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Claude Monet, Lady in the Garden, 1867 Oil on canvas, 80 x 99 cm Painting and Photo ©The State Hermit- age Museum, St. Petersburg Photography: Vladimir Terebenin


Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse Royal Academy of Art, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD January 30 to April 20


The garden has been an influen- tial subject for many artists. This exhibition at the Royal Academy of Art considers the role of the garden, and its significance in the works of Claude Monet and his contemporaries. With Monet as its starting point, works on display range in date from the 1860s to the 1920s, taking in paintings by artists including Monet, Paul Klee, Emil Nolde, Gustav Klimt, and Wassily Kandinsky among others. Bring- ing together over 120 works from public institutions and private col- lections across Europe and the USA, this exhibition also highlights the shifting artistic movements of the era, with pieces by Impressionists, Post Impressionists and the Avant-


Garde artists of the early twentieth century. One of the highlights of this particular exhibition is a focus on Monet’s Grandes Decorations with a magnificent selection of Monet’s water lily paintings includ- ing the great Agapanthus Triptych of 1916 –1919, (The Nelson - Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleve- land; Saint Louis Art Museum, St Louis), works that are closely related to the great panoramas that he donated to the French State towards the end of his life and that are now permanently housed in the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris. It will be the first time this monumental triptych has been seen in the UK.


Betty Woodman: Theatre of the Domestics Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH February 3 to April 10


Connecticut-born Betty Woodman is one of the most important con- temporary artists working in ceram- ics today, and this is her first UK solo show. Focusing on works from the past 10 years, it also includes some major new mixed media pieces. Woodman lives and works in New York and Italy, and her art has a noticeable Mediterranean influence, including Minoan and Egyptian art, Greek and Etruscan sculpture, majolica and Sèvres porcelain, Ital- ian Baroque architecture, and the paintings of Bonnard, Picasso and Matisse, as well as Tang Dynasty works.


Betty Woodman, Posing with Vases at the Beach, 2008, 84 x 206 x 17 cm


Glazed earthenware, epoxy resin, lac- quer, acrylic paint


Photo: Bruno Bruchi ©BETTY WOODMAN 50 The American


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