must-see exhibitions this April

Must-see exhibitions this April

We celebrate another exciting month of photography in our round-up of must-see exhibitions this April.

From Polaroid portraits to explorations of marine plastic debris it looks set to be another exciting month.

Andy Warhol self portrait
Andy Warhol, Self-Portrait in Fright Wig, 1986, Polacolor ER, 10.8 x 8.5 cm. © 2018 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. Licensed by DACS, London. Courtesy BASTIAN, London. Andy Warhol Polaroid Pictures at BASTIAN, London, February 2 – April 13, 2019, galeriebastian.com

Andy Warhol Polaroid Pictures

More than 60 portrait and self-portrait Polaroid photographs by Andy Warhol are on show now.

The images, some of which are on show for the first time, depict artists, actors, politicians and friends of Warhol’s eccentric Factory entourage.

This is an intimate portrayal of New York in the 1970s and 1980s.

Positioning Warhol as both subject and spectator, the series highlights his prolific capacity as a chronicler of his time.

It is also the inaugural exhibition at BASTIAN gallery’s London space.

Andy Warhol Polaroid Pictures, BASTIAN, London, until April 13.

must-see exhibitions this April
Burnt Soup © Mandy Barker, courtesy RPS

Altered Ocean

Award-winning international photographer Mandy Barker presents a new exhibition from April 4.

Altered Ocean documents Barker’s visual journey as a photographic artist combining science with the issue of marine plastic pollution.

Large-scale prints provide an insight into her journey and connection with the issue over the past decade.

She engages the audience with aesthetics then shocks them with text and information.

The exhibition will be accompanied by two special events at The Royal Photographic Society, Bristol.

Internationally-renowned marine scientist Professor Richard Thompson will give a talk on April 5. When Art and Science Meets Plastics will be accompanied by a visual art presentation.

On May 18, there will be a chance to meet the artist.

Mandy Barker: Altered Ocean, The Royal Photographic Society, Bristol, April 4 to June 23.

must-see exhibitions this April
Photograph of William Marriot in Pearson’s Magazine. Image from the Harry Price Library of Magical Literature, Senate House Library, University of London.

Smoke and Mirrors: The psychology of magic

From the seduction of 19th-century seances to sensational stunts we don’t seem able to resist the lure of the seemingly impossible. But why?

This new exhibition focuses on the link between magic and psychology.

It seeks the truth about deception, asks how bias and suggestion affect us and considers what about the human condition makes us so willing to believe in magic.

Wellcome Collection has drawn together props, photographs, films and stage posters, alongside original materials from extraordinary experiments.

Objects include a ‘ghost detection kit’ and the Bell Box used by Houdini to challenge the claims of 19th-century medium Mina ‘Margery’ Crandon.

Smoke and Mirrors: The psychology of magic, Wellcome Collection, April 11 to September 15.

must-see exhibitions this April
2001: A Space Odyssey, directed by Stanley Kubrick (1965–68; GB/United States). Stanley Kubrick on set during the filming. © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition

The Design Museum, London, is set to celebrate the work of arguably one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century.

Marking the 20th-anniversary of Kubrick’s death this exhibitions explores his unique command of the entire creative design process.

Visitors will have the chance to relive iconic scenes and discover unseen material from his genre-defining films.

The exhibition also features important works by designers including Saul Bass, artists such as Diane Arbus and contributions from renowned directors.

This is the first time the internationally-acclaimed touring exhibition has come to Britain.

Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition, the Design Museum, April 26 to September 15.

Main image: The Shining, directed by Stanley Kubrick (1980; GB/United States). Stanley Kubrick and Jack Nicholson on the set of The Shining. © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

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