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February 2023: 6 Exhibitions to See

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Making Modernism

12 November 2022 — 12 February 2023

Framing subjects such as self-portraiture, still-life, the female body, depictions of childhood, landscapes and urban scenes through the experiences and perspectives of frequently overlooked, yet unquestionably ground-breaking women artists, Making Modernism brings together sixty-five works – many never seen before in the UK.

Combining impressive, bold and intimately-scaled works, this exhibition explores themes of identity, representation and belonging – all powerfully relevant today.

The F* word. Guerrilla Girls and Feminist Graphic Design

17th February 2023 – 17th September 2023

For more than 30 years, the Guerrilla Girls have created humorous, enlightening and reproachful works that uncover discrimination and the abuse of power in the art world. 

Most recently, the Guerrilla Girls are developing a work that will take a critical look at the Museum for Kunst and Gewerbe Hamburg – on the museum’s own behalf. In the exhibition “The F* word – Guerrilla Girls and Feminist Graphic Design” at the MK&G, the collective’s posters will form the starting point for a group show encompassing some 400 works dating from 1870 to the present day.

A New Power: Photography in Britain 1800–1850

1st February 2023 – 7th May 2023

In January 1839, the announcement of photography’s invention introduced a ‘new power’ into British life. Reflecting on this historic moment, A New Power: Photography and Britain 1800-1850 explores the early history of photography, starting with the invention of the medium and the earliest dissemination of photographic images in Britain and ending with the famous Great Exhibition of 1851. 

By showing how photography intersected with all aspects of modernity, A New Power reveals photography’s crucial impact upon the nature of modern British society.

Tacita Dean – Mudam Galleries

9 Jul 2022 – 26 Feb 2023

Bringing together Tacita Dean’s original artworks used in the stage sets for the ballet The Dante Project, which premiered at the Royal Opera House in London in October 2021, this exhibition encompasses three distinct mediums – drawing, photography and film.

Across each act of the ballet, Tacita’s set design moves from negative to positive, monochrome to colour and from representation to abstraction, plotting Dante’s passage through the underworld. Other works associated with The Dante Project are also on show, including a panorama of vintage photographs showing mountains with collage and notation to depict Dante & Virgil’s journey.

The second half of the exhibition is formed around Tacita Dean’s 16mm film One Hundred and Fifty Years of Painting (2021) shown in a specially designed pavilion that also includes two paintings by the artists featured in the film: Luchita Hurtado (b. 1920, Caracas – d. 2020, Santa Monica) and Julie Mehretu (b. 1970, Addis Ababa).

Deana Lawson – High Museum of Art

On view until 19th February 2023

Featuring work made over the past two decades, this exhibition is the first museum survey dedicated to Deana Lawson. In Lawson’s highly staged scenes, individuals, couples, and families are pictured in intimate domestic spaces and public settings, interacting with one another. 

The artist describes her work as “a mirror of everyday life, but also a projection of what I want to happen. It’s about setting a different standard of values and saying that everyday Black lives, everyday experiences, are beautiful, and powerful, and intelligent.”

Sydney WorldPride 2023

12th February 2023 – 5th March 2023

This LGBT+ History Month, the Art Gallery of New South Wales are celebrating the LGBTQIA+ community with a free program of art, performance and events for Sydney WorldPride 2023.

In the Art Gallery’s original South Building from 17th February, Queer encounters will highlight new works by Bhenji Ra, Dennis Golding, Sione Tuívailala Monū, and Sidney McMahon, providing a snapshot of some of the contemporary queer art being made in Australia today. Meanwhile, Queering the collection showcases the breadth of existing queer histories in the Art Gallery collection and the important role LGBTQIA+ artists have played in the evolution of art-making.