What to see this week
The Weaver’s Apprentice is at Dovecot Gallery, 10, Infirmary Street, Edinburgh, March 10–July 1 (0131–550 3660; www.dovecotstudios.com) The Dovecot Tapestry Studio was founded in 1912 and originally employed master weavers from William Morris’s workshops. One of the UK’S last surviving tapestry studios, it continues to work with renowned artists and designers on prestigious public and private commissions. This show tells the story of its founding weavers and apprentices, with examples ranging from historic textiles (above: Heywood Sumner’s The Chace, woven by Dovecot’s founding weavers for Morris & Co in 1908) to works by the present apprentice, Ben Hymers.
America after the Fall: Painting in the 1930s is at the Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1, until June 4 (020–7300 8090; www.royalacademy.org.uk) American artists such as Thomas Hart Benton, Georgia O’keeffe, Edward Hopper and Grant Wood experimented with styles ranging from Abstraction to Regionalism and Surrealism to capture the turbulent economic, political and aesthetic climate of the decade following the Wall Street Crash. Thematic sections include Industrial, Urban and Country Life, Visions of Dystopia and Looking to the Future.
The American Dream: Pop to the present is at the British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1, March 9–June 18 (020–7323 8181; www.britishmuseum.org) This exhibition explores the creative momentum of American printmaking over the past six decades, a dynamic and volatile period matched by the bold innovation, scale and ambition of works in the medium by artists including Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Louise Bourgeois and Andy Warhol. More than 200 works are on show.