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Exhibitions, Books, Films, Food and Drink – Incredible Things To Do This July

We’ll be adding to this wonderful list of cultural things to do throughout July 2021 so keep checking back. In this list you’ll find book signings to visit, exhibitions to attend in person or online and many other things to do. If all else fails, there’s always one more week to go of Wimbledon 2021, enjoy!

Join Catherine Opie

One of the most important artists of her generation, Catherine Opie uses photography as a means to examine the complex relationship between ourselves, our communities, the spaces we occupy, and the natural landscape. In this video, the artist discusses her most recent body of work, “monument/monumental,” a series of reflective images taken over the course of the last year while the artist traveled across the United States, and a new monograph published by Phaidon Press that re-contextualizes the breadth and richness of her artistic vision over the last four decades.

If you’re a fan of photographer Catherine Opie like I am then you really ought to attend this event at her studio for a book signing of her new monograph Catherine Opie during the inaugural Gallery Weekend Los Angeles.

Saturday, July 31, 5-7pm PST

Hosted with Regen Projects


More details to be announced.

What’s for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks in the homes of the world’s top chefs? Join celebrated chefs – and parents – Sean Brock and Mina Park for an exclusive, virtual conversation with author Joshua David Stein about his new book, Cooking For Your Kids: At Home With the World’s Greatest Chefs.

Saturday, July 10, 4-5pm EST  / 1-2pm PST

Hosted by Phaidon, Book Larder, Bold Fork Books, Now Serving, and Omnivore Books


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Martha’s Vineyard New Island Homes

Join a book talk with Keith Moskow celebrating the launch of the new book Martha’s Vineyard: New Island Homes.

  • A selection of beautiful contemporary homes on Martha’s Vineyard that are hidden from view–many shown in this new book for the first time
  • An architectural deep dive into what makes these homes special 
  • A brief history of contemporary architecture on Martha’s Vineyard
  • Influences for the homes with island references
  • The process of putting an architecture book together

To sign up for this event, go here

Book signing with Jamie Hawkesworth at Micamera, Milan

Join Jamie Hawkesworth at Micamera, Milan, where he will be signing copies of his new book The British Isles.

Tuesday 6 July

18:30 CEST


Via Medardo Rosso, 19

20159 Milano


Free to attend

About The British Isles

The British Isles is an account of thirteen years of life across the United Kingdom, as seen through the lens of Jamie Hawkesworth. In this sprawling sequence of portraits and landscapes, Hawkesworth surveys the characters and terrains that make up the everyday fabric of his home country: schoolchildren and shopworkers, markets and estates, priests and professionals, cities and construction sites. These photographs chart an alternative history of a period of British history punctuated by austerity, referenda, celebration, and conflict. As much as a historical document, this book is an exercise in generous curiosity, presenting a radically democratising portrait of the United Kingdom.

Find out more and order copies here.

Hoda Afshar in conversation with Taous Dahmani

Hoda Afshar speaks to researcher and historian Taous Dahmani about her new book Speak The Wind, tracing the project’s unqiue genesis in response to the distinctive geography and cultural beliefs of the Strait of Hormuz, Iran, and reflecting on photography as a tool for investigation and storytelling.

Thursday 8 July

18:00 BST, London

13:00 EDT, New York

Sign up for a reminder here.

About Speak The Wind

On the islands in the Strait of Hormuz, off the southern coast of Iran, there is a common belief that the winds can possess a person, bringing illness and disease. The existence of similar convictions in some African countries suggests that the cult may have been brought to Iran from southeast Africa through the Arab slave trade. This history is rarely spoken about but these winds and the traces they have left on the islands and their inhabitants are the touchstone for Hoda Afshar’s Speak The Wind. Through her subtle and perceptive images of the extraordinary landscapes, the people and their rituals, Afshar’s beautiful and complex book attempts to picture the wind and its psychic entanglements, to form a visible record of the invisible.

Find out more and order copies here.

Rebecca Louise Law: SeasonsCompton Verney 18 May – 30 August 2021

Journey through the changing seasons in a stunning installation of preserved foliage and flowers hanging from the ceilings of Compton Verney.

This mesmerising site-specific installation is the work of British artist Rebecca Louise Law, known for her work with natural materials and floral displays. Taking her inspiration from time spent in the UK and the doorstep of her Snowdonia home, Rebecca has been collecting wildflowers and plantings throughout 2019, 2020 and 2021, exquisitely preserving them to be displayed throughout the galleries of Compton Verney.

Suspended on copper wires above you head, the hanging displays explore the circular pattern of life and the beauty in nature – a walk through the exhibition take you through the evolving seasons of a year. And, the exhibition even includes materials foraged from the grounds of Compton Verney.

Book here

Freud, Minton, Ryan: unholy trinityVictoria Art Gallery 10 July – 19 September 2021

Celebrating the life and work of Lucian Freud, John Minton and Adrian Ryan, this exhibition explores their friendship and practices, including works from their formative years before and during the war and before Minton’s suicide in 1957.

The exhibition will include early works from each artist as well as works done following the suicide of Minton, where lonely figures began to frequent the work of both Freud and Ryan. All three artists explored the theme of domestic intimacy, and the exhibition will look at how their work contributed to overall landscape of pre-war modern art. A catalogue and specially commissioned film will accompany the exhibition.

This exhibition is supported by the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund.

Book here

Paula RegoTate Britain 7 July – 24 October 2021

Tate Britain presents the most exhaustive retrospective of contemporary artist, Paula Rego’s work to date, highlighting her key role in redefining figurative art in the UK and beyond.

Featuring over 100 works including paintings, collage, drawings, sculpture and etchings, this exhibition shines a light into the life and art of this prominent figure within the contemporary British art world.

Portuguese-born and London-based, Rego is particularly known for her paintings and prints based on storybooks and celebrated for her unique representation of female subjects.

The exhibition explores the personal nature of her practice, shaped by her life experiences and the socio-political context surrounding them. Works shown include early paintings from the 1950s, which explore Rego’s personal and social struggle, as well as her richly layered, staged scenes from the 2000-10s.

Also on display are pastels from her acclaimed Dog Women series, depicting women posturing and behaving like dogs. The series saught to present women as simultaneously submissive and fiercely independent. The exhibition constitutes a unique opportunity to survey the full range of Rego’s work.

Book here

Christina Quarles: ‘In Likeness’

American painter Quarles is the modern master of the body: the figures in these images all twist and distend and morph in neons and fleshy colours. It’s gorgeous, clever stuff, touching on ideas of intimacy, queerness and the history of painting.

At the South London Gallery until Aug 29. Details here

Introductions: Chen Ching-Yuan

White Cube Online

Until 3 August 2021

White Cube’s ‘Introductions’ series puts a spotlight on artists new to the gallery’s programme.

The latest online exhibition is of new works by the Taiwanese artist Chen Ching-Yuan. His oil paintings weave surreal visions with sensate realism, featuring scenes from everyday life that appear voyeuristic and psychologically charged.

Intimate in scale and muted in palette, they explore the contrasting dimensions of the natural and the manmade, of claustrophobia and repetition, with notions of growth and expansion. 

Go here

Raqib Shaw A Summer Among the Narcissi

White Cube is pleased to present A Summer Among the Narcissi, an online exhibition of works on paper by Raqib Shaw, 28 May – 1 August 2021. Featuring a new series of circular, enamel and pencil drawings, the presentation is titled after one of Shaw’s favourite poems, Among the Narcissi by Sylvia Plath (first published 1963), which muses on man’s relationship to nature and its ability to heal and nurture.

Go here

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