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Cornelia Parker has lined up a stellar cast of artists and designers to contribute to this show, which is based on the history of the Foundling Hospital. Responding to the theme of 'found' are Ron Arad, Phyllida Barlow, Jarvis Cocker, Richard Deacon, Tacita Dean, Jeremy Deller, Edmund de Waal, Brian Eno, Wolfgang Tillmans, Mona Hatoum and many others.
Winifred Knights (1899-1947)
Dulwich Picture Gallery's mission to bring to attention under-appreciated British modernists continues with this retrospective of Winifred Knights. In works such as her best-known painting 'The Deluge' (1920) in the Tate collection, Knights marries a love of early Renaissance frescoes with cubist-inspired exaggerations of form. They're solemn, classical. What's radical about Knights's art, however, are themes of women's rights and independence. Knights was recognised during her lifetime: at the insistence of John Singer Sargent, she became the first woman to win the Prix de Rome scholarship in Decorative Painting awarded by the British School at Rome. This show seeks to establish her as one of the most original artists of the first half of the twentieth century.
If you missed one of the standout shows of 2015, the Vinyl Factory’s presentation of Ragnar Kjartansson sensational musical installation, ‘The Visitors’, fear not as you’ll be able to experience it at the Barbican’s summer exhibition dedicated to the young Icelandic artist who has brought fun back to art. For his recent show at Palais de Tokyo, he transformed the galleries into living entities where the lines between fact and fiction were blurred. He’s played guitar naked in a bath, been the crooner of a big band, become a captain of a boat, and dressed up as a knight. As Kjartansson says, ‘Sometimes you need to add a little theatre to life and vice versa.’ So this first UK survey of the multi-talented artist will not disappoint as it includes ten performers singing throughout the lower galleries for ‘Take me here by the Dishwasher: Memorial for a Marriage’ and the ongoing film project, ‘Me and My Mother’ in which Kjartansson’s mother spits at him.
William Eggleston Portraits
William Eggleston, the man widely considered the godfather of colour photography, is a geniune art world legend and as cool as many of the people he's shot over the years. Joe Strummer and Dennis Hopper are among the names that feature in this retrospective of Eggleston's portraits of musicians and actors. But rarely seen images of this Memphis-born artist's home life are likely to be as big a draw.
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