Tate will put women artists first and foremost

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Sonia Delaunay, Agnes Martin, Barbara Hepworth and Marlene Dumas exhibitions planned along with Calder and Pollock shows

Sonia Delaunay, Prismes electriques, 1914. Copyright, Pracusa, CNAP

Women artists come to the fore next year at Tate with shows devoted to Sonia Delaunay, Agnes Martin, Barbara Hepworth and Marlene Dumas announced today, 31 July.

The first retrospective in the UK dedicated to the French avant-garde artist Delaunay is due to open in the spring at Tate Modern (15 April-9 August 2015). Delaunay (1885-1979) co-produced with her husband Robert several large-scale mural paintings for the 1937 Paris International Exhibition, and is known for her vividly coloured textiles emblazoned with striking geometrics. The show is co-organised with the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (Paris-Musées).

An exhibition of works by the South Africa-born, Amsterdam-based artist Marlene Dumas (b.1953) first opens at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam this September, and will travel to Tate Modern early next year (5 February-10 May 2015). “It is the most comprehensive retrospective survey of her work in Europe to date and presents a compelling overview of her oeuvre from the late 1970s to the present,” say the organisers at the Stedelijk. Dumas’s work explores controversial subjects such as gender and sexuality, celebrity and the influence of the mass media.

Somewhat overshadowed at the Tate by Henry Moore, his contemporary and St Ives stalwart Barbara Hepworth (1903-75) gets a major retrospective at Tate Britain (24 June-25 October 2015). The exhibition dedicated to the British sculptor will tour to Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo (November 2015–April 2016) and Arp Museum, Rolandseck (May–August 2016). Also at Tate Britain, the London-based painter Frank Auerbach will present around 70 paintings and drawings reflecting people and places near his Camden Town studio (9 October-14 February 2016).

After big Alexander Calder shows recently organised by the Centre Pompidou and Los Angeles County Museum of Art among other institutions, next year Tate Modern will present the late US artist’s first major retrospective in the UK (11 November 2015-3 April 2016). Another American heavyweight gets a show at Tate Liverpool. “Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots” (30 June-18 October 2015), presents the artist’s paintings made between 1951 and 1953 using a new “pour” technique.

A global take on Pop art is promised in the exhibition “The World Goes Pop” which is due to open next autumn at Tate Modern (17 September-24 January 2016). The show, which includes more than 200 works dating from the 1970s and 1980s, aims to demonstrate that the movement was not just driven by Western consumer culture. Jessica Morgan, the exhibition curator, told the Financial Times: “It’s looking at pop but outside the US and the UK: in Eastern Europe, Asia, Latin America.” The exhibition will include Kiki Kogelnik’s anti-war sculpture Bombs in Love, 1962, and Icelandic artist Erró’s cartoonish American Interiors, 1968.

Tate, which is still playing catch up in the field of photography, throws spotlight on the medium next year with two shows at Tate Britain: “Salt and Silver: Early Photography 1840-1860” (25 February-7 June 2015) and “Nick Waplington and Alexander McQueen” (10 March –17 May 2015).

Meanwhile, curators at Tate St. Ives will pair work by the veteran abstract artist Terry Frost with pieces by the emerging Welsh artist Jessica Warboys (10 October-10 January 2016).

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