must-see exhibitions this September

Must-see exhibitions this September

Welcome to our round-up of the must-see exhibitions this September. From post-war resilience to luxurious cruise liners and Turner Prize nominees, these are shows you won’t want to miss.

must-see exhibitions this September
Grace A Williams, Intermission (still), 2018. Courtesy of the artist.

Grace A Williams: Intermission

Intermission is a new two-screen projection commissioned by The New Art Gallery Walsall.

The work focuses on the gaze of two unknown men whose enigmatic portraits appear on 19th-century photographic slides found by Williams.

Hand tinting the images and projecting at a monumental scale, she draws attention to the pivotal role women played as colourists and ‘ink and paint girls’ in late 19th-century commercial photography studios and early animated film.

Williams will be giving a drop-in talk about the work alongside curator Zoë Lippett on Saturday, September 22, from 2pm.

Intermission, The New Art Gallery Walsall, until November 11.

must-see exhibitions this September
Normandie in New York, 1935-39 © Collection French Lines. Ocean Liners: Speed and Style, supported by Baillie Gifford and players of the People’s Postcode Lottery, at V&A Dundee from September 15, 2018 – February 24, 2019, vandadundee.org/oceanliners

Ocean Liners: Speed & Style

V&A Dundee’s inaugural exhibition is a remarkable show re-imagining the golden age of ocean travel.

Organised by the V&A in London and the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, it is the first major V&A show exhibited in Scotland.

The exhibition is also the first to explore the design and cultural impact of the ocean liner on an international scale.

It will include paintings, sculptures, ship and engine models, wall panels, furniture, fashion, textiles, photographs, posters and film.

Many of the objects on display have never been seen before in Europe. Others have not been seen together since on board these spectacular vessels.

Ocean Liners: Speed & Style, V&A Dundee,  September 15 to February 24, 2019.

must-see exhibitions this September
© IWM (Q 11341) A refugee family returning to Amiens, looking at the ruins of a house, September 17, 1918.

Renewal: Life after the First World War in Photographs

In the years after the First World War, countries, cities and individuals had to regenerate and rebuild on an extraordinary scale.

From the devastation and loss, a new world emerged.

This rich collection of photographs allows viewers to discover the innovation and resourcefulness that shaped the regeneration of the post-war world.

It highlights the ways in which individual lives, landscapes and national identities recovered, evolved and even flourished in the aftermath of war.

The exhibition is part of the innovative Making a New World season at IWM London and IWM North throughout 2018.

Renewal: Life after the First World War in Photographs, IWM London, September 21 to March 31, 2019.

Sawatari Hajime: Hysteric Ten

The Japanese legend of the Fisherman’s Wife and the Octopus, created by Hokusai in 1814 is reborn in London this month.

Japan has a long history of embracing the octopus as a source of physical pleasure. The motif was popularised by Hokusai’s legendary woodblock print, The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife (1814). It illustrates an erotic entanglement between a woman and two lustful octopi.

Now, Michael Hoppen Gallery introduces the work of Sawatari Hajime, who has created a new photographic incarnation of the octopus fantasy, in his series Hysteric Ten (2004).

Sawatari chronicles the love which exists between a young actress and an octopus.

The contemporary setting of this classic shunga motif makes for a provocative reworking of this Japanese legend.

Commissioned by Hysteric Publishing, Sawatari’s work constitutes part of long-running series, which includes photography by Moriyama Daidō, Terry Richardson, Masahisa Fukase, and Cindy Sherman.

Sawatari Hajime, Michael Hoppen Gallery, September 24 to October 15.

Counter Investigations: Forensic Architecture at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, installation view. Photo by Mark Blower

Turner Prize 2018

The Turner Prize returns to Tate Britain for its 34th edition this September.

It is awarded to a British artist for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the preceding year.

This year’s short-listed artists are: Forensic Architecture, Naeem Mohaiemen, Charlotte Prodger and Luke Willis Thompson.

This year’s winner will be announced at a ceremony in December.

Turner Prize 2018, Tate Britain, September 28 to January 6, 2019.

Main image: Luke Willis Thompson, autoportrait, 2017. Installation view, Chisenhale Gallery. Commissioned by Chisenhale Gallery and produced in partnership with Create. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Andy Keate.

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