Alberto Giacometti, Tate Modern
The first major Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966) retrospective in the UK for more than two decades opens next month. The show, featuring 250 works, will chart the career of the Swiss painter-sculptor across five decades and includes some plaster works and drawings which have never been exhibited before. One of the highlights of the exhibition will be the inclusion of Giacometti’s Women of Venice (1956), a group of sculptures created for the Venice Biennale, which is being brought back together for the first time since their creation. The exhibition is open now, running until September 10. For more information, go here.
Sargent: The Watercolours, Dulwich Picture Gallery
Although famed for his skill as a portrait artist, John Singer Sargent also created an array of watercolours during his regular painting expeditions from America to Europe. This show aims to make a case for the quality of these artworks, with more than 80 of them on display. For more information, go here.
True to Life, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
Opening on July 1, this is, according to the gallery, the ‘first ever survey’ of British realist painting from the 1920s and 30s. The show features work by more than 70 artists working in this wide-ranging and often overlooked form, with a particular focus ‘on the hard-edged style of artists such as Gerald Leslie Brockhurst, Meredith Frampton, Harold Harvey, Bernard Fleetwood Walker and Dod Procter.’ The exhibition runs until October 29. For more information, go here.
Sculpture (1504-2017), Glyndebourne
Nick Hornby (not that one) presents large scale sculptures in the house and grounds of Glyndebourne, inspired by key historic artworks by the likes of Michelangelo, Rodin, Brancusi and Matisse. The exhibition is open to those with tickets for the Glyndebourne Festival and runs until August 27. For more information, go here.
Constable and Brighton, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery
An excellent exhibition, open now and running until October 8, that explores John Constable’s time spent with his family in Brighton between 1824 and 1828. Constable produced around 150 artworks during his time in Brighton and the show brings together more than 60 of his sketches, drawings and paintings from this period. According to Martin Gayford, writing in The Spectator, the exhibition demonstrates that Constable was ‘every bit as good at sea-painting as Turner’. For more information, go here.
The Encounter: Drawings from Leonardo to Rembrandt, National Portrait Gallery
This exhibition looks at portraiture through the drawings of masters of the Renaissance and Baroque periods including Leonardo da Vinci, Holbein, Rubens and Rembrandt, and aims to be ‘a celebration of portrait drawing from life’. The show opens on July 13 and is open until October 22. For more information, go here.
Grayson Perry, Serpentine Gallery
An exhibition of new work from the Turner Prize winner is called, The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever! A tongue in cheek title derived from the show’s central focus on how contemporary art speaks to society at large. As Perry puts it, he ‘wants to communicate to as wide an audience as possible’. He adds: ‘The new works I am making all have ideas about popularity hovering around them. What kind of art do people like? What subjects? Why do people like going to art galleries these days?’ The exhibition runs from June 8 – September 10. For more information, go here.
Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites, National Gallery
The National traces the considerable influence of the Arnolfini Portrait on the Pre-Raphaelites by bringing Van Eyck’s famous painting together with paintings by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Sir John Everett Millais, William Holman Hunt and others. One to book ahead for – the show opens on October 2. For more information, go here.