Our pick of this week’s art events: 21 - 27 November

RA Recommends

Published 21 November 2014

From Maggi Hambling’s expressive paintings of waves to a presentation of the photography of conflict at Tate Modern.

  • Caragh Thuring

    Chisenhale Gallery, London, 27 November until 1 February 2015
    Caragh Thuring’s paintings are about the process of looking and understanding what one sees. Representing the everyday world, her work either omits elements – unprimed canvas left unpainted – or abstracts them, areas reduced to gestural strokes or self-sufficient shapes. In her show at Chisenhale, a well-deserved first exhibition in a UK public gallery, a new series explicitly riffs on these optical themes by picturing windows.

  • Caragh Thuring, Venstor

    Caragh Thuring, Venstor, 2014.

    Oil, gesso, graphite on linen. 152 x 213 cm. Courtesy the artist and Thomas Dane Gallery, London.

  • Maggi Hambling: Walls of Water

    National Gallery, London, 26 November until 15 February 2015
    As a companion to the National Gallery’s show of the Scandinavian seascapist Peder Balke (1804-1887), mentioned in last week’s RA Recommends, an exhibition of Maggi Hambling’s highly expressive paintings of waves goes on display this week. The British artist’s large-scale works are rich in pathos, the flux of water speaking of the human spirit.

  • Maggi Hambling, Wall of Water, Amy Winehouse

    Maggi Hambling, Wall of Water, Amy Winehouse, 2011.

    © Maggi Hambling / Photograph by Douglas Atfield.

    Oil on canvas. 91 x 122 cm.

  • Conflict, Time, Photography

    Tate Modern, London, 26 November until 15 March 2015
    The centenary of the First World War has precipitated multiple perspectives on the art of war – in RA Magazine, for instance, Hughie O’Donoghue RA discussed the connections between painting and memory. The Tate now turns our attention to war photography with a broad exhibition, encompassing work from Don McCullin’s famous reportage of Vietnam to Jerzy Lewinski’s evocative images of Hitler’s headquarters, made 15 years after the Second World War.

  • Chloe Dewe Matthews, From Shot at Dawn 2013

    Chloe Dewe Matthews, From Shot at Dawn 2013

    Verbranden-Molen, West-Vlaanderen © Chloe Dewe Matthews

  • Reiner Ruthenbeck

    Serpentine Gallery, 25 November until 15 February 2015
    Reiner Ruthenbeck was a participant in the legendary 1969 exhibition When Attitudes Become Form, which brought together at the Bern Kunsthalle different generations of conceptually minded post-war artists, from Joseph Beuys to Richard Long RA. But unlike many presented in that exhibition, Ruthenbeck’s work is not well-known in this country: his survey show at the Serpentine will help address that, demonstrating how the German sculptor assembles conventional materials into textural, geometric sculptures.

  • Reiner Ruthenbeck, Möbel V 1968

    Reiner Ruthenbeck, Möbel V 1968

    MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main Former collection of Karl Ströher, Darmstadt Photo: Axel Schneider, Frankfurt am Main © Reiner Ruthenbeck/ DACS 2014

  • One Hundred Drawings and Watercolours

    Guy Peppiatt Fine Art, 24 November until 19 December 2015
    Great artists of the past can be bought today without drawing on an oligarch’s bank balance, for those who peruse the watercolours and drawings on sale in galleries close to the RA. Guy Peppiatt’s gallery in Masons Yard opens its annual winter exhibition of 100 such works this week, with artists ranging from Pissarro, Vuillard and Signac back to British figures such as Thomas Rowlandson, whose lovely coach and horses scene has caught my eye.

  • Thomas Rowlandson, Horses and Coaches outside an Inn

    Thomas Rowlandson, Horses and Coaches outside an Inn, 1756-1827.

    Pen, grey ink and watercolour. 22 x 32 cm.

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