Our Picks: External shows and news of interest
  • Petra Cortright @ Nahmad Projects
    8 June – 20 July
    Pale Coil Cold Angel, is a solo exhibition by Petra Cortright.  The exhibition features works in 2D, 3D, and video. The artist presents stone sculptures for the first time in the form of three works carved from white Carrara marble, and a six-metre wide quadriptych - the largest painting by the artist to date. A video installation is the latest in her “painting video” series.
  • Leonor Antunes @ Marian Goodman Gallery
    24 May – 20 July
    A Thousand Realities from an Original Work, is an exhibition of works by Portuguese artist Leonor Antunes, whose practice provides a unique contemplation on modern art, architecture and design through a reinterpretation of sculpture in a given space. Inspired by important figures in the realm of creation in the 20th century, and often influenced by female protagonists such as Anni Albers, Mary Martin and Eileen Gray, Antunes’s work begins by measuring features of architecture and design that interest her. She then uses these measurements as units which can be translated into sculpture. Embracing traditional craftsmanship from around the world, she employs materials such as rope, leather, cork, wood, brass, and rubber to create unusual forms
  • Kathryn McNaughton @ Beers London
    8 June – 21 July
    Kathryn MacNaughton begins her artistic process by creating digital compositions that are afterwards meticulously recreated in paint, creating crisp lines and boldly coloured shapes reminiscent of the hard-edge graphic painting style popularised in the 1980s and early 1990s. MacNaughton's main concerns revolve around the employment of illusion, abstraction and optical effect, evoking the work of artists such as Josef Albers, Frank Stella, or Briget Riley, wherein bold colors and sharp line-work recall the starkness of geometric abstraction with a nod to the gestural play of figurative forms.  It seems that with the works in Intervals, MacNaughton creates a type of 'orderly' movement, where through structure, and a heavily digitally-influenced image, the painting itself seems to emancipate itself from its foundations and suggest something else altogether.  
  • Helen Barff & others @ JGM Gallery
    6 June – 21 July
    With each of the artists in this show, Surface elicits as much as it demands; it holds a meaning as diverse as the specific methodology it provokes. For painter Sarah Dwyer, surface has a topographical quality; to Dominique Gerolini, surface has more to do with a totality that contains, like skin on the body; for the multidisciplinary artist HelenA Pritchard, surface is an opportunity to transform. Alice Wilson questions the idea of surface itself though a strategy of inversion; for the sculptor Helen Barff, surface is a boundary: the contact layer; to Ginny Parvy, surface becomes a narrative space to disclose what lies beneath, what is captured and what is lost; to Katharine Beaugie, surface reflects, it directs and aligns light that is captured. The performance artist Echo Morgan is the surface. She uses the surface of her own body to create new bodies of work: her skin as a canvas, her hair a tool to paint, and her voice as colour. Thus, the surface is the thing, which invites us to look more deeply, and ask questions about how something came to be that way. Rather than the end point, it is the access point. Its double aspect is what attracts but also separates. You can know and even memorise every single aspect of a surface, like a face… except that it shifts, as with your mood, and never fully reveals what lies beneath.
  • Sheila Girling @ Peterborough Museum
    27 April – 21 July
    An exhibition of works by internationally renowned sculptor Sir Anthony Caro and modernist painter Sheila Girling. Spanning the duration of his career from the 60's to early 2000's, the exhibition includes Caro's iconic large scale abstract metal works in block colour, smaller table pieces which he began to work on after his larger works and paper sculptures. Exhibited alongside will be paintings and collages by Sheila Girling. Distinguishable by her intense hues in acrylic, her work balances between figuration and abstraction.  
  • Sarah Gillam & others @ Blyth Gallery
    20 June – 21 July
    A mixed media exhibition by visiting artists Sarah Gillham, Mindy Lee, Susan Sluglett and Paul Westcombe.  
  • Jeanne-Claude @ Stern Pisarro Gallery
    20 June – 21 July
    A special exhibition entitled Christo and Jeanne-Claude: A Life of Projects. The pioneering and distinctive work of contemporary environmental artists Christo (b. 1935) and his wife Jeanne-Claude (1935-2009) has consistently delighted and thrilled admirers from across the world.  Their innovative and ambitious work – made according to Christo entirely for pleasure - is famously monumental in scale and often both conceals and reveals ‘space’ in new and surprising ways. Temporary in nature, the projects are funded entirely by the artists through their sale of original works by Christo. We don’t have a philosophy of art. What is it that Christo and Jeanne-Claude do? We wish to create works of art, works of joy and of beauty. As with every true work of art, it has absolutely no purpose whatsoever: it is not a message, it is not a symbol, it is only a work of art. And like every true artist, we create those works of art for us and our collaborators.
  • Rhian Malin @ Burton Art Gallery & Museum
    28 May – 23 July
    Delicate, hand painted ceramics, inspired by her grandmother's Willow Pattern collection, Rhian Malin continues the historic tradition of delicate porcelain decorated with stunning cobalt blue.
  • Anita Mandl @ Gallery Pangolin, Glos.
    4 June – 27 July
    A celebration of the work of Alison Mandl, in a show that includes sculptures in wood, stone, bronze and silver from all periods of her œuvre. Mandl is first and foremost a carver, working in from the outer limits of a block of ornamental stone or wood to create smooth, rounded and tightly-honed animal forms. The highly polished, seductive surfaces and varied colours of her selected materials make her sculptures irresistibly tactile and joyful to contemplate.
  • Katharina Grosse @ Gagosian Gallery
    16 May – 27 July
    In Prototypes of Imagination, Katharina Grosse reveals the ways in which painting catalyzes the unfolding of multiple dimensions on a single surface.  At the centre of the exhibition is a single painting of oceanic scale on loose cloth. Working on huge expanses of flat cloth enables Grosse to execute very large-scale works in the studio in response to specific architectural conditions beyond it, in this case the Britannia Street gallery. This new approach creates a bridge between the studio canvases and the in situ paintings that she has been making over the last decade. In this abstract phantasmagoria, with its aqueous layers of vibrant, pulsating color, Grosse’s painterly gestures, and the inverted chromatic zones arising from her use of stencils of vaguely biomorphic form, assert entirely new spatial and temporal transformations.
  • Kate Lennard & others @ The Koppel Project
    15 June – 27 July
    Entropic Threads, is a group exhibition curated by Rebecca Marcus Monks including artists Kate Lennard, Onome Otite, Annie Ratti, and Nadine Shaban. The exhibition focuses on the inherent feeling of movement and change,while drawing on the hard, scientific aspects as well as the softer, social science side of the artworks. ‘Entropic’ refers to the transformation of energy and our lack of control over it, where ‘threads’ proposes the literal reference to fabric as well as storytelling and history . Entropy pulls things apart into threads enabling each of the artists to put the pieces back together in a myriad of ways.  
  • Sarah Sze @ Victoria Miro
    8 June – 28 July
    A presentation of two new site-specific works by US artist Sarah Sze: Images in Debris, an installation of images, light, sound, film, and objects, that seeks to transform the visitor’s perception and experience of the first-floor gallery; and Afterimage, an environment of wall-based works that replicates aspects of the artist’s studio and includes elements made in situ as well as images collected, gathered and discarded in the process of making the work. In both works Sze continues her decades-long exploration of the ways in which the proliferation of images – printed in magazines and newspapers, gleaned from the Web and television, intercepted from outer space, and ultimately imprinted on our conscious and unconscious selves – fundamentally changes our relationship to physical objects, memories and time.
  • Michelle Stuart @ Alison Jacques Gallery
    1 June – 28 July
    The Nature of Time, exhibition spans 50 years of Michelle Stuart’s practice.  It follows a major presentation by Stuart in Viva Arte Viva! curated by Christine Macel at the 57th Venice Biennale (2017) and the acquisition by the Dia Art Foundation, New York of Stuart’s installation of 4 earth scrolls: Sayreville Strata Quartet (1976), which is currently on show at Dia:Beacon.  Stuart is also included in Virginia Woolf: An Exhibition Inspired By Her Writings, curated by Laura Smith, at Tate St Ives that will travel to Pallant House Gallery (opening 26 May, 2018).
  • Ulrike Ottinger @ The Hunterian
    20 April – 29 July
    This solo exhibition profiles the influential filmmaker and artist Ulrike Ottinger, whose work has rarely been exhibited in the UK. Still Moving features a range of Ottinger’s photographic prints and some short film works.
  • Gabriella Boyd & others @ Pippy Houldsworth Gallery
    22 June – 3 August
    Hypnagogia, is a group exhibition comprising new work by Gabriella Boyd, Jadé Fadojutimi, Maria Farrar, and Makiko Kudo. It refers to a transitional state of mind between wakefulness and sleep in which fluid, hyper-associative images are conjured. Drawing upon this type of consciousness, the Gallery brings together a group of four young female artists whose paintings offer a lucid interpretation of reality. Using memories, dreams or archival materials as their reference points, each artist views the world around them through a subjective filter. Fluctuating between abstraction and figuration, the works in the exhibition encompass how each artist works indirectly from life to create new forms of meaning.  
  • Lucy Unwin @ Messum's
    11 July – 3 August
    Lucy Unwin is one of the artists exhibiting at this years Sculpture Weekend at Lord's Wood.  Her obvious love for the countryside, an upbringing on a farm and family holidays by the sea have all fed into her interest in nature and her stone carvings.  Lucy's shells and fossils have already made her a respected name, however her most recent works have developed into more sensual forms, prompting thoughts of renewal and femininity.
  • Carol Bove @ David Zwirner
    8 June – 3 August
    An exhibition of new sculptures by Carol Bove, which features new sculptures that expand on her investigations of materiality and form. Characterised by compositions of various types of steel, Bove’s ongoing series of "collage sculptures," begun in 2016, amalgamates theoretical and art-historical influences across time periods and disciplines,
  • Deirdre McKenna @ MOMA Machynlleth
    23 June – 4 August
    Deirdre McKenna spent a month on a residency exchange at this museum in September 2017. Her work is influenced by the traditions of her home in the South West of Ireland. As a native Irish speaker she was interested in exploring the connections between Wales and Ireland through the language and other cultural links. This exhibition, From Dingle to Marsh, is a result of that exploration.  
  • Lisa Eurgain Taylor @ MOMA Machynlleth
    23 June – 4 August
    This exhibition, Beyond the World, is a series of paintings existing somewhere between reality and fantasy. They are imaginary, otherworldly and mystic places, but have been inspired by the striking mountains of Snowdonia. The paintings convey positivity and hope as light penetrates intensely through the shadows.  
  • Joan Jonas @ Tate Modern
    14 March – 5 August
    Hero to a generation of younger artists, Joan Jonas is a pioneer of performance and video who has pushed the boundaries of art for the last five decades. You will be able to experience the largest exhibition of Jonas’s work ever held in the UK. Early works from the late 1960s are shown alongside recent installations dealing with topical themes such as climate change and extinction. You can see her landmark installations including Organic Honey, The Juniper Tree and Reanimation.
  • Florence Peake @ De La Warr Pavilion
    12 May – 12 August
    This is a performance by six dancers that takes place on a floor of seven tonnes of wet clay. Using materials that remain, the work will unfold into a summer-long exhibition. RITE: On this Pliant Body we slip our WOW! offers a layered reinterpretation of a pivotal moment in modernism’s history: Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, composed in 1913 for Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. Florence Peake, who works across media, transposes Stravinsky and Nijinsky’s iconic ballet to what she describes as ‘performative sculpture’. Taking ritual, sacrifice, labour, community and fertility as themes, RITE celebrates the primal power of the body as an expressive force against conservatism.
  • Rebecca Warren & others @ Whitechapel Gallery
    10 April – 12 August
    Pregnancy is one of the most extreme states of the human condition, according to art theorist Amelia Jones, as it reveals the ‘tension between self as subject and self as object’. The final display from the ISelf Collection takes its title from Paloma Varga Weisz’s  ambiguously gendered pregnant figure, Bumped Body, reflecting on shifting concepts of selfhood. 23 artists consider subjectivity in relation to the body, the object and the environment. Many works offer fragmented and visceral perspectives where the human meets the inanimate.  Placing figures in states of metamorphoses, artists rupture our sense of physical cohesion to reveal new possibilities that lie beyond selfhood. Artists include: Mark Manders, Maria Bartuszovà, Huma Bhabha, Alexandra Bircken, Tian Doan na Champassak, Ruth Claxton, Tony Cragg, Enrico David, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Geoffrey Farmer, Georg Herold, Kati Horna, Sarah Lucas, Seb Patane, Pippilotti Rist, Bojan Šarčević, Wael Shawky, Daniel Silver, John Stezaker, Nicola Tyson, Cathy Wilkes.
  • Tacita Dean @ The Royal Academy
    19 May – 12 August
    Tacit Dean has a wide interest in landscape phenomena: from the unspoilt landscape of Bodmin Moor in England to the open rangelands of Wyoming in the American West to film a rare solar eclipse. Dean is a champion of photochemical film, yet her wide-ranging practice extends across a multitude of mediums. In the newly opened Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Galleries, the internationally renowned visual artist and Royal Academician explores “landscape” in its broadest sense: intimate collections of natural found objects, a mountainous blackboard drawing and a series of cloudscapes in chalk on slate created especially for these spaces draws you into Dean’s vision. The highlight of the exhibition is a major new, experimental 35mm film, Antigone.
  • Ingrid Berthon-Moine @ Projects Kelder
    29 June – 12 August
    Ingrid Berthon-Moine’s work moves between sculpture, drawing and installations in which she examines gender relations, depiction and narratives. For her solo project, You Tear Us, the London-based artist converts the project space’s basement into an art historical womb – a matrix of drops, drips and bodily shapes which proposes a lost paradise where we all felt comfortable and secure – or did we?  
  • Julie Becker @ ICA
    8 June – 12 August
     I must create a Master Piece to pay the Rent is the first survey exhibition devoted to the work of the late Julie Becker (1972–2016). Embedded in the psychological, cinematic and material geographies of Los Angeles, her home city, Becker produced a legendary, yet underrepresented body of installations, sculpture, drawings, photographs and video. These works speak to the language and mythology of the late 20th century American Dream turned nightmare,
  • Rachel Pereira @ Strode Theatre
    31 May – 15 August
    Rachel Pereira  is a prolific artist and is primarily self-taught. Her work includes portraits, illustrations, painted art-furniture, murals, backdrops and canvasses. Much of her work has been her therapy and focus during challenging experiences. Her works are full of depth and emotion as well as rich colour and dynamism. Themes include dreams, romance, travel, emotion and beauty. This year celebrates 20 years of her creations from 1998 - 2018. The Wardrobe, included in this exhibition - The Witch in the Wardrobe, her favourite piece - was created in 2009 and marked a transformative time; hence the title, where the sublime is extracted from the mundane.
  • Angela de la Cruz @ Lisson Gallery
    4 July – 18 August
    Turner Prize nominee Angela de la Cruz presents a new body of work in this her first exhibition in London since 2011. While embracing a minimalist approach in terms of monochromatic colour and subject matter, Cruz’s paintings convey a host of human emotions. Titled ‘Bare,’ her exhibition represents de la Cruz’s relationship with the physical body and displays an emotional incongruity between fragility and strength, the broken and the beautiful, in conjunction with the artist’s continued exploration of the boundaries between painting and sculpture. Her striking interventions with canvas and stretcher portray a sense of performative playfulness, although for this exhibition she works with different materials, including aluminium and cement.
  • Paloma Varga Weisz @ Sadie Coles
    9 June – 18 August
    Paloma Varga Weisz presents Wild Bunch, a new series of sculptures in carved limewood. These works glance back to her origins as a woodcarver in Bavaria in the late 1980s, while also reflecting the layered personal iconography – surreal, mythological and Modernist – that she has developed over her thirty-year career. At the centre of the exhibition is an articulated wooden figure – a life-size version of an artist’s mannequin – suspended acrobatically from ropes. This alludes to the long tradition of drawing from wooden stand-ins or ‘lay figures’, and equally to the surrealist fascination with the doll or shop mannequin as a proxy body.
  • Lee Bul @ Hayward Gallery
    30 May – 19 August
    This mid-career survey of the work of acclaimed South Korean artist Lee Bul – the first in London – explores the artist’s extensive investigation into the body and its relationship to architectural space. Over the past 30 years, Lee Bul has explored questions of intimacy, gender, technology and class through a focus on the body. Drawing on science fiction, bioengineering and visionary architecture, as well as Japanese anime and manga, her work includes performance, drawing, painting and large-scale immersive installations.
  • Banu Cennetoglu @ Chishenhale Gallery
    29 June – 26 August
    The first solo exhibition and a major new commission by Istanbul-based artist Banu Cennetoğlu.   Her work incorporates methods of mapping, collecting and archiving in order to question and challenge the politics of memory, as well as the distribution and consumption of information. Working with installation, image production and printed matter, Cennetoğlu often works over extended periods of time, inviting individuals and institutions to participate in the development and realisation of her projects. For her commission at Chisenhale Gallery, Cennetoğlu is producing a major new moving image installation presented in the exhibition hall.  
  • Lin May Saeed @ Studio Voltaire
    29 June – 26 August
    Lin May Saeed presents Biene, a new commission of sculptures that span a narrative of human–animal relationships from the prehistoric, to the present day. This is the first–ever institutional exhibition of Saeed’s work. Saeed’s new commission includes a pantheon of carved, life–sized animals, alongside a steel gate sculpture, painted reliefs and a large backlit paper cut–out. Saeed’s work generates tensions between themes of oppression and liberation. She directly confronts our conflicted relationships with animals – who are at times characterised as companions, votives, an exploited labour force or food source – and by extension, our impact on and interactions with the environment.
  • Harriet Brittaine @ South Hill Park Arts Centre
    28 April – 31 August
    This exhibition is a collection of varied works produced over four months.  Harriet Brittaine is fascinated by the human form, in all its complexities, strengths, eccentricities and weaknesses. While she enjoys distorting the form through a play of light and the environment, she does not wander too far from the visual truth. Brittaine, who works mainly in oils, is fascinated by the play of light in the environment on form, and by energy through large and varied mark making.
  • Cindy Sherman @ Spruth Magers
    5 June – 1 September
    Cindy Sherman’s thirty-five year career in photography has established her as one of the most influential figures in contemporary art.  She creates photographic portraits that are predicated on themes of identity, gender and role-play. Parodying the representation of women in film and television, fashion magazines, advertising, and online, Sherman adopts limitless guises that illuminate the performative nature of subjectivity and sexuality. Each photograph is created through dye sublimation – using heat to transfer dye directly onto metal. The technique removes the necessity for glass protection to the works, making the life-size figures seem more immediate, more vital – emerging from their outmoded stage sets to encroach on our own contemporary world.
  • Chantal Joffe @ The Lowry, Salford
    19 May – 2 September
    As part of this Festival series, Chantal Joffe's fearless paintings confront the physicality of the human body and the complexities of human emotions in a remarkable combination of detachment, humour and intimacy in Personal Feeling is the Main Thing. Joffe is regarded as one of the most distinctive and uncompromising figurative artists working today.  Her fearless paintings of women and girls often share glimpses of her own relationship with her daughter, while exploring transitions into adolescence and motherhood. They confront the physicality of the human body and the complexities of human emotions in a remarkable combination of detachment, humour and intimacy.  
  • Dorothy Bohm @ Pallant House Gallery
    23 May – 2 September
    Sussex Days, is an exhibition of black and white photographs of Sussex life during the 1960s and 70s by celebrated photographer Dorothy Bohm (b.1924), providing a candid and often humorous window on a bygone era. Renowned for her portraiture and street photography of London, Paris and Moscow, this group of photographs – never before shown as a complete body of work - reveal her personal connections to the county in which she arrived from Nazi Europe in 1939.
  • Yin Xiuzhen & Duan Jianyu @ Turner Contemporary
    21 February – 2 September
    Yin Xiuzhen is known for her large-scale sculptural works exploring themes of globalisation, memory and the fast-paced urbanisation of contemporary China. Xiuzhen often uses found materials and second-hand clothes, drawn to the memories and personal stories they hold. As the artist says, “in a rapidly changing China ‘memory’ seems to vanish more quickly than everything else.” Xiuzhen’s installation Digestive Cavity will take over Turner Contemporary’s Sunley Gallery. This is one of a series of sculptural spaces in the form of bodily organs. Visitors can venture into this room-sized stomach cavity, conceived by the artist as a place for stopping and slowing down.  
  • Jodie Carey @ The Foundling Museum
    25 May – 2 September
    Commissioned by the Museum, Jodie Carey created three new site-responsive installations in response to the Foundling Hospital story. Displayed within the exhibition gallery and amongst the historic Collection, these monumental pieces are imbued with a sense of remembrance and emotional trace. Drawing inspiration from the eighteenth-century fabric tokens left by mothers with their babies as a means of identification – one of the few tangible connections between mother and child – Sea is formed of hundreds of swatches of fabric that have been dipped in liquid clay and fired. These delicate ceramic fragments cover the exhibition gallery floor. Upstairs, two monumental works cast in the earth explore ideas of memory and time. Eighteen life-size plaster sculptures crowd the Anteroom, while in the Foyer a delicate and slender bronze sculpture stands floor to ceiling. Carey’s abstract and organic works seek to make visible the fragility of life and human relationships, to acknowledge the absent presence of the thousands of children who passed through the Foundling Hospital, and to reflect on the elemental drives at the heart of its story; love, loss, and survival.
  • Chiharu Shiota @ Yorkshire Sculpture Park
    30 March – 2 September
    Acclaimed installation and performance artist Chiharu Shiota creates an awe-inspiring, site-specific installation of thread within the beautiful 18th-century Chapel.  Called Beyond Time, this work for YSP responds to and activates the unique architecture and heritage of the Chapel.  Exemplary of her work’s resonance with memory and human relationships through the use of objects, the installation interlaces the physical with the conceptual to create a new visual plane – as if painting in mid-air.
  • Leila Jeffreys @ Purdy Hicks Gallery
    12 July – 2 September
    An exhibition of photographs by Australian artist Leila Jeffreys. Her new series is dedicated to the modest Pigeons species, Ornithurae.  Comprising over fifteen new portraits of rarely seen and unique breeds of pigeons, each of startling grace and elegance, Ornithurae challenges the often unfavourable appreciation of this particular bird. Jeffreys continues to reconstruct our perceptions of birds by pairing up two different bird families: the universally loved cockatoo with the columbine (pigeons and doves). While the cockatoo is viewed as an iconic Australasian bird - the pigeon is almost universally ignored.
  • Sonia Boyce @ Manchester Art Gallery
    23 March – 2 September
    Focusing on work from the mid-1990s to the present the exhibition will reflect Sonia Boyce’s move from her earlier drawing and collage which explored her own position as a black British woman, towards more improvised, collaborative ways of working. These unpredictable, open processes have been documented through a range of media including photography, film and wallpaper. The gallery has also commissioned Boyce to make a new collaborative live work for the exhibition.
  • Corita Kent @ Ditchling Museum of Art @ Craft
    5 May – 2 September
    The ground-breaking work of Sister Corita Kent (1918-1986) comes to the Museum this summer. Corita was an artist and famously charismatic educator whose work reflected her concerns about poverty, racism and war – anxieties that continue to resonate today. A contemporary of Andy Warhol and Ed Ruscha, her vibrant serigraphs, banners and posters drew on pop culture, literary and modern consumer cultures and were regularly to be seen at civil rights and anti-war rallies in the 1960s and 70s.
  • Dorothy Grainger @ Burwell Museum of Fen Edge Village Life
    5 July – 6 September
    A retrospective of the landscape photography of Dorothy Grainger in the exhibition, The Camera was her Life.  
  • Fiona Grady & others @ Flowers Gallery
    5 July – 8 September
    Dialogues is an exhibition of prints by Fiona Grady, Tess Jaray, Bridget Riley and Carol Robertson that focuses on a selection of works in which silkscreen printing has been used as a vital method to investigate the complex and dynamic interactions of colour, form, space and light. Comprising precisely delineated geometric shapes, repeated and reflected forms, and subtly fluctuating radiant fields of colour, the works in the exhibition expand upon the experience and perception of surface, depth and movement within pictorial and perceptual space.
  • Tomma Abts @ Serpentine Gallery
    7 June – 9 September
    An exhibition of the work of Tomma Abts in her first solo exhibition in the UK.  Abts is one of the most significant artists of her generation and the winner of the 2006 Turner Prize, she is known for her acrylic and oil paintings whose extraordinary magnetism belies their modest scale.  
  • Barbara Rae @ Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture
    4 August – 9 September
    In 2013, renowned artist Barbara Rae began a series of journeys of discovery into the Arctic, following in the footsteps of Dr John Rae. The result, Any Ordinary Journey is a body of new paintings and original prints from an artist with a deep-rooted fascination with the topography and history of place.
  • Natalie Dray @ Blain Southern
    25 July – 15 September
    In this final exhibition, Kierkegaardashian, of the Lodger series, the British artist Natalie Dray created a new series of sculptures, which flicker between rigidity and suppleness, the inorganic and the organic, geometric order and the messy chaos of living things. Here, metal armatures – great dented grids, and what might be a modular shelving system – have become overgrown with delicate foliage, hand cast in steel and pewter alloys using a ‘home-grown’ technique of the artist’s own invention. On close inspection, these fronds are composites, created from grafting the ragged leaves of one plant onto the thorny stems of another, in what appears to be a low-fi form of genetic engineering, or perhaps cosmetic surgery.
  • Virginia Woolf @ Pallant House Gallery
    26 May – 16 September
    An exhibition of works by over 80 modern and contemporary artists inspired by the writings of celebrated author Virginia Woolf. Following Woolf’s notion that creative women should ‘think back through their mothers’, the exhibition will explore her relationship to feminism and will reflect her efforts to find new forms through which to share women’s creativity. Including works by international artists ranging from 1854 to contemporary commissions the exhibition will act as an inclusive study of writers and artists alike, highlighting the many connections between Woolf, her contemporaries and those who share an affinity with her work.
  • Alison Wilding @ De La Warr Pavilion
    23 June – 16 September

    Right Here and Out There is an exhibition of new and existing works by Alison Wilding that unfolds inside and outside the gallery, with works selected in response to the landscape and light.

  • Jenny Saville @ Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
    24 March – 16 September
    The third instalment of NOW features a major survey of works by renowned British artist Jenny Saville, spanning some 25 years of the artist’s career across five rooms. It brings together 17 works from private and public collections across the globe, is a first in Scotland, and only her third in the UK. The selection spans 26 years, from iconic early paintings such as Propped (1992) and Trace (1993-4), to recent charcoal and pastel drawings, demonstrating how Saville’s approach to depicting the human body has shifted over the course of her career. Other highlights will include a series of large-scale head paintings, such as Rosetta II (2005-6), made while the artist was based in Italy, and the premier of a major new work, Aleppo (2017-18), which is at the Scottish National Gallery alongside historic works from the collection.
  • 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.  
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.  
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.  
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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