Sir Anthony van Dyck, 'Queen Henrietta Maria', 1609-69. Royal Collection Trust © 2013, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Tudor and Stuart Fashion
The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, until 6 October 2013
If you thought ‘power dressing’ began in the 1980s, the summer exhibition at the Queen’s Gallery in Buckingham Palace will set you straight, revealing how British royalty and court hangers-on dressed for success back in Tudor and Stuart times.
Opening today, ‘In Fine Style: The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion’ presents superb portraiture from the Royal Collection – Holbein’s Queen Anne Boleyn to Van Dyke’s Charles I – that demonstrates how garments’ colours and shapes projected the tastes and ambitions of their wearers.
Mary Fedden RA
Richard Green, 15 May – 1 June
Mary Fedden RA, 'Blue still life:The Lamp', signed and dated 1987. Oil on board. 24 x 30 in / 61 x 76.2 cm. Copyright, Richard Green Gallery, London. Another notable show opens nearby in Mayfair on Wednesday: a retrospective of the well-loved works of the late Academician Mary Fedden, featuring canvases dating back to the 1950s as well as those from more recent times.
In Fedden’s distinctive, naive style of still life, objects from bowls of fruit to bottles are arranged like actors on a stage, working collectively while retaining their own independence, thanks to her heightened use of colour and emphasis on geometric shape. Some of the finest are set against the spellbinding landscapes of Italy and North Africa.
Anthony Eyton RA
Browse and Darby, 15 May - 7 June 2013
Wednesday sees a welcome return of Anthony Eyton’s paintings to Cork Street gallery Browse and Darby. The Academician has travelled far and wide, and his exhibition will allow us to follow his journey, as we stop off at site such as the banks of the Ganges at Varanasi, India, where the clothes of bathers are captured in a kaleidoscope of colour; the Copacabana in Rio, where roughly rendered figures seem to float in the searing heat; and back to Eyton’s native Brixton, where his beautiful garden is represented by a multitude of green marks.
Anthony Eyton RA, 'Men on the steps, Varinasi'. Pastel on board, 29 1/2 x 39 inches.
Arnolfini, until 7 July 2013
The acclaimed Cologne-born artist Jutta Koether is the subject of a show at Bristol’s Arnolfini, following her recent presentation at Dundee Contemporary Arts. Although primarily a painter, Koether also works in other media in order to examine the methods and history of the medium.
Jutta Koether, 'The Seasons 1', 2012. Acrylic and oil on canvas.
The two series of work on view responds to two famous painting cycles by the seventeenth-century French classicist Nicholas Poussin, ‘The Seven Sacraments’ and ‘The Four Seasons’. The canvases of the former are rethought in a variety of different ways, including a garish, messy painting of Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel, abstracts strips of pigment on glass and an angular floor sculpture.
Martin Parr and Tom Wood
Walker Art Gallery, 11 May - 18 August 2013
Every Man and Woman is a Star. © Tom Wood Ahead of the Liverpool International Photographay Festival, an exhibition opens at the Walker Art Gallery that compares the Merseyside-based photographs of Martin Parr and Tom Wood.
While Parr has travelled across the country and abroad for his subjects, the Irish-born Wood is synonymous with Liverpool, producing series that show Scousers’ lives in the street, on buses, at work, and in pubs and clubs.
A retrospective of Wood’s career is currently on view at Bradford’s National Media Museum, and Parr’s work will be shown alongside that of another innovator in the medium, Tony Ray-Jones, from September at the Science Museum.
Sam Phillips is a London-based arts journalist and contributor to RA Magazine