Galleries - May 2014

MAY 2014GALLERIES 49 f THE HAYWARD GALLERY Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 The Human Factor. Jun 10–Aug 31. International artists confront the question of how we represent the ‘human’ today. t 0844 875 0073 (info & tickets) g LLEWELLYN ALEXANDER GALLERY 124–126 The Cut, Waterloo, SE1 8LN (opposite The Old Vic Theatre) Pamela Kay NEAC RWS RBA MA RCA, Robert E Wells RBA. May 1–29. Oil paintings by two well-established artists. Pamela Kay paints still life, flowers and interiors. Robert Wells paints architecture of London and the City and the British countryside. Tue–Sat 10–7.30 t 020 7620 1322/24 h LONDON GLASSBLOWING STUDIO AND GALLERY 62-66 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3UD Peter Layton exhibits at New Craftsman Gallery, St Ives. Apr 12–May 17. Gather. Apr 25–May 21. If you plan to visit Collect, the international fair for contemporary objects at the Saatchi Gallery in May, visit our remarkable satellite exhibition, ‘Gather’. See London Glassblowing at Collect from May 9–12. Mon–Sat 10–6 tube London Bridge t 020 7403 2800 i MENIER GALLERY 51 Southwark Street, Bankside, SE1 1RU Carolyn Stafford (Clough): From North to South. May 7–17. A retrospective exhibition of paintings, drawings and prints from 1953-2014. Including early works of Lancashire, landscapes of many places, plant and flower studies and sketchbooks. Mon–Thur& Sat 11–6, Fri 11–8 for more details t 020 7407 3222 (Gallery) j SKYLARK GALLERIES - A rtist -R un 1.09 Oxo Tower Wharf (first floor riverside), SE1 9PH Tue–Sun 11–6 t 020 7401 9666 5 Gabriel’s Wharf, SE1 9PP Daily Winter12–5, Summer11–6 t 020 7928 4005 Two friendly galleries on London’s South Bank present an exciting range of contemporary paintings, prints, ceramics, sculpture and photography. Admn free. k SOUTHBANK PRINTMAKERS Gabriel’s Wharf, (near the Oxo Tower) 56 Upper Ground, SE1 9PP Artist run Gallery; contemporary printmakers showing a wide variety of images and techniques. All work is original and limited edition. Examples of etching, lithography, silkscreen, linocuts, woodcuts and engraving. Mon–Fri 11.30–5, Sat/Sun 10–7 t 020 7928 8184 l TATE MODERN Bankside, SE1 9TG Richard Hamilton. Until May 26. The first full retrospective of one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century. Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs. Apr 17–Sep 7. A groundbreaking reassessment of Matisse’s colourful and innovative final works made between 1943 and 1954. Harry Callahan. Until May 31. A display devoted to the American photographer Harry Callahan, widely regarded as one of the most influential figures in post-war photography. Sun–Thurs 10–6, Fri–Sat 10–10 t 020 7887 8888 (advance tickets and information) Carolyn Stafford ‘Novodovichi’ woodcut,1990 Menier Gallery (see listing on this page) established herself as one of the most unsparing commentators of the human condition, her retrospective at King’s Place last year a quite remarkably powerful experience. That show, and this, mark a distinct shift in the emphasis of her work however, from the exploration of inward psyche to that of the crowd, or rather how the individual can lose his personal moral compass within it – painted and etched with unsparing beauty. The Wonder of Birds Birds are so woven into the fabric of our cultural lives and visual imagination that the wonder is, particularly in a bird- mad country like ours, that there has never, so far as I can remember anyway, been a show quite like the one opening at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery later this month (from 24 May, map 16). Entitled ‘The Wonder of Birds’, it really covers the subject in remarkably thorough historical depth and geographical range – over 220 items – from a Colombian shaman’s necklace portraying half-human, half-bird figures that aided the trances needed for spiritual flight to a Babylonian stone duck, dating from around 2000BC, originally used as a grain weight. Not to mention Audubon, Holbein, Mantegna and plenty of taxidermy . . . Nicholas Usherwood