What to see this week
Eugenie Vronskaya: River Rising;
Ikonastas is at John Martin Gallery, 38 Albemarle Street, London W1, June 29 to July 22 (020– 7499 1314; www.jmlondon.com) Through her poetical combination of drawing, texture and pigment, the artist further develops the imagery she derives from her emotional and visual response to her physical surroundings (right:
The Crossing). The ground for each painting is mixed with earth collected from the landscape around her home. They will be shown alongside a conceptual ikonastas comprising 72 impromptu portraits that she was commissioned to paint to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the gallery, which is a key collaborator in this weekend’s Mayfair Art Weekend (www.mayfairartweekend.com)
Alphonse Mucha: In Quest of
Beauty is at the Walker Art Gallery, William Brown Street, Liverpool, until October 29 (0151–478 4199; www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/walker) Key Aesthetic Movement and Art Nouveau works from the Mucha Foundation and the museum’s own collections explore the work of the Czech-born artist Alphonse Mucha (1860–1939), who rose to fame in Paris in the late 1890s with his elegant designs and illustrations for decorative panels, posters and advertisements. The touring exhibition includes a canvas from his monumental ‘Slav Epic’ series and sculptures by his friend Rodin.
Portraying a Nation: Germany 1919–1933 is at Tate Liverpool, Albert Dock, Liverpool, until October 15 (0151–702 7400; www. tate.org.uk) This show pairs paintings by Otto Dix with works by the photographer August Sander, both of whom captured and documented the radical extremes of German society in the inter-world War years of the Weimar Republic.
William Henry Hunt: Country People is at The Courtauld Gallery, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2, until September 17 (www.courtauld.ac.uk/gallery; 020–7848 1194) This exhibition is the first to investigate Hunt’s rural figures of the 1820s and 1830s. Drawings by the admired watercolourist depict country people in their working and living environments at a time of agricultural revolution and rapid social change. Catalogue by Joanna Selborne (curator) and Christina Payne (Paul Holberton; £12.95)
Designing the V&A is at the V&A, Cromwell Road, London SW7 until January 7, 2018 (020– 7942 2000; www.vam.ac.uk) Original drawings and photos chart the building’s transformation from the 1850s. Beautifully illustrated accompanying book by Julius Bryant