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Exhibitions to Explore This Month – August/September
August 18, 2014
COMING TO AN END –
Summer Screen Prints Film Poster Exhibition, Finishes on 25 August
In celebration of Film4’s summer screen at Somerset House reaching its 10th Anniversary season, 16 artists have been commissioned to reimagine the public’s favourite film posters in the medium of screen print. You can browse this vibrant new collection of posters featuring iconic film subjects by artists including Rose Blake, Cassandra Yap, Hattie Stewart and HelloVon and take home your favourite for a mere £45. This will be a unique opportunity to discover some of the UK’s brightest artistic talent and purchase an affordable piece of art.
Summer Screen Prints Film Poster Exhibition runs 31 July – 25 August 2014 at Somerset House, for more information go to – somersethouse.org.uk/visual-arts/summer-screen-prints
GIANTS OF ART –
Tate Britain Welcomes Home Ophelia, Rejoined the permanent collection 8 August
Finally back home from their international tour of the US, Russia, Japan and Italy, a selection of Tate Britain’s Pre-Raphaelite works have rejoined the larger collection. Works such as John Everett Millais’s Ophelia 1851-2, Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s The Beloved 1865-6 and Beata Beatrix c.1864- 70, Ford Madox Brown’s Jesus Washing Peter’s Feet 1852-6 and William Holman Hunt’s The Awakening Conscience 1853. The collection, much loved here in the UK, was viewed by over 1.1 million people while on tour but now hangs safely back among its fellow Pre-Raphaelite works, including John William Waterhouse’s The Lady of Shalott 1888 and Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones’s The Golden Stairs 1880.
It is especially heartening to see Millais’s Ophelia back within the walls of the Tate as, in addition to being one of the nation’s most loved paintings, it was also one of the founding works in Tate’s collection.
For more information on the returning works go to – tate.org.uk/about/press-office/press-releases/tate-britain-welcomes-homes-ophelia
FINGER ON THE
Alexander Costello, Site-Specific Performance on Converted Barge, Runs between 4 and 7 September
Make your way to the canal banks of London between 4 and 7 September and between Camden Lock and Tottenham Hale to witness artist Alexander Costello’s series of performances Making Progress on a converted barge with a sculptural figurehead of the artist himself attached to its bow. Wearing a white suit and pointing forwards, this piece uses the absurd to challenge the public’s conception of ‘progress’ itself and our linear concepts of time.
‘I want people to feel they are alive, I want them to strive to break down the mundane patterns of life … sometimes people need some thoughtful respite in order to progress’ Alexander Costello, 2014
The Site-Specific Performance runs 4 – 7 September, for more information go to – sculptureshock.rbs.org.uk. For up to date boarding locations and performance times please see @SculptureShock on Twitter.
OPENING SOON –
Xavier Mascaró, Departure, Opens on 3 September
Presented by SP Koren Art, the Saatchi gallery will soon be home to the prolific work of Xavier Mascaró, an artist preoccupied with boats as vessels of transportation and means of escaping conflict. His show at the Saatchi Departure will include a haunting installation of boats made from bronze and iron, evocative of long-forgotten shipwrecks.
The Madrid and Mexico City based artist has exhibited in Buenos Aires, Los Angeles, Madrid, New York and Paris and this new show will showcase a range of Mascaró’s sculptural works exhibiting his adventurous experimentation with traditional casting techniques.
Departure will run from 3 September – 5 October 2014, for more information go to – saatchigallery.com/current/xavier_mascaro.php
ONE TO WAIT FOR –
Egon Schiele: The Radical Nude, Opens on 23 October
Master of the nude figure and protégé to Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele died at an untimely twenty-eight and many have mourned the loss of the lifetime of work he was destined to bestow upon the world. Yet despite his years being short, his body of work is vast, encompassing hundreds of nude studies, some so shocking for his time that they earned him a short stay in prison.
The exhibition will concentrate on a sizeable collection of Schiele’s drawings and watercolours, examining his uncompromising depiction of the human body in all its glorious flawed imperfection. The exhibition will explore the development of his technique and his mastery of line and form, as well as Schiele’s wide-ranging influence on the course of modern art.
Egon Schiele: The Radical Nude will run at the Courtauld Gallery from 23 October 2014 to 18 January 2015, for more information go to – http://www.courtauld.ac.uk/gallery/exhibitions/future/index.shtml
Words Maxine Kirsty Sapsford, Arts Editor