This week's unmissable art
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Alex Katz interview
We caught up with the legendary New Yorker at his new show of ‘Black Paintings’
The impressionists may be the biggest names in art but for years they were derided and unsellable. This blockbuster celebrates their champion, Paul Durand-Ruel
Roman Signer interview
The Swiss artist tells us about a career in kayaks
Must-see photography exhibitions
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Upcoming art exhibitions in London
Calling all pogonophiles, this exhibition of over 80 portraits by Mr Elbank is just for you. Here, all manner of facial tufts come under the spotlight from John Hurt's wiry fisherman’s whiskers to Harnaam Kaur’s unexpected beard, which she’s been growing since she was sixteen when she was diagnosed with polycystic ovaries.
Revelations: Experiments in Photography
The invention of photography helped Victorian scientists to capture things too small and too fast for the human eye to see. So it’s apt this Science Museum show should focus on the mutually inspiring terrain of scientific study and artistic endeavour. Bringing together the early photomicrography experiments of British inventor William Henry Fox Talbot with contemporary artists including Idris Khan and Clare Strand, ‘Revelations: Experiments in Photography’ reveals the everlasting aesthetic stimulus of early photographic techniques.
Joshua Reynolds: Experiments in Paint
This spring the Wallace Collection will reveal a more radical side to the British eighteenth century portraitist who founded the Royal Academy. Bringing together fascinating archival material, x-rays and twenty paintings, Reynolds’ unconventional technical approach will be unearthed. Enthralling detective antics aside, it’s also the perfect chance to appreciate his magnificent portraits of London’s colourful elite.
Nick Waplington/Alexander McQueen: Working Process
Known for his controversial and unorthodox approach to fashion, Alexander McQueen collaborated with photographer Nick Waplington to create a unique record of his working practice during the creation of the late fashion designer’s final Autumn/Winter 2009 collection, ‘The Horn of Plenty’. Shadowing McQueen from the creative process of sketching designs through to the Paris catwalk, Waplington’s large and small-scale photographs capture McQueen’s radical and eccentric fashion vision. Originally collated into a photobook, images from the atelier are contrasted with photos of recycling plants to further highlight McQueen’s retrospective concept for the collection that used components from previous collections and catwalk shows including fabrics and parts of sets.
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