BACK TO THE FUTURE: Young Artists look to Old Masters

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BACK TO THE FUTURE: Young Artists look to Old Masters

38 Dover Street
London W1S 4NL
United Kingdom
October 8th, 2009 - November 8th, 2009
Opening: October 7th, 2009 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

0207 409 1540
Mon - Fri 10am - 6pm
mixed-media, photography, installation, video-art, landscape, figurative, modern, traditional, sculpture


Curated by Mira Dimitrova and Mercier Kinney, this exciting project brings together the work of younger UK-based artists with that of major Old Masters, to investigate and expose the strong dialogue between the past and the present. There is a renewed concern amongst younger contemporary artists to re-evaluate and explore concepts, methodologies and processes rooted in the work of Old Masters, precursors to an inherited artistic tradition. Whether the engagement with this history be via technical skill and craftsmanship, shared symbolic language, or a common belief in the eternal sublimity in a work of art, a current of historical reappraisal, which has been largely absent from the conceptual work in the contemporary art scene, is again emerging today.

Coinciding with Frieze and Zoo art fairs, where most of the artists will also be showing, this exhibition surveys work that is both informed by, and steeped in, art historical awareness; each artist has an entirely individual tactile or cerebral relationship with, as well as interpretation of, the diverse traditions that inspire them. The show will bring to light, combine, offset and foil their own work through the works of Old Masters, who in turn can be seen from a new vantage.  The theme of an artist tradition will be explored through this dialogue. Works will include paintings, drawings, photography and video work.


Setting this project apart will be a set of commissions made specifically for the show - 8 artists have been asked to produce new work after coming into contact with particular Old Master works at the gallery and choosing an inspiration: eg. Tom Gallant worked with Ary Scheffer’s masterpiece ‘Dante and Virgil Encountering The Shades of Francesca and Paolo Di Rimini in the Underworld’, Barnaby Hosking has produced a new video installation inspired by Girodet’s ‘Head of Galatea’ a study for the Louvre painting, Richard Wathen was inspired by a stunning ‘St. Apollonia’ by Carlo Dolci, Paul Morrison looked at Volaire’s dramatic ‘Eruption of Vesuvius’. Each of the14 pairings will hang side-by-side in the exhibition.


For more information and photographic materials please contact Mira Dimitrova at or Mercier Kinney at, or by calling 0207 493 4542.