Dulwich Picture Gallery, until 11 May
David Hockney RA’s experimentation with different ways of working was a key theme in his sell-out exhibition
at the Academy two years ago, with visitors enjoying his latest drawings on iPads alongside his large-scale paintings. But as Dulwich Picture Gallery’s extensive survey of his printmaking shows, the Academician’s interest in alternative media dates back as far as the 1950s and ’60s, when his famous series of etchings ‘A Rakes Progress’ (1961–63) helped solidify his burgeoning reputation.
David Hockney, 'Rain on the Studio Window', From My Yorkshire Deluxe Edition, 2009. Inkjet printed computer drawing on paper, 22 x 17", An edition of 75, with 25 H.C.
Germany Divided: Baselitz and his Generation
British Museum, until 31 August
Printmaking is also a key preoccupation for celebrated German artist Georg Baselitz Hon RA. This spring the Academy presents ‘Renaissance Impressions’, an exhibition of 16th-century chiaroscuro woodcuts from Baselitz’s collection, brought together with examples from Vienna’s Albertina – the artist began the collection following a visit to Italy as a young painter. His own contribution to the medium is explored in a British Museum exhibition from this week, in which his prints are shown alongside those of fellow titans of German art, including Sigmar Polke and Gerhard Richter.
Georg Baselitz, 'Adler' (‘Eagle’), 1981/82. Woodcut. From the portfolio, Erste Konzentration I. Published by Maximilian Verlag, Sabine Knust. Munich, 1982. Presented to the British Museum by Count Christian Duerckheim. Reproduced by permission of the artist. © Georg Baselitz.
A Not So Still Life: Naked Portraits by Lucien Freud
Luxembourg and Dayan, until 5 April
If you’re visiting the RA this spring, it’s worth popping into London’s Luxembourg and Dayan on Savile Row, where two large-scale nudes by Lucien Freud are on view. The paintings are both flanked by works by other highly significant artists chosen to complement them. The full-frontal Naked Portrait in a Red Chair (1999), for example, is adjacent to a Man Ray-painted cast of Marcel Duchamp’s yonic sculpture Female Fig Leaf (1951).
Installation view of 'A not so still life: Naked portraits by Lucian Freud', at Luxembourg & Dayan until 6 April.
Halcyon Gallery, 8 February – 5 April
The Halcyon Gallery on Bond Street has drawn large crowds for its exhibitions of Dale Chihuly, the American artist who hand-blows fabulously expressive and kaleidoscopic glass sculptures. Its latest presentation of the artist’s works opens this week – a visit is guaranteed to brighten the greyest of days.
Dale Chihuly, 'Persian Ceiling', 1999. 35 x 14½'. Chihuly Garden and Glass, Seattle, Washington, 2012.
Sam Phillips is a London-based arts journalist and Editor of RA Magazine