ArtSlant - Recently added http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/show en-us 40 Mark Wallinger - Tate Britain - June 2nd 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Hear Wallinger discuss his wide ranging practice with writer Sally O&rsquo;Reilly, author of&nbsp;<em>Modern Artists series: Mark Wallinger</em>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">As a painter, sculptor and video artist&nbsp;<a href="http://www.tate.org.uk/node/160265" target="_blank">Mark Wallinger</a>&nbsp;has created some of the most subtly intelligent and irreverent work from the&nbsp;UK&nbsp;in the last twenty-five years. His early work questioned the values and class system of British society through&nbsp;<a href="http://www.tate.org.uk/node/296091" target="_blank">photorealist</a>&nbsp;paintings of racehorses with suggestive titles such as&nbsp;<em>Race, Class, Sex&nbsp;</em>(1993). He later explored institutionalised spirituality and religion through the video&nbsp;<em>Angel&nbsp;</em>(1997) and his Fourth Plinth commission in Trafalgar Square,&nbsp;<em>Ecce Homo&nbsp;</em>(1999).</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">After a retrospective at Tate Liverpool in 2000, representing Britain at the Venice Biennale in 2001, winning the Turner Prize in 2007 with his socially engaged installation&nbsp;<a href="http://www.tate.org.uk/node/245931" target="_blank"><em>State Britain</em></a>, Wallinger&rsquo;s work continues to intersect the public sphere, most recently with a multi-part work entitled&nbsp;<em>Labyrinth</em>&nbsp;marking the 150th anniversary of London Underground in&nbsp;2013.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Signed copies of the book will be available to purchase after the&nbsp;event.</p> Sat, 30 May 2015 04:36:31 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list Dolly Thompsett - Art First Contemporary Art - June 10th - August 14th <p style="text-align: justify;">Art First Projects is delighted to present extraordinary new work by Dolly Thompsett, whose multi-layered narrative paintings invoke the magic-realism of recent literature as well as the exoticism of the eighteenth century. She writes:</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">"In <em>The Secret Life of Mrs Andrews</em> my starting point was Gainsborough&rsquo;s early work <em>Mr and Mrs Andrews</em>. At the time I chose to work with this theme I was involved in a new relationship, but actually <em>Huddle</em> was the first painting that I&rsquo;d made during this period. Soon after completing Huddle I realized that it expressed my sense of trepidation about this love affair. Following<em> Huddle</em> I made<em> the Secret Life</em>. In the original picture the couple are newlyweds, and I remember that I was then thinking about the theme of sexual awakening in painting, and how all painting is about desire one way or the other. I tend to make these connections between my pictures and my life during or after a painting is done.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">My paintings are not planned or known when I start. I may have an urge towards something or other, but that&rsquo;s all, and then the materials and chance and attractions to images, colours and or compositional devices lead me further in... <em>The Secret Life</em> contains references to Rococo painting and also to Victorian Fairy painting, both movements where sexual desire is a dominant theme, I also looked at Fuseli&rsquo;s erotic drawings and at Dutch Flower painting. These are all to do with a certain disallowed or confused eroticism, which I can relate to in terms of the way that I&rsquo;ve been brought up. &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">But the idea of a secret life also really applies more generally to my painting, which has always been a highly personal exploration of self. Painting is a parallel life for me. As a kid I would draw and paint hidden away in my attic room, isolated and enclosed and safe; and in so doing I would enable a hidden side of my self to emerge.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">I have been collecting images for around 15 years in order to provide a language for this secret side. Many elements and motifs reoccur quite frequently, others are one-offs. So for example I often end up painting a ruined temple, seen from inside or outside, usually overgrown with creepers, sometimes with or without soldiers, old bones or collapsing ceilings revealing a starry night sky. Another recurring motif is a single boat heading into the unknown, into night, into a storm, or deep into a primeval jungle. Individual elements include spiderwebs, twisted branches and roots, mist, veils of gossamer, butterflies.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The images that I keep returning to are in fact variations of archetypes, they relate to countless older art historical images, they are psychological projections, they are dreamlike, they reveal both a personal and a collective inner architecture.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">I would say that at the end of the studio day I have made manifest something of myself, and this may be fleeting or a state... this something&rsquo; is articulated using a process of touch and response and recognition and layering.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Dolly Thompsett completed her PhD in fine art at Goldsmith&rsquo;s College, London in 2006, having previously received an MA from Byam Shaw School of Art, and has since had many solo shows in London as well as being included in international group shows in the UK, Europe and the US. She was, in 2009, the winner of the Artsway prize, having been a finalist in the Jerwood Drawing Prize the year before.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Her work is held in the collections of - among others - Ernst &amp; Young, UBS &amp; The Zabludowicz Collection. She lives and works in London.</p> Sat, 30 May 2015 04:33:39 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Roger Hilton, John Wells, Bryan Wynte - Art First Contemporary Art - June 10th - August 14th <p style="text-align: justify;">Art First is delighted to present paintings by four artists who shared the pioneering environment which followed World War II in St Ives and its surroundings, all born variously in Scotland and Greater London within the decade that included the reign of Edward VII and the outbreak of the Great War; their careers occupied the centre of the 20th century. The exhibition comprises a presentation of key mid and late works by Barns-&shy;‐Graham and highlights connections with selected pieces by her fellow artists.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">John Wells had already adopted the South West of England and had had a medical practice on the Scilly Isles before his 1945 move to Newlyn to pursue the artist&rsquo;s life. Bryan Wynter arrived after war service and Barns-&shy;‐ Graham had arrived from Scotland in 1940, meeting Wells in 1941 through her friends Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth. Roger Hilton knew Barns-&shy;‐Graham from shared visits to Paris in the early 1950s and his frequent trips to St Ives through the same period and in 1965 he too became a resident of Cornwall.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Wynter and Wells participated in the groundbreaking 1946 Crypt Gallery (St Ives) &lsquo;young moderns&rsquo; show and Barns-&shy;‐ Graham joined them in the 1947 and 1948 versions. By this time Wells was already embracing the abstract idioms of Naum Gabo and Nicholson. Wynter remained influenced by Braque and Sutherland before his clear abstract voice emerged in the mid-&shy;‐1950s. Similarly Barns-&shy;‐Graham underwent her transformation through a series of paintings of the Grindelwald glaciers eventually leading to the expressionist abstraction of her late 50&rsquo;s work.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The exhibition features a re-&shy;‐visiting (1987-&shy;‐8) of that glacier theme, Splintered Ice No. 2, and also paintings by all three artists which show their different commitments to abstract explorations: Wynter&rsquo;s late Meander III (1971-&shy;‐4) presents an overall abstract composition governed by his intense interest in and study of natural forces, whilst Wells&rsquo; 1967 Two Related Movements is a promotion of purist geometry married with a natural colourism&mdash;both echoed in Barns-&shy;‐Graham&rsquo;s geometry-&shy;‐based Expanding Red, Orange and Green on Black (1980) and Meditation Series (1978)</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In later interviews Barns-&shy;‐Graham regularly paid tribute to Hilton revealing her admiration for his art. She understood his child-&shy;‐like figurative work for its underlying wisdom and sophistication (famously in his late gouaches on paper, but also evident in Red Boat of 1958), and she rated his free-&shy;‐based abstract work, with its indebtedness to roots in Paris of the 1950s. This can be glimpsed in the release she granted herself in very late works such as Big Day (2001).</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In mounting this exhibition, the directors of Art First are reminded of the enormous support, industry and enthusiasm for these artists demonstrated by the extraordinary curator and collector Dr David Brown, who attended Barns-&shy;‐Graham&rsquo;s 2001 book launch at the gallery. His vital London exhibitions of 1977 and 1985 cemented the St Ives Group in critical and academic minds before it could be obscured by any London/New York preponderance.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Art First wishes to thank Jonathan Clark Fine Art, Representatives of the artists&rsquo; estates for their loans and photographic permissions regarding Roger Hilton, John Wells and Bryan Wynter. We would also like to thank the Barns-&shy;‐Graham Charitable Trust for their participation and support.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">AN ILLUSTRATED EXHIBITION PDF CAN BE VIEWED ON THE ART FIRST WEBSITE &ndash; <a href="http://www.artfirst.co.uk/" target="_blank">WWW.ARTFIRST.CO.UK</a></p> Sat, 30 May 2015 04:20:35 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list Tracey Emin, Francis Bacon - Tate Britain - March 31st - May 7th, 2016 <p style="text-align: justify;"><a href="http://www.tate.org.uk/node/160733" target="_blank">Tracey Emin</a>&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.tate.org.uk/node/294549" target="_blank">installation</a> <em>My Bed</em> 1998 returns to Tate Britain after it first came to public attention when shown in the <a href="http://www.tate.org.uk/node/303503" target="_blank">1999 Turner Prize</a>&nbsp;exhibition.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">It is displayed here alongside six of the artist&rsquo;s recent figure drawings, as well as two oil paintings by <a href="http://www.tate.org.uk/node/158810" target="_blank">Francis Bacon</a> selected by Emin. Her installation, as Bacon&rsquo;s paintings do, retains a strong sense of the lived presence and memory traces of past&nbsp;events.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">By virtue of bringing the domestic into the public sphere, without directly representing specific events,<em> My Bed</em> is forcefully and compellingly suggestive of personal&nbsp;narratives.</p> <blockquote> <p style="text-align: justify;">I was at a point in my life when I was pretty low&nbsp;&ndash; I hadn&rsquo;t got out of the bed for four days, I hadn&rsquo;t eaten properly for maybe a few weeks and had been drinking like an absolute fish &ndash; Couldn&rsquo;t sleep because I wasn&rsquo;t eating and I went out and got absolutely paralytically drunk, came home and didn&rsquo;t get out of bed for four days. I thought &lsquo;If I don&rsquo;t drink water soon, I&rsquo;m going to die&rsquo; but I was in a weird nihilistic place where I thought if I die it doesn&rsquo;t matter. But because I didn&rsquo;t want to die I got up, and then fell over, and crawled to the kitchen and managed to get some tap water and then kinda crawled back. When I looked at the room I thought &lsquo;Ughh!&rsquo; it was disgusting &ndash; it was so vile what I was looking at- it seemed so incredibly ugly. But then when I looked again I saw all of these things out of that room in a different place in my head and I thought&nbsp;&ndash; &lsquo;That&rsquo;s closed, that&rsquo;s finished&rsquo; and then once I had transported that death bed and took it somewhere else in my head it became something incredibly beautiful.<br /><em>Tracey Emin, The South Bank Show,&nbsp;2001</em></p> </blockquote> <p style="text-align: justify;">Best known for making works that convey experiences and events from her own life by using a range of media, read our <a href="http://www.tate.org.uk/node/324493" target="_blank">introduction to Tracey Emin</a> to find out more about the artist in her own&nbsp;words.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The display is curated by&nbsp;Elena Crippa and Leyla&nbsp;Fakhr.</p> <div class="field field-name-field-sponsor-info field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"> <p style="text-align: justify;">Lent by The Duerckheim Collection&nbsp;2015</p> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 29 May 2015 17:57:56 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list - Tate Modern - September 17th - January 24th, 2016 <p style="text-align: justify;">Whaaam! Pop! Kapow! This is pop art, but not as you know&nbsp;it.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Tate Modern is ready to tell a global story of <a href="http://www.tate.org.uk/node/294927" target="_blank">pop art</a>, breaking new ground along the way, and revealing a different side to the artistic and cultural&nbsp;phenomenon.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">From Latin America to Asia, and from Europe to the Middle East, this explosive exhibition connects the dots between art produced around the world during the 1960s and 1970s, showing how different cultures and countries responded to the&nbsp;movement.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Politics, the body, domestic revolution, consumption, public protest, and folk &ndash; all will be explored and laid bare in eye-popping Technicolor and across many media, from canvas to car bonnets and pinball&nbsp;machines.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The exhibition will reveal how pop was never just a celebration of western consumer culture, but was often a subversive international language of protest &ndash; a language that is more relevant today than&nbsp;ever.</p> Fri, 29 May 2015 17:51:38 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list Arman, Peter Blake, Edmund de Waal, Damien Hirst, Howard Hodgkin, Andy Warhol - Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts - September 12th - January 31st, 2016 <p style="text-align: justify;">This exhibition, organised by the Barbican, will feature the personal collections of major artists including Arman, Peter Blake, Edmund de Waal, Damien Hirst, Howard Hodgkin and Andy Warhol. It will examine the personal obsessions of artists and how their collections relate to their work.</p> Fri, 29 May 2015 17:43:13 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list Chantal Joffe, Ishbel Myerscough - National Portrait Gallery - June 11th - September 28th <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Friendship Portraits</em>, a display of paintings and drawings by Chantal Joffe and Ishbel Myerscough, captures their very particular artistic collaboration. Self-portraits, portraits of each other and portraits of their children explore their lives and shared history from their student days to the present.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Supported by the William Brake Charitable Trust</em></p> Fri, 29 May 2015 17:38:45 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list - National Portrait Gallery - July 1st - October 10th <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Creative Connections</em> is a four-year project connecting young people with contemporary artists to create a series of new artworks inspired by the Gallery&rsquo;s Collection.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The spotlights for the third year of the project are the London borough of Camden and the portraits and biographies of people who have local connections. The project partner is Haverstock school and the artist is photographer Kate Peters. Together they explored the Gallery and its photographic Collection, the history of the borough and created new portraits in response to these. The students and Kate&rsquo;s work will be shown alongside the Gallery Collection in the display.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Creative Connections </em>is generously supported by the Palley family</p> Fri, 29 May 2015 17:37:07 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list Ketaki Sheth - National Portrait Gallery - April 13th - August 31st <p style="text-align: justify;">One of India&rsquo;s leading contemporary photographers, Ketaki Sheth has a long-standing interest in questions of identity and representation. In her most recent project, shown here, she features the Sidi, a people of African descent living in India. With origins in historic trade routes, they have called India home since the seventeenth century, adopting many of the conventions of dress, food, and ceremony characteristic of the subcontinent. At the same time, they maintain a distinct identity and culture.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">There are currently about 70,000 Sidi living in India. Descended from sailors, traders, and slaves, some continue to think of Africa as an ancestral homeland, but nearly all consider themselves Indian in every other way. Most live in the western state of Gujarat and the southern state of Karnataka.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Sheth&rsquo;s photographs are true portraits&mdash;insightful pictures of personalities living in Sidi communities.&nbsp;At the same time, her project&nbsp;explores the complexity of&nbsp;national and cultural&nbsp;identity and how this might shift over time, questions that relate&nbsp;closely to the Collection in National Portrait Gallery.&nbsp; With a group such as the Sidi, how does one begin to separate issues of nationality, ethnicity, and culture? And how much of personal identity is shaped by tradition and context?&nbsp; As touching as Sheth&rsquo;s photographs are, they also remind us how complicated portraits can be.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>This display is supported by the Tia Collection</em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>PUBLICATION</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">An illustrated book titled <strong><em>A Certain Grace: The Sidi, Indians of African Descent</em></strong>, which includes an introduction by Mahmood Mamdani, is available from the National Portrait Gallery Shop or <a href="http://www.npg.org.uk/shop/shop-list.php?sText=A%20Certain%20Grace:%20The%20Sidi,%20Indians%20of%20African%20Descent&amp;x=7&amp;y=16&amp;_ga=GA1.3.161497709.1426583942&amp;showProductDetails=7917">online</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Published by Photoink, 2013.</p> Fri, 29 May 2015 17:35:35 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list Aubrey Beardsley - National Portrait Gallery - July 14th - March 1st, 2016 <p style="text-align: justify;">A focus on the illustrator and writer, Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898). In a short life of intense and fevered activity, Beardsley produced many original and highly-finished black-and-white drawings for process block reproduction. His designs were frequently grotesque, morbid and erotic and include illustrations of Alexander Pope's <em>Rape of the Lock </em>(1895) and Oscar Wilde's <em>Salome</em> (1894).&nbsp; He was also art editor for <em>The Yellow Book</em> (1894&ndash;5) and, with Arthur Symons, produced <em>The Savoy</em> (1896).&nbsp; Beardsley was known for his elegance, charm and witty conversation and became a cult figure of the decadent aesthetic movement. He became embroiled in the scandal surrounding Oscar Wilde&rsquo;s arrest for committing &lsquo;indecent acts&rsquo; and in 1895 was sacked from the <em>Yellow Book</em>, after which he fled to France.&nbsp; Beardsley died of tuberculosis, which had plagued him since his youth, on 16 March 1898 aged only twenty-five.</p> Fri, 29 May 2015 17:33:51 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list - National Portrait Gallery - May 12th - January 24th, 2016 <p class="Default" style="text-align: justify;">The works in these two component displays are drawn from around 2500 photographs from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries generously donated by Terence Pepper, Senior Special Adviser on Photographs. Curators&rsquo; Choice is a tribute to his skills of detection and identification, and his eye for an overlooked or mis-identified sitter or photographer, as well as his interest in charting cultural life in all its variety.</p> <p class="Pa0" style="text-align: justify;">Terence&rsquo;s long and illustrious career at the National Portrait Gallery as Curator of Photographs and Head of the Photographs Collection (1978-2013) has left its mark in the remarkable body of photographic works acquired for the Collection in this period. Terence&rsquo;s expertise, energy and enthusiasm transformed the Gallery&rsquo;s photographic holdings, and today the Photographs Collection comprises over 250,000 portraits by leading photographers including many that he has helped bring back to prominence.</p> <p class="Pa0" style="text-align: justify;">This selection, taken from the gift, has been made by staff who worked with Terence Pepper over a number of years: Georgia Atienza, Clare Freestone, Imogen Lyons, Constantia Nicolaides and Helen Trompeteler.</p> <p class="Default" style="text-align: justify;">The display in<strong> Room 24</strong> shows photographs from the Victorian and Edwardian periods. Beginning with cartes-de-visite and continuing with cabinet cards, stereoscopic cards, cigarette cards and postcards, presented broadly chronologically, the selection reflects Terence&rsquo;s recognition and championing of the popular forms of photography that helped drive the medium&rsquo;s development during the nineteenth-century and which are integral to its history.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The themes covered in the display in <strong>Room 31</strong> aim to reflect Terence&rsquo;s career, his appreciation of the arts, his championing of press prints as an invaluable record of key historic moments, his breadth of knowledge of popular culture, notably from the 1960s, as well as the defining exhibitions he curated.</p> Fri, 29 May 2015 17:31:37 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list - National Portrait Gallery - April 15th - September 13th <p style="text-align: justify;">Cornelius Johnson (1593&ndash;1661) is the forgotten man of seventeenth-century art, even though his paintings &ndash; all of them portraits &ndash; are found in many British museums, galleries and country houses. He was prolific and successful but, as a painter at Charles I&rsquo;s court, had the bad luck first to be overshadowed by the superstar Anthony van Dyck, and then to have his British career halted by the civil wars. Born in London in 1593 into a Flemish/German Protestant family, Johnson probably trained mainly in the northern Netherlands, returning to London by early 1619 &ndash; the date on his earliest portraits. Based in Blackfriars, Johnson painted gentry, aristocrats, lawyers and merchants, including members of London&rsquo;s Netherlandish community. He meticulously recorded their fine dress and lace collars. In 1632 he was appointed &lsquo;picture-drawer&rsquo; to Charles I, producing a few small-scale royal portraits, although the main royal commissions went to Van Dyck. Johnson was the first British-born artist consistently to sign and date his paintings, although his signatures varied over the years. He worked on every scale, from the miniature to the big group portrait.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In late 1643, following the outbreak of civil war in Britain, and the collapse of court patronage, Johnson and his family moved back to the Netherlands. There, he joined the painters&rsquo; guild in the thriving coastal city of Middelburg in Zeeland, where he had friends from the London Dutch community. In 1644, he was commissioned to paint Middelburg&rsquo;s burgomaster (mayor). Johnson and his wife subsequently lived in Amsterdam, and he also worked at The Hague, where he produced his largest surviving portrait, a civic group depicting The Hague Magistrates. Early in the 1650s, the Johnsons settled in one of the best streets in Utrecht, where he remained a leading portrait-painter until his death. He was buried in Utrecht on 5 August 1661. His only surviving son, also named Cornelius, who had been born in London in 1634, assisted his father, and continued to work as a painter in the Netherlands, dying in Utrecht in 1715.</p> Fri, 29 May 2015 17:29:49 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list George Perfect Harding - National Portrait Gallery - March 14th - January 17th, 2016 <p style="text-align: justify;">The growing interest in the history of Britain led to the popularity of antiquarianism in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and to a demand for portraits of historical figures in a variety of media. This display explores that fashion through the work of the miniature painter and copyist George Perfect Harding.&nbsp; The eldest son of another miniature painter, Silvester Harding (1745&mdash;1809), George was probably taught by his father who ran a successful business as an engraver with his brother, Edward Harding (1755-1840). For some forty years, from 1804, George travelled the United Kingdom copying portraits and recording details of their history. His notebooks from this period survive and provide a detailed record of the content of over 250 collections, from castles and country houses to inns of court, university colleges, livery companies and hospitals. This display pairs some of the original portraits, now in the National Portrait Gallery, with Harding&rsquo;s copies.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The watercolours in this display appear to have been produced either singly or in very limited quantities for the most dedicated of collectors. The preservation of their colour indicates that they were kept in folios and books.&nbsp; They also reveal the appearance of many Tudor portraits before environmental factors or chemical changes had caused certain pigments to fade. This can be seen particularly clearly in Harding&rsquo;s copy of the portrait of Nicholas Throckmorton.</p> Fri, 29 May 2015 17:28:05 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list Madame Yevonde, Peter Keen, Mayotte Magnus - National Portrait Gallery - May 11th - June 30th <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>I, the sculptor, am the landscape. I am the form and I am the hollow, the thrust and the contour</em>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Barbara Hepworth. A Pictorial Autobiography </em>(1970)</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Dame Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975) was born in Wakefield, Yorkshire. She trained in sculpture at Leeds School of Art and at the Royal College of Art where Henry Moore was a fellow student. In 1924 Hepworth won a travel scholarship to Italy, there she married the sculptor&nbsp;John Skeaping and moved to Rome where she learned to carve marble. In 1931 Hepworth met artist Ben Nicholson, who became her second husband. They worked in close association, shifting towards abstraction, her sculptures becoming more simplified. They joined Abstraction-Cr&eacute;ation and were major figures in the British modernist group Unit One.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">At the outbreak of the Second World War, Hepworth, Nicholson and their three children moved to St Ives, Cornwall, a thriving centre for artists. They founded Penwith Society of Arts, which promoted the development of abstract art. She bought Trewyn Studios in 1949, now the Barbara Hepworth Museum, where she lived from 1950, after her divorce from Nicholson, and continued to work there until her death in&nbsp;1975.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Already an important post-war artist with numerous public commissions, Hepworth was awarded the Grand Prix at the 1959 S&atilde;o Paolo Bienal, followed by a second Whitechapel exhibition (1962) and a Tate Gallery retrospective (1968).</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This is one of the photographs taken by Madame Yevonde for her exhibition <em>Some Distinguished Women</em> held in 1968 to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of Women&rsquo;s Suffrage. Surviving correspondence between Hepworth and Yevonde charts how they arranged to meet at Tate Gallery for the sitting, chose which pose to print and Hepworth&rsquo;s request that the variants be destroyed as she appeared in ill-health. Hepworth was recovering from a fractured hip suffered the previous year. She is seen here touching, almost holding <em>Corinthos </em>(1954-5),which was on display at the time.&nbsp; Her gesture directly referenced by the tactile quality of Yevonde&rsquo;s choice of a velvet mount.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Margaret Gardiner had taken Hepworth on a Greek cruise in August 1954 to recover after the trauma of her son's death the year before. Immediately after her return, inspired by the light and landscape, Hepworth worked on a series of wooden sculptures; <em>Corinthos</em> being the first. Carved from a single piece of guarea, a hardwood specially delivered from Nigeria, Hepworth worked the warm timber by tunnelling through the material in a double spiralling shape.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This portrait is shown alongside two photographs of Hepworth by Peter Keen and Mayotte Magnus.</p> Fri, 29 May 2015 17:25:50 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton, Terry O’Neill, Norman Parkinson, Irving Penn - National Portrait Gallery - July 2nd - October 18th <div class="narrowest-text"> <p style="text-align: justify;">This fascinating photographic exhibition will illustrate the life of actress and fashion icon Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993). From her early years as a chorus girl in London&rsquo;s West End through to her philanthropic work in later life, <em>Portraits of an Icon</em> will celebrate one of the world&rsquo;s most photographed and recognisable stars.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">A selection of more than seventy images will define Hepburn&rsquo;s iconography, including classic and rarely seen prints from leading twentieth-century photographers such as Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton, Terry O&rsquo;Neill, Norman Parkinson and Irving Penn. Alongside these, an array of vintage magazine covers, film stills, and extraordinary archival material will complete her captivating story.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Hepburn&amp;src=typd" target="_blank">#Hepburn</a></strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Supported by the<em> Audrey Hepburn </em>Exhibition Supporters Group</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Organised with support from the Audrey Hepburn Estate / Luca Dotti &amp; Sean Hepburn Ferrer</p> </div> Fri, 29 May 2015 17:21:03 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list - National Gallery - July 17th 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">If Degas&rsquo;s <span class="amax-link-ConObject-142">'After the Bath, Woman drying herself'</span> was a perfume, what would it be? In this multisensory tour we experience French <span class="amax-link-ConGlossary-194 amax-site-1">Impressionist</span> and <span class="amax-link-ConGlossary-441">Symbolist</span> paintings through our sense of smell. Can the subject matter, colour, composition, and brushwork of a painting be mirrored in a modern or historic fragrance? And how can scents help us to explore themes such as beauty, sexuality, and metropolitan life?</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Join perfume connoisseur Odette Toilette and Gallery educator Christina Bradstreet to both see and sniff the art of the belle &eacute;poque.</p> Fri, 29 May 2015 17:10:45 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list