December 1915 was a key moment in the history of Abstract art. The Last Futurist Exhibition of Paintings: 0.10 opened in St. Petersburg with a display of paintings by Kazimir Malevich featuring blocks of colour floating against white backgrounds. Powerfully reductive, these were the very first examples of geometrical abstraction. One hundred years later, Black and White. Suprematist Composition from 0.10 in 1915, is the opening piece of this exhibition at Whitechapel.
Abstraction had been gathering pace in Europe since 1911, thanks to a group of painters who believed a new style of art was needed to encompass the fundamental changes taking place in technology, science and philosophy. Rejecting methods which focused solely on reproducing visual objects, they instead used colour, shape and texture to create new images.
Here the gallery brings together paintings, sculptures, film and photographs which trace the development of abstraction over the last century. As well as exploring its intimate connection with society. – Art Fund
Admission: Free entry to all, Free exhibitions to all.
Art From Elsewhere is testament to the talent and diversity of artists working across the world today. The exhibition – a collaboration with Hayward Touring – is being shown at venues across the UK, starting here at GoMA, Glasgow. The works were acquired through an Art Fund scheme that sought to enhance collections of international contemporary art at museums and galleries outside of London, of which GoMA was one of the chosen partners.
Featuring painting, sculpture, installation, video and photography, the exhibition changes from city to city in order to draw out the full range of each of the collections. Featured artists for this display include Peter Hujar, Paulo Bruscky, Ana Mendieta, Kara Walker and Amar Kanwar. Their works address an array of important topical issues; life in conflict zones, oppressive government regimes, the advent of capitalism and post colonial experiences. – Art Fund
Eugenio_Dittborn -The 13th History of the Human Face
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Art for the people’ – William Morris’s revolutionary call to action that redefined creativity in the Victorian era, and which helped to forge new paths for subsequent generations artists, designers, academics and philosophers. Spanning from the early origins of the art-inclusive movement to its manifestation in the 1960s, this show explores Morris and his extraordinary legacy. Explore the surprising and well-known relationships between William Morris’ illustrious circle of friends with our connections map.
Morris was closely associated with the convention-defying Pre-Raphaelite artists and other radical thinkers such as the critic John Ruskin, who believed that all human beings have artistic potential. The exhibition includes items produced by key members Morris’s inner circle, including lifelong collaborator Edward Burne-Jones, the painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the female artists and designers he accepted as co-practitioners at a time where women had few rights.
Extending beyond his lifetime, the show charts the continuation of Morris’s idealism over the next 200 years. It explores the Garden City movement which pushed for ‘good design’ to be made available to a wider market in the Edwardian era, the ethical crafts produced by anti-materialist Bernard Leach and his contemporaries in the 1920s and 30s, and the establishment of the government supported Council of Industrial Design in the post-war years. – Art Fund
Film, fashion design, theatre, citylife, advertising – these are the subjects of Allen Jones, whose satirical brand of pop art is created using distinctive storyboarding techniques. Works date back to the 1960s when Allen started out as a student at the Royal College Art alongside David Hockney, Derek Boshier, Peter Phillips and Ron Kitaj.
Although Jones was later expelled, this cohort helped establish a new visual language for British Art – drawing heavily on contemporary culture and the human figure. Jones is particularly interested in the representation of women, and has become known for his erotic sculptures in which he uses their forms as human furniture. Examples are shown here alongside his portraits of contemporary female icons, such as Darcey Bussell and Kate Moss. – Art Fund
Egon Schiele was no stranger to controversy. His nudes – raw, fleshy and unflinching – were criticised for being disturbing and grotesque; too erotic, too explicit, too radical. In fact, so ‘offensive’ were these works, they earned Schiele a two month prison sentence, and at the trial the judge is alleged to have burned some of the drawings with a candle flame.
This is the first UK show dedicated solely to the artist, and it is long overdue. Bringing together some of his most extraordinary watercolours and drawings, it reveals the profound influence he had on modern depictions of the human figure. But it also portrays an audacious artist who was unapologetic for the vision of his art. His work alludes to a future that includes Francis Bacon, Tracey Emin and Marlene Dumas.
Arriving in Vienna in 1906 aged just 15, Schiele sought out Gustav Klimt and implored him to become his mentor. After an unremarkable start, his breakthrough came in 1910. The nudes he produced in this seminal year were complex, expressive and emotionally-charged; totally unlike anything that had been seen before. The display begins at this incredible moment in Schiele’s career and continues up to his untimely death at 28 years old. – Art Fund
Seated Female Nude with Raised Arm – Gertrude Schiele – 1910.
‘The Austrian artist’s passionate love of women is illuminated in one of the most important – and sexy – exhibitions of the year’ – Jonathan Jones, The Guardian
‘Schiele’s drawings may not be beautiful but they are mesmerising to behold’ – Alastair Sooke, The Telegraph
Each painting unleashes itself like a firework. – The Observer
Kazimir Malevich, an artist as influential as he was radical, cast a long shadow over the history of modern art. This, his first retrospective in thirty years and the first ever in the UK, unites works from collections in Russia, the US and Europe to tell a fascinating story of revolutionary ideals and the power of art itself.
Malevich (1879–1935) lived and worked through one of the most turbulent periods in twentieth century history. Having come of age in Tsarist Russia, Malevich witnessed the First World War and the October Revolution first-hand.
His early experiments as a painter led him towards the invention of suprematism, a bold visual language of abstract geometric shapes and stark colours, epitomised by the Black Square. One of the defining works of Modernism, the painting was revealed to the world after months of secrecy and was hidden again for almost half a century after its creator’s death. It sits on a par with Duchamp’s ‘readymade’ as a game-changing moment in twentieth century art and continues to inspire and confound viewers to this day.
Starting from his early paintings of Russian landscapes, agricultural workers and religious scenes, the exhibition follows Malevich’s journey towards abstract painting and his suprematist masterpieces, his temporary abandonment of painting in favour of teaching and writing, and his much-debated return to figurative painting in later life.
Bringing together paintings, sculptures, theatre and an unprecedented collection of drawings it offers a complete view of his career, celebrating some of the most progressive art ever made.
– The Tate Modern
Malevich – Supremus No.50
Entry Details: Sunday – Thursday: 10:00am – 6:00pm (last admission to special exhibitions is at 5.15pm)
Friday – Saturday: 10:00am – 10:00pm (last admission to special exhibitions is at 9.15pm)
White Cube Bermondsey| 8th October 2014 – 16th November 2014
‘The work is about rites of passage, of time and age, and the simple realisation that we are always alone.’
Tracey Emin, July 2014
White Cube is pleased to announce ‘The Last Great Adventure is You’, a major new exhibition by Tracey Emin, her first at the London gallery in five years. Featuring bronze sculptures, gouaches, paintings, large-scale embroideries and neon works, the exhibition chronicles the contemplative nature of work by an artist who has consistently examined her life with excoriating candour.
Reflective in tone, the works in the exhibition are the result of many years’ development, from the bronze sculptures – the most significant body she has made to date – to the works on canvas. There is a complexity in the sculptural form of the bronzes, simultaneously robust yet tender, that points to a consummate understanding of material, composition and subject matter. In Grotto (2014), a tessellated, cave-like chamber gives sanctuary to a solitary figure as artist proxy, while the muscular form of Bird (2014) harmonises sinuous lines with gravity and grace. A series of bronze bas relief plaques portray figures that appear amorphous yet distinct, with subtle interplay between light and shadow.
While the paintings at first appear simple and immediate, many of them are the result of application, obliteration and layering over a period of several years. Emin repeatedly returns to the canvases as a means of reviewing, revising and reconsidering her own position in relation to painting through temporal passages.
The title ‘The Last Great Adventure is You’, which is transcribed in neon within the exhibition, was originally intended by Emin as a reference to the ‘other person’; however, over the two year period since she began creating this body of work, she came to realise that the implication was once again coming back to the self. – White Cube
Royal Academy of Arts – 26th June 2014 – 19th October 2014
Admission: £11.50. Concessions available.
Dennis Hopper carved out a place in Hollywood history, with roles in classic films like Apocalypse Now, Blue Velvet, True Romance and Easy Rider. He is less well known, though no less respected, for his work as a photographer. This exhibition brings together over 400 images, taken during one of the most creative periods of his life in the 1960s. Every image you’ll see was chosen by Hopper himself for his first major exhibition in 1970 and is the vintage print he produced for that occasion.
This was a decade of huge social and political change, and Hopper was at the eye of the storm. With his camera trained on the world around him he captured Hell’s Angels and hippies, the street life of Harlem, the Civil Rights movement and the urban landscapes of East and West coast America. He also shot some of the biggest stars of the time from the worlds of art, fashion and music, from Andy Warhol to Paul Newman.
Together, these images are a fascinating personal diary of one of the great countercultural figures of the period and a vivid portrait of 1960s America.