6 ART THERAPY
The Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition, masterminded by magical realist painter Eileen Cooper, is not to be missed (13 June–20 August; royalacademy.org). But it’s not the only show capable of lifting spirits…
‘Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion’ at the V&A
The UK’S first exhibition celebrating the work of Cristóbal Balenciaga, the Spaniard about whom Christian Dior once said: ‘Haute couture is like an orchestra whose conductor is Balenciaga. We other couturiers are the musicians and we follow the direction he gives.’ 27 May–28 February 2018 (vam.ac.uk).
‘Sargent: The Watercolours’ at Dulwich Picture Gallery
See work by the great 19th-century Anglo-american artist John Singer Sargent. Light abounds, and thanks to depictions of sunny afternoons ‘on the continent’, it’s a very summery show. 21 June–8 October (dulwichpicture gallery.org.uk).
‘Giacometti’ at Tate Modern
Attend this showcase of the 20th century Swiss sculptor’s sinewy, elongated bronze figures (above), loved for their dynamic stances and thoughtful expressions. Also on show are lesser-known objects, such as a 1930s resin relief of a seagull. 10 May–10 September (tate.org.uk).