This month’s list of must-see exhibitions features major shows on the Abstract Expressionists (London) and the Impressionists (Edinburgh), and a handy couple of shows for print-connoisseurs on Trumpington Street in Cambridge.
1. ‘Wild Giants’, Samantha Gare
For her new show ‘Wild Giants’, Samantha Gare has travelled the world sketching mountain landscapes and producing large paintings in ink, acrylic and pastel. ‘Wild Giants’ is the closest you’ll come to alpine tranquility in London this September.
Showing at Curious Duke Gallery from 1st September to 30th September 2016.
2. Inspiring Impressionism – Daubigny | Monet | Van Gogh
Showing at the Scottish National Gallery from 25th June to 2nd October 2016.
5. Rewind: Julie Umerle
6. Mary Lloyd Jones: Colour Notes
Mary Lloyd Jones is one of Wales’ best known artists and the recipient of the 2016 Glyndŵr Award. Her work attempts to convey a sense of her “relationship with the land, an awareness of history, and the treasures of our literary and oral traditions” through the use of palimpsests, primitive symbols and obsolete scripts.
7. Abstract Expressionism
In 1995, the Independent published an article by Frances Stonor Saunders which claimed that the reputations of certain painters from the Abstract Expressionist school had been inflated by the C.I.A. during the Cold War as part of a concerted campaign of cultural propaganda. This major exhibition at the Royal Academy features paintings by many of the movement’s major artists (including Pollock, Rothko, Frankenthaler and de Kooning) and is sure to be an involving experience for any viewer concerned with the politics of abstract art.
This single-medium retrospective of the British artist Maggi Hambling’s work on paper focuses on the tactility of the drawing experience; the rough nap of paper, the gestural motions of the artist’s hands. The artworks exhibited span Hambling’s long career; many have never been on public exhibition before.
Showing at the British Museum from 8th September 2016 to 29th January 2017.
The National Original Print Exhibition is organised by the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (RE), and is an international open-submission exhibition for artist-printmakers. Selections are made by a distinguished panel of artists and critics featuring the President and Vice-President of the RE; the exhibitions features new wood engravings, etchings, colour linocuts and screenprints.