The latest art news, exhibitions and reviews from around the world.
A Good Start
The Saatchi Gallery, situated in a picturesque square in Chelsea, London, is known for presenting work from the most cutting-edge movers and shakers of the arts scene, often giving emerging artists their first major platform in the UK. The month of September sees the gallery welcome the sixth edition of the START Art Fair. This year, the fair grows ever stronger and is set to present over 50 artists from more than 25 countries. To be presented in such a prestigious, globally recognised venue is a huge honour for emerging artists and newly established galleries. Visitors will also be treated to a teaser exhibition of Korean Eye 2020 ahead of its official launch at the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg in Spring 2020.
- When: 26-29 September
- Where: Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 4RY, UK
The name Felix Vallotton may not be widely known in the UK, but the late 20th-century painter and printmaker was renowned across the rest of Europe and especially in his homeland of Switzerland. The Royal Academy of Arts in London presents the UK’s first major retrospective of his work, entitled Felix Vallotton: Painter of Disquiet. Born in Lausanne in 1865, as a young man, Vallotton travelled to Paris, where his artistic style caught the attention of Pierre Bonnard and Edouard Vuillard. Together with other dynamic members, they formed a new artistic movement known as Les Nabis, which was inspired by Japanese wood-block printing and post-impressionism. The show at the Royal Academy gathers 80 of the artist’s pieces, from gloomy interior scenes to portraits and monochrome prints. The collection also shows how Vallotton’s unique style came to influence the works of visionaries including Alfred Hitchcock and Edward Hopper.
- When: Until 29 September
- Where: Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 0BD
Down Under Debut
The Affordable Art Fair, a creative enterprise with a mission to demystify the arts scene and bring the joy of handmade crafts to the masses, has set up annual residencies in several cities around the globe. This month, it is set to enjoy its debut in Melbourne. “It was a natural decision for us to launch the Affordable Art Fair in Melbourne,” explains the fair’s founder, Will Ramsay. “[Melbourne] is a city renowned for its art and culture!” At the inaugural show, visitors can expect over 1,000 fabulous works from galleries from across Australia and beyond. Get the inside scoop on the icons of tomorrow with the Young Talent Victoria initiative, which gives budding artists the chance to be discovered. At the Creative Hub, there’s plenty for younger audiences, as well as educational activities and talks for those who want to learn more.
- When: 5-8 September
- Where: Royal Exhibition Building, 9 Nicholson St, Carlton VIC 3053, Australia
Berlin is one of the most popular destinations for art lovers. It is home to over 400 galleries; its pathways are decorated by street artists and it’s known to be a haven for budding and internationally acclaimed artists. This month, the city will become even trendier with the third instalment of the annual contemporary art fair, ArtBerlin. The fair promises a comprehensive overview of the contemporary art scene with over 100 participating galleries offering work by creatives from all over the world. In keeping with the contemporary theme, ArtBerlin returns to its uber-cool urban venue inside two hangars of the historical 1923 Tempelhof Airport.
- When: 12-15 September
- Where: Flughafen Tempelhof, Hangar 5 and 6, Tempelhofer Damm 45, 12101 Berlin, U6 Paradestrasse
War and Piece
This month, Lebanese-American artist Walid Raad will present his first solo exhibition ever held in the Netherlands at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. In Let’s be honest, the weather helped, Raad uses a variety of mediums to explore the political, economic, social and cultural effects of the Lebanese Wars. “For the most part, my work is about the effects of violence on bodies and minds, on culture and tradition,” explains Raad. Work spanning Raad’s oeuvre will be on display, such as his ongoing project, Sweet talk, which consists of a photographic series that started in Beirut in 1987. At once highly political and highly poetic, Raad’s show is not to be missed.
- When: Until 13 October
- Where: The Stedelijk Museum, Museumplein 10, 1071 DJ Amsterdam, Netherlands