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CULTURE TRIP: WHAT TO SEE IN AUGUST

Ecstatic Rays at the Saatchi Gallery: Andrew Millar, Cover the Sun, Polaroid Collage Assemblage

SAATCHI GALLERY – ECSTATIC RAYS

The works of nine exciting and emerging contemporary artists are on show at the Saatchi Gallery for “Ecstatic Rays” in the Prints & Originals Gallery. Highlights include works by Mildred Palmer, who creates unique relief prints that have a textural intensity and sublime resonance; Andrew Millar’s mix of fantasy and reality in polaroid prints that also make use of collage and gold-leaf, paint or mark-making finishing; and Tom Shedden’s paintings that suggest a repeated working and reworking of the pieces.

Until August 28th at the Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, SW3 4RY.

Alberta Tiburzi in 'envelope' dress by Cristóbal Balenciaga. Photograph by Hiro Wakabayashi for Harper's Bazaar, June 1967. © Hiro 1967

VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM – BALENCIAGA: SHAPING FASHION

Explore Cristóbal Balenciaga’s lasting influence on fashion at the V&A Museum at Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion, the first ever U.K. exhibition to explore the work of Balenciaga, one of the most influential and revered designers of the 20th Century.

His unique and forward-thinking vision of female beauty, innovative use of textiles and ground-breaking pattern-cutting shaped the modernity of Sixties fashion and continues to shape fashion today. The works of over 30 designers from the last 50 years are featured, demonstrating the influence that Balenciaga’s collections had on the likes of Azzedine Alaïa, Oscar de la Renta, Comme des Garçons, Simone Rocha, Celine, Erdem and, of course, Nicholas Ghesquiere’s current collections for Balenciaga.

Highlights include the “Envelope Dress” worn by Italian model-turned-photographer Alberta Tiburtzi in 1976; an evening dress with exquisite embroidery by Lesage from 1960-62; and a dramatic silk taffeta evening dress from 1955.

Tickets £12; Until Feb. 18 2018.

Neil Libbert at Michael Hoppen Gallery: Neil Libbert, Times Square, New York 1974, © Neil Libbert

MICHAEL HOPPEN GALLERY – NEIL LIBBERT

Head to Michael Hoppen Gallery for Neil Libbert’s first major solo exhibition, which focuses on the early work of the street photographer and photojournalist’s 60-year career. This show is a rare opportunity to explore the full scope of Libbert’s talents, including a number of previously unseen prints such as “West Indian Arrivals” (Waterloo Station, 1961), or “Outside the Black-E Arts Centre” (Liverpool, 1973).

Libbert travelled widely during the Fifties and Sixties, often working on assignment for The Guardian, and his photographs capture a radically changing world with huge compassion, from the poverty of post-war Manchester to the energy of New York in the late Sixties.

Until August 11th, at Michael Hoppen Gallery, 3 Jubilee Place, SW3 3TD.