Summer is a time to get out side and enjoy nature and of course the sun. But it is also a time to soak up some art culture.
From global festivities to mark the 500th year anniversary of Leonardo di Vinci, to the first significant exhibition of Henry Moore work in Norfolk, to a retrospective of one of the first contemporary female artists to attain global fame, here are some not to be missed exhibitors across the globe, worth the travel.
DONNA HUANCA: OBSIDIAN LADDER
June 28, 2019 – December 1,2019
Marciano Art Foundation
4357 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Installed in the former Scottish Rite Masonic Temple, in Los Angeles, a place built by men for “men only”, Donna Huanca re-purposes this space and injects it with femininity. The temple is now home to multi sensory site specific exhibition incorporating painting, sculpture, sound, scent, and performance. Using varied media, such as raw pigments, turmeric, sand, latex and even humans. Hunaca explores the world of feminine creation. She creates an entire art ecosystem with static and permanent works, sculptures and painting as well as ephemeral performances employing her Femme painted models moving about freely and intuitively creating shifting artistic landscapes. Huanca refers to her “skin paintings “ as both her hanging canvases and her painted live models. In this exhibition, she uses a continuous palate of blues, whites, pale greens, punctuated by orange, throughout the entire installation blurring the boundaries between individual works. Her Femme models are painted and clothed in the same way her sculpture and canvas paintings are, thus when femme models move and interact with static works and exhibition space, the observer experiences living breathing art. This is a unique opportunity to step into the feminine power of creativity.
WHITNEY BIENNIAL 2019
May 17- September 22, 2019
Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort Street
New York, NY 10014, USA
For a comprehensive look at what is happening currently in the American art scene, nothing beats the Whitney Biennial. Curators Jane Panetta and Rujeko Hockley have gathered together some of the most important and relevant work coming out of the US. They spent a year and a half combing though artists studios to curate this year’ Biennial, which features seventy-five artists and collectives working in all major artistic disciplines — painting, sculpture, installation, film and video, photography, performance, and sound. The Biennial is the longest-running exhibition program in the US, established in 1932 by museum founder Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. Panetta and Hockley have focused on the social and political concerns that preoccupy American artists, many of which extend to the rest of the world. The exhibition covers topics such aa gender, race, equality, individualism in the face of social our media revolution, and explorations of human corporal vulnerability. Today’s cutting edge artists provide an intimate look into our collective psyche through diverse media, from glossy high tech to organic and layered.
CINDY SHERMAN RETROSPECTIVE
June 27 – 15 September, 2019
National Portrait Gallery
Saint Martin’s Place
The National Portrait Gallery hosts the most comprehensive Cindy Sherman retrospective to date, with about 150 works from the mid 1970s to the present day. One of the first contemporary female artists to attain global fame, Sherman is also the first undisputed “Selfie” queen. She has been been exploring image and identity through her self portraits. Sherman has an uncanny ability to observe our cultures and reflect them back to us. She is all of us. This exhibition is the most impressive survey of Sherman’s work to date; it features her early works, the “Untitled film stills” dating from the late70s depicting fictitious film noir scenes. In a single image the mind conjures an entire movie. Sherman’s later portraits range from romantic to haunting to comical, and sometimes even frightening.
HENRY MOORE AT HOUGHTON HALL: NATURE AND INSPIRATION
May 1 – September 29, 2019
Houghton Hall, Norfolk
Houghton Hall was built in 1722 by Sir Robert Walpole, Great Britain’s first Prime Minister. This is truly a place of extravagance, complete with unusual herd of white fallow deer that roam in the 450 acres of parkland surrounding the Hall. There is an impressive permanent collection of art on view, both historical and contemporary.
As the first significant exhibition of Henry Moore work in East Anglia in many years, Sebastiano Barassi, the Henry Moore Foundation’s Head of Collections & Exhibitions has curated this impressive exhibition. On view are several monumental outdoor pieces as well as smaller works and etchings. This is a perfect setting for Moore’s impressive sculptures. A meander through the quintessentially regal grounds are a wonderful setting for these sculptures. Be sure to pick up a map and not to miss any. Undisputedly, Britain’s Henry Moore was one of the great masters of taking in nature, exploring it, creating a dialog and giving back works which guide us through the wonder and beauty of it all. It is thrilling to witness masterpieces in settings that reflect the inspiration that gave them birth, and “Nature and Inspiration“ is such an exhibition. I invite you to muse over every detail of this can’t-miss exhibition.
LEONARDO DA VINCI:
DEGAS AT THE OPERA
September 24 – 19 January 19 2020
1 rue de la Légion d’Honneur