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The CF To-Do List: February 2022

Your monthly cultural crib sheet compiled by Citizen Femme.

Designed for cosmopolitan globetrotters – based anywhere from London to New York – we’ve rounded up the best exhibitions to see, the films to watch, and the events to catch in your chosen city this month.

© The Easton Foundation/VAGA at ARS, NY and DACS, London 2021. Photo: Christopher Burke.

Louise Bourgeois: The Woven Child, Hayward Gallery, London, UK

“I have always had a fascination with the magic power of the needle. The needle is used to repair the damage. It’s a claim to forgiveness.” – Louise Bourgeois

In the last two decades of her career, Bourgeois began to incorporate clothes from all stages of her life into her art. This developed into a varied body of work, incorporating “textiles such as bed linen, handkerchiefs, tapestry, and needlepoint”. “Bourgeois’ fabric works mine the themes of identity and sexuality, trauma, and memory, guilt, and reparation that are central to her long and storied career.” Though famed for her spider sculptures, this major exhibition at the Hayward is dedicated to her textile works, spotlighting their significance within the artist’s oeuvre.

Vincent van Gogh, (1853 - 1890), Self-Portrait with Straw Hat, August - September 1887, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)

Van Gogh. Self-Portraits, The Courtauld Gallery, London, UK

The Courtauld Gallery’s latest exhibition is quite the coup. The newly refurbished gallery is “springboarding Van Gogh’s iconic Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear, one of the most celebrated works in The Courtauld’s collection, to bring together a selection of 16 self-portraits” (totalling to around half of the self-portraits Van Gogh created during his short years as a painter) tracing the evolution of Van Gogh’s self-representation. Visitors to Van Gogh. Self-Portraits will have the opportunity to view his early “Self-Portrait with a Dark Felt Hat, created in 1886 during his formative period in Paris as well as Self-Portrait with a Palette, painted at the asylum in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence in September 1889, one of his last self-portraits before his death in 1890″. Several works in the exhibition were last together in Van Gogh’s studio and have never been reunited, until now, making this a must-see show.

Raoul Dufy, la Fée Electricité, 1937 250 panneaux, huile sur contreplaqué. Localisation : Paris, musée d'Art Moderne © Adagp, Paris Photo © Pierre Antoine

Yves Saint Laurent aux Musées, Paris, France

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the fashion house, six Parisian museums will simultaneous be exhibiting how couturier Yves Saint Laurent was influenced by the art world – from Picasso, to Matisse, and Mondrian –, congruently highlighting his influence as a genre-defining designer. Museums partaking in the multi-centre event include the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris, the Louvre, and the Musée d’Orsay, with each institution taking their own slant on YSL – the Pompidou will focus on his modernity, for example. An exhibition conceived and made possible by the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, this is a rare opportunity to see notable pieces including the A/W65 Mondrian dress and the A/W79 Picasso-inspired Cubist jacket, displayed next to the artworks that inspired them.

© Larry Bell Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth Photo: Jeff McLane

Chromophilia Curated by Tanya Barson Hauser & Wirth Zurich, Limmatstrasse, Switzerland

Colour is not a simple subject. Curated by Tanya Barson, Chromophilia – meaning ‘the love of colour’ – is a group exhibition exploring colour, bringing together vibrant paintings, collages, sculptures, and installations by artists including Phyllida Barlow, Alexander Calder, Martin Creed, Jenny Holzer, Roni Horn, and Yves Klein. “Overall, the artists included in Chromophilia deploy colour in myriad ways, helping us to see and experience our world anew”. Catch it until 9 March.

Image Courtesy of Maddox Gallery and Dawn Okoro

Mad Explosive Spontaneity, Maddox Gallery, London, UK

Texas-based artist, Dawn Okoro makes her UK solo exhibition debut with Mad Explosive Spontaneity at Maddox Gallery. As a black female artist raised in Austin, Texas but with Nigerian heritage, Dawn Okoro’s work explores identity, representation, and self-reflexivity. Often depicting creatives, like dancers or musicians, Dawn’s figurative portraits play with movement, textures, and block colours, obscuring parts of the body with gold leaf to reflect her feelings of erasure and hyper visibility. Named after a lyric sang by Bahamadia, the exhibition is due to be a bold and colourful reflection of the artist – and an altogether uplifting show.

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Courtesy Hedges Projects, Los Angeles

Andy Warhol x Maripol at Hotel Bel Air, Los Angeles, US

Taking place in Hotel Bel Air’s lobby and suite 361, Andy Warhol x Maripol will showcase the best of New York nightlife and Hollywood glamour. Attendees will discover dozens of never-before-seen Andy Warhol images from the James R. Hedges IV Collection of Andy Warhol Photography – the largest collection of its sort in private hands in the world – including Polaroids, photo booth strips, screen tests, silver gelatin prints, and more. In addition, Maripol has taken seven of her most notable images and produced a very limited edition in monumental scale. “Drawing on her most famous images, the exhibition will showcase her most glittering subjects in a grand scale”. The exhibition is complimentary and open to the public seven days a week.

Feature image: Raoul Dufy, la Fée Electricité, 1937, 250 panneaux, huile sur contreplaqué. Localisation : Paris, musée d’Art Moderne © Adagp, Paris. Photo © Pierre Antoine. 

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