Howard Hodgkin: Acquainted with the Night
Until 7 July 2012
Print publisher and dealer Alan Cristea presents a new series of hand-painted intaglio prints by the British colourist Howard Hodgkin. For the majority of the 11 works on view, the artist dispenses with his characteristic device of a wide, painted border – a secondary frame he uses to orientate a picture – and instead imprints a flurry of expressive strokes on a relatively bare background. In In India and Dehli a confluence of marks are printed in colours redolent of the Subcontinent (Hodgkin’s collection of Indian art has been on view at Oxford’s Ashmolean recently); in Attack, an extra, angry, yellow-and-green layer is added to transform the mood.
Howard Hodgkin, 'In India', 2012. Sugar lift aquatint from 4 copper plates, printed in a blend of Lemon Yellow, Primrose Yellow, Deep Yellow, Diarylide Yellow, Indian Yellow, Orange, Nasturtium, Deep Red, Cadmium Red Light, Cardinal Red, Alizarin Crimson and Ruby Madder on 2 sheets of Arches Moulin du Gué blanc 350 gsm paper. Overall paper and image size 174.0 x 244.0 cm. Edition of 10.
Derrick Greaves: Milestones
Until 22 June
Derrick Greaves, 'Artficial Flowers' (red), 2011. Acrylic and charcoal on canvas. 122 x 152.5 cms (47.95 x 59.93 ins). To coincide with the British painter’s 85th birthday, James Hyman Fine Art presents a new body of work by Derrick Greaves, an artist closely associated with Kitchen Sink realism in the 1950s but whose work soon developed in a fertile slipstream informed by 1960s Pop Art and abstraction.
His recent acrylics are notable for their intense, high-contrast palette and stylish, stripped-down composition, with forms simplified and outlined. In a series inspired by artificial flowers, the petals are suitably synthetic: irregular shapes of unmodulated, bright colour that seem to hover like birds in flight.
1 June–28 July 2012
From Friday, Hauser & Wirth’s Savile Row space stages an exhibition of recent works by the Argentinian artist Guillermo Kuitca, whose canvases take inspiration from cartography, topography and architecture.
Guillermo Kuitca, 'Untitled', 2011. Oil on canvas. 109 x 196 cm / 42 7/8 x 77 1/8 in. © Guillermo Kuitca. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth.
In his oil Untitled (2011), a flimsy matrix of lines – some marked in bright yellow, like an A to Z – is suspended above grey Cubist facets, the artist conjoining our need to map with the Modernist projects of the past. His interest in the way we classify and represent our knowledge is extended in a series of large-scale graphite works that laboriously maps material from the Encyclopédie, the ambitious French Enlightenment encyclopedia.
Adrian Berg RA: A memorial exhibition
Until 30 September 2012
Chichester’s Pallant House Gallery commemorates the work of landscape painter Adrian Berg who died in November last year.
Adrian Berg RA, 'Botanic Garden, Madeira, 25th October', 2005. Oil on canvas, 66cm x 96.5cm © Estate of the artist.
The Academician was known for wonderfully evocative scenes of parks and gardens, from early works of Regent’s Park, painted from the window of his home at Gloucester Gate, to bright vistas of Stourhead in summer and Madeira’s botanical plantlife. The works on view are testament to his dedication and invention. Some of his most memorable oils deftly capture the reflection of trees and plants in water; Monet remained an abiding influence for Berg from his days as an art student.
Veronica Smirnoff, 'Maiden's Blush', 2012. 70 x 49. Egg Tempera on wood. Courtesy of Veronica Smirnoff. Veronica Smirnoff
1 June–7 July 2012
A graduate of the Royal Academy Schools, Moscow-born British artist Veronica Smirnoff presents recent works at London’s Gallery Vela from Friday.
Smirnoff produces paintings inspired by Russian icons both in method and in content: she works in egg tempera on wood and her subjects are often folkloric-looking figures, either still and pensive by themselves or undergoing tasks or challenges in groups.
But her compositions are also informed by modern imagery, from fashion magazine advertisements to photojournalism from the impending civil war in Libya.
Sam Phillips is a London-based arts journalist and contributor to RA Magazine