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Tate Modern continues flying the flag for female artists neglected by history with the biggest retrospective of Dora Maar ever held in Britain. Maar’s slippery, surrealist works make use of an extensive archive of photographs and photomontages, but her career has been somewhat overshadowed by her relationship with Picasso. This exhibition plans to situate Maar’s creations alongside those of her contemporaries, but hopefully not (for once) just ol’ Pablo.
As the world gradually melts, the Royal Academy presents a slightly different exhibition to normal. Gone are the Renaissance nudes and contemporary sculptures, in their place are eco-warriors crossing over with artists. The show casts a (solar-powered) light on the artists and architects doing their bit in the fight against climate change and other assorted horrors facing the planet. Visitors will become acquainted with the people fighting the good fight head on, as well as those who are chronicling our collective doom.
This treat of an exhibition brings together immersive video and film installations by the Turner Prize- and Oscar-winning Steve McQueen made since 2000. Don't miss the chance to see 'Ashes 2002-2015', the artist's dual-screen film based on the life of a young fisherman, plus McQueen's overwhelming 'Caribs' Leap/Western Deep'. The show overlaps with the Tate Britain's exhibition of McQueen's huge 'Year 3' project, involving photographing every Year 3 primary school child in London in the classic school photo format.
Young Bomberg and the Old Masters
One of the ‘Whitechapel Boys’, David Bomberg created bold, bright, sharp paintings that so went against the conventions of the time they got him expelled from the Slade School of Art in 1913. A lesser-known fact about the artist is how he drew inspiration from the Old Masters of art history, including Botticelli and Michelangelo. This free exhibition at the National Gallery celebrates these acts of imitative genius.