• Picasso: Painter and Sculptor in Clay

    Royal Academy of Arts | Piccadilly
    Burlington House, Piccadilly
    September 17–December 16, 1998

    Picasso’s ceramic output is often seen as the black sheep of his herd of gifts. Frequently thought vulgar, facile, and less than serious, the plates, vessels, and figurines are, in fact, an integral part of his whole late, bucolic effervescence. After all, serious needn’t mean anguished—and who would want a Weeping Woman under their sole meunière? Curated by the Royal Academy’s Simonetta Fraquelli and Norman Rosenthal along with Picasso scholar Marilyn McCully and members of the artist’s family, the 200-plus-work exhibition should deal a welcome slap in the face to those who equate twentieth-century ceramics with unadorned puritanism. Sept. 17, 1998–Dec. 16, 1998; travels to Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Mar. 1999–June 1999.

  • Addressing the Century

    Hayward Gallery
    Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road
    October 8, 1998–January 11, 1999

    Fashion designers are notorious for plundering the fine arts for ideas, but doesn’t the interchange go both ways? Yes, a rash of shows on both sides of the Atlantic have answered. “Addressing the Century,” curated by UCLA’s Peter Wollen and designed by architect Zaha Hadid, furthers the equable view, exploring the cross-fertilization of art and fashion over the last hundred years, from Matisse to Miyake. Sections include Surrealist-influenced fashions of the ’30s, Pop streetwear of ’60s New York and London, and recent explorations of the relationship between clothes and identity by artists ranging from Cindy Sherman to Mona Hatoum. Oct. 8, 1998–Jan. 11, 1999; travels to Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany, Feb. 19, 1999–May 16, 1999.

  • Speed

    Whitechapel Gallery
    77 - 82 Whitechapel High Street
    September 11–January 22, 1998

    Around the time that paint in tubes freed the Impressionists to work swiftly in the open air, speed began to make its mark on art. This exhibition takes up the modern story of speed as a source of content and disseminator of imagery. Canonical works by Umberto Boccioni, Fernand Léger, and Naum Gabo begin a race through the century that concludes with recent photography and video, gathering up along the way artists as disparate as Jackson Pollock (seen at work on film) and Joseph Beuys, Walter Sickert and Richard Hamilton, Ed Ruscha and Rodney Graham. The accompanying catalogue/book contains contributions from J.G. Ballard, Peter Wollen, and Susan George.