Galleries - May 2019

BEST OF BRITISH If ever there was a photographer to make the British endearing, it’s Martin Parr whose ‘Only Human’ exhibition is at the National Portrait Gallery London until May 27. Pictures mostly of ordinary folk caught in the moment (and a few celebrities) these are revealing and funny without the slightest mockery, but rather a real sense of fondness for his subjects. You’ll know his work from the BBC’s ‘Oneness’ clips. A feelgood exhibition not to miss. Martin Parr: ‘ Porthcurno, Cornwall, England, 2017’ © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos / Rocket Gallery ARTicle this month’s news Unreal People and artificial intelligence come face to face in a major ‘festival-style’ exhibition opening this month at the Barbican, London. ‘AI: More than Human’ explores the latest in creative and scientific developments. SEW TOGETHER Celebrated Turner Prize winner and self-titled 'unapologetic fetishist' Grayson Perry, comes to Edinburgh’s Dovecot Studios with a solo exhibition this July as part of the city’s renowned art festival. ‘Julie Cope’s Grand Tour: The Story of a Life by Grayson Perry ’ brings the complete set of tapestries designed by Grayson Perry for ‘A House for Essex’ an ‘artwork house’ on the Stour Estuary. Grayson Perry: ‘Julie and Dave, 2015’. Wool, cotton, acrylic, polyester and silk tapestry ©Grayson Perry. Courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro, London/Venice. Es Devlin: ‘Poem Portraits’ (courtesy of the artist) NATURAL TALENT With May comes thoughts of flowers and foliage – and that great London institution, the Chelsea Flower Show. Combining flora and Chelsea in one is botanical artist Bryan Poole’s exhibition at the London Sketch Club in Dilke Street SW3 this month. New Zealand born, Poole has worked in the UK since the ‘80s for, among others, the Natural History Museum and the Royal Horticultural Society. Bryan Poole: ‘Cyaathea Dealbala Punga’