Malevich

Malevich

Tate Modern | 16th July – 26th October 2014

Admission: £14.50/ £12:50 concessions

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

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)

The Eyal Ofer Galleries, Level 3

Address: Tate Modern

Bankside

London

SE1 9TG

Tel: 020 7887 8888

Tracey Emin: The Last Great Adventure Is You

Tracey Emin: The Last Great Adventure is You

White Cube Bermondsey| 8th October 2014 – 16th November 2014

Admission: Free

‘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

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Entry Details:

Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm – 6:00pm

South Galleries and 9 x 9 x 9, Bermondsey

Address: White Cube Bermondsey

144 – 152 Bermondsey Street

London

SE1 3TQ

Tel: 0207 930 5373

 

Dennis Hopper – The Lost Album

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.

– Royal Academy of Arts.

Entry Details:

Saturday – Thursday: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Friday 10:00am – 10:00pm

Address: Royal Academy of Arts

6 Burlington Gardens

London

W1S 3ET

Alan Kitching and Monotype: Celebrating the Centenary of Five Pioneers of the Poster

London College of Communication – 13th Sept – 16th Oct 2014

Standard Ticket: Free.

Exhibition by Alan Kitching (RDI AGI Hon FRCA) and Monotype

Tom Eckersley, Abram Games, FHK Henrion, Josef Müller-Brockmann and Paul Rand were well-known for creating iconic and memorable posters. This unique set of prints created by Alan Kitching and Monotype commemorates the 100th anniversary of the birth of these five giants of graphic design. A poster has been created in the spirit of each individual’s work and using the typefaces associated with each individual. Also exhibited alongside Alan’s work will be posters designed by Eckersley, Games, Henrion, Müller-Brockmann and Rand.

Part of LCC’s 160 exhibition #LCC160

Entry Details:
Mon – Fri: 10:00am – 5:00pm
(Saturday 11:00am until 4:00pm and Sunday closed)

Well Gallery
London College of Communication
Elephant and Castle
SE1 6SB

Designing the 20th Century: Life and Work of Abram Games

Jewish Museum |8 Sept. 2014 – 4th Jan. 2015

Standard Ticket: £7.50

Curated in conjunction with Games’ children, who have allowed the museum unprecedented access to the family archives.

Abram Games was born in Whitechapel, London to Jewish immigrants the day after the First World War began in 1914. He studied at Saint Martin’s School of Art but left after just two terms and began working as a studio assistant at a design firm, while also taking night classes in life drawing.

After getting fired from his job for jumping over a group of chairs as a prank, he began working as a freelance poster artist, producing bold and colourful graphic designs for London Transport and other clients. This exhibition includes a selection of his most celebrated pieces, drawn from across his career.

During the Second World War, Games was chosen as an official poster artist and worked on campaigns for Auxiliary Territorial Service recruitment and wartime safety. Combining stark images with clear typography, his designs became instantly iconic and are still among the most recognisable today.

In the post-war years, Games’ career went from strength to strength and he was commissioned to create posters for the Financial Times, Guinness, the Olympic Games and the United Nations, among others. Praised by the Guide to the World’s Greatest Illustrators for his use of ‘striking colour, bold graphic ideas, and beautifully integrated typography’, he is widely considered to be one of the best graphic designers of the 20th-century.

Interestingly, the display also reveals that Games designed a series of objects, including a coffee maker and a copying machine.

Your Britain, 1942

Your Britain, 1942

Discussing his cultural heritage, Games once said ‘I feel intensely Jewish. It has contributed to the character of my work’. Exhibits on display reveal the huge amount of work he did for Jewish organisations and Jewish causes, mostly for free.

Jewish Museum, 129-131 Albert Street, Camden Town, London, NW1 7NB
Tel: 020 7284 7384
Website: www.jewishmuseum.org.uk

Entry details

Sun – Thu, 10am – 5pm
Fri, 10am – 2pm

Closed on Jewish Festivals (see website for details)