Five exhibitions to see in February 2019
From the pattern-led fashion of Orla Kiely to Phyllida Barlow’s big, colourful sculptures, here are five exhibitions to dazzle you this February.
Escape the plummeting temperatures with our pick of the month’s exhibitions – all 50% off with a National Art Pass.
From controversial contemporary art to award-winning photography, there's plenty to see during the shortest month.
From the portrait of a notorious local gang in Finsbury Park that launched his career, to iconic images of conflict in Vietnam, Lebanon and Biafra, Don McCullin’s work has earned him the reputation of one of Britain’s greatest living photographers. This exhibition covers his photojournalism – the Nikon camera that took a bullet for him in Cambodia is testament to his dedication – alongside his work documenting social change in Britain, meditative landscapes, and the still lifes he took mostly in his kitchen.
All new work from Phyllida Barlow is set to invade the recently opened Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Galleries at the Royal Academy, challenging our relationship with the space through sculptures that embrace instability and incongruity. Barlow's use of humour, bright colours and everyday materials such as cardboard and polystyrene all feature in this unique interpretation of a residential cul-de-sac. The Royal Academy is offering a special 50% off this Art Fund-supported exhibition for visitors with a National Art Pass, and cul-de-sac is one of our highlights of 2019.
This exhibition showcases the achievements of women photographers working in Britain since the medium first emerged in the 19th century. From Anna Atkins’ early work with botanical subjects to Sarah Lucas’ contemporary self-portraits, the exhibition covers five themes, exploring process, narrative, journalism, women’s role in society, and identity. It is supported by a Jonathan Ruffer curatorial grant from Art Fund.
‘I couldn’t think of a better place to have a dialogue about art today and what it can be,’ says Jeff Koons of the Ashmolean, the world’s oldest public museum, where he is co-curating this exhibition spanning his entire career. Described as important, controversial and subversive, Koons’ work explores ideas of 'high' and 'low' culture through sculpture and painting. Of the 17 works featured, 14 are on display in the UK for the first time.
Celebrated designer Orla Kiely’s distinctive use of colour and geometric forms has attracted fans such as Keira Knightley, Scarlett Johansson and the Duchess of Cambridge. This exhibition spanning 20 years of her career includes sketches, mood boards, outfits and a whole wall of handbags. It also explores her first influences, displaying family photographs and ephemera from her childhood in Ireland as well as her earliest designs. As Kiely says, ‘Pattern is in me. It is my life.’