Pop Art Design
Barbican Art Gallery, until 9 February 2014
Pop Art Design Installation image. 22 October - 9 February. © Gar Powell-Evans 2013. Courtesy Barbican Art Gallery.
The Post-war Pop artists were infatuated with everyday objects – think Andy Warhol’s repeated paintings of soup cans, or Peter Blake’s collections of knick-knacks. A new show at the Barbican gallery, which has garnered rave reviews this week, looks at how their appropriation of consumer products in turn inspired the work of designers, from Charles and Ray Eames’s furniture to magazines, posters and film-sets.
Scottish National Gallery, 26 October - 18 May 2014
Fruitmarket Gallery, 26 October - 23 February 2014
Edinburgh’s big autumn show opens this week: ‘Louise Bourgeois: A Woman Without Secrets’, at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Drawn from the national Artists Rooms collection (generously donated by dealer Anthony D’Offay several years ago), the show focuses on the French artist’s affecting late work, which ranged from metal-cage environments – the ‘Cell’ series – to a remarkable cycle of large-scale, semi-figurative drawings A L'Infini(2008-2009). To complement the show, the city’s Fruitmarket Gallery presents Bourgeois’ late works on paper.
The Male Nude: Eighteenth-century Drawings from the Paris Academy
The Wallace Collection, until 19 January 2014
Jean Baptiste Isabey, Seated man leaning on his right arm, 1789. © ENSBA Paris.
The Royal Academy’s French equivalent – the Ecole nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris – has lent a superb collection of its seventeenth- and eighteenth-century life drawings to the Wallace Collection, to be seen by visitors in relation to the venue’s world-class works of French painting from the period. The drawings by artists including Boucher, Nattier and Gros all depict the male nude, which was considered a critical subject to master for any budding student of the Academy.
MIMA Middlesbrough, until 9 February 2014
The Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art dedicates all its gallery spaces this autumn to one of the city’s most famous contemporary artists, William Tillyer, widely admired for his effervescent abstracted images often inspired by landscapes. Works range from recent studies of clouds – a long-time fascination for the artist – to other works where the world of appearances vanishes into evocative swirls and geometric shapes.
Masterpieces of Chinese Painting 700–1900
V&A, until 9 February 2014
Unidentified Artist; traditionally attributed to Zhang Sengyou, 'The Five Planets and Twenty-eight Constellations' (detail), 960 - 1127. Credit line: © Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts.
And last but definitely not least, a reminder of the once-in-a-generation UK exhibition of Chinese painting that’s opening this weekend at the V&A. If you need any more persuading to go, read the words of Frances Wood – the former curator at the British Library – who previewed the show in the latest RA Magazine.
Sam Phillips is a London-based arts journalist and Editor of RA Magazine