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FEATURE: From Manet to Man Ray and more

At the Royal Academy: Edouard Manet, Berthe Morisot with a Bouquet of Violets, 1872, oil on canvas, 55.5 x 40.5cm Photo: RMN (Musee d’Orsay) / Herve Lewandowski

Published: 10 January, 2013
by JOHN EVANS

THE new year is kicking off with exciting gallery exhibitions and there are more mouth-watering offerings for the rest of 2013, as this taste of the first quarter demonstrates.

January
At the Royal Academy, Manet: Portraying Life opens January 26 and runs till April 14. This will be the first retrospective devoted to the portraiture of Edouard Manet (1832-1883), spanning his entire career, and bringing together works from Europe, Asia and the US. It will feature more than 50, among them portraits of Manet’s most frequent sitter, his wife Suzanne Leenhoff.
At Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, www.royalacademy. org.uk, 020 7300 8027.

The Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art starts celebrations of its 15th anniversary with a career-spanning exhibition of 80 intimate prints, paintings and drawings by a master of aesthetic and artistic understatement, the Bologna-based Georgio Morandi (1890-1964). Giorgio Morandi: Lines of Poetry, runs from January 16 to April 7. At the gallery, 39a Canonbury Square, N1, www.estorickcollection.com
020 7704 9522.

February
Man Ray Portraits is the first major museum retrospective of the influential American modernist’s photographic portraits. Featuring 150 vintage prints taken between 1916 and 1968, the show, from February 7 to May 27, will highlight the central position of Man Ray (1890-1976) among the artists of the Dada and Surrealist movements. At the National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place,  WC2, www.npg.org.uk
020 7306 0055.

A Courtauld show Becoming Picasso: Paris 1901 runs from February 14 to May 26 and will examine in depth the story of Pablo Picasso’s breakthrough year, at the age of 19, focusing on his figure paintings, and the launch of his career and reputation in Paris. The Courtauld Gallery, Strand, WC2, www.courtauld.ac.uk
020 7848 2526.

The National Gallery will feature Through American Eyes: Frederic Church and the Landscape Oil Sketch from February 6 to April 28. Church (1826-1900), was a member of the Hudson River School and 25 oil sketches will be shown, as well as a single painting, Niagara Falls, from the American Side, to complement its sketch.

The Sainsbury Wing of the National will also host Barocci: Brilliance and Grace from February 27 to May 19, with 16 spectacular altarpieces by the late 16th-century Italian Federico Barocci (1526-1612), an artist who once created a fresco for the Casino of Pius IV in the Vatican gardens. At The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, WC2, www.nationalgallery.org.uk
020 7747 2865.
Tate Modern’s Lichtenstein: A Retrospective runs from February 21 to May 27 and is the first full-scale retrospective of the artist in more than 20 years. With some 125 works by Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997) a central figure of American Pop Art. At Tate Modern, Millbank, SW1, www.tate.org.uk
020 7887 8888.

Murillo at the Wallace Collection: Painting of the Spanish Golden Age runs from February 6 to May 12, featuring its eight masterpieces by Bartolomé Estebán Murillo (1617-1682) and several works by his associates, Osorio and Gutiérrez. The display at the Wallace, Hertford House, Manchester Square, W1, 020 7563 9500, www.wallacecollection.org, is timed to coincide with a major exhibition in Dulwich.

Murillo and Justino de Neve. The Art of Friendship will be held at the Dulwich Picture Gallery from February 6 to May 19.
Don Justino de Neve, canon of Seville cathedral, was a friend and patron of the Spanish Baroque painter and his commissions made a significant contribution to the Murillo’s body of work. The exhibition will bring together more than 30 paintings documenting their relationship, as well as Dulwich’s own Murillos. At the gallery in Gallery Road, SE21 www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk
020 8693 5254.

MARCH
George Bellows (1882-1925) in the Sackler Wing of the RA, March 16 to June 9, will be the first retro­spective of works by the American Realist painter in more than 30 years and the first ever in Britain. When Bellows died, aged 42, he was considered one of the greatest artists America had produced. The exhibition will include 50 or so paintings, 20 drawings, and 20 lithographs. At the Royal
Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, www.royalacademy.org.uk
020 7300 8027.

David Bowie is from March 23 to July 28 is at the V&A, which has been given unprecedented access to his archive. The exhibition will explore his creativity as a musical innovator and cultural icon, tracing his shifting styles and reinventions across five decades. More than 300 objects will be brought together including hand-written lyrics, original costumes, fashion, photography, film, music videos, set designs, instruments and album artwork.
At the Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7, www.vam.ac.uk, 020 7907 7073.

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