ONE of the most familiar faces of the 20th century is a prime player in Museums Sheffield’s 2012 offering to art lovers.
From April 11 Andy Warhol: Late Self-Portraits will showcase at least 30 of Warhol’s iconic self-portraits at Graves Gallery in an exhibition co-curated by Sheffield-born art dealer Anthony d’Offay.
Museums Sheffield chief executive Nick Dodd says the exhibition is significant for art in Sheffield.
“It reaffirms the Graves Gallery’s position as a showcase for work from some of the UK’s finest collections and highlights the important role the gallery plays in the cultural life of the city,” he says.
Twenty five years after his death Warhol remains massively influential in contemporary art and culture, having created some of the most recognisable images of the last 50 years. His hugely popular work of the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s brought fame equal to that of the stars frequently depicted.
On until December 1, entry will be free.
Before then art fans will be able to wade Under The Sea in an atmospheric new exhibition at the Millennium Gallery (Jan 25-June 10).
It will seek to transport visitors to an alien realm via a unique collection of contemporary and historical art, design and craft, inspired by mysterious inhabitants of the deep.
“It is hard to believe human actions on land could affect the vast oceans,” say curators. “But our pressure on the oceans is threatening not just the species we exploit for food, but global mass extinctions. Under The Sea explores the beauty and importance of the oceans, their significance and what we as individuals can do to help protect them.”
Artists and designers have been fascinated by shapes and forms found in marine life, finding inspiration in the ocean depths but also seeking to highlight the plight of this fragile ecosystem. On show will be Paul Evans’ powerful yet intricate, life-sized pencil drawing of a captive Orca, a new Museums Sheffield commission covering an entire gallery wall. Contemporary works will include Steffen Dam’s mysterious sculptures of sea creatures petrified in glass, Dorothy Cross’s film ‘Hildegaard – Octopus Hunter’ and Jenny Llewellyn’s glow-in-the-dark silver and silicone jewellery inspired by the sea’s colourful creatures.
Magic Worlds is a family-friendly Weston Park exhibition delving into the world of magic and illusion.
Created by the V&A Museum of Childhood, Magic Worlds (April 28-Jan 6) will explore the fantastical realms of witches, wizards and fairies and celebrate conjuring feats of the finest stage magicians.
The exhibition will be designed around themes of fantasy, illusion and enchantment and feature 200 objects ranging from costumes, tricks, vintage toys, paintings and ceramics to illustrations, posters, puppets and games.
Magic Worlds will explore the origins and history of magic and celebrate some of our best-loved magical stories, including Snow White, Alice In Wonderland, Peter Pan and The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.
Expect to see film replicas of Harry Potter’s broomstick and the One Ring from The Lord of the Rings, vintage Cinderella and Prince Charming mechanical dancing dolls and props including a ‘Zig Zag Girl’, used to seemingly divide a magician’s assistant into thirds.
Before then The Family In British Art (Feb 2-April 29) will show how images inspired by those closest to us have always been some of our most revealing.
Comprising at least 65 historic and contemporary works at Millennium Gallery from some of the UK’s finest collections over 400 years of British art, the exhibition will feature paintings, photography, film and sculpture from artists including William Hogarth, Stanley Spencer, Tracey Emin and Rachel Whiteread.
“Today the concept of family means many different things to different people,” says Louisa Briggs, Curator of Visual Art at Museums Sheffield. “This wonderful collection of work illustrates just how radically the British idea of family and the way it’s been represented has changed over the centuries.”