Art in Print
American art will dominate 2017's blockbuster shows at London's museums and art galleries
This year American art will dominate London’s galleries and museums with a series of blockbuster shows including big names such as Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns.
Also included is one of the iconic images of US art — Grant Wood’s painting American Gothic — which is coming to the UK for the first time.
The 1930 work, showing a man holding a pitchfork with a woman outside a wooden house typical of America’s Midwest, has never been outside the US, but it will take centre stage in a Royal Academy of Arts show next month dedicated to American paintings from the Depression decade.
A Johns retrospective will also be held at the RA later in the year. During March the British Museum is staging The American Dream: Pop to the Present, with half-a-century of work on display, including prints by Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.
Tate Modern are also joining in with their current Rauschenberg retrospective exhibition, the first major survey of the groundbreaking artist’s work in 20 years. Later in the year a major show about 20 years of black artists in the US will also be on display at Tate Modern.
The British Museum, the RA and Tate Modern are among the capital’s most visited attractions, welcoming over 12 million visitors between them in 2015. With such strong attendee numbers, these exhibitions are likely to highlight the internationalism of the city .
Via: Evening Standard
Hauser & Wirth to help Elisabeth Frink's reputation soar
One of Britain’s best known sculptors of the late 20th century, Elisabeth Frink, enjoyed a typically robust market last year. Of the 30 bronzes that went under the hammer, 24 sold for approximately £2.5 million, that’s over £105,000 each on average.
This week at the London Art Fair her work will enjoy pride of place on the stand of the Woking-based Lightbox Gallery which houses the private collection of local football club owner, Chris Ingram. Commercial galleries offering her work for sale include the Beaux Arts Gallery, which represents the estate of the artist who died in 1993.
An exhibition of her work opens at the Somerset outpost of Hauser & Wirth is likely to overshadow the fair however. As Hauser & Wirth is one of the most prestigious contemporary art galleries in the world, this event takes Frink to another level.
But Patricia Singh of the Beaux Arts gallery is not concerned. “It will do her profile a lot of good,” she says. “In fact we helped with the exhibition.” For Hauser & Wirth director, Alice Workman, the appeal is not so much commercial – though half the exhibition will be for sale – but that it fits the gallery’s programme for “strong women and under-recognised artists”, and in this case, one that has strong local links. It will certainly draw a big West Country crowd, fulfilling the gallery’s community commitments.
Maria Balshaw confirmed as new Tate director, succeeding Sir Nicholas Serota
Currently running the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester, Balshaw will start her new role as director at the Tate in June.
Tasked with leading it “into its next phase” the 46-year-old said she was “honoured” to be taking over from Sir Nicholas Serota. Serota has led the organisation since 1988 and overseen its rise to a major international institution with the creation and recent expansion of Tate Modern.
Balshaw also stated: “Under Nicholas Serota’s leadership, Tate has changed forever how we all think about art and artists and has made visual art a central part of a vibrant cultural life in the UK.
“I am tremendously excited to be leading Tate in the next chapter of its life. ..I look forward to developing Tate’s reputation as the most artistically adventurous and culturally inclusive gallery in the world.”
Blashaw is the first woman in the job and due to start work in June after Sir Nicholas becomes chairman of Arts Council England.
Via: Evening Standard