Galleries - May 2013

PUBLIC GALLERIES BARBICAN ART GALLERY Dancing around Duchamp. Until Jun 9. Map 30 DULWICH PICTURE GALLERY Murillo & Justino de Neve: The Art of Friendship. Until May 19. Map 17 ESTORICK COLLECTION Giorgio Casali. May 22–Sep 8. Map 30. FRUITMARKET GALLERY David Batchelor. May 4–Jul 14. Map 3 GUILDHALL ART GALLERY Painted Faces. Until Dec 9. Map 30 HAYWARD GALLERY Aura Satz. Until May 28. Map 29 LEAMINGTON SPA ART GALLERY OPEN 2013. May 2–Jul 14. Map 7 LEIGHTON HOUSE MUSEUM A Private Palace of Art. Map 18 NATIONAL GALLERY, LONDON Barocci: Brilliance and Grace. Until May 19. Map 28 RHYL LIBRARY GALLERY Mihangel Jones. Until Jun 8. Map 5 ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS George Bellows: Modern American Life. Until Jun 9. Map 26 ROYAL BRITISH SOCIETY OF SCULPTORS Tantra. May 17–Nov 4. Map 19 ROYAL CAMBRIAN ACADEMY Perspectives. Until May 26. Map 5 ST DAVID’S HALL From Common Differences. May 1–31. Map 5 SCOTTISH NATIONAL GALLERY Ink. Until Jun 9. Map 3 SCOTTISH NATIONAL GALLERY of MODERN ART Scottish Colourist Series: SJ Peploe. Until Jun 23. Map 3 SCOTTISH NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY Tickling Jock. Until May 25. Map 3 STANLEY SPENCER GALLERY The life and work of Sir Stanley Spencer RA. Map 16 TATE BRITAIN Schwitters in Britain. Until May 12. Map 20 TATE MODERN Lichtenstein: A Retrospective. Until May 27. Map 29 TATE ST IVES William Scott. Until May 6. Map 10 12 STAR GALLERY ‘Sittin’ on the dock of the bay’. Until May 15-31. Map 20 VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM Treasures of the Royal Courts. Until Jul 14. Map 20 WATTS GALLERY A Pre-Raphaelite Journey: Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale. Until Jun 9. Map 14 57. GALLERIES MAY 13 After celebrating their centenary in 2010 the Contemporary Art Society finally has a dedicated space in which to work and showcase its projects. The new building has been designed to house the organisation’s offices but also as an arena for engagement, not just with the collectors and funders but with the public as well. In this communal space the artwork is given centre stage, with a flexible exhibition space, an area for talks and discussions and a welcoming library, which includes access to the extensive CAS archives and collecting resources. In the current climate of funding cuts, sustainability of the arts and now even art education are lying increasingly in the hands of patrons, sponsors and collectors. In light of this it’s reassuring to know the CAS, with its knowledge and passion for contemporary art, is there to act as protector, advisor and mediator between artists, venues and funders. Giving it a permanent, public space should also go a long way to promoting the awareness and appreciation this charity deserves for its dedication to supporting contemporary artists and enabling public venues to enhance their collections. From 23 April to 24 May works by Ivan Seal, made especially for acquisition to the Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, will be shown at the CAS alongside works selected by the artist from the Museum’s collection. Seal’s paintings of obscure but often mundane objects spot-lit on walls and plinths transport the viewer to a museum setting. As a result it will be interesting to see the curation of the imagined in his work, alongside his curation of actual works from the Museum. KD www.contemporaryart Central SPACE Ivan Seal ‘plemploted fowidead’, 2011, courtesy the artist & Carl Freedman Gallery