What to see this week

Country Life Every Week - - A Walking Life -

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.

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