The best galleries, exhibitions and other shows to see this monthby / May 19, 2016 / Leave a comment
Published in June 2016 issue of Prospect Magazine
Royal Academy, 13th June to 21st August
Initiated in 1769, the annual summer exhibition “open to all artists of distinguished merit,” was a founding principle of Joshua Reynolds’s Royal Academy. Today, this show, selected from open submission and arranged in 10 rooms by the “Hanging Committee,” is still an exhausting but stimulating passage into summer. This year’s coordinator is the sculptor Richard Wilson. Spotlighting a distinctive feature of contemporary art, he has invited 15 artistic duos—from husbands and wives Ilya and Emilia Kabakov and Tim Noble and Sue Webster (and Austro-German couple EVA & ADELE) to brothers Jake and Dinos Chapman and sisters Jane and Louise Wilson—to exhibit work throughout the galleries. The lone genius Kutlug Ataman, the Turkish filmmaker, will recreate his multi-image video installation The Portrait Of Sakip Sabanci (2014)—10,000 LCD panels, each with an image of one person who crossed paths with Sabanci, the late businessman and philanthropist.
Dulwich Picture Gallery, 8th June to 18th September
In 1920 Winifred Knights (1899-1947) won the scholarship awarded by the British School at Rome for her remarkable painting The Deluge. At the Slade, she had evolved a meticulous style inspired by the Italian primitives: outwardly formal and frieze-like but full of emotion and drama. As part of Dulwich Picture Gallery’s Modern British series devoted to “critically neglected” artists, Sacha Llewellyn has put together a revelatory show of five major works with many drawings and studies.
Stubbs and the Wild
The Holburne Museum, Bath, 25th June to 2nd October
Admiring as we are today of his lustrous, anatomically precise horses and sleek dogs, in his own time George Stubbs (1724-1806) was renowned for his depiction of exotic animals. As Britain’s colonisers brought home moose, zebras, yaks and even the remains of a kangaroo, Stubbs was invited to sketch these marvels. The Holburne Museum celebrates the centenary of its revival with a show examining how these trophies inspired Stubbs to create stirring landscapes, populated by savage beasts.