Current & Future Exhibitions
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American Museum in Britain
GANGSTERS & GUNSLINGERS. The Good, the Bad & the Memorabilia
GANGSTERS & GUNSLINGERS – The Good, the Bad & the Memorabilia brings together two defining chapters in the history of the United States that shaped America’s national identity: the Wild West (mid 1860s to the late 1880s) and the wild years of the Prohibition/Depression era (1920s and early 1930s).
Each epoch produced legendary characters, which have become famous and infamous – Buffalo Bill, Calamity Jane, Bonnie and Clyde, to name but a few. For the benefit of the inhabitants of America’s industrial eastern cities, homegrown ‘western’ heroes and villains performed acts of derring-do, penned by writers who had seldom (if ever) abandoned their urban comforts for the inconveniences of travelling to the frontier or even to small Midwestern towns.
Ends Sunday 3 November 2013
Centre for Contemporary Culture Strozzina (CCCS)
AN IDEA OF BEAUTY
An Idea of Beauty, on view at the Centre for Contemporary Culture Strozzina (CCCS) at Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, sets out to explore the work of eight contemporary international artists – Vanessa Beecroft, Chiara Camoni, Andreas Gefeller, Alicja Kwade, Jean-Luc Mylayne, Isabel Rocamora, Anri Sala and Wilhelm Sasnal – and will encourage visitors to reconsider the concept of beauty and to question not only the ‘need’ for it but also its function, value and purpose.
Today’s world is heir to an historical and philosophical process that has separated art from beauty, in the sense of a world vision incapable of expressing the complexity and inconsistency of the modern era. At the same time, the term ‘beauty’ in daily use has become more trivialised and debased, and is often used as a synonym for appreciation (like/don't like) or as the mark of a hedonistic and superficial approach typical of today's trend towards extreme aestheticisation.
Ends Sunday 28 July 2013
Christopher Farr at Somerset House
Editions: Contemporary Rugs for Collectors
Following the success of Christopher Farr’s first exhibition of rugs held in Somerset House last year, the company will be celebrating its 25th anniversary by launching Editions: Contemporary Rugs for Collectors in the Great Arch Hall, Somerset House, London, from 2 May to 30 June 2013. Based in London and Los Angeles, Christopher Farr was established in May 1988 and has been at the forefront of contemporary rug design. Christopher Farr and his business partner, Matthew Bourne, have brought a new vitality to textile art.
Ends Sunday 30 June 2013
Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art
Futurism and the Past: www.futurismandthepast.com
On 1 December 2012, the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art launched its first virtual exhibition addressing Futurism’s relationship with the Italian pictorial tradition. The online exhibition features some sixty works, half from the first ten years of the Futurist movement (1909-1919), including paintings from the Estorick’s permanent collection, and the other half spanning the history of art from Ancient Greece to Baroque Rome. On view at www.futurismandthepast.com, it shows a new side to Futurist art by comparing it with ancient art and the Old Masters, challenging the idea that it was entirely opposed to art of the past.
Ends Monday 30 September 2013
Giorgio Casali: Photographer / Domus 1951-1983
For over thirty years, Giorgio Casali (1913-1995) photographed the work of the greatest post-war Italian architects and designers. Although not a household name, Casali’s reputation as one of the most influential 20th century Italian photographers is assured through the striking imagery he produced for the monthly magazine Domus – Italy’s famous style bible. This important exhibition at the Estorick Collection, from 22 May to 8 September 2013, presents a selection of works from the vast collection of Casali’s images in the Archivio Progetti, housed at IUAV University in Venice. With their incredible subtlety and sophistication, these masterful images reveal why Casali’s vision came to be so valued by such important figures as Gio Ponti and Ettore Sottsass Jr.
Ends Sunday 8 September 2013
Emilio Greco: Sacred and Profane
Organised in collaboration with the Archivi Emilio Greco and Il Cigno GG Edizioni of Rome, to mark the centenary of the artist’s birth, Emilio Greco: Sacred and Profane will be on view at the Estorick Collection from 25 September to 22 December 2013. Greco was one of the key figures of 20th century Italian art and this exhibition, the first of sculpture to be staged at the Estorick, will comprise some forty works, including pieces in bronze and terracotta, as well as a number of his elegant and vigorous drawings.
25 September to 22 December 2013
London Art Week
London Art Week
London Art Week is an exciting joint venture that unites Master Paintings Week and Master Drawings and Sculpture Week (formerly Master Drawings London). The new collaboration will provide a coherent platform, sharing advertising and creating a new online portal through which the individual websites can be accessed. London Art Week will also produce a map with the locations of all the participants making it easier for collectors to navigate the week. More than 50 specialist dealers across the fine art disciplines and the major London auction houses will take part in this new initiative.
28 June to 5 July 2013
Master Paintings Week
REDISCOVERED MASTERPIECES TO BE UNVEILED DURING MASTER PAINTINGS WEEK 2013
Master Paintings Week (MPW), now in its fifth year and already an important event in the London art calendar, takes place from 28 June to 5 July 2013 and, for the first time, will have the support of The Crown Estate. The successful collaboration between twenty leading dealers and three international auction houses highlights the extraordinarily wide selection of European paintings dating from the 15th to the 20th centuries available in London.
28 June to 5 July 2013
THE CROWN ESTATE TO SPONSOR MASTER PAINTINGS WEEK 2013
Master Paintings Week (MPW), now in its fifth year and already an important event in London’s art calendar, is delighted to announce the support of The Crown Estate. James Cooksey, Head of St James’s Portfolio, said: “The Crown Estate is delighted to partner for the first time with Master Paintings Week. We value the important contribution of the art community in St James’s and to be part of this exceptional week of events highlights our commitment to promoting the area’s unique culture and heritage”.
28 June to 5 July 2013
The Springtime of the Renaissance. Sculpture and the Arts in Florence, 1400-1460
Palazzo Strozzi will present The Springtime of the Renaissance. Sculpture and the Arts in Florence, 1400-1460, an exhibition which sets out to illustrate the origin of what is still known today as the “miracle” of the Renaissance in Florence predominantly through masterpieces of sculpture, the form of figurative art in which it was first embodied. Following its debut in Florence, where it will be on view from 23 March to 18 August 2013, the exhibition will be shown at the Musée du Louvre in Paris from 23 September 2013 to 6 January 2014.
Ends Sunday 18 August 2013
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
Masterpieces: Art and East Anglia
A major exhibition of works of art celebrating the rich and distinctive culture and artistic heritage of East Anglia, from antiquity through to the present day, will mark the unveiling of the newly-refurbished galleries by Foster + Partners at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich. Masterpieces: Art and East Anglia, opening on 14 September 2013, is the most ambitious exhibition ever staged in the region and will also be a major feature of the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the University of East Anglia.
Masterpieces: Art and East Anglia will present some 250 objects that the region has inspired, produced and collected, as well as treasures that have long been associated with the area, loaned by over sixty major public and private collections including the Royal Collection, the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the National Gallery. The extraordinarily diverse selection of masterworks will range from paintings, sculpture, architecture, ceramics, glass and jewellery to photography, graphic design, fashion and costume, product and textile design. The juxtapositions promise to be spectacular: a flint handaxe worked at least 700,000 years ago will sit alongside an ironstone pebble from the same Norfolk beach carved into a reclining figure by Henry Moore in 1930; striking pre-war posters and prints will hang in galleries with works by John Sell Cotman and John Constable; a masterly Thomas Gainsborough family portrait will be shown alongside haunting images of Edwardian fishermen by Olive Edis; sculptures by Barbara Hepworth and Elisabeth Frink will be interspersed with sculptural works from the Classical, Medieval and Renaissance periods; Ana Maria Pacheco’s mythical party in a gigantic boat will be moored in the East Gallery whilst the iconic Lotus 72 sports car takes up pole position in the West End.
14 September 2013 to 24 February 2014
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
The Clark Adds Japanese Venues to International Tour Schedule
The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute announced that the international tour of masterpieces from its collection of nineteenth-century French paintings will travel to two venues in Japan in 2013. Its first international tour of paintings from its collection underscores the Clark’s commitment to global outreach and cultural exchange. Tokyo’s Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum will present the Clark exhibition from 9 February to 26 May 2013, followed by an exhibition at the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art in Kobe from 8 June to 1 September 2013.
Ends Sunday 1 September 2013
The Courtauld Gallery
The third display in the Illuminating Objects programme at The Courtauld Gallery focuses on the German miniature picture Bibles, Dess Alten Testaments Mittler: Dess Neuen Testaments Mittler. Produced by two sisters from Augsburg in the late 17th century, Johanna Christina (or Christiana) Küsel (also known as Kuslin) drew the designs and Maria Magdalena engraved them. Most 17th century ‘thumb’ bibles were for children but the Küsel books, with their intricate engravings, were most likely for use in private devotion. The research has been undertaken by Josephine Neil, who is taking her PhD in Theology and the Arts at King’s College London. This is probably the first time that the miniature Bible picture books, acquired by Thomas Gambier Parry near Nuremberg in 1851, have ever been on public display.
Ends Monday 22 July 2013
The Courtauld Gallery holds the most important collection of works in the United Kingdom by the Post-Impressionist master Paul Gauguin (1848-1903). Assembled by the pioneering collector Samuel Courtauld (1876-1947), it includes five major paintings, ten prints and one of only two marble sculptures ever created by the artist. This special summer display presents the complete collection together with the loan of two important works by Gauguin formerly in Courtauld’s private collection: Martinique Landscape (Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh) and Bathers at Tahiti (Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham) along with two double-sided drawings and archival material from the Gallery's collection. Today, Gauguin is widely celebrated as one of the most important artists of the 19th century. Collecting Gauguin offers an opportunity to consider the contribution of Samuel Courtauld in developing the artist’s reputation in this country.
20 June to 8 September 2013
The Young Dürer: Drawing the Figure
This exhibition examines the figure drawings of the young Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528). It focuses on Dürer’s formative years from around 1490, when he completed his artistic training, to 1496 when he established himself permanently as a master in Nuremberg in southern Germany. This period included the so-called Wanderjahre or journeyman years during which the artist travelled widely and was exposed to a range of new experiences. Dürer would go on to redirect the course of German art and his drawings, in particular, demonstrate the significance of these early influences in shaping his ambitious artistic personality. The exhibition will bring together outstanding drawings by Dürer from international collections as well as rare works by precursors and contemporaries who remain little known in the United Kingdom.
17 October 2013 to 12 January 2014
Tomasso Brothers at Masterpiece London
TOMASSO BROTHERS PAY HOMAGE TO THE ANTIQUE AT MASTERPIECE
Tomasso Brothers’ display at Masterpiece will pay homage to the Antique, the term used between the 15th and 18th centuries to refer to the civilisations of ancient Greece and Rome, then regarded as the ultimate aspiration and inspiration for any sculptor. One of the highlights of the stand will be a striking marble bust of Alexander the Great attributed to Bartolomeo Cavaceppi (1716-1799), on view at Masterpiece London, Royal Hospital Chelsea, from 27 June to 3 July 2013. Stand C2 (price in the region of £150,000)
27 June to 3 July 2013
Tomasso Brothers Fine Art (London)
MESSAGE FROM THE GODS – VISIT TOMASSO BROTHERS
Collectors and curators heading to the city for London Art Week, an exciting collaboration between Master Paintings Week and Master Drawings and Sculpture Week from 28 June to 5 July 2013, will receive a warm welcome at Tomasso Brothers’ elegant new gallery at 12 Duke Street, St James’s, where they will find a superb selection of European sculpture.
28 June to 5 July 2013