David Hockney, Royal Academy, London
This new selection of paintings by David Hockney features 82 portraits, created over the last two years in LA. The sitters are all placed on the same yellow chair and painted in brash bright colours, with the results almost dancing across the Royal Academy’s Sackler wing. These are certainly not images that pierce the soul of those portrayed but rather there is a light joyousness about the works – certainly no bad thing.
Until 2 October www.royalacademy.org.uk
David Bomberg, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne
Bringing together works from Towner’s own collection, plus loans from other galleries including Tate, Ben Uri Gallery, Southampton City Art Gallery and private collections, this show provides an overview of David Bomberg’s landscape works. Paintings and drawings explore the landscapes of Palestine, Spain, Cyprus, Cornwall and London.
Until 11 September www.townereastbourne.org.uk
The Dead Teach The Living, Hunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow
This exhibition features the premiere of Damien Hirst’s Necromancer medical cabinet, plus objects and artworks that explore the historical and contemporary connections between art and science. Additional items feature from the collection of Hunterian founder Dr William Hunter, plus new works by artists Scott Rogers and Catherine Street. This jam packed exhibition has been curated by students from the MLitt Curatorial Practice (Contemporary Art) programme at the University of Glasgow and Glasgow School of Art.
Until 5 March www.gla.ac.uk
Christopher Wood, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester
Although his untimely death in 1930 at the age of 29 cut short his career, Christopher Wood had already gained a reputation for his ‘faux-naïve’ and almost surreal style. His paintings offer an intriguing link between the representational works of the Edwardian era and the abstraction of the 1930s. This show offers a survey of his career, one that although only lasting 10 years certainly left a mark.
Until 2 October www.pallant.org.uk
The Boundary, Bloc Projects, Sheffield
This show from Sheffield-based artists Ruth Levene and Ian Nesbitt brings together new video, photography, documentary materials and ephemera relating to their 67-mile walk following the Metropolitan District Boundary of Sheffield. The collaboration developed out of an initial a-n bursary, and explores issues relating to land use and the commons, heritage and sense of place.
Until 6 August www.blocprojects.co.uk
1. David Hockney RA, Barry Humphries, 26th, 27th, 28th March, 2015. © David Hockney. Photo credit: Richard Schmidt.
2. David Bomberg, Valley of La Hermida Picos de Europa, Asturias, Spain, 1935. Image courtesy of Museums Sheffield. © The Estate of David Bomberg. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2016
3. Christopher Wood, Portmeor Beach (detail), 1928. Private collection
4. Ruth Levene and Ian Nesbitt, The Boundary. Courtesy of the artists