What to see this week
Picasso: Minotaurs and Matadors is at Gagosian, 20 Grosvenor Hill, London W1 until August 25 (www.gagosian.com; 020–7495 1500)
Curated by Picasso’s biographer Sir John Richardson, this show traces the artist’s fascination with the ancient rituals of his Spanish heritage, notably bullfighting. Matadors, picadors, horses and bulls recurred throughout his career, and during the 1930s—a tumultuous period in his life —the imagery infused mythological and biographical compositions and inspired his illustrated books, poetry, set designs, sculpture, ceramics, the celebrated Vollard Suite of prints and masterpieces such as La minotauromachie and Guernica. An illustrated catalogue accompanies the show.
Beyond Borough is at Waterhouse & Dodd, 47 Albemarle Street, London W1 May 9-June 2 (www.waterhousedodd. com; 020–7734 7800)
Marking the 60th anniversary of David Bomberg’s death, this exhibition explores his influence on a generation of artists inspired by, though not part of, the Borough Group associated with Bomberg, whose pupils included Frank Auerbach and Leon Kossoff. As well as pieces by Bomberg himself, the show includes works by his close pupils Dorothy Mead and Miles Richmond, and by painters such as Leslie Marr and Dennis Creffield, who are still painting and perpetuating his legacy today.
The Poetry of Philip Sutton RA is at Sladers Yard, West Bay, Bridport, Dorset until June 18. (www.sladersyard.co.uk; 01308 459511)
Philip Sutton’s paintings have a freedom and clarity reminiscent of Matisse. Born in 1928, he studied at the Slade along with Craigie Aitchison, Euan Uglow and Michael Andrews, later teaching there, and was elected a member of the London Group in 1956 and a Royal Academician in 1988. He made his name in the 1960s with his landscapes of Australia and Fiji, later spending time and painting extensively in Crete, Cornwall, Ireland, Wales, and Dorset, where he was born and now lives. Commissions have included tapestries, a poster for London Transport and stamps for the Post Office. He will give a talk at Sladers Yard on May 5 at 6.30pm.
(1970) is part of London Gagosian’s ‘Picasso: Minotaurs and Matadors’ exhibition Torero