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David Hockney Unveils New Drawings of his Close Friends in National Portrait Gallery Exhibition

David Hockney © David Parry and National Portrait Gallery

David Hockney: Drawing from Life
National Portrait Gallery, London
27 February – 28 June 2020

New portraits of David Hockney’s close friends – textile designer, Celia Birtwell; his business manager and curator Gregory Evans, and master printer, Maurice Payne – have gone on public display for the first time in a major new exhibition, David Hockney: Drawing from Life, opening at the National Portrait Gallery, London on Thursday 27 February. Inspired by the National Portrait Gallery exhibition, which explores Hockney as a draughtsman from the 1950s to now by focusing on his depictions of himself and a small group of his closest sitters, Hockney invited his friends to sit for him once more for a new series of drawings – ten of which are on display in the exhibition. Drawn in Los Angeles and Normandy in 2019, the three-quarter length portraits are fond evocations of time spent together and represent the familiar faces and different expressions of his old friends, informed by all the sittings they have done previously. In the works, Hockney uses the walnut-brown coloured ink favoured by Rembrandt, achieving an uninterrupted continuous line. Further information

www.npg.org.uk

 

Copyright Text: National Portrait Gallery, London


Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol (1928 –1987) Marilyn Diptych 1962 Tate © 2019 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc / Artists Right Society (ARS), New York and DACS, London

12 March – 6 September 2020

Tate Modern

 

A new look at the extraordinary life and work of the pop art superstar

 

Andy Warhol was the son of immigrants who became an American icon. A shy gay man who became the hub of New York’s social scene. An artist who embraced consumerism, celebrity and counter culture – and changed modern art in the process.

He was born in 1928 as Andrew Warhola to working class parents from present day Slovakia. In 1949 he moved from Pittsburgh to New York. Initially working as a commercial illustrator, his skill at transforming the imagery of American culture soon found its realisation in his ground-breaking pop art.

This major retrospective is the first Warhol exhibition at Tate Modern for almost 20 years. As well as his iconic pop images of Marilyn Monroe, Coca-Cola and Campbell’s soup cans, it includes works never seen before in the UK. Twenty-five works from his Ladies and Gentlemen series – portraits of black and Latinx drag queens and trans women – are shown for the first time in 30 years. Visitors can also play with his floating Silver Clouds and experience the psychedelic multimedia environment of the Exploding Plastic Inevitable.

Popularly radical and radically popular, Warhol was an artist who reimagined what art could be in an age of immense social, political and technological change. Further Information www.tate.org.uk

 

Copyright Text: Tate Modern London

 


Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things

National Portrait Gallery, London
12 March – 7 June 2020

Cecil Beaton by Paul Tanqueray, 1937. National Portrait Gallery, London © Estate of Paul Tanqueray

Cecil Beaton’s portraits from a golden age will be brought together the first time in a major new exhibition opening at the National Portrait Gallery, London, in March 2020. Featuring around 150 works, many of which are rarely exhibited, Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things will explore the extravagant world of the glamorous and stylish ‘Bright Young Things’ of the twenties and thirties, seen through the eye of renowned British photographer Cecil Beaton. Further Information www.npg.org.uk

 

Copyright Text: National Portrait Gallery, London


Titian: Love, Desire, Death

16 March – 14 June 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Titian, Danaë, about 1551–3

 

Oil on canvas, 114.6 × 192.5 cm

 

Wellington Collection, Apsley House, London

 

© Stratfield Saye Preservation Trust

 

Titian’s sensuous interpretation of Classical myths of love, temptation, and punishment

In 1551, Prince Philip of Spain, the future King Philip II, commissioned Titian, the most famous painter in Europe, to produce a group of paintings showing Classical myths primarily taken from the Roman poet Ovid’s ‘Metamorphoses’.

The exhibition reunites all six paintings in the series, from Boston, Madrid, and London, for the first time in over four centuries. Included are Diana and Actaeon’ and ‘Diana and Callisto’; works we own jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland.

Combining Titian’s remarkable talent as both artist and storyteller, the mythological scenes capture moments of high drama; a fatal encounter, the shameful discovery, a hasty abduction. Titian expertly manipulates paint and colour to dazzling effect; capturing luminous flesh, sumptuous fabrics, water, reflection, and atmospheric, almost enchanted, landscapes.

We see gods and goddesses, yet their faces show very human, and very relatable, emotions: guilt, surprise, shame, desperation, and regret.

Titian called these works his ‘poesie’ because he considered them to be visual equivalents of poetry. This is a rare opportunity to enjoy some of the greatest paintings in European art.

Exhibition organised by the National Gallery, the National Galleries of Scotland, the Museo Nacional del Prado, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston. Further Information www.nationalgallery.org.uk

 

Copyright Text: National Gallery London


Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk

29 February 21 June 2020

Kimono belonging to Freddie Mercury to be shown for the first time in major new exhibition at the V&A

A kimono owned by Freddie Mercury will be shown to the public for the first time as part of the V&A’s major fashion exhibition Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk, opening 29 February. Worn by the musician at home, the kimono has sat in a private collection until this moment and will provide audiences with a glimpse into the personal life of the singer. Further Information www.vam.ac.uk

 

Copyright Text: V&A London

Kimono for a woman, owned by Freddie Mercury (c) Victoria and Albert Museum, London


British Baroque: Power and Illusion

4 February – 19 April 2020

This is the first time that Tate has staged a show devoted to the later 17th century and the first to explore baroque art in Britain. It will be a chance to encounter a rich, sophisticated but overlooked era of art history. Many of the works will be on display for the first time - some borrowed from the stately homes they have hung in since they were made.

From the Restoration of Charles II in 1660 to the death of Queen Anne in 1714, the late Stuart period was a time of momentous change for Britain. From the royal court as the brilliant epicentre of the nation’s cultural life to the rise of party politics, the exhibition will look at the magnificence of art and architecture as an expression of status and influence.

This exhibition will include the work of the leading painters of the day – including Peter Lely, Godfrey Kneller and James Thornhill. It will celebrate grand-scale portraiture, the wonder and artifice of trompe l’oeil, the emotional persuasion of religious spaces and the awe-inspiring impact of baroque mural painting. Throughout, the show will consider the use of art to convey power, however distant the illusion sometimes was from reality. Further Information www.tate.org.uk

 

Copyright Text/Video: Tate Britain London


Steve McQueen

13 February – 11 May 2020

 

 

Tate Modern presents the first major exhibition of Steve McQueen’s artwork in the UK for 20 years

London is Steve McQueen’s home town and a place that continues to inspire him. This is the first major exhibition of his work here since he won the Turner Prize in 1999. It features 14 major works spanning film, photography and sculpture, including his first film shot on a Super 8 camera, Exodus 1992/97, and the recent End Credits 2012–ongoing, McQueen’s homage to the African-American singer, actor and civil rights activist Paul Robeson, which is on show for the first time in the UK. Spanning two decades of his career, the exhibition will reveal how McQueen’s pioneering approaches to filmmaking have expanded the ways in which artists work with the medium, creating poignant portraits of time and place.

Over the last 25 years Steve McQueen has created some of the most innovative works of moving image designed for gallery spaces. He has also directed four critically acclaimed feature films, including the Academy Award-winning 12 Years a Slave. Further Information www.tate.org.uk

 

Copyright Text: Tate Modern London

 

Steve McQueen Static 2009 Video still © Steve McQueen. Courtesy the artist, Thomas Dane Gallery and Marian Goodman Gallery


Picasso and Paper

Michel Sima, Pablo Picasso drawing in Antibes, 1946

Black-and-white photograph. Photo © Michel Sima / Bridgeman Images. © Succession Picasso/DACS 2019

Main Galleries 25 January – 13 April 2020

 

In January 2020, the Royal Academy of Arts will present Picasso and Paper, the most comprehensive exhibition devoted to Picasso’s imaginative and original uses of paper ever to be held. Bringing together over 300 works and encompassing Picasso’s entire prolific 80-year career, this ground-breaking exhibition will focus on the myriad ways in which the artist worked both on and with paper, and will offer new insights into his creative spirit and working methods. Further Information www.royalacademy.org.uk

 

Copyright Text: Royal Academy of Arts