Monday, 29 April 2013

Art Shows in London, Chichester and Paris

Wellcome Collection, London
Souzou: Outsider Art from Japan
To 30 June

The 46 artists are residents and attendees of social welfare institutions across the main island of Honshu, and their work includes ceramics, textiles, paintings, sculpture and drawings.

Musée d'Orsay, ParisThe Angel of the Odd (L’Ange du Bizarre). Dark Romanticism from Goya to Max Ernst
To 9 June
Art inspired by 18th century English Gothic novels featuring haunted castles, bleeding apparitions, golems and vampires. Goya and Géricault gazed on atrocities; Fuseli's sleep was broken; Böcklin took an other-worldly boat trip; Caspar David Friedrich’s perfectly tailored poets brood on mountain peaks; Edgar Allan Poe wrote tales of sable felines and the unquiet dead. Dreams, magic, the occult, mesmerism, spiritualism all flourished. The exhibition stretches to the 1920s; the Manichean gods of Romanticism and the Enlightenment fight to this day.

Pallant House, Chichester

RB Kitaj: Obsessions to 16 June

Kitaj was a figurative modernist in the same ball park as David Hockney and Max Beckmann.

Barbara Hepworth: The Hospital Drawings to 2 June
During World War II, the abstract sculptor made beautiful drawings of surgeons at work.

Paul Nash: The Clare Neilson Collection to 30 June

Wood engravings and etchings by the English surrealist and artist in two world wars.

Fashion and Textile Museum, London
Kaffe Fassett: A Life in Colour to 29 June

The knitting and textile designer’s first show in London since 1988. Will we all be creating his colourful designs again? Or stitching tapestries based on cabbages and Victorian pottery? His works are like glowing, earthy versions of Bridget Riley's geometrical progressions – all knitted and sewn.

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