Jacqueline de Jong, Pippy Houldsworth, London
Dutch painter, sculptor and graphic artist Jacqueline de Jong’s extensive career began in the 1960s when she was involved with the Situationist International. This show, her first solo exhibition in the UK, focuses on her later work from the 1980s and 90s which saw a return to a more expressionist style of painting following a period of increasingly figurative painting. Highlights include her Paysages Dramatiques series, which features various characters in numerous apocalyptic landscapes of twisted trees and swirling waters. The results are strangely sensual, violent and contradictory.
Until 18 January, 2020 www.houldsworth.co.uk
Hamish Fulton, Parafin, London
This exhibition takes as its starting point a walk British walking artist Hamish Fulton made in 1973 from Duncansby Head to Land’s End. The 47 day journey caused Fulton to make the radical decision to ‘only make art resulting from the experience of individual walks’, with the artist arguing for wider recognition of the aesthetic and conceptual possibilities of walking as art ever since. This show includes works made between 1973 and now across a range of media, including printed texts, photographs, wall paintings and what he calls ‘walk texts on wood’.
Until 8 February, 2020 www.parafin.co.uk
Hal Fischer, GoMA, Glasgow
American artist Hal Fischer is best known for photographing the gay male culture of San Francisco in the later 1970s. This exhibition includes his seminal work Gay Semiotics, along with two other major works, Boy-Friends and 18th near Castro St. x 24. Fischer’s work reflects a brief period of time between the Stonewall uprising of 1969 and the early 1980s advent of AIDS, highlighting urban gay life during the first decade of gay liberation. This is the first time Fischer’s photographic works have been exhibited in Scotland.
Until 31 May, 2020 www.glasgowlife.org.uk
Nancy Newberry: Smoke Bombs and Border Crossings/Articles of Faith, Departure Lounge, Luton
Dallas-based photographic artist Nancy Newberry brings her performative photographic portraiture to Luton in a two-part project which includes her first UK commission. Her ongoing work, Smoke Bombs and Border Crossings, is a ‘contemporary Spaghetti Western’ photographed on both sides of the border between Mexico and Newberry’s native Texas. While this work is on display, Newberry is visiting the UK to create a series of new photographic portraits of the leaders, members and young people of Luton’s faith communities. This will form the second part of the exhibition, ‘Articles of Faith’, early in 2020.
Until 1 February, 2020 www.departure-lounge.org.uk
The Winter Exhibition, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle
This show features a mix of contemporary paintings, prints, glass, ceramics, sculpture and jewellery from more than 250 artists and makers. It is ‘headlined’ by Dutch landscape painter Rob Van Hoek, with other highlights include a new portrait series from classically trained India Amos. A new showcase of electro-luminescent wire creations and illuminated art designs from the team at Saltburn-based Light up North is also on show.
Until 23 February, 2020 www.thebiscuitfactory.com
1. Jacqueline de Jong, Big foot small head (for Thomas), oil on canvas, 200x160cm, 1985.
2. Hamish Fulton, Cho Oyu, Tibet, 2000, wall work, dimensions variable, 2000. © Hamish Fulton 2019. Courtesy: Parafin, London
3. Hal Fischer, Gay Semiotics.
4. Nancy Newberry, ‘Smoke Bombs and Border Crossings/Articles of Faith’.
5. Rob Van Hoek, Miles of Peace.