With Richard Diebenkorn’s exhibition at the Royal Academy as a particular stand-out, this month is full of captivating exhibitions to visit. Have a look at our 10 picks for this April.
Revered as one of the great post-war masters in his native United States, Richard Diebenkorn is an artist whose staunchly independent career takes us from abstraction to figuration and back again.
Showing at the Royal Academy until 7 June 2015
This will be the first UK retrospective to assess the breadth of her vibrant artistic practice across a wide range of media. It will feature the groundbreaking paintings, textiles and clothes she made across a sixty-year career, as well as the results of her innovative collaborations with poets, choreographers and manufacturers, from Diaghilev to Liberty.
Showing at Tate Modern from April 15 until 9 August 2015
3. Callum Innes
One of the most important painters of his generation, Innes is known for a practice that combines intellectual rigour with incredible sensitivity to his chosen medium. This exhibition focuses on works from the artist’s celebrated Exposed Paintings series. This series played a central role in Innes’ seminal presentation at 2014’s exhibition Generation: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland. The Exposed Paintings are explorations of colour and pictorial space, and are created through a process of addition and subtraction.
Showing at Frith Street Gallery until 24 April
This display brings together four abstract portraits by the distinguished British painter Jack Smith (1928-2011). Three of these paintings were made in the 1980s: two representing the composers Harrison Birtwistle and Colin Matthews, and the third the choreographer Ashley Page. The fourth is a self-portrait dated 1997. None of these works functions as a portrait in a conventional way. These works use colour, line and abstract shape suggestively and symbolically.
Showing at National Portrait Gallery until 31 August 2015
This survey exhibition of the American figurative painter, his first in London since 2000, highlights key aspects of the artist’s oeuvre from the 1950s until his death in 2004.
Showing at Serpentine Gallery until 17 May 2015
The De La Warr Pavilion will display over 200 original illustrations that cover a selection of Ladybird books from the late 1950s to early 1970s. Focusing on those books which reflected the world in which the reader lived, the exhibition will feature selections from the People At Work series, Shopping With Mother, the Science and Nature series as well as the Well Loved Tales and Key Words series.
Showing at De La Warr Pavilion until May 10 2015
To complement New Rhythms, drawings by ten contemporary artists can be found in the house. They range from dynamic sketches to drawings from life, reflecting some of the subjects and approaches to be found in Henri Gaudier-Brzeska’s celebrated drawings.
Installed in the house at Kettle’s Yard: Charles Avery, Phyllida Barlow, Aleana Egan, Antony Gormley, Thomas Houseago, Rachel Howard, Chantal Joffe, Nick Mauss, Daniel Silver, Rachel Whiteread.
Showing at Kettle’s Yard until June 21 2015
Four separate but simultaneous exhibitions, in four different Norwich locations, bring major sculptural work from Brazilian-born artist, Ana Maria Pacheco, to Norwich for the first time. Curated for Norfolk Contemporary Art Society.
Showing at Norwich University of the Arts, Gallery until 25 April 2015
A strong exhibition of beautiful painting, portraits and landscapes, by award winning artists. Sophie Ploeg,was Travel Award winner in the 2013 BP Portrait Award exhibition, Patricia Cain,showing with us for the first time, winner of the Aspect Prize in 2010, and Steven Lindsay, Aspect Prize runner up, also in 2010.
Showing at Lime Tree Gallery until 29 April 2015
Featuring over 200 new and recent works on paper by established and emerging artists, Drawing Biennial 2015 offers fresh insights into the most exciting currents in contemporary art today. Each selected artist has been invited to make an original drawing in any medium on an A4 sheet of paper, which is exhibited in the gallery in a democratic hang that gives each artist equal prominence.
Showing at the Drawing Room until 30 April 2015