Cézanne, a survey of contemporary painting practice and Veronese at the National Gallery

Our pick of this week's art events

By Sam Phillips

Published 14 March 2014

From the political cartoons of Abdul Raheem Yassir to Venetian Old Masters; everything worth seeing in the world of art this week.

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  • Cézanne and the Modern

    Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 13 March – 24 June 2014
    Oxford’s Ashmolean presents Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art from the Pearlman Collection from this week, in an exhibition that constitutes the first display of this highly significant group of works in Europe. Cézanne is the highlight, the French master’s development examined in six oils, sixteen watercolours and two drawings – it’s a rare chance to see so many of his works together.

  • Paul Cézanne, Mont Sainte-Victoire, c.1902.

    Oil on canvas. 83.8 x 65.1 cm. © The Henry and Rose Pearlman Collection. Photography by Bruce M. White.

  • Welcome to Iraq

    South London Gallery, 15 March – 1 June 2014
    South London Gallery presents one of the highlights of last year’s Venice Biennale: ‘Welcome to Iraq’, a group exhibition that introduces a rich range of contemporary Iraqi art, from the political cartoons of Abdul Raheem Yassir, where the absurd is the weapon of choice, to films by Hareth Alhomaam and Ali Samiaa that explore the changing circumstances of interpersonal relationships between Iraqis.

  • Abdul Raheem Yassir, Miscellaneous cartoons, 2003-2013.

    Ink on paper. Image courtesy of the artists and RUYA Foundation.

  • I Cheer a Dead Man’s Sweetheart

    De la Warr Pavilion, Bexhill On Sea, 15 March – 29 June 2014
    The De la Warr Pavilion’s survey of contemporary painting practice looks like it will include a wonderful range of work, from the impasto investigations of Frank Auerbach and Leon Kossoff, paintings by Jessica Warboys – who often submerges her canvases in the seas – and important examples by Academicians including Frank Bowling, Jeffery Camp, Christopher Le Brun and Lisa Milroy.

  • Frank Auerbach, To the Studios, 1990 – 1.

    Courtesy the artist and Marlborough Fine Art.

  • Ivon Hitchens

    Goldmark Gallery, Uppingham, 15 March – 29 June 2014
    Ten previously unseen and evocative oils by the English painter Ivon Hitchens go on display from this weekend at Goldmark Gallery, in Uppingham, Rutland. Subtitled ‘Encounter in the Woods’, the show has an interesting backstory, as the landscape paintings on view were all given by the artist to woodcutter Ted Floate, Hitchens’ friend for more than thirty years.

  • Paolo Veronese, The Anointing of David, about 1550.

    Oil on canvas. 173 × 365 cm. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna (40). © KHM, Vienna.

  • Veronese: Magnificence in Renaissance Venice

    The National Gallery, 19 March – 15 June 2014
    And a reminder for all Old Master enthusiasts: Veronese at the National Gallery opens in the next week. Novelist and RA Magazine stalwart Sarah Dunant explains in the latest issue why she thinks the celebrated Venetian artist’s work is ‘such a thing as too much beauty’, and judging by the recent Renaissance shows around the capital, people are going to flock to experience it.

    Sam Phillips is the Editor of RA Magazine. Follow Sam on Twitter @SamP_London.

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