Welcome to March. The year is flying by and a great swathe of exhibitions and events are opening to usher in Spring. This month the It’s Nice That team has searched far and wide to find the most inspiring and entertaining happens that will get your creative juices flowing. From a Scottish master of pop art and the most prestigious photography prize on show in London, to a 50-year survey of Manhattan, please find below our picks of the month.
George Hardie: Fifty Odd Years
University of Brighton Gallery, Brighton, 11 March – 7 April 2017
This exhibition spans five decades of work and explores Hardie’s practice in graphic design, illustration and education. It encompasses student work (St Martins, RCA); time with NTA Studios; work with Hypgnosis on record covers and solving problems and making illustrations internationally (in 17 countries to date).
Whitechapel Gallery, London, until 14 May 2017
The godfather of pop art arrives at the Whitechapel Gallery with a retrospective spanning five decades and 250 pieces of work from collages and prints to brutalist concrete sculptures.
William Eggleston and Daisuke Yokota
Foam Gallery, Amsterdam, 16 March 2017
This March sees two new excellent exhibitions at Amsterdam photography institution Foam: William Eggleston’s Los Alamos and Daisuke Yokota’s Matter. This event on 16 March invites the public to the opening of both, two hugely exciting exhibitions that will show the very different sensibilities of two masters of photography.
David Zwirner, New York, until 22 April 2017
Hilton Als, the theatre critic for The New Yorker has curated a show of Alice Neel’s paintings at David Zwirner, New York. The show displays work from Alice created in Spanish Harlem, Upper Manhattan and the Upper West Side of the city spanned over five decades.
ICA Video Library
ICA, London, until 16 April 2017
Head to the ICA this March to explore its video library from 1981 – 1993. A rare insight to the galleries thousands of tapes from artists’ videos, documentaries and independent films at a time where Britain went through many social and political changes.
Prints in Paris 1900: From Elite to the Street
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, 3 March – 11 June 2017
This exhibition will tell the story of printmaking in Paris from 1890 – 1905, in high society and the wider public sphere. It will feature 250 prints from the museum’s own collection, including iconic posters for Le Chat Noir and Le Moulin Rouge as well as graphic works by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Edgar Degas and Félix Vallotton.
Drawing Biennial 2017
Drawing Room, London 2 March – 26 April 2017
Displaying a cross-section of contemporary drawing practice, the Drawing Biennial features over 200 new and recent works on paper by leading international artists of different generations. Artists include Richard Deacon, Julian Opie, Cornelia Parker, Michael Landy and Frances Upritchard, and the exhibition culminates in an online auction.
Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2017
The Photographers’ Gallery, London 3 March – 11 June 2017
The yearly prize makes a return, and aims to bring together an international array of talented photographers. Artists listed for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize are Sophie Calle, Dana Lixenberg, Awoiska van der Molen and Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs. One of them will win the £30,000 prize, which will be announced 3 March.
Doug Wheeler: PSAD Synthetic Desert III
Guggenheim, New York, 24 March – 2 August 2017
PSAD Synthetic Desert III is a yet-to-be-realised series of installations conceived by Doug Wheeler during the 1960s and 70s. In each work, the “architectural modification of an existing room allows the artist to achieve subtle manipulations of light, space and sound”. The project is being redesigned for one of the museum’s Tower galleries and visitation will be limited to small groups.
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- Meet Universal Thirst, the Bangalore and Reykjavik-based foundry offering a dual perspective on type
- Manchester Girls, the new series from Dean Davies, is a visual homage to the women of the north
- Facebook rebrands to distinguish the company from the app
- Jack Kenyon photographs the wondrous spectacle of the Supreme Cat Show
- &Walsh designs Zooba's identity inspired by the busy streets of Cairo
- A book chronicling tiny, bizarre treasures curated by Wes Anderson and Juman Malouf
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