Shows & Exhibitions

As part of Fashion 2012, the official fashion industry activity for the Olympic year, a spectacular exhibition of more than 60 ballgowns from 1950 to the present day will go on display at the V&A this month. Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950 will be the first exhibition in the newly renovated V&A Fashion Galleries and will feature beautiful ballgowns, red carpet evening gowns and catwalk showstoppers.

The Zabludowicz Collection announces the first UK solo exhibition of US artist Laurel Nakadate including an important new body of work commissioned for the exhibition. Working in film, performance and photography, Nakadate often puts herself—her body and personal relationships—at the centre of the nexus of author, artwork and audience. She creates highly charged scenes that put in play relationships premised on gender, power and sexuality.

Dia Art Foundation present dance works by renowned avant-garde choreographer and filmmaker Yvonne Rainer at Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries, in Beacon, New York. Dia's retrospective will celebrate the depth of Rainer's contributions to dance and will feature her earliest works of choreography from the 1960s—including both iconic and lesser-known pieces—and three compositions created within the last twelve years. Three distinct programs will be presented over weekends in October, 2011, and February and May, 2012.

Emin relishes the opportunity of showing in historical surroundings, previously exhibiting at the Foundling Museum and Freud's former home in London as well as the British Pavilion in Venice in 2007. Now Emin has chosen an eighteenth century house, designed as part of a terrace by the neoclassical architect, Robert Adam in 1794. Fitzroy Square was home to numerous artists and writers before the war, but subsequently many of the properties became commercial businesses and number 6 became a bank.

The David Roberts Art Foundation presents the first solo presentation of Miriam Cahn in London. Cahn's work emerged from a compelling physical experience instilled by the performative happenings of the 70s and is influenced by the feminist movement of the 1960s. First structured around performances, charcoal drawings and interventions in the street, her practice grew to include films, music, photography and the medium for which she is perhaps best known—painting.

To coincide with the 10th anniversary of the novel by Jamie O’Neill, Earthfall revive their award-winning production with a UK tour. Staged entirely in water, and set against the backdrop of the Easter Rising in Ireland, this tender and visually beautiful production previously toured to sell-out audiences in Wales, England, Scotland, Ireland and mainland Europe.

Martin Tinney Gallery announces an exhibition of works by master artist Clive Hicks-Jenkins, variously referencing myth, iconography, and mystery narratives. Arguably one of Wales' most accomplished artistists, Clive Hicks-Jenkins was born in 1951 in Newport. From his early twenties until his mid thirties, he was an actor, choreographer, director and stage designer, creating productions with leading companies. He moved back to Wales permanently in the late 1980’s to concentrate on his work as an artist, and is now based in mid Wales.

The Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (CCS Bard) and Anthology Film Archives present the premiere screening of All Divided Selves, a new feature length film by the artist Luke Fowler. Following his celebrated works What You See Is Where You're At (2001) and Bogman Palmjaguar (2007), this is the third of Fowler's works to take up the legacy of radical psychiatrist R.D. Laing.

British artist Alex Roberts unveils her new series of works, Individual Liberty, at a space in South East London, the artistic hub of the capital, this autumn. The works, on show from 3rd November – 3rd December 2011, vibrantly and playfully celebrate the unsung beauty of fearlessness. By capturing individuals’ characteristics and placing them in the spotlight, Roberts’ portraits are candid insights into the worlds of others, and compel the viewer to contemplate what beauty really is.

This October, to coincide with Frieze Art Fair, Agnew’s continues its contemporary programme with an exhibition of recent works by British artist Zebedee Jones. His boldest and brightest show to date, Jones’ abstract canvases will be on display from 12th October 2011. Utterly abstract, devoid of any narrative or descriptive markers, including titles, Jones’ monochromatic paintings deny the viewers’ compulsion to map subject or meaning onto them. Each painting describes only its material existence – paint and surface.

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