Beyond Caravaggio, Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh
This bumper show is the first exhibition of works by Caravaggio and his followers – the so-called Caravaggesque painters – ever to be shown in Scotland. It explores how his dramatic lighting, compositions and subject matter influenced a host of contemporary artists from all over Europe, including Gentileschi, Ribera, Valentin and Ter Brugghen.
Until 24 September 2017, www.nationalgalleries.org
Simon Patterson, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea
Simon Patterson is known for making use of mechanisms of language, maps, museological classifications, military codes and routines. This show combines works from the last 25 years of Patterson’s career with two new commissions. It also includes objects drawn from Bexhill and Hastings Museums, including artefacts collected by Hastings resident Annie Brassey, an English writer and traveller who amassed an extensive collection of ethnographic objects during her voyages around the world on her steam yacht, the Sunbeam.
Until 3 September 2017, www.dlwp.com
Portraying a Nation: Germany 1919 – 1933, Tate Liverpool
This exhibition features more than 300 paintings, drawings, prints and photographs that explore Germany between the two world wars. It combines two shows: ‘Otto Dix: The Evil Eye’ includes paintings and works on paper that feature harshly realistic depictions of German society and the brutality of war; ‘Artist Rooms: August Sander’ presents photographs from Sander’s best known series People of the Twentieth Century – his attempt to document the German people.
Until 15 October 2017, www.tate.org.uk
Colour, Order, System, Sid Motion Gallery, London
This group show brings together the works of four artists who explore colour, form and light by disrupting formal and conceptual ideas relating to the use of grids and systems in painting. Included is a new window drawing, Umbra Slip, by London-based artist (and a-n degree shows Instagrammer) Fiona Grady, paintings by Sue Kennington and Richie Culver, and Roland Hicks’ trope l’oeil OSB series that fuses painting, collage and sculpture.
Until 28 July 2017, www.sidmotiongallery.co.uk
Lindsey Bull and Plastique Fantastique, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester
Castlefield Gallery presents a new body of work by Manchester-based painter Lindsey Bull, alongside a new mixed-media installation and performance by London-based collective Plastique Fantastique. Both reference twins and doubles in their work, with Bull’s paintings featuring figures that are difficult to place in the past, present or future, while Plastique Fantastique explore politics, the sacred, popular and mass culture, with the results including comics, texts, shrines and assemblages.
Until 6 August 2017, www.castlefieldgallery.co.uk
1. Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, The Supper at Emmaus, 1601. Oil on canvas, 141 x 196.2 cm. The National Gallery, London. Presented by the Hon. George Vernon, 1839. © The National Gallery, London
2. Otto Dix (1891–1969), Reclining Woman on a Leopard Skin (Liegende auf Leopardenfell), 1927. Oil paint on panel, 680 x 980 mm. © DACS 2017. Collection of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University. Gift of Samuel A. Berger
3. Fiona Grady, Umbra Slip, site specific window drawing, dimensions vary, 2017. Courtesy: the artists and Sid Motion Gallery