What better way to see the year out and welcome a new one by viewing the crossover of the art trends that will be surfacing over the next 365 days of 2017?
Andy Warhol at the Whitworth, Manchester
The introducer of Pop Art to the contemporary creative scene. This exhibition opened in November and includes his key works from the Tate and Scottish collections. The pieces chosen demonstrate Warhol’s interest in politics, identity, death, and the American dream, chosen to demonstrate his critical nature as an artist. It includes the ‘selfies’ Self-Portrait with skull and Self-Portrait Strangulation. Also in feature are The Electric Chair Series; a commentary on the use of Capital Punishment in society, and Gun (1981) that highlighted ethical and political issues concerning US Policies and Law.
The exhibition continues until April 16, 2017
Rene Magritte at Centre Pompidou, Paris
“My painting is visible images which conceal nothing; they evoke mystery and, indeed, when one sees one of my pictures, one asks oneself this simple question, ‘What does that mean?’ It does not mean anything, because mystery means nothing, it is unknowable.”
Rene Magritte is an international surrealist artist, whose talent did not come into the spotlight until the fifties. This is a full 30 years the emergence of the Surrealist scene, who sought revolution against the barricades of rationality. It was founded on inspiration such as psychologist Sigmund Freud where creativity and intellect interwove to speak out against a society whose ideologies practiced oppression in many forms. Rene Magritte is one of these counter-culture icons. A Belgium-born artist, this exhibition exudes interest in philosophy, society and humanity. In focus, it explores these identities by examining the relations of different systems people use; primarily that between word and imagery.
By popular recognition, one of her most famous works is the label ‘This is not a pipe’ depicted beneath the image of a pipe to suggest meaning and difference between object and the signified in terms of our interaction with the world and the descriptors we use to perceive it.
The exhibition, featuring more than 100 paintings, drawing and documents, runs from until January 23 2017.
Francis Bacon, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
A British figurative artist known for his raw and brash manner of work. His images while being harsh also depict what many would consider an unforgiving examination of humanity and our existence. The exhibition intends to open new perspectives on the artists’ work in particular pointing out the French and Spanish influences contained in his work. Visitors will have the chance to see work not often shown.
It will run until the end of January 2017.
Feminist Avant Garde of the 1970’s,
Photographer’s Gallery Soho until January 2017
A collection of work by 48 artists from 20 different countries. Exploring cultural themes of identity, sexuality and the body. Refining and redecorating the roles of traditional gender played and repeated in our histories, using stereotypical imagery like Birgit Jürgenssen’s self-portrait of a housewife in an apron that is made to challenge the domesticity women were in the past forced to posses and changing associations of the phrase ‘bun in the over.’ The show also using erotica to question stifled commands and taboos placed over a woman’s relationship to expression of sexuality, and states that this identity can be owned and flaunted by a woman, just as it is acceptable for a man to do.
Wim Delvoye at DHC Art
A Belgian neo-conceptual artist renowned for exciting, innovative and at time shocking pieces. Topics of his creativity harness a judgement for capitalism and the destruction of consumerism upon society. The exhibition merges several of the mediums Delvoye worked within including sculpture, photography and drawing.