton, her art and the art of ancient Mexico in Ancient Mexico in Colour.
  • Gillian Ayres @ Tremenheere Gardens, Penzance
    1 April – 14 May
    Gillian Ayres is a solo exhibition of new prints and sculpture by one of Britain’s most respected and best-loved post-war artists. Ayres has adopted a variety of styles and techniques throughout her 60 year career. A dedicated printmaker, the recurrent shapes in her recent body of 12 woodblock prints remind us of the gardens, places, and natural phenomena of the Cornish landscape, a place she has lived and worked in for thirty years, having previously taught in the south west at Bath Academy of Art, Corsham, from 1959 to 1965. Works titled Rhodiola, Fiesole and Heligan draw on names of places, plants, constellations of stars and famous gardens. The prints will be displayed alongside two recent sculptures, a new artistic media for an artist that is unconventional in life and in work. This body of work, exuberant, vigorous and full of colour and energy, demonstrates how Ayres continues to forge her own individual path regardless of fashion or opinion. With Space in Mind, an exhibition of sculptors’ prints, explores the interplay between the two-dimensional and three dimensional in the work of Michael Craig-Martin, Antony Gormley, David Nash and Cornelia Parker.
  • Elizabeth McAlpine @ Laura Bartlett Gallery
    31 March – 14 May
     Light Reading, is a solo exhibition by Elizabeth McAlpine. Cinema, and photography, on which it rests – are obsessively materialist media. McAlpine with the three new series of works presented in the exhibition draws our attention to film’s unique ability to render time within spatial and material properties. A distinctly non-linear notion of time echoes through the works, presenting a geological and archaeological approach to material offering up a testament to physicality and imperfection.  
  • Wilhelmina Barns-Graham @ Burton Art Gallery & Museum
    25 March – 14 May
    Spanning fifty years of vibrant, colourful and abstract print-making by a master of the genre, this exhibition, 'A Different Way of Working' will cover Wilhelmina Barns­ Graham's work from the early 1950s to 2003. Wilhelmina first experimented with linocuts, etching and lithography during the 1950s, and in the following decades she made a handful of prints with master print-makers Stanley Jones and Kip Gresham . But it was the extraordinary, creative collaboration with Carol Robertson and Robert Adam of Graal Press, Roslin, near Edinburgh - which she began in 1998 aged 86 - that produced a dynamic collection of 60 prints in the five years before she died in January 2004.  
  • Claire Barrow @ Galeria Melissa
    17 February – 15 May
    Claire Barrow is the latest in a series of collaborations between the plastic shoe brand Melissa and designers including Gareth Pugh, Jeremy Scott and Vivienne Westwood. Dancing with Dreams brings together art, sculpture, film, garments and music. Claire has made five sculptures from found and recycled materials, clay and acrylic which will be mixed with digital projections of actress Sameena Jabeen Ahmed, Michael Clark company dancer Harry Alexander, LGBT and social activist Michael Peacock, vocalist Beatrice Brown and performance artist Amy Kingsmill and music commissioned by Claire and composed by Kenichi Iwasa ( Xaviers) and Taigen Kawabe (Bo Ningen).
  • Sarah van Niekerk @ Royal West of England Academy
    19 April – 15 May
     Sarah van Niekerk RWA is an acknowledged expert in The Art of Wood Engraving.  She has lived in the country for most of her life so Sarah’s work of intensely observed landscapes, rural pursuits, and flora and fauna, is continually inspired by and reflects its seasonal nature. Her style was greatly influenced by Hermes and the resulting designs are bold and full of movement.
  • Edda Renouf @ Annely Juda Fine Art
    6 April – 20 May
    'Visible Sounds', an exhibition of recent work by Edda Renouf.  Working since the 1970’s, Renouf has developed a unique method of revealing certain qualities of the linen canvas by removing specific threads according to the existing movement of the weave.  She brushes on thin glazes and then sands the surface, making visible the life within the linen. Works in this exhibition mark a new direction for the artist in unusually long and narrow vertical paintings made of several panels: a quadriptych, two triptychs and a diptych.
  • Harumi Yamaguchi @ Project Native Informant
    20 April – 20 May
    This is the first solo exhibition of Harumi Yamaguchi outside of Asia. A leading name in the world of Japanese advertising, she pioneered the highly dramatic but elusively flat airbrush aesthetic closely associated with commercial illustration. Yamaguchi’s practice places her in the vanguard of new painterly practices and as a celebrated documenter of an emerging feminist aesthetic from the 1970s onwards.  
  • Sarah Lucas @ Sir John Soane's Museum
    10 March – 21 May
    Sarah Lucas brings three of her acclaimed sculptures from the Venice Biennale to the UK for the first time, in the exhibition Power in Woman. The three sculptures – Yoko, Pauline and Michele– each depict a female figure in cast plaster, and can be seen in our North Drawing Room, a very rare occasion on which a living artist has situated works amid the Soane’s multi-layered collections. They were first shown last year as part of  "I Scream Daddio", Lucas’s commission by the British Council for the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. "Power in Woman" marks the first UK exhibition of Lucas’s works from the Biennale, and it is made possible with the support of the Art Fund.
  • Christina Mackie @ Herald St Gallery
    13 April – 21 May
    A solo exhibtion of Christina Mackie's work.
  • Joan Eardley @ Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
    3 December – 21 May
    Joan Eardley’s career lasted barely fifteen years: she died in 1963, aged just forty-two. During that time she concentrated on two very different themes: the extraordinarily candid paintings of children in the Townhead area of Glasgow; and paintings of the fishing village of Catterline, just south of Aberdeen, with its leaden skies and wild sea. These two contrasting strands are the focus of this exhibition, A Sense of Place, which looks in detail at her working process. It draws on a remarkable archive of sketches and photographs which remains largely unknown and unpublished.  
  • Celine Berger @ Division of Labour
    4 April – 25 May
    In her first solo exhibition in London, Futures, Céline Berger presents new works including a special preview of her new film; BALLADE, video work, HD, Stereo, 23min (preview / work in progress) A barren landscape, the wind blows. Three protagonists hike across the plateau, in conversation with one another. They recount specific issues from their professional lives as Project Leader, Personnel Officer, and Managing Director. Banal words of regret and apprehension, trivial dreams of a better future, which, displaced in an arid landscape, resonate in a peculiar way. With a script based on coaching dialogues recorded in various business schools, BALLADE questions the rhetoric and narrative strategies of business coaching.
  • Sophie Jung @ Kunstraum Gallery
    14 April – 27 May
    Developed during a six week residency in Kunstraum, Swiss artist Sophie Jung's Producing My Credentials folds writing and performance within a complex environment, where precious items from her vast archive of made and found stuff, watercolour drawings of hermit crabs, papier maché tubes, collected cream jugs, left-over lamp shade carcasses, discarded building material and organic detritus sit side by side. Activated by a series of performances, each will be an undoing of the last, a rewinding, a new beginning – a pre-recorded version of a pre-failed rehearsal or a stuck auto-cue. The total work is a constantly remixing libretto for a never-to-be finished opera on precarity and wobbly legs.
  • Beth Collar @ Standpoint Gallery
    21 April – 27 May
    The 2016-17 winner of the Mark Tanner Sculpture Award, Beth Collar, opens her exhibition'Seriously' marking the end of her year long tenure of the award on 20th April 2017. Collar works in sculpture, drawing, video and text. The main method she employs is an appropriated form of experimental archaeology, a sort of role-play or drag, which she combines with the methods of the prop maker. 
Through engineering scenarios both physical and mental: the blacksmith; the witch; the medium; the medieval sculptor; beings are embodied and things are made: a forged spearhead; performance to camera; etching or sculpture; a replica velociraptor claw; a text; a bouncy, rubber severed head. Collar combines the authentic with the authentic-looking, being interested in and troubled by the fine line that the figure of the 'artist' also embodies.
  • Penelope Stutterheine @ Everard Read, London
    5 May – 27 May
    Depicting “‘inner landscapes” has always been Penelope Stutterheime's preoccupation. Drawing inspiration from dreams and the unconscious, her layered and textured paintings make use of intensely vibrant colour to create mesmerising abstract works in Merging.  
  • Lucinda Mudge @ Everard Read, London
    5 May – 27 May
    Lucinda Mudge’s extraordinary vases captivate the eye with their luxuriant colours and intricate detail. Both a visual and a socio-political record, The Wolf is near is a collection of 20 new vases, which draw inspiration from a wide variety of references - from art history to cartoons, pop songs, fabric designs and Art Deco vase patterns - resulting in whimsical collisions of the popular and refined, the mundane and the elevated, the violent and the beautiful.  
  • Nicky Hirst @ Domobaal
    28 April – 27 May
    The presentation of  'Real Size' a solo exhibition by Nicky Hirst.
  • Sarah Braman @ Marlborough Contemporary
    27 April – 27 May
    An exhibition of sculpture by the American artist Sarah Braman. Her first solo in the U.K., the show highlights Braman’s signature commitment to infusing the recent art historical canon with distinctly American vernacular traditions and the suggestion of their dissolution. Refined fabricated materials such as tinted glass and welded steel are used in combination with lowly stumps and logs, salvaged doors (from both bedroom and car), and discarded mattresses. The permanent yard sales and “free stuff” offerings that litter the countryside of Braman’s native New England become source material, both formally and in spirit, engaging their desperation and perseverance. In this manner, webbed folding chairs piled atop a raw wooden plinth simultaneously retain the persistent echo of Modernist design and the throwaway ethos of deck furniture.
  • Paola Pivi @ Massimo de Carlo
    21 April – 27 May
    You don’t have to believe me is a new exhibition by Paola Pivi, in which she presents new and various kinds of works, playing with the viewer’s perception of alien and familiar, fake and factual. The Italian artist is know for her whimsical creations, that encompass different mediums, varying from large-scale installations to photography, sculpture and performance. This exhibition offers an insight into the artist mesmerizing use of varied media, and her ability to translate enticing matters into a light-hearted vocabulary of art.
  • Annette Messager @ Marian Goodman Gallery
    19 April – 27 May
    This is Annette Messager’s first solo exhibition at this London Gallery in London since her 2009 Hayward Gallery exhibition, The Messengers. Avec et sans raisons, brings together works that display a diversity of forms: small assemblages of objects, acrylic washes, textile works in the form of installations, and wallpaper. As is common in Messager’s practice, she cultivates an environment of lexical literalness, reversal and ambiguity. Messager’s chosen title for this exhibition encapsulates her fondness for word-play and double entendre.
  • Cary Loren @ French Riviera
    28 April – 28 May
    An exhibition of new work by Cary Loren.
  • Sara Roberts @ North House Gallery
    1 April – 29 May
    Presence in Paint is an exhibition of paintings by Sara Lee Roberts. When the show was first discussed early last year, the portraits (and portraits of portraits by Old Masters) were painted in a separate studio from the pure abstracts. Increasingly the two genres have been combined to make new and distinctive hybrids. "In my recent work, I move between figuration and abstraction, looking for the moment at which the sense of a place or of a person is expressed, regardless of degree of finish. Portraits of portraits are sometimes combined with abstract panels in a search for a combination which triggers quiet surprise. In the pure abstracts, colours (mostly blacks and reds) are allowed to react to one another until space and light is suggested." Sara Lee Roberts
  • Gillian Wearing @ National Portrait Gallery
    9 March – 29 May
    This exhibition Behind the Mask, Another Mask, brings together for the first time the work of French artist Claude Cahun and British contemporary artist Gillian Wearing. Although they were born almost seventy years apart and came from different backgrounds, remarkable parallels can be drawn between the two artists. Both of them share a fascination with the self-portrait and use the self-image, through the medium of photography, to explore themes around identity and gender, which is often played out through masquerade and performance.  
  • Henrietta Hoyer Millar @ Long & Ryle Gallery
    11 May – 2 June
    Fragments brings together an exciting new body of work, executed over the past two years, over which time Henrietta Hoyer Millar has become increasingly inspired by the wonder of the details in the English landscape: the minutiae of nature as opposed to the larger horizons of her earlier work. The current series of paintings describes places close at hand, close to the earth or to the water’s edge; her gaze is turned down towards the plants and thickets rather than up to the horizon and sky. The paintings capture fleeting glimpses of detail that track the impermanence of the seasons and the rhythms of nature. The viewer is presented with an immediate sense of pleasure as nature’s rhythms fragment themselves into moments – the transient winter light on a gate, Spring raindrops hanging perilously from the tips of branches, a momentary colour in an Autumn thicket – all microcosms of a larger landscape.
  • Mamma Andersson @ Stephen Friedman Gallery
    28 April – 3 June
    Mamma Andersson’s fifth exhibition at this Gallery will focus on a new series of unique woodcut prints. It will be the artist’s first solo presentation dedicated to this technique and marks an exciting development in her practice. These prints are emotive scenes and portraits of “...characters who will not be pinned down: fleet of foot, they move swiftly across centuries, indifferent to mortality and geography” (Jennifer Higgie, 2017). Andersson is known for her evocative paintings, creating worlds that have a near-hypnotic sense of familiarity with little trace of modern life. In addition to the prints, three large paintings on canvas expand upon the same stories and mysteries.
  • Shona Barr @ Bohun Gallery
    6 May – 3 June
    Drawing her inspiration from nature, Shona Barr's paintings reflect her continued interest in capturing and expressing the essential vitality of the Scottish landscape and climate, articulated through panoramic sea views, fields rolling into the distance, and dynamic floral canvasses. Colour is a key element in her work.
  • Hannah Brown @ Dalla Rossa Gallery
    21 April – 3 June
    Lain fallow for too long, is Hannah Brown’s solo exhibition gathering a new series of paintings and a large-scale sculpture. The title refers to the site depicted in Brown’s paintings, a 3.25 acre area on the outskirts of Crediton, a market town in mid Devon. The land is identified as Well Parks in official papers, but the artist knows it as ‘the field next to Tesco’ - a branch of the supermarket chain was built in 2009 on what was a larger area of unfarmed land.
  • Carol Robertson @ Flowers, Cork St.
    3 May – 3 June
    Carol Robertson is known for her evocative paintings composed of the elemental form of the circle in delicately radiant colours with subtly transforming grounds. Working with a refined palette of closely related tones, Robertson believes in the powerful emotive and spiritual qualities of individual colours, using these to build complex layers of association. In the works in this exhibition, Pointstar, the circle is less distinct, its radius is implied in star shapes where the continuous circular flow is replaced by sharp points staking out the perimeter. Here, the pulsating rhythms that characterise much of Robertson’s work are explored in bursts of energy generating from the core of the star, creating dynamic visual experiences that evoke the sensations of light, movement and touch.
  • Maeve Brennan @ Chisenhale Gallery
    31 March – 4 June
    An exhibition and the premiere of a major new lm commission by London and Beirut-based artist Maeve Brennan. The work is produced by and commissioned by Chisenhale Gallery, London; Spike Island, Bristol; The Whitworth, The University of Manchester; and Lismore Castle Arts, Lismore. In this exhibition Brennan traces the shifting economies of objects in contemporary Lebanon. The work moves between the activities of a self-taught archaeological conservator at the American University in Beirut and a mechanic and joyrider from Britel, a town in the Beqaa valley close to the border with Syria known for trading automobile parts and historic artefacts. Weaving together self-shot material gathered through eldwork with staged scenes, the work cites converging communities, histories and narratives.
  • Alice Neel & Georgia O'Keeffe @ The Royal Academy
    25 February – 4 June
    The art of 1930s America tells the story of a nation in flux. Artists responded to rapid social change and economic anxiety with some of the 20th century’s most powerful art - brought together now in this once-in-a-generation show, America after the Fall: Paintings in the 1930s. The 45 truly iconic works paint an electrifying portrait of this transformative period. These are works which have rarely been seen together, by artists ranging from Jackson Pollock, Georgia O’Keeffe and Edward Hopper to Thomas Hart Benton, Philip Guston, Alice Neel and more. Perhaps the most celebrated work of them all, Grant Wood’s iconic American Gothic (1930), has never left North American shores before.  
  • Daina Croft @ Greenwich Printmakers Gallery
    16 May – 4 June
    Diana Croft is a painter and printmaker who specialises in linocuts and collographs inspired by nature and the landscape. The prints are often stylised representations of landscapes particularly the South Downs and have a strong sense of pattern and design. She often uses chine colle techniques (applying layers of handmade tissue to the print) to add an extra dimesion of colour and texture. Because of this technique the prints vary one from another and each one is a unique piece. Recent work has been using three plate collagraphs to produce semi-abstract prints inspired by plants and seedheads.
  • Mary Cossey @ Greenwich Printmakers Gallery
    25 April – 4 June
    For the last twenty years Mary Cossey has been drawing, painting and etching her grandchildren. To work from the very familiar is an advantage. Apart from children and babies she makes prints of many London buildings, parks and trees. Unlike the children, they keep still. She prefers to work directly from the subject, not always possible in drawing, for instance, a ballet class. Photographs and sketches help, their use no longer being considered sinful as in her student days.  Drawing is her way of discovering how something looks, how it is and how she feels about it.  
  • Eileen Agar @ Jerwood Gallery
    15 March – 4 June
    This exhibition is part of the gallery’s In Focus series, in which a work from the Jerwood Collection is exhibited alongside loans from public and private institutions including Tate Collection, Tate Archive, the Royal Academy of Arts, Government Art Collection and Arts Council Collection. Director Liz Gilmore says, 'There has been renewed interest in Agar’s work during recent years, with contemporary artists taking inspiration from her incredibly varied body of work. She has always had credibility and had a relationship with Sussex, often visiting Farley Farm House, near Chiddingly, to see her friends Roland Penrose and Lee Miller.  In essence, Eileen Agar is representative of Jerwood Gallery’s own values – to be credible, to inspire and celebrate female and/or often overlooked artists.  In ‘Bride of the Sea’ visitors can expect a delightful insight into her work and life.  Her vibrant colours, dynamic brushwork and exciting portraits reveal her to be an inspiring, free spirited leading light in British Surrealism.'
  • Anne Desmet @ The Holburne Museum
    11 March – 4 June
    Distinguished wood engraver Anne Desmet presents a series of journeys through time called Under Changing Skies. These recent prints and mixed media collages will take you to New York, London and an imaginary beyond, exploring the tones and textures of changing seasons, times of day and layers of history. The exhibition will include the first showing of a new series of six engravings, Manhattan, based on the Chrysler Building in New York City.  
  • Kazuko Miyamoto & Lydia Okumura @ White Rainbow Gallery
    3 May – 10 June
    Minimalist Anyway, is a dialogue exhibition of two female artists of Japanese origin – Kazuko Miyamoto and Lydia Okumura. Minimalist Anyway brings together historical work from each artist’s time in New York in the 1970s, through to the mid 1980s. This exhibition takes as its point of departure Miyamoto’s off-hand observation that: ‘being Japanese you are minimalist anyway’. The exhibition reflects on how, set against a backdrop of Post-Minimalism and growing feminist and political movements in New York in the early 1970s, Okumura and Miyamoto were making work that constituted an ironic riff on Minimalism’s serialised, masculine and industrial character.
  • Kathleen Caddick @ Brook Gallery
    18 May – 10 June
    A retrospective to celebrate Kathleen Caddick's 80th birthday.
  • Alicia Reyes Macnamara @ South London Gallery
    7 April – 11 June
     Reyes McNamara's work aims to challenge incomplete identities constructed by two-dimensional ideas of Latino culture. Her work translates the Mexican American or Chicana identity through her explorations of language as a territory and space to challenge ideas of authenticity within a diaspora. Combining sculpture, painting and video work in the exhibition 'Nowhere Else', McNamara investigates key texts by Mexican American theorist Gloria E. Anzaldúa, Dominican American writer Junot Díaz, and Cuban American poet Gustavo Pérez Firmat.  She explores the the notion of bilingual and bicultural existence, and refers to the concept of an ‘in-between’ space where identity is fluid and where two cultures and their languages intersect.
  • Sarah Pickstone @ CGP London
    26 April – 14 June
    Other Stories brings together new work and selected paintings from the "The Writers Series 2013" of the British painter Sarah Pickstone. The park has been a central theme to Sarah's work for two decades.  It represents an imagintive space for play and exploration, where motifs of willowe and rose are drawn alongside references to the act of making, both in painting and writing.
  • Jutta Koether @ Campoli Presti
    22 April – 17 June
    A solo exhibition of Jutta Koether's work.
  • Mimi Cherono Ng'ok @ Tiwani Contemporary
    5 May – 17 June
    Everyone Is Lonely in Kigali, is a solo exhibition of work by Mimi Cherono Ng’ok, whose practice expresses what she describes as ‘an emotional cartography’.  The works shown arose from a project bookmarked by two journeys to Brazil, marking a period of major emotional transformation and shifting perspective for Ng’ok. Taken in locations as varied as Dakar, Accra, Berlin, Abidjan, Kampala, Kigali, Nairobi and Johannesburg, Everyone Is Lonely in Kigali reflects a life in movement
  • Geta Bratescu @ Camden Arts Centre
    7 April – 18 June
    Romanian artist Geta Bratescu's vivid practice comprises performance, textiles, collage, print-making, installation and film. Living and working in Bucharest throughout Ceausescu's totalitarian regime, Bratescu embraced the studio as an autonomous space, free from economic or political influences. Concerned with identity and dematerialisation, Bratescu conjures questions of ethics and felinity through her longstanding curiosity in mythical and literary figures, including Aesop, Faust, Beckett and Medea.  These concepts underlie much of her work through experiments in material rearrangements, charting the movement of her hands, the disappearance or concealment of her own image, and performing to the camera through her photographic series and films.  The exhibition focuses on this lifelong approach to the studio as a performance, contemplative and critical space to reflect on one's own position in the world.
  • Kate Cooper @ Vitrine Gallery
    28 April – 18 June
    A solo exhibition of London and Amsterdam-based artist Kate Cooper whose work reflects critically on the rapid development of digital media, performativity of gender, and representations of femininity. Having established an international presence, exhibiting across Europe and the US, Cooper has produced a new body of work comprising of digital photographic material for her first solo exhibition within the UK. The works made for VITRINE respond directly to its environment; investigating the history of care work, female forms of labour and visual merchandising. Exploring the position of the female body in the history of digital image technology and the labour and politics inherent within commercial production, Cooper is interested in what new propositions of refusal, sabotage or autonomy this form of working might propose.
  • Cornelia Parker @ Frith Street Gallery
    28 April – 21 June
    Cornelia Parker is one of Britain’s most acclaimed contemporary artists. Her work transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary by combining visual and verbal allusions that trigger cultural metaphors and personal associations. This exhibition is taking place at both gallery spaces. Golden Square showcases a new series of videos filmed in New York City late last year, while Soho Square shows a number of other films and recent work.
  • Selma Parlour @ House of St Barnabas
    24 April – 23 June
    A solo exhibition entitled Parlour Games, a site-specific installation in the Soho Room of House of St Barnabas.
  • Joyce Pensato @ Lisson Gallery
    19 May – 24 June
    Brooklyn based artist Joyce Pensato presents an ambitious new body of paintings, drawings and installations, highlighting her artistic development over the last two years. The dynamic movement of line, form and expressive brush strokes now extends to her work in all media with a new accent on the erasure of an image,in the process of making the image. The exhibition, FORGETTABOUT IT featureS Pensato’s familiar personalities; Batman, Mickey, Donald, Lincoln, de Niro, playfully, and sometimes threateningly, in conversation with each other from one work to another.
  • Jorinde Voigt @ Lisson Gallery
    19 May – 24 June
    Jorinde Voigt fuses music and visual art in Song of the Earth, a monumental new series of drawings in eight chapters. The latest work in the series, Both Sides Now will be shown as part of Voigt’s exhibition at Lisson Gallery London, following presentations at Hamburger Bahnhofin Germany, Kunstraum Innsbruck in Austria and Manifesta 11 in Switzerland. In Voigt’s characteristic ethereal yet highly-structured style, the works, doubling as musical scores, reference the chance, improvisation and creative rhythmic structures apparent in both music and visual art.  
  • Filipa Cesar @ Gasworks
    27 April – 25 June
    Op-Film: An Archaeology of Optics, is a collaborative exhibition by artists and filmmakers Filipa César and Louis Henderson. The exhibition comprises a newly commissioned film and installation exploring how optical technologies of military and colonial design – from lighthouse Fresnel lenses to global satellite navigation systems – both inform and are informed by Western models of knowledge. Taking a critical approach to the ideologies behind the development of these instruments of guidance and surveillance, the artists consider how imperial gestures of discovery, revelation and possession are embedded in associations between seeing and understanding, light projection and enlightenment.
  • Vanessa Gardner @ Thackeray Gallery
    11 April – 28 June
    The exhibition Linear Edge reveals the inspiration behind Dorset artist Vanessa Gardiner's chosen subject: the coastal beauty of the British Isles.
  • Anne Collier & others @ Zabludowicz Collection
    30 March – 9 July
    In this photographic exhibition there are works by, Lucas Blalock, Anne Collier, Sara Cwynar, Natalie Czech, Andreas Gursky, Elad Lassry, Richard Prince, Thomas Ruff, Cindy Sherman, Erin Shirreff, Wolfgang Tillmans, Sara VanDerBeek, Jeff Wall, Christopher Williams You Are Looking at Something That Never Occurred brings together 14 international artists who work with photography. It spans a 40-year period, from 1977 to the present day, and traces how artists have used the camera to blur boundaries between past and present, fact and fiction. Today, the photographic image feels ever-present, perhaps even over-familiar. How then do artists go about producing works that can engage us? In this exhibition the recognisable world of images is used as a starting point. The languages of the personal snapshot, advertising and cinema are reworked to produce new pictures.
  • Jessie Flood-Paddock @ The Tetley
    4 May – 16 July
    This exhibition Refinding brings together new and recent works by London-based artist Jessie Flood-­Paddock, with the Oak Tree series of sculptures, drawings and prints by the celebrated 20th century sculptor, the late Kenneth Armitage. In 2013, Flood­-Paddock was awarded the Kenneth Armitage Fellowship, which enabled her to live and work in Armitage’s studio for two years. Refinding brings this private conversation between these two artists into the gallery for the first time, marking the 101st anniversary of Armitage’s birth in his home city and Flood-Paddock’s first exhibition in a public gallery outside London.  
  • Eileen Quinlan @ Campoli Presti
    1 June – 22 July
    A solo exhibition of Eileen Quinlan's work.
  • Jessica Warboys @ Tate St Ives
    31 March – 3 September
    Jessica Warboys' work is informed by personal or collective memories – historical, mythical or fictional – and this solo show will consider her use of symbolism, form and her approach to landscape. Warboys often employs natural elements in making her works. The exhibition The Studio and the Sea will feature specially commissioned Sea Paintings, which will immerse the galleries overlooking Porthmeor Beach, in floor-to-ceiling colour.  
  • Gillian Ayres @ National Museum Cardiff
    8 April – 3 September
    This major exhibition celebrates the bold and colourful work of one of Britain’s most important and internationally renowned abstract artists. Featuring major paintings from across the artist’s career, this is the largest exhibition of Gillian Ayres’s work ever seen in the UK. In the 1950s, Ayres was a pioneer of abstract painting, making work on a vast scale. She explored colour and space by pouring, dripping and staining paint onto the canvas. She was a leading figure in a generation of British artists who were responding to the latest international developments in Paris and New York, including the work of American Abstract Expressionists. This exhibition presents a unique opportunity to see Ayres’s greatest works from the 1950s to the 1980s.
  • Monica Al Qadari @ Gasworks
    13 July – 10 September

    The Craft is the first UK solo exhibition by Amsterdam-based artist Monira Al Qadiri. The exhibition includes a short, semi-autobiographical science fiction film, sculptures and photographs in which international diplomacy is envisaged as an alien conspiracy. Under this umbrella, embassies, conferences, cultural exchange and political activism are represented as elaborately staged ways to conceal diplomats’ true dealings with the third kind. Poking fun at collapsing postcolonial empires, these works also explore how the current rise of nationalism and political populism trivialises formerly common ways of being international in the world, depicting the era of diplomatic rituals, national grandeur and political grandstanding as a nostalgic and lovable ‘other world’ beyond reach.

    Co-commissioned by Gasworks and the Sursock Museum, Beirut with support from Shubbak: A Window on Contemporary Arab Culture, 1–16 July 2017. 

  • Holly Hendry @ BALTIC, Gateshead
    18 February – 24 September
    Holly Hendry presents Wrot an entirely new body of work for her first solo exhibition in a UK institution. Using a variety of materials, from Jesmonite and plaster to foam, wood, steel and water-jet cut marble, she creates a geology of oozy forms peppered with comic elements, such as dog chew bones and spinning plaster teeth. She investigates the underneath and backsides of things, using cross-sectional cuts that make insides become edges, revealing their dirty innards. Her sugary colours and cartoon content examine the very human aspects of laughter and death.  
  • Selma Parlour @ House of St Barnabas, Soho Room
    26 September – 26 September
    Parlour Games is a site-specific, semi-permanent installation of new paintings by Selma Parlour.  They are new abstract works, created with a luscious, glowing colour palette, situated within the 1750's rococo panelling of the Soho Room in House of St Barnabas.  The paintings produce a visual cornucopia of colour, line and form.
  • Rachel Kneebone @ V & A
    1 April – 14 January
    Rachel Kneebone's sculpture '399 Days' – originally shown at White Cube in 2014 – is a towering colossus made of porcelain tiles and writhing limbs, and is going to look qute spectacular amongst the objects of Gallery 50a at the V&A. Three other sculptures will also be presented in the Hintze Sculpture Galleries in Gallery 21. Kneebone's work is an ongoing exploration of the human condition. Her complex tableaux of organic, architectural and geometric forms use the language of classicism laced with surrealism. They are sublime echoes of life's cycle from emergence and ecstasy to mourning and loss.

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