23 July 2024

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Things to Go See — Art Shows for Spring

Yellow Chair Hair, 2022© Sarah Lucas

We have marked three brilliant art exhibitions to explore this month, from Sarah Lucas at Firstsite in Essex to Alison Britton’s solo show ‘Plattering’ at Corvi-Mora in South London. Outside of galleries, it is a month for fairs; beginning with craft and design fair Collect 2023 at Somerset House, and mid-month the Midcentury Modern furniture fair at Dulwich College is also worth noting for a Sunday outing.

Big Women by Sarah Lucas

This group show curated by contemporary artist Sarah Lucas features a collection of works that prompt thought and humour, as a means to reflect on the role of women in the creative world.  Covering a range of disciplines from painting to film with works by artists including; Fiona Banner, Sue Webster and Gillian Wearing. Big Women, explores themes relating to societal expectations surrounding women’s age, beauty, fashion and identity. The show arrives is in the lead up to Sarah Lucas’s major exhibition opening at the Tate Britain later this year.
Firstsite, Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, Essex, C01 1JH
Until Sunday 11 June

Nadia Yaron, For the flowers and the clouds and the wind and the trees

The new Los Angeles arm of Francis Gallery is currently showing an exhibition by sculptor Nadia Yaron. Her pieces draw on Yaron’s deep connection with nature, the notion of impermanence and subsequent acceptance of change. Over 32 sculptures crafted from wood, stone and metals express a love affair to her home surroundings in the Catskill Mountains; the flowers, the clouds, the wind and the trees. Working mostly outside from spring to autumn, Yaron immerses herself in nature, and her show is a tribute to the beauty, wisdom and joy that he elements bring into our lives.
Until March 2023, Wednesday to Saturday 11am — 5pm
Francis Gallery, 8323 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90069, United States

Nadia Yaron, Image courtesy of Francis Gallery

"Plattering" by Alison Britton

British ceramic artist Alison Britton was amongst a group of influential students who came out of the Royal College of Art in the 1970s. Together they formed a pioneering movement known as ‘The New Ceramics’ — challenging the convention of functional ceramics and redefining them into abstract forms of art. This solo show at South London gallery Corvi-Mora is devoted exclusively to the plate, a form that became central to Alison Britton’s practice. Plates demonstrate the complexity of her work, straddling between painting and sculpture, between art and craft.
Corvi-Mora, 2 March — 22 April, 1a Kempsford Road, London, SE11 4NU

Alison Britton Ceramic works