Women artists to dominate Tate’s 2021 solo shows

Sophie Taeuber-Arp's Composition of Circles and Overlapping Angles (1930) will be in show at Tate Modern in 2021 © 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Tate has announced its exhibitions for 2021 with a programme dominated by female artists, including major exhibitions for the contemporary artists Paula Rego and Lubaina Himid, an exhibition of Yayoi Kusamas Infinity Mirror Rooms and the first major UK survey of Sophie Taeuber-Arp. Philip Guston will also be the subject of a hefty survey, and thematic exhibitions on Auguste Rodin and William Hogarth have also been announced.

At Tate Modern, the year will open with a major survey on the Canadian-American painter Philip Guston (1913-80). The travelling show—which was due to open in June at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC but has been postponed—will follow Gustons 50-year career from figurative murals, through Abstract Expressionism to the signature cartoonish style that he adopted in the 1970s (4 February-31 May 2021).

Philip Guston's Painting, Smoking. Eating (1973) © The Estate of Philip Guston, courtesy Hauser & Wirth

In the summer (15 July-17 October 2021), Tate Modern will present the first UK survey of the Swiss Modernist Sophie Taeuber-Arp (1889-1943), whose diverse artistic practice included textiles, paintings, sculptures, magazines, puppets and “mysterious Dada objects”, according to a press release. The exhibition is being organised with New Yorks Museum of Modern Art, where it is due to open this autumn, and the Kunstmuseum Basel, where it is due to be presented in spring 2021.

A small show of Yayoi Kusamas Infinity Mirror Rooms, is due to open in spring 2021 (until spring 2022; exact dates to be confirmed), after having been postponed due to the coronavirus lockdown earlier this year. The popular Japanese artist is always a major draw and the Tate will have to strictly limit numbers in her installation, which, despite its name, is finite in size.

Installation view of Infinity Mirrored Room – Filled with the Brilliance of Life (2011/2017) at Tate Modern © Yayoi Kusama. Photo courtesy of Tate Photography

Another focused show, The Making of Rodin (6 May-10 October 2021), will explore the processes used by the French sculptor Auguste Rodin to make his works, concentrating on the important role played by plaster.

Tate Moderns year will be rounded off with a major Lubaina Himid exhibition (24 November 2021-22 May 2022). The British artist, who won the Turner Prize in 2017, will be exhibiting mostly recent works in a stage-like setting, drawing on her theatre design background.

At Tate Britain, the Portuguese-British artist Paula Rego will have her largest exhibition to date (16 June-24 October 2021), following on from recent retrospectives at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh and MK Gallery in Milton Keynes. The show of more than 100 works by the figurative artist will include Regos Abortion series—“the best thing Ive ever done”— which was made to campaign for abortion rights.

Paula Rego, The Dance (1988) © Paula Rego

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