Our pick of this week’s art events: 7 – 13 November

RA Recommends

Published 7 November 2014

From Post-Impressionist views of British Columbia to ground-breaking design from the RCA.

  • From the Forest to the Sea: Emily Carr in British Columbia

    Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, until 8 March 2015
    Featuring expressive Arbutus trees alongside totem poles topped by mythical creatures, the landscapes of Emily Carr (1871–1945) marked a turning point in Canadian art. Painted during her travels through aboriginal settlements, the works brought Post-Impressionism, Fauvism and Cubism to scenes of British Columbia, while simultaneously drawing inspiration from First Nations’ culture. In this first European show of the artist, indigenous artefacts such as masks, baskets and bowls accompany Carr’s canvases.

  • Emily Carr, Tanoo, Queen Charlotte Island, BC

    Emily Carr, Tanoo, Queen Charlotte Island, BC, 1913.

    Image PDP02145. Courtesy of Royal BC Museum, BC Archives, Canada.

  • Transmitting Andy Warhol

    Tate Liverpool, until 8 February 2015
    Distribution, argues this new exhibition, was as important to Andy Warhol as production. As well as his serial repetition of Marilyn Monroe, Muhammad Ali et al through the medium of silkscreen printing, his myriad projects in publishing, film, performance, music and broadcasting allowed him to disperse his ideas and images more broadly – from the launch of his celebrity magazine Interview to the multi-disciplinary series of happenings Exploding Plastic Inevitable (1966–67).

  • Andy Warhol, Marilyn Diptych

    Andy Warhol, Marilyn Diptych, 1962.

    ©The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc/ARS, NY and DACS, London 2009.

  • Polly Apflebaum

    Frith Street Gallery, London, until 20 December 2014
    The textile works of Polly Apflebaum have often developed from the achievements of American art movements such as Colour Field, Minimalism and Pattern & Decoration. But for her new show in Frith Street’s Soho space, following her residency in Rome last year, the artist’s fabric installations respond to the drapery of Renaissance and Baroque paintings.

  • Polly Apfelbaum, Colour Sessions

    Polly Apfelbaum, Colour Sessions, 2013.

    Detail. Courtesy the artist and Frith Street Gallery.

  • Maeve Gilmore

    Ancient & Modern, London, until 20 December 2014
    To mark its 50th exhibition, contemporary art gallery Ancient & Modern looks back in time and honours Maeve Gilmore (1917-1983), an interesting post-war artist whose work was overshadowed by that of her husband, writer and illustrator Mervyn Peake. I have only seen Gilmore’s paintings in reproduction before, so I’m looking forward to seeing in person how her post-war portraits gradually moved beyond naturalism to more surreal and gestural modes.

  • Maeve Gilmore, Pieta

    Maeve Gilmore, Pieta, c. 1960s.

    Oil on canvas. 76 x 76 cm.

  • Graphics RCA: Fifty Years and Beyond

    Royal College of Art, London, until 22 December 2014
    Although it’s not art and architecture (and therefore not quite the ken of the RA), the RCA’s show dedicated to its ground-breaking graphic design department is a must-see for me. It covers influential alumni including Pentagram founder Alan Fletcher, as well as the inventive work of younger practices such as Graphic Thought Facility, Why Not Associates, Kerr Noble, APFEL and Åbäke.

  • Ray Gregory, RCA Football Club poster

    Ray Gregory, RCA Football Club poster, 1971.