Tate Liverpool, 14 June to 10 November
Keith Haring emerged from the New York art scene of the 1980s, taking grafitti, pop art and club culture as inspiration. He used public spaces and new media in a determination to break out of the restrictive spaces of art galleries. And he was an activist, responding to issues from racism to homophobia; AIDS awareness to climate change. This is the first major UK exhibition of his work. Definitely one to catch.
Lee Krasner: Living Colour
Barbican, London, until 1 September
Lee Krasner was a pioneer of abstract impressionism in mid-century New York. She is an important figure who has too often been overlooked and this is the first major exhibition of her work this side of the Atlantic in 50 years. From early self-portraits to her acclaimed “Little Image” paintings from the 1940s, from collages comprised of torn-up earlier work to a selection of her most impressive large-scale abstract paintings, this show has nearly 100 works, many of which are being presented for the first time in the UK.
The Hidden Tableaux Peterloo 1819
Manchester Central Library, 6 June until 28 September
Red Saunders, one of the founders of Rock Against Racism, is also a photographer and artist whose “Hidden” series depicts historical events as if photographers were present. This summer he commemorates the bicentenary of the Peterloo Massacre with a series of tableaux showing the protesters and the armed cavalry who violently attacked them. The free display is at Manchester Central Library as part of Manchester’s Peterloo commemorations.
Tate Modern, London, 6 June to 8 September
Goncharova was part of the Russian avant garde art movements of the pre-revolution and pre-First World War period. She attempted to fuse modernist styles such as cubism with more traditional Slavic motifs and materials. The last retrospective of her work in the UK was in 1961, and most of the works to be shown at the Tate have never been shown here before.
Summer of Rockets
Available on BBC iPlayer until 20 June
Writer and director Stephen Poliakoff is known for his slow-moving, visually beautiful TV dramas. And Summer of Rockets keeps the lush visuals but ramps up the tension for a Cold War thriller set in 1958. Samuel Petrukhin is a fictionalised version of Poliakoff’s father, a Russian in England determined to fit in with the public school set, with dangerous consequences.