Five of the best: Summer exhibitions in the Liverpool City Region
Our pick of cultural showcases in and around Liverpool which are well worth checking out.
Words by Lawrence Saunders
Life in Motion: Egon Schiele / Francesca Woodman
Tate Liverpool | Until 23 September
A decade on from its acclaimed Gustav Klimt exhibition, Tate Liverpool offers an unmissable opportunity to see the work of his protégé, Egon Schiele.
Regarded as one of the most prominent proponents of Austrian expressionism, Schiele’s style was viewed by some as controversial as he often depicted tortured and emaciated figures in his drawings.
Presented alongside Schiele at the Albert Dock gallery is the work of lauded American photographer, Francesca Woodman. During her short but remarkably productive career Woodman produced a large number of striking, surreal and often humorous photographs, many of which are on display here.
Victoria Gallery & Museum | Part of Liverpool Biennial (14 July – 28 October)
From an artist who’s famous for a film of him seemingly pointlessly pushing a block of ice through the streets of Mexico City, comes a new exhibition of postcard-sized paintings.
Executed in the tradition of classic plein air painting, or painting outdoors, many of Francis Alÿs’ creations were done whilst scouting new locations for future film projects, from the Middle East to South America and China.
Presented as part of Liverpool Biennial 2018, Alÿs’ paintings will be displayed along a timeline spanning from the 1980s to the modern day.
Sean Scully: 1970
Walker Art Gallery |14 July – 14 October
Bear witness to the master of post-minimalist abstraction when Irish-born, American-based Sean Scully revisits his early work for the first time at the Walker.
Scully, known for his technically flawless paintings consisting of a complex grid system of crisscrossing lines, was named runner-up in the John Moores Painting Prize in 1972 and ‘74. The opening of the new retrospective coincides with the 60th anniversary of the esteemed art accolade.
Meanwhile, works by 60 of this year’s painting prize hopefuls will feature in a special exhibition at the Walker running from 14 July to 18 November.
Double Fantasy – John & Yoko
Museum of Liverpool | Until 22 April 2019
Any serious Beatles fans should be sure to visit this free exhibition celebrating the coming together of popular music’s most famous power couple.
Through interviews, quotes and some never before seen objects, the story of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s personal and creative relationships will be told in their own words for the first time.
Drawn from Yoko’s private collection, standout items include hand-written lyrics to ‘In My Life’, John’s iconic New York t-shirt and Yoko’s distinctive Porsche sunglasses.
Kirkby Gallery | Until 1 September
Get an inside look at how a painting goes from sketch to finished piece with this exhibition at Kirkby Gallery.
‘Five’ showcases five of the best painters currently living or working in Knowsley; Gary McGillivray, Leslie Briggs, Gill Cowley, Mike Kirby and Nick Daly. Meanwhile ‘The Artist’s Studio’, as the name suggests, will allow the public to observe and engage with the five artists about their work.
Exhibiting alongside the ‘Five’ will be five Knowsley school children, each showing off some of their artwork for the very first time.