Updated: 26th April 2017

What's on Locally

At Tower Gallery in Crickhowell

tower galleryThere is a new show recently opened.

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At the Oriel CRiC Gallery in Crickhowell
The Oriel CRiC Gallery upstairs is a beautiful space which showcases creative excellence at its best. The programme of group exhibitions per year features art in various mediums: painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, glass, and jewellery.
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logoThe Open Studios event is being held during the Spring Bank Holiday at the end of May.  Click on the logo to find out more.

In Abergavenny Now

abernowClick on this image to go the Abergavenny NOW - a webpage that gives all events happening in and around Abergavenny.

In Pontypool

En Plein Air painting competition is to be held between 13th and 17 June (10am to 4pm).  Prizes: £250, £100, £75 with entry fee of £15 per painting per day.  Contact 01495 752036 or pontypoolmuseum@hotmail.com for full details.
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In Cardiff

baconAt the National Museum of Wales  18 Feb to 31 Jan 2018.
This exhibition brings to Cardiff one of the UK's most important private collections of modern British art.  The collection was created over a number of decades, with work often being purchased before the artists were famous. The collection features work by many of the very best British artists of the 20th century including Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Barbara Hepworth and David Hockney.

Close friends of Bacon in the so-called ‘School of London’ also feature including a portrait by Freud, and expressionist canvases by Frank Auerbach and Leon Kossoff. These figurative works are complimented by more abstract works by the painter Ben Nicholson and sculptures by Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and Anthony Caro. Contemporary art is also strongly represented with paintings by Peter Doig and two important vases by Turner-prize winner Grayson Perry.

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In London

Royal Academy of Arts until 4th June 2017

americaAfter the Fall - Painting in the 1930s

The art of 1930s America tells the story of a nation in flux. Artists responded to rapid social change and economic anxiety with some of the 20th century’s most powerful art - brought together now in this once-in-a-generation show.

These 45 truly iconic works paint an electrifying portrait of this transformative period. These are works which have rarely been seen together, by artists ranging from Jackson Pollock, Georgia O’Keeffe and Edward Hopper to Thomas Hart Benton, Philip Guston and more. Perhaps the most celebrated work of them all, Grant Wood’s iconic American Gothic (1930), has never left North American shores before.

In the devastating wake of the Wall Street Crash, artists sought to capture the changes in urbanisation, industrialisation and immigration that pulsed across the country, resulting in one of the most vital periods for American artists in the 20th century. This was a decade like no other that saw them search for an elusive ‘Americanness’ through realism, populism and abstraction, rural and urban themes, the farm, the new, the traditional.



Other links

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web galleryThe Web Gallery of Art is a virtual museum and searchable database of European fine arts of 1000 to 1900 currently containing over 31.100 reproductions. Click on this image.




In London

Tate Modern: 10 May to 10 Sept.
Tate Modern presents the UK’s first major retrospective of Alberto Giacometti for 20 years

Celebrated as a sculptor, painter and draughtsman, Giacometti’s distinctive elongated figures are some of the most instantly recognisable works of modern art. This exhibition reasserts Giacometti’s place alongside the likes of Matisse, Picasso and Degas as one of the great painter-sculptors of the twentieth century. Through unparalleled access to the extraordinary collection and archive of the Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti, Paris, Tate Modern’s ambitious and wide-ranging exhibition brings together over 250 works. It includes rarely seen plasters and drawings which have never been exhibited before and showcases the full evolution of Giacometti’s career across five decades, from early works such as Head of a Woman [Flora Mayo] 1926 to iconic bronze sculptures such as Walking Man I 1960.


National  Portrait Gallery
23 March to 18 June 2017

hodgkinThis is the first exhibition of portraits by Howard Hodgkin (b.1932), one of Britain’s leading artists. Hodgkin’s paintings are characterised by rich colour, complex illusionistic space and sensuous brushwork. By emphasising these pictorial elements, his work frequently appears entirely abstract. However, over the course of 65 years, a principal concern of Hodgkin’s art has been to evoke a human presence.

The role of memory, the expression of emotion, and the exploration of relationships between people and places are all preoccupations. The exhibition explores Hodgkin’s development of a personal visual language of portraiture, which challenges traditional forms of representation.


 



On BBC iPlayer

The iPlayer

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First transmitted in 1979, Arena profiles John Hoyland, seen by many as England's finest abstract painter.

As a major retrospective of his work opens in London, Hoyland faces hostile criticism, starts a new painting and explains why, in his bleaker moments, painting can seem little more than ' flicking away in a corner with a feather duster '.

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france art
Andrew Graham-Dixon takes a stunning visual journey through French art history in three episodes. He traces its development to the arrival of Classicism and the Age of Enlightenment.  Click on the above image for more information.