Diary 73 Posted on 3rd August, 2017

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News on the painter Alice Mumford

• The artist’s show ‘Strategic Colour’ opens at Belgrave St Ives on 9th September, and continues until 2nd October. The catalogue will include a specially commissioned essay written by myself. Full details of the show will be published on the gallery website: http://www.belgravestives.co.uk

• Alice Mumford and I will discuss her work ‘in conversation’ at the St Ives Arts Club, on Thursday 14th September. The event is part of the St Ives September Festival. Booking details are available here: http://www.crbo.co.uk/eventDetail.php?evGrp=195&evId=14947

Full details of all St Ives September Festival events can be found here: http://www.stivesseptemberfestival.co.uk/

 

Image: Alice Mumford, Bright Lights and White Table Cloth, oil on board. © Alice Mumford

This painting will be included in the artist’s show at Belgrave St Ives in September.

 

 

Diary 72 Posted on 6th July, 2017

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The Turnpike Gallery: I have recently been invited to become a patron of The Turnpike Gallery, Leigh, a role I am very happy to accept. The gallery was established in the early 1970s, and has recently been relaunched, opening earlier this year with the Jerwood Drawing Prize exhibition, and currently showing Mark Leckey’s ‘Dream English Kid’. The gallery team have ambitious plans for the gallery and there are some excellent shows in the pipeline.

More information is available on the gallery website: https://www.theturnpike.org.uk/

Follow them on Instagram: @theturnpikeleigh
Twitter: @the_turnpike‬

 

Fraser Taylor: I have recently posted on this website a series of excerpts from my essay on the artist, included in the forthcoming book STEIDL-WERK No. 24 Rose Wylie and Fraser Taylor Collisions. The book is set for publication later this year.

http://www.ianmasseyart.co.uk/fraser-taylorcollisions/

https://steidl.de/Books/STEIDL-WERK-No-24-Collisions-0212172638.html

 

• Image: The Turnpike Centre, Leigh, Lancashire. The Turnpike Gallery is on the first floor. The sculptural relief on the exterior of the building is by William Marshall.

Diary 71 Posted on 6th June, 2017

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• John McLean

I was delighted to be invited to the premiere of a new documentary film about the painter John McLean in London recently. The film, ‘Which Way Up with John McLean’, was made by Proudfoot – you  can watch a trailer here: https://vimeo.com/214647908

More on Proudfoot on their website: http://proudfoot.tv/

 

• Fraser Taylor

Fraser Taylor has recently returned to live in his native Scotland, after spending many years in Chicago. A joint show of work by the artist and Rose Wylie opens on 12th June at House for an Art Lover, Glasgow. Further information on this link:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rose-wylie-and-fraser-taylor-collisions-tickets-34879438339

The exhibition is related to the forthcoming book ‘Rose Wylie, Fraser Taylor: Collisions’, to be published by Steidl, date TBC. The book contains my essay on Fraser Taylor’s work. Further information here:

https://steidl.de/Books/STEIDL-WERK-No-24-Collisions-0212172638.html

 

• Image: John McLean in his London studio, a still from the film ‘Which Way Up with John McLean’.

Diary 70 Posted on 12th May, 2017

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Art UK

In 2012 I was approached to write about Patrick Procktor for Art UK (then known as The Public Catalogue Foundation), and have since then written a series of short pieces about a number of British artists for them.

Art UK have now produced an ‘author page’ for each of their contributors. Mine is on the following link: https://artuk.org/discover/story-authors/ian-massey

Here are links to each of the pieces I have written for Art UK so far:

Patrick Procktor: https://www.artuk.org/discover/stories/artist-in-focus-patrick-procktor

John Blackburn: https://www.artuk.org/discover/stories/artist-in-focus-john-blackburn

Trevor Bell: https://www.artuk.org/discover/stories/artist-in-focus-trevor-bell

Alistair Park: https://www.artuk.org/discover/stories/artist-in-focus-alistair-park

Max Chapman and Oswell Blakeston: https://artuk.org/discover/stories/max-chapman-and-oswell-blakeston-the-life-of-an-artistic-couple

 

• Illustrated: Alistair Park ‘Flags and Banners’, oil on canvas, 1964. © The artist’s estate. Collection of High Life Highland Exhibitions Unit.

 

 

 

Diary 69 Posted on 20th April, 2017

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Peter Joyce - I will be ‘in conversation’ with the artist Peter Joyce in London on Thursday 4th May. We will discuss the development of the artist’s work over the course of his thirty-year career. Themes will include the roles of landscape and memory in his painting, along with aspects of his studio practice and the key influences that have informed the work. The event will take place within the context of Marks of Passage, the artist’s exhibition with Jenna Burlingham Fine Art at Gallery 8. There will be an opportunity for guests to ask questions after the discussion.

Time: 6pm-7.30pm.
Venue: Gallery 8, 8 Duke Street St James’s, London , SW1Y 6BN
Admission is free, but prior booking essential. Please email info@jennaburlingham.com if you would like to attend.

 

Richard Nott - I have recently posted an extract from my essay on Richard Nott’s work to this website, along with a slideshow of a selection of paintings from his current show at Anima-Mundi, St Ives. The show Ecdysis, continues until 21st May 2017. http://www.anima-mundi.co.uk/exhibitions.htm

 

Image: Peter Joyce, Vendée Winter, acrylic on canvas, 2017. Photographed in the artist’s studio in France, this is one of over forty new works included in the exhibition Marks of Passage.

Diary 68 Posted on 9th April, 2017

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Queering St Ives: the illustrated talk I gave at The Whitworth, Manchester on 2nd February is now available online, though solely as an audio recording: https://soundcloud.com/whitworthart
Many thanks to Matthew Retallick, Poppy Bowers and the Whitworth’s technical team.

 

Peter JoyceI have posted a short extract from my essay Marks of Passage, commissioned by Jenna Burlingham Fine Art for the catalogue of the exhibition of recent paintings by Peter Joyce. The show, Peter Joyce: Marks of Passage, opens in London early May: full details are included in the post on this site, along with links to the artist’s website and that of Jenna Burlingham Fine Art.

 

Image: John Milne, Credo, 1974, polished bronze on slate base. This is amongst works by Milne referred to in my talk Queering St Ives.

Photograph of Credo by kind courtesy of Belgrave St Ives. http://www.belgravestives.co.uk/

 

Diary 67 Posted on 22nd March, 2017

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Patrick Procktor: Pictured here is a detail from Patrick Procktor’s ‘Three Figures from Memory II’, oil and collage on canvas, 1964. This painting, along with another from the same year ‘The Black Set’, is currently on show at The Redfern Gallery in London. Both works were included in the important exhibition The New Generation at The Whitechapel Gallery, London, curated by Bryan Robertson in 1964.

 

David Tindle: the ‘David Tindle in conversation’ event between the artist and myself at Huddersfield Art Gallery on Saturday 11th March was well attended and received. The event was filmed and footage is expected to be published online in due course. An update will follow. The David Tindle retrospective closed on 18th March.

 

Richard Nott: I have recently been invited to write about the work of artist Richard Nott, for his forthcoming show ‘Ecdysis’ at Anima Mundi in St Ives. The show it set to open 15th April and continue to 21st May. Further information and images will be found on the gallery website:

http://www.anima-mundi.co.uk/

Here also is the link to Richard Nott’s website: http://richardnott.co.uk/

 

Diary 66 Posted on 28th February, 2017

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• News on David Tindle RA: I will be ‘in conversation’ with the artist at Huddersfield Art Gallery on Saturday 11th March at 2pm. The event is free of charge, but it is necessary to book a ticket online:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/david-tindle-ra-in-conversation-with-dr-ian-massey-tickets-32399742502

The retrospective of David Tindle’s work at Huddersfield has now been extended, and will continue until 18th March.

 

Exhibition news on several artists whose work I have written about in recent years:

John Blackburn has a show of both recent paintings and works from the 1960s at his gallery in Parnell, Auckland, opening on 7th March, details here:

http://artisgallery.co.nz/exhibitions/john-blackburn-mayfair-muriwai-2017/

The artist’s work is also on display as part of a group show in Cambridge until 24th March:

http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk/events/discovery-through-display/

 

Brian Rice is showing paintings and prints at Belgrave St Ives, 6th-27th March:

http://www.belgravestives.co.uk/

The gallery also has a group of recent paintings by Alice Mumford:

http://www.belgravestives.co.uk/new-works/22/new-works-by-alice-mumford

 

 

Image: David Tindle,  ‘Shop near Via Fillungo’, gouache and coloured pencils on paper, 1998.

© David Tindle RA. Image courtesy of The Redfern Gallery, London.

 

 

Diary 65 Posted on 13th February, 2017

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In Conversation: Before we were men: David Gwinnutt and guests at the National Portrait Gallery

I am to take part in an ‘in conversation’ event at the National Portrait Gallery, London on the evening of 23rd March.  The event coincides with photographer David Gwinnutt’s display of  portrait photographs from the NPG collection; photographs which document figures from the art and club scenes of 1980s London. Also taking part are the distinguished filmmaker John Maybury, and the renowned writer and cultural commentator Paul Gorman is to host the event.

Booking is online here: http://www.npg.org.uk/whatson/late-shift-1/in-conversation-23032017

Information about David Gwinnutt’s display of photographs can be found here:

http://www.npg.org.uk/whatson/display/2017/life,-death-and-memory

 

Patrick Procktor Works on Paper: The catalogue for the current show of Procktor’s work at The Redfern Gallery, London is now online. It contains my essay on the artist. The show is set to continue until 2nd March.

https://www.redfern-gallery.com/usr/documents/exhibitions/list_of_works_url/24/procktor_online.pdf

 

• Forthcoming talk at the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea: I have been invited by the Friends of the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery to give a talk at the gallery later this year. An update will follow in due course.

 

Photograph of Patrick Procktor and Jill Bennett (1984) © David Gwinnutt, courtesy of the photographer. Collection: National Portrait Gallery, London.

 

 

 

Diary 64 Posted on 27th January, 2017

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Patrick Procktor: A show of works on paper by Patrick Procktor opens on Thursday 2 February at The Redfern Gallery, London. The selected works trace the evolution of the artist’s technique and visual language over the course of five decades. The accompanying catalogue includes an essay written by myself. Shown here is a 1973 watercolour to be included in the show.

Update 28 January: The Procktor show has been postponed slightly, and will now open on 8th February.

Fraser Taylor: The monograph Rose Wylie and Fraser Taylor “Collisions” is about to go to press. The book is to be published by Steidl in June, when there will be an accompanying exhibition of work by the two artists. I have recently received the pdf of the book, which has been curated by Alison Harley and designed with great verve by Theseus Chan. It includes my essay ‘Bodies of Work: notes on aspects of Fraser Taylor’s practice’. An update will follow later in the year.

 

Image: Patrick Procktor RA, ‘Regent’s Park’, 1973. Courtesy The Redfern Gallery, London. © The Artist’s Estate/The Redfern Gallery.

Diary 63 Posted on 4th January, 2017

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• I have been invited to give a talk at The Whitworth, Manchester on Thursday 2nd February.

The talk is entitled Queering St Ives and will focus on my current research on the sculptor John Milne and his circle. Within the talk I will refer to artists who visited St Ives in the 1950s and 1960s, amongst them Francis Bacon, Patrick Procktor and Keith Vaughan.

Admission is free, but it is necessary to book in advance. At the time of posting, the event is fully booked, but more spaces might be allocated soon: an update will follow.

UPDATE 10 January: Due to high demand the Whitworth will now host my talk in a larger space, and have made more tickets available. 

UPDATE 12 January: All 200 tickets are now booked for the talk, and the event is sold out. 

Full details of the talk can be found here:
http://www.whitworth.manchester.ac.uk/learn/adults/talkasandtours/thursdaylates/

 

News on David Tindle: Art UK have published a piece on the artist by Rachel Cooke, accessible online here:
http://artuk.org/discover/stories/artist-in-focus-david-tindle/#

The David Tindle retrospective continues at Huddersfield Art Gallery until 4th February 2017.

UPDATE 12 January: The David Tindle retrospective is now extended and will continue until 4th March. 

 

 

• Photograph: John Milne in his studio at Trewyn, St Ives, c.1971. Courtesy of The St Ives Archive.

Diary 62 Posted on 29th November, 2016

Gervase VII

• I have today uploaded to the website a brief essay on the Patrick Procktor painting illustrated here - Gervase VII (1968) – which sold for a record auction price at Christie’s, London, last week. The essay was commissioned from me by the vendor, for inclusion as the auction catalogue entry.

 

• The abstract painter Peter Seal, with whom I worked on his highly regarded show at Bankley Gallery, Manchester, in 2014, has just relaunched his website, having recently mounted a superb ‘at home’ show of his paintings, collages and sculptures. Do please visit the artist's website:http://www.peterseal.org/

 

• The David Tindle retrospective at Huddersfield Art Gallery continues to receive great feedback from visitors. It is listed in the Exhibition Listings pages of the January issue of The World of Interiors magazine, which also carries an illustration of the artist’s 1954 oil painting Broken Egg Shell. A review in The Jackdaw is imminent.

 

 

 

Diary 61 Posted on 14th November, 2016

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David Tindle RA: A Retrospective – at Huddersfield Art Gallery
12th November 2016 – 4th February 2017

The retrospective of David Tindle’s work I have co-curated with Richard Selby, Director of The Redfern Gallery, has now opened at Huddersfield Art Gallery.

The exhibition spans six decades of the artist’s career, and includes loans from public and private collections.

An illustrated catalogue, which includes my essay on the artist, is available from the gallery.

I have today posted here some information about the exhibition, and a slideshow which contains a sample of the paintings included in the exhibition.

The show  is to be reviewed by The Jackdaw and The Observer newspaper.

UPDATE: Rachel Cooke’s 5-star review for The Observer, 20th November 2016:
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/nov/20/david-tindle-ra-retrospective-huddersfield-art-gallery-review

 

Image: David Tindle, Miss Myth, 2006, egg tempera on board. © The artist/The Redfern Gallery, London.

 

Diary 60 Posted on 15th October, 2016

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• My short article ‘Max Chapman and Oswell Blakeston: the life of an artistic couple’ is now published online by Art UK:

http://artuk.org/discover/stories/max-chapman-and-oswell-blakeston-the-life-of-an-artistic-couple

 

Illustrated here: Max Chapman’s painting Chinese (1963), collection of Brighton and Hove Museums and Art Galleries. This painting was included in Chapman’s 1964 show at The Molton Gallery, London. The catalogue included the following text by the artist:

‘In a sense these are by intention ambiguous pictures, their final image being the sum of a number of questing images.

If I were asked to justify their deliberate equivocation, it would not be along current zeitgeist intellectual lines. It is simply a matter of my preference for an open verdict, a feeling for the multiplicity of phenomenal aspects.

“Truth at one stroke”, the unequivocal pictorial statement, has the advantage of strong immediate impact. But it is possible that pictures which reveal their exploratory nature have other dimensions. To this end I have retained the pentimenti, as signposts along the journey that has been made.’

 

• I have recently completed a substantial essay on the artist David Tindle, for inclusion in the catalogue of his forthcoming show at Huddersfield Art Gallery. I have also been invited to co-curate the show, which will be installed later this month. It opens on 12th November. Further updates to follow.

 

 

Diary 59 Posted on 23rd September, 2016

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I recently visited the artist David Tindle at his studio in Italy, where I spent a couple of days talking with him and looking at his work and archive. In the early 1950s Tindle befriended the artist John Minton, and through him met Keith Vaughan, John Craxton and Lucien Freud. Now in his eighties and still painting, he is in many ways a last remaining link with a particular circle of artists that also included Francis Bacon. Tindle’s career has been fascinating, and is little documented thus far. I will be writing an essay about his work for a publication to coincide with his show at Huddersfield Art Gallery, set to open 12th November and continue into 2017. Updates will follow.

 

Photograph: David Tindle in his studio, 20 September 2016

Diary 58 Posted on 29th August, 2016

River Passage Acrylic on jointed paper (same size as Undertow)

• The exhibition John Blackburn: Material Nature opens at Osborne Samuel Gallery, London, on 8th September, and continues to 1st October. I have posted an extract from my catalogue essay on this website, along with a slideshow of paintings from the show: http://www.ianmasseyart.co.uk/john-blackburn-material-nature/

There is also a link to the virtual catalogue, which illustrates all of the paintings in the show and contains the whole of my essay: http://read.uberflip.com/i/715572-john-blackburn-material-nature

 

• Advance notice: A show of new paintings by Peter Joyce is to open in central London at the beginning of May 2017. The catalogue will include Marks of Passage my essay on the artist’s work. An update will follow nearer the time.

 

Illustrated here: Peter Joyce’s River Passage acrylic on joined paper, 2016. You can see more of the artist’s work on his website: http://www.peterjoyce.org.uk/

Diary 57 Posted on 27th July, 2016

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• John Blackburn: forthcoming show at Osborne Samuel, London

The exhibition John Blackburn: Material Nature is set to open at Osborne Samuel on 8th September and continue until 1st October. The exhibition catalogue (cover design shown here) includes ‘Material Nature’, my essay on the artist from which the show also takes its title. The exhibition is of both recent work and works from the 1960s, many of them never before exhibited. More images and text will be posted here in due course.

Information on the show will also be posted on the gallery website: http://www.osbornesamuel.com/

 

St Ives Festival talk: ‘The Lives of Artists: Art and Biography’

For the third consecutive year I am to give a talk at the St Ives Festival. The talk will consider the ways in which biography and autobiography inform the way we read an artist’s work, taking into account issues of personal identity, gender, class and sexuality in the formation of an artistic persona and its legacy. The focus will be on British artists, amongst them Keith Vaughan, Barbara Hepworth and David Hockney.

Date: Monday 12th September at 3.30pm
Venue: Borlase Smart Room, Porthmeor Studios & Cellars, Back Road West, St Ives, Cornwall

Tickets are bookable online here: http://www.crbo.co.uk/eventDetail.php?evGrp=195&evId=12909
Full information on the 2016 Festival: http://www.stivesseptemberfestival.co.uk/

Diary 56 Posted on 29th June, 2016

David Tindle: 'John' (19730 oil on canvas.

 

• A retrospective show of work by the artist David Tindle is to open at Huddersfield Art Gallery in November. Though long resident in Italy, Tindle was born and brought up in Huddersfield. I have been commissioned to write an essay for a publication marking the exhibition, and will visit the artist this summer in order to undertake research. Updates will follow.

 

Fraser Taylor and Rose Wylie have recently worked in collaboration, producing new work to be shown in an exhibition in Glasgow next year. An ambitious publication documenting the collaboration between the two artists will be published to coincide with the show. The book will include several texts, including a new one by myself on Fraser Taylor. Again, updates will follow.

 

• Image: ‘John’ by David Tindle, 1973, oil on canvas. Collection: The Hepworth, Wakefield. This is amongst paintings pencilled for inclusion in the artist’s Huddersfield show this November.

 

Diary 55 Posted on 3rd June, 2016

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• I recently visited the artist Peter Joyce in the La Vendée region of France where he lives and works. The visit provided an invaluable opportunity, not only to look at and discuss the artist’s work in the context of his studio, but also in experiencing the quietly dramatic local landscape, formed as it is from land reclaimed from the sea. Rich in wildlife, and with expansive vistas of land, water and sky, the landscape is the major source of inspiration for Peter Joyce’s work. My essay on his work will be included in the catalogue of his next London show, to be presented by Jenna Burlingham Fine Art next year.

 

• Two current London exhibitions of note:

A beautiful show of abstract paintings (plus one sculpture) by John McLean, just opened at Maddox Arts, Brooks Mews, Mayfair. The show continues until 30 July.
http://www.maddoxarts.com/

 

Vibration of Space at Waddington Custot, Cork Street, Mayfair. The show consists of paintings by four artists: Patrick Heron, Nicolas de Staël, Hans Hartung and Pierre Soulages. Strongly recommended. The show continues until 9 July. There is a beautifully produced catalogue. http://www.waddingtoncustot.com/

 

• Photograph: Peter Joyce and Ian Massey discussing a painting in progress in the artist’s studio, May 2016. Photograph by Jo Long.

Diary 54 Posted on 16th May, 2016

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• I recently visited mima in Middlesbrough, where I was able to visit the gallery store in order to view the painting by Max Chapman illustrated here. It is one of several paintings I will write about in my piece on Chapman for Art UK, to be published later this year.

Whilst at mima I saw their excellent show of paintings by Basil Beattie, which continues to 12 June. http://www.visitmima.com/

 

• Last week I accompanied Gordon Samuel and Barby Chhohan of Osborne Samuel on a visit to John Blackburn at his studio in Canterbury, where we selected work for the artist’s forthcoming show at the gallery. A substantial group of canvases and works on paper made in 1969 will form part of the show, along with more recent paintings, including a large triptych and diptych. I am to write about the work for the exhibition catalogue. An update will follow in September.

 

• The renowned collector Ronnie Duncan is mounting a show of paintings by John Blackburn at his gallery in Yorkshire, opening later this month and continuing until 19 June. Visits are by appointment only. If you would like more information please email me.

 

• Photograph: Max Chapman ‘Wings’, 1968, acrylic on canvas. Collection and courtesy of: Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art – mima

Diary 53 Posted on 21st April, 2016

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• I have recently returned from a research trip to St Ives, where I gathered additional archival material for my current project on the sculptor John Milne, and spoke with several people who knew Milne and his circle. My main focus this year is on the completion of my book on Milne. Updates will follow in due course.

 

• Whilst in St Ives I was invited to give a talk at this year’s St Ives Festival. The talk will be on Monday 12th September: update to follow.

 

Osborne Samuel have invited me to write the catalogue essay for their show of paintings by John Blackburn, set to open at their London gallery on 8th September. I will post the text on this site later in the year.
http://www.osbornesamuel.com/artists/john-blackburn/paintings-drawings/

 

•  I am to write a piece on the artist Max Chapman (1911-99)  for Art UK, for publication online this summer. An update will follow. http://artuk.org/

 

• Just announced is Queer British Art opening at Tate Britain in April 2017.  The show marks the fiftieth anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality.
See the feature on The Guardian website for more information: http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/apr/19/queer-british-art-show-leads-tate-2017-programme

 

Photograph: Porthmeor Beach, St Ives (with flag and its shadow), April 2016. © Ian Massey

Diary 52 Posted on 4th April, 2016

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John Blackburn: Selected Works – at The Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh

The exhibition of John Blackburn’s paintings opened at The Open Eye Gallery on Saturday.

The paintings were selected by myself, and beautifully installed by the gallery team. The private view was very busy, and response to the show immensely positive, with a number of works sold and reserved.

The show continues until 20th April. For further information please visit the gallery website: http://www.openeyegallery.co.uk/

 

• The photograph here shows John Blackburn at The Open Eye Gallery with a selection of works from his Hostage and Double Hostage series, painted in the 1970’s. Photograph © Ian Massey

 

Diary 51 Posted on 23rd March, 2016

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Darling Patrick, my article about Patrick Procktor, is published in the first issue of Luncheon, a beautiful new magazine co-edited by Frances von Hofmannstahl and Thomas Persson. I have posted two short extracts from the article online here. The full text can be found in the magazine, which also carries illustrations of Procktor’s work, along with documentary photographs of the artist by David Montgomery and Homer Sykes.

The photograph here shows a detail from the opening double-page spread of my article, along with a section of the cover of Luncheon magazine. The cover photograph is by Sølve Sundsbø.

For more information about the magazine, visit: http://luncheonmagazine.com/

 

• I have recently been invited to write about the work of Peter Joyce for a catalogue that will accompany an exhibition of paintings by the artist opening in London next year. Updates will follow.

 

Diary 50 Posted on 2nd March, 2016

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John Blackburn
• Yesterday I visited the painter John Blackburn at his studio in Canterbury, in order to select work for his forthcoming show at The Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh. The gallery kindly invited me to form the selection of work for the show, which will open on Saturday 2nd April.
http://www.openeyegallery.co.uk/

John Blackburn will have two other shows in the UK this year; updates to follow.

Website update: Pure Romance
• I have added to the website a slideshow of photographs showing part of the installation of the show Pure Romance at The Redfern Gallery (closes 3rd March).

 

 

• Image: Paintings in John Blackburn’s studio, Canterbury, 1st March 2016. Photograph © Ian Massey

Diary 49 Posted on 21st February, 2016

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• The art and antiques specialist Luke Honey has recently written an insightful article on Patrick Procktor for the Barneby’s blog. The article can be viewed here:

https://www.barnebys.co.uk/blog/article/5969/

 

Website update: I have added a new post to the Curation section of the site, with information about the show Pure Romance, at The Redfern Gallery, London. The post also includes a slideshow of a selection of works from the show:

http://www.ianmasseyart.co.uk/pure-romance/

As previously announced, the show has been extended until 3rd March 2016.

 

Image: Keith Vaughan, Three Figures – ‘Iowa Bather’, 1959, gouache and pencil on paper. This work is one of several works by Vaughan included in Pure Romance at The Redfern Gallery.

Diary 48 Posted on 16th February, 2016

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Pure Romance, the group show I have curated for The Redfern Gallery in London has now been extended until 3rd March.

There are two online reviews of the show by Louisa Buck, for The Telegraph and The Art Newspaper:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/luxury/art/100433/pure-romance-art-and-the-romantic-sensibility-at-the-redfern-gallery-review.html

http://theartnewspaper.com/comment/blogs/Luisa_Buck_Blog/the-buck-stopped-here-monet-blossoms-at-the-royal-academy-romance-rules-at-the-redfern-gallery-and-m/

There is also a review of the show by Dr Alex Belsey on his blog: https://artintheendtimes.wordpress.com/

 

• The exhibition Patrick Procktor: The Last Romantic at TheGallery AUB, Arts University Bournemouth, has also been extended, and will now close on 3 March.

 

• Pictured: Patrick Procktor, Rain Paint, 1970, oil on canvas. © The Artist’s Estate, courtesy of The Redfern Gallery.

This is one of a group of works by the artist included in Pure Romance at The Redfern Gallery. http://www.redfern-gallery.com

Diary 47 Posted on 6th February, 2016

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• The exhibition Pure Romance opened last Tuesday at The Redfern Gallery, London. The opening event was very well attended, and amongst those present were artists whose work is included in the show: Kaye Donachie, Linder, and Alessandro Raho. Other guests included Michael Bracewell, Charles Darwent, Frances von Hofmannsthal, Christopher Gibbs, Nicky Haslam, Marco Livingstone, Johnny Marr, Robin Muir, Terence Pepper and David Shilling. The photographer David Gwinnutt, and artists Daisy Cook, Naomi Frears, Vincent Hawkins, Paul Housley, Paul Kindersley, Ffiona Lewis and Justin Mortimer were also in attendance; as were Professor Emma Hunt and Violet McClean from Arts University Bournemouth. It was a great evening!
http://www.redfern-gallery.com/exhibitions.asp

 

• I am to give a talk on Patrick Procktor at Arts University Bournemouth this coming Thursday, 11th February. The event is free, although booking is necessary. Booking information here: http://aub.ac.uk/event/curators-talk-dr-ian-massey/ 

 

The Open Eye Gallery in Edinburgh are to mount a show of paintings by John Blackburn in April, for which I am to select the work. Further information will follow.

 

Photograph: posters outside The Redfern Gallery, 20 Cork Street, London.

Diary 46 Posted on 21st January, 2016

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• The group exhibition Pure Romance is set to open at The Redfern Gallery, Cork Street, London, on 2 February. There is a catalogue for the show, just published and available from the gallery. Enquiries for copies should be made to Maya Laud - maya@redfern-gallery.com

 

Patrick Procktor: The Last Romantic opened at Arts University Bournemouth last Thursday evening, 14 January. Feedback from visitors to the show has been immensely positive. I have posted a slideshow of images, along with extracts from the essay written for the accompanying publication here. The publication is available from AUB. Enquiries should be made to gallery2@aub.ac.uk

Diary 45 Posted on 16th December, 2015

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Felix Gonzalez-Torres This Place at The MAC, Belfast
My review of this show, written for the online journal of contemporary art http://thisistomorrow.info/is now published.
http://thisistomorrow.info/articles/felix-gonzalez-torres-this-place
It is also included, along with a slideshow of installation photographs from the show, in the Essays and Reviews section of this website.

 

Patrick Procktor Illustrated here is an ink drawing by the artist, one of a series of illustrations made for Paul Theroux’s book Sailing Through China (published by Michael Russell, 1983). The drawing will be amongst many works on paper by the artist in Patrick Procktor: The Last Romantic, at TheGallery, Arts University Bournemouth. The show opens on the evening of 14 January 2016.

 

Pure Romance The magazine World of Interiors is to carry a feature on Pure Romance, the group show which commences at The Redfern Gallery, London, on 2 February 2016. Written by Robin Muir, the feature will be included in the February issue of World of Interiors, due for publication in early January.

 

Drawing by Patrick Procktor, 1983, ink on paper. © The Redfern Gallery, London. Photograph courtesy TheGallery, Arts University Bournemouth.

Diary 44 Posted on 2nd December, 2015


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The list of artists to be included in Pure Romance, the group exhibition I am curating for The Redfern Gallery, London, is now finalised. The show will consist of paintings, works on paper and photographs, ranging in date from 1925 to 2015. Dates for the show are 2nd-27th February 2016. A catalogue is currently in preparation. Work by the following sixteen artists will appear in the show:

Cecil Beaton

Marc Camille Chaimowicz

John Deakin

Kaye Donachie

Derek Jarman

Linder

Robert Medley

Silke Otto-Knapp

Elizabeth Peyton

Jack Pierson

Patrick Procktor

Alessandro Raho

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Pavel Tchelitchew

Keith Vaughan

Christopher Wood

There is a link to the press release here: http://www.ianmasseyart.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/PUREROMANCE-7.pdf

Do please write should you require any further information.

 

Image: Kaye Donachie, Anchored by day, drawn in at night, 2010, oil on canvas – one of two paintings by the artist to be included in Pure Romance.
© Kaye Donachie. Courtesy of the artist and Maureen Paley, London.

 

 

Diary 43 Posted on 15th November, 2015

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• The catalogue for the Patrick Procktor show at Arts University Bournemouth is now at the design stage. The painting illustrated here from the Arts Council collection is amongst a number of important works from the 1960s to be included in the show.
I have recently written a piece on Procktor for the first issue of Luncheon, a new magazine due to launch next March. Update to follow.

 

• I am to review the exhibition of work by Felix Gonzalez-Torres currently on show in Belfast for the online journal thisistomorrow. Felix Gonzalez-Torres: This Place is at The MAC, Belfast until 24 January 2016.
More details here: https://themaclive.com/shows/felix-gonzalez-torres-this-place

 

• Following on from the fully-booked ‘in conversation’ event with Linder at Leeds Art Gallery last month, this coming Friday 20th November sees the premiere at the same venue of Children of the Mantic Stain, the ballet on which the artist has collaborated with award-winning choreographer Kenneth Tindall and dancers from Northern Ballet. There are two performances, both on the same evening.
Booking details here: http://britishartshow8.com/events/children-mantic-stain-1650

 

 

 

• Image: Patrick Procktor, ‘Three Figures in a Landscape’ 1962, oil on canvas. Arts Council Collection. © The Artist’s Estate/Redfern Gallery, London.

Diary 42 Posted on 13th October, 2015

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• I will be ‘in conversation’ with the artist Linder Sterling at Leeds Art Gallery on Tuesday 27 October. Linder is amongst the 42 artists selected for British Art Show 8, recently opened at Leeds Art Gallery. The ‘in conversation’ event commences at 6pm. The event is free, but tickets should be booked in advance. Details are on this link: http://britishartshow8.com/events/tuesday-talk-linder-1619

 

• Work continues on the group show ‘Pure Romance’, opening at The Redfern Gallery, London in February 2016. I have recently had confirmation of the loan of two paintings by Derek Jarman for the show. Updates will follow.

 

 

 

Image: Detail from Linder’s British Art Show exhibit Diagrams of Love Marriage of Eyes, 2015

© Linder Sterling; Dovecot Studios Ltd, 2015. Courtesy the artist.

Diary 41 Posted on 29th September, 2015

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• Update on the exhibition Patrick Procktor: The Last Romantic. With additional gallery space available, the show I am curating for Arts University Bournemouth is now to be expanded. I have recently had confirmation of loans of important works by the artist from the collections of The Arts Council and Imperial War Museum. There will also be substantial loans from private collections and from the artist’s estate. Many of the works in the show have not been publicly exhibited for many years.

• Two excerpts from my recently published essay on Alice Mumford are now on this website, along with a slideshow of photographs of the artist’s paintings from her recent Belgrave St Ives exhibition.

 

 

Image: Patrick Procktor: RFM Pahalman Gurung, Belize, 1983. Oil on canvas © The artist’s estate/Redfern Gallery, London.

This is one of five portraits painted in Belize which are to be included in Patrick Procktor: The Last Romantic, The Gallery, Arts University Bournemouth, 14 January to 25 February 2016.

Diary 40 Posted on 16th August, 2015

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September events – St Ives Festival

 

Alice Mumford in conversation

I will be in conversation with the painter Alice Mumford at The Belgrave Gallery, St Ives, on Monday 14th September at 6pm. The event coincides with the artist’s exhibition at the gallery, and with the publication of a new book on her work, “Colour from Coast to Coast”. The book includes my essay  on the artist, ‘Passing Events of Light’. Admission is free.

More information can be found on the gallery website: http://www.belgravestives.co.uk/

 

Unexplored Histories: John Milne and Trewyn House

On Tuesday 15th September I will give a talk on my research on the St Ives sculptor John Milne (1931-1978). The talk considers Milne’s life and work within the context of his period, focussing also on the gay and bohemian subcultures of St Ives during the 1950’s and 60’s.

Venue: Borlase Smart Room, Porthmeor Studios, Back Road West. Admission costs £5.50 – the talk commences at 3.30pm.

• All information on these and other events can be found on the St Ives Festival website and online calendar of events:

http://www.stivesseptemberfestival.co.uk/

http://www.stivesseptemberfestival.co.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/2015-Festival-Programme.pdf

 

Image: Alice Mumford, The Blue Sail, oil on board, 2013 © The artist

 

Diary 39 Posted on 5th August, 2015

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• Exhibitions update: Patrick Procktor: The Last Romantic at Arts University Bournemouth; and Pure Romance at The Redfern Gallery, London.

The Patrick Procktor show I am curating for Arts University Bournemouth now features on the university’s website. The show and associated events are open to the public – all information can be found on the AUB website:
http://aub.ac.uk/campus/thegallery/forthcoming-exhibitions/patrick-procktor-romantic

14th January 2016: There is to be a panel discussion on Patrick Procktor, chaired by Professor Simon Olding, on the evening of the private view. The panel will consist of the artists Dougal McKenzie and Alessandro Raho, Redfern Gallery director Richard Selby, and myself.
Details here: http://aub.ac.uk/event/panel-discussion-age-procktor-2/

11th February 2016: I will be giving a curator’s talk at the university.
Details here: http://aub.ac.uk/event/curators-talk-dr-ian-massey/

 

• Arts University Bournemouth have also posted information about ‘Pure Romance’, the group show I am curating at the Redfern Gallery, London:
http://aub.ac.uk/exhibition/patrick-procktor-pure-romance/

Full information about this show will be posted here later in the year.

 

 

Image: Patrick Procktor photographed in 1968. © The Redfern Gallery, London.

Diary 38 Posted on 12th July, 2015

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Alistair Park (1930-1984)

My article on the artist, written for the Public Catalogue Foundation is now online:
http://www.thepcf.org.uk/artists/116/reference/43/

When researching Alistair Park I had an email correspondence with his son Stephen, who was generous in sharing information and memories of his father with me. Here I am posting an excerpt from an email Stephen Park sent to me in May this year, which gives an additional insight into his father’s relationship to art:

“I was dragged around a lot of galleries with my father as a child. He remained passionate about the entire collective endeavour of painting through history, excluding almost nothing as far as I can remember. I particularly remember his involvement with Goya, Rembrandt, early Dubuffet, and all of Picasso (though he singled out some early ones that I found ugly), Cezanne, Van Gogh etc. He also delighted in Magritte and Hopper. When I was old enough to talk with him about art he was always contemporary in his conversation. We had books about Jasper Johns, Gilbert and George and Joseph Beuys – lots of Joseph Beuys – and Duchamp also became important to him.  But regarding the earlier painters I listed, it was rather as if they needed no discussion, he was just enraptured.  I remain very grateful for his attitude to the arts in general; that the Beethoven and the Captain Beefheart records were next to each other without any contradiction.
In the early eighties, not very long before he died, we saw the Philip Guston exhibition together at the Whitechapel and we both enjoyed the feeling of being thrown off kilter and re-excited about what painting could be and do.”

• Recently I visited the Connaught Brown gallery in London. Amongst work in their current summer show are two lovely paintings by the Italian painter Afro Basaldella (1912-1976, and known as Afro). This October Connaught Brown will mount an exhibition of the artist’s work, which I look forward to very much. Illustrated here is one of the two works currently on show at the gallery, Senza Titolo (1965), mixed media on wood. © Foundation Archive Afro/Connaught Brown, London.

http://fondazioneafro.altervista.org/en/la-fondazione

http://www.connaughtbrown.co.uk

Diary 37 Posted on 13th June, 2015
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Project Update:
• Last year, amongst recent acquisitions displayed at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh, I was very much taken with a painting by Alistair Park, his Female Nude (1959). The Public Catalogue Foundation will now publish my short article on the artist online later this month (update to follow). Illustrated here is another of Park’s paintings, Blue Little Man (1962).

Exhibitions of note visited recently:
• Linder’s show at Dependance, Brussels. The artist has collaborated with fashion house Maison Margiela on this exhibition, which is titled An Absence, A Presence, A Mood, A Mantle. The show continues until 11th July. Details can be found on the gallery website: http://www.dependance.be/

• Whilst in Brussels I also visited The Jewish Museum, which has a wonderful exhibition of photographs by Henri Cartier-Bresson, continuing until 24th August:
http://www.new.mjb-jmb.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=769118&Itemid=1

• Just opened at The Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, is Real Painting, a group show co-curated by Deb Covell and Jo McGonigal. Amongst the artists shown are Simon Callery, Angela de la Cruz and Finbar Ward. Details here: http://www.castlefieldgallery.co.uk/event/real-painting/

Fraser Taylor:
• The artist’s show Shadowed Valley is currently at the Bonhoga Gallery, Shetland, and continues until 19th July. Details here: http://www.shetlandarts.org/shadowed-valley/
• Fraser will also show at The House for an Art Lover in Glasgow next month:
http://www.houseforanartlover.co.uk/arts/exhibitions-projects/studio-pavilion-exhibiton/76-fraser-taylor-bodies-of-work

• Instagram:
You can now follow me on Instagram: https://instagram.com/ianmasseyart

 

 

 

Image: Alistair Park, Blue Little Man, oil on canvas, 1962. Collection: City of Edinburgh Council

Diary 36 Posted on 7th May, 2015

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Planning continues for the two shows I am curating in 2016.

Dates are now confirmed for the Patrick Procktor show at Arts University Bournemouth (14 January – 25 February), and the group show at The Redfern Gallery, London (2 February – 27 February).

The Arts University Bournemouth show will include key loans from public and private collections. Along with important works on canvas, there will be a strong emphasis on drawing in the show. It will also include documentary photographs; amongst them a group from 1969 by Homer Sykes, showing Patrick Procktor and friends including Ossie Clark, Gervase Griffiths and David Hockney.

Artists now confirmed for the Redfern Gallery show include Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Kaye Donachie, Silke Otto Knapp, and Alessandro Raho. The full list will be published later this year.

I am delighted that the Cecil Beaton Archive at Sotheby’s have agreed to loan a group of photographs by Cecil Beaton for the Redfern Gallery show, including the portrait of Rex Whistler shown here.

 

 

Photograph: Rex Whistler, photographed at Cap Ferrat, 1927. © The Cecil Beaton Studio Archive at Sotheby’s. With thanks to Joanna Ling.

Diary 35 Posted on 26th April, 2015

 

 

• News of gallery shows of work by Fraser Taylor and Keith Vaughan:

• Fraser’s show Orchid/Dirge, curated by Shannon Stratton, is at Threewalls, Chicago, until 23 May 2015 (slideshow of installation photographs shown here).

For more information visit: http://three-walls.org/exhibition/fraser-taylor-orchiddirge/

Fraser Taylor will be showing in Glasgow in July. Updates will follow.

Anthony Hepworth Fine Art will be showing important works by Keith Vaughan and Prunella Clough from The Hargreaves and Ball Trust, as the gallery’s Bath Festival exhibition. Exhibition dates: 9-23 May 2015.

For more information visit: http://anthonyhepworth.com/html/Exhibitions.html

 

Images: Photographs from Fraser Taylor’s show Orchid/Dirge, Threewalls, Chicago. Photographs courtesy of Fraser Taylor © the artist.

Diary 34 Posted on 6th April, 2015

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• I have added a new section to the website – Public Events – in which films and records of public talks and similar events will be posted.

The first of these is a film made by Alban Roinard of my talk on Sandra Blow at The Exchange, Penzance, in September 2014.

More films will be posted as they become available.

 

 

Photograph: A section of the exhibition Sandra Blow RA: Colour Within, at The Exchange, Penzance, 2014. Photograph courtesy of Blair Todd/Newlyn Art Gallery.

Diary 33 Posted on 12th March, 2015

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• I have recently been in St Ives, undertaking research for a new book.

I am keen to hear from anyone who has information about the artist Michael Broido (1927-2013), who was in St Ives during the 1950s and 60s. Please email me if you have work or any information on the artist.

Broido was a member of the Penwith Society and associated with many St Ives artists, including Patrick Heron, Bryan Wynter and Alan Lowndes. There is some information on him on the following link:

http://cornwallartists.org/cornwall-artists/michael-broido

 

• Whilst in St Ives I was invited to give a talk at this year’s St Ives Festival. The talk will take place mid-September, and will focus on my current research. Further details will follow.

 

Photograph: View from the artist John Emmanuel’s studio overlooking Porthmeor Beach. © Ian Massey

Diary 32 Posted on 23rd February, 2015

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• Update on Patrick Procktor exhibitions:

Along with the show of Procktor’s work I am to curate for The Arts University, Bournemouth in January 2016, it is now confirmed that I will also curate a show at The Redfern Gallery, London.

Whilst the focus of the Bournemouth exhibition will be on groups of works from key stages of Procktor’s career, the London show will combine a selection of paintings by Procktor alongside groups of work by contemporary figurative artists. The show is currently in the planning stages, but I am delighted to be able to announce that Alessandro Raho is to be amongst the artists taking part. Further details will follow later this year.

 

Image: Alessandro Raho’s 2014 oil on canvas portrait of Bryan Ferry. Courtesy of the artist and Alison Jacques Gallery, London.

© Alessandro Raho

 

Diary 31 Posted on 27th January, 2015

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• I will be hosting an “in conversation” with the artists Brian Rice and Richard Rome at Studio 3 Gallery, University of Kent, Canterbury, on the evening of 26th February.

 

The show of work by the two artists: ‘Palindrome: The Sixties Art of Brian Rice and Richard Rome‘ continues until 10th April, and is one of three exhibitions under the banner ‘My Generation: A Festival of British Art in the 1960s‘.

 

More information here:

http://www.kent.ac.uk/arts/hpa/news-items/palindrome.html

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/palindrome-qa-with-ian-massey-brian-rice-and-richard-rome-tickets-15651255326

 

Photograph: Installation shot showing sculpture by Richard Rome and paintings by Brian Rice.

Courtesy of Dr. Ben Thomas, University of Kent.

Diary 30 Posted on 7th January, 2015

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Patrick Procktor: I am to curate a show of the artist’s work for Arts University, Bournemouth. It will open in mid-January 2016, and continue for six weeks.

The works exhibited will be drawn from both public and private collections and from the holdings of the artist’s Estate.

I am keen to hear from collectors who might be prepared to loan work for the Bournemouth exhibition. In particular I am seeking paintings, drawings and watercolours.

Please email me if you have work or require any further information. All information received will be treated in the strictest confidence: info@ianmasseyart.co.uk

There will be a publication to accompany the Arts University show.

The Redfern Gallery in London will mount a Procktor show to coincide with the one at Bournemouth.

Further information on both shows will follow later this year.

 

 

Image: Patrick Procktor It’s For You (1965) oil on canvas
© The Artist’s Estate/Redfern Gallery, London.

Diary 29 Posted on 17th December, 2014

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My text on the abstract painter Trevor Bell has now been published online by The Public Catalogue Foundation, as part of their “Artist in Focus” series.

It can be found on this link: http://www.thepcf.org.uk/artists/116/filter_reference/2014/offset/0/reference/36/

The painting Rocker with a Stop (1989) illustrated here is one of the paintings considered in the text.

Do look also at Trevor Bell’s website: www.trevorbellartist.com

Diary 28 Posted on 3rd December, 2014

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I have been invited to host an “in conversation” between the artist Linder and choreographer Kenneth Tindall, in which we will discuss their collaboration on the ballet The Ultimate Form.
The event is at The Hepworth, Wakefield, on the evening of Wednesday 28th January.
A film of the performance will be premiered at the gallery on the same evening.

 

Further details can be found on the gallery website: http://www.hepworthwakefield.org/whatson/theultimateform/

 

Image: Film still from The Ultimate Form, courtesy of Linder Sterling.
© The Artist

Diary 27 Posted on 6th November, 2014

John McLean, "Knowe", 2011, acrylic on canvas, © The artist, courtesy of The Cross Street Gallery, London

• The highly-rated abstract painter John McLean has a show opening at Cross Street Gallery, London, next Wednesday, 12 November, continuing until 27 December. More on this link:

http://www.artforsale.co.uk/john-mclean.html

• I have today posted on this website my 2001 essay on the artist, written to accompany his show that year at Flowers East, London. It was the first of my writings about painting to be published.

 

 

Image: John McLean, “Knowe”, 2011, acrylic on canvas, © The artist; courtesy Cross Street Gallery, London

Diary 26 Posted on 1st November, 2014

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• This week I travelled to Northampton Art Gallery, where I had an appointment to view Trevor Bell’s superb White and Near Blacks (1961) currently held in storage. The Contemporary Art Society presented the work to the gallery in 1965. It is one of the paintings I will write about in my forthcoming text on the artist for the Public Catalogue Foundation.

 

• The show of abstract painting I was due to curate for Huddersfield Art Gallery (to open September 2015) has unfortunately been cancelled. Planned as part of a series of exhibitions in collaboration with the University of Huddersfield, a funding bid for the programme was unsuccessful. I hope to be able to work on a show of abstract painting elsewhere at some point in the future.

 

Image: Detail from Trevor Bell’s White and Near Blacks, oil on canvas, 196 x 166cm (1961) © The Artist

The painting can be seen in full on this link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/paintings/white-and-near-blacks-49587

Diary 25 Posted on 11th October, 2014

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• Working alongside the artist Clair Graubner, I have been involved in curating and installing the second annual Bankley Gallery Open Call exhibition in Manchester. The show opened last night and continues until late October (weekend opening only).
The selection panel for the show were:
Chris Bloor, Director of And Model, Leeds;
Kate Jesson, Curator at Manchester City Art Gallery;
Kwong Lee, Director of Castlefield Gallery, Manchester;
Peter Seal, artist and overall winner of the Open Call show in 2013.
The submission was open to UK artists in all media, and of the ninety-nine artists who entered, twenty were chosen. The panel selected Holly Rowan Hesson as overall winner, for her work Spark, illustrated here. Holly will have a one-person show at Bankley Gallery in 2015.
More details can be found on the gallery site: http://www.bankley.org.uk/gallery-events

• I am to write on the abstract painter Trevor Bell for the Public Catalogue Foundation. Update to follow.

• Current research continues towards a book which will centre on St Ives, and include material on the sculptor John Milne, and the painter Michael Broido. I would be pleased to hear from anyone who has work and/or information on these artists.

 

Image: Holly Rowan Hesson, Spark, acetate and glass (2014)

Diary 24 Posted on 23rd September, 2014

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• This Friday, 26th September at 6pm, I will be in conversation with artist Linder about my current research on St Ives artists, including the sculptor John Milne.
Venue: The Penwith Gallery, St Ives.
Details on this link:
http://us3.campaign-archive1.com/?u=1c80ad99d22280e81e98e4d83&id=0598c77a41&e=074e004cb5

Earlier on Friday I am to give my lunchtime talk on the painter Sandra Blow, as part of the St Ives Festival: http://www.stivesseptemberfestival.co.uk

• I have recently been commissioned to write an essay for a monograph publication on the painter Alice Mumford. The book is due for publication in 2015. Updates will follow.

 

 

Image: John Milne, c.1954

Diary 23 Posted on 28th August, 2014

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More on Patrick Procktor:

• Illustrated here is Patrick Procktor’s watercolour Hockney and Amaya, Lucca, painted in the summer of 1967. It shows David Hockney with the art critic Mario Amaya, and is an early example of Procktor’s use of watercolour as a sole medium, painted during an important transitional point in his career.

The picture has recently been acquired by the art dealer Rollo Campbell, who writes on his website that it “marks a significant moment in Procktor’s output as it is probably one of the first examples of his work in watercolour and demonstrates his immediate fluency in the medium.”

I am currently in the early stages of negotiation to curate a Procktor exhibition in 2016. The show may tour. Updates will follow.

 

My thanks to Rollo Campbell Fine Art for providing the image. 

 

Image © The Estate of Patrick Procktor

Diary 22 Posted on 15th August, 2014

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I am to give two talks on Sandra Blow in September.

The first, A Celebration of the Life and Work of Sandra Blowis at The Exchange, Penzance, on 5th September.
Following on from a talk about the artist’s paintings in the gallery, I will then host an ‘in conversation’ with a group of people who knew the artist.
Booking details are on this link:
http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-celebration-of-the-life-and-work-of-sandra-blow-tickets-12666344377

The second talk, Sandra Blow: Material Nature, is part of this year’s St Ives Festival, and will take place on 26th September: details are on the poster illustrated here.

Diary 21 Posted on 28th July, 2014

Keith Vaughan: Dark Seated Figure - gouache, 1973

• My talk on the artist Keith Vaughan is at Brighton Art Gallery next Sunday, 3rd August. Entitled Keith Vaughan: The Spontaneous Image, it will consider the technical and stylistic development of the work, in particular the relationship between Vaughan’s oil paintings and his gouaches. More details of the talk are on the gallery website:
http://www.brighton-hove-rpml.org.uk/WhatsOn/Pages/BMAGKeithVaughanTheSpontaneousImage3aug2014.aspx

 

• Corridor 8 have published an online interview with Peter Seal:
http://www.corridor8.co.uk/online/interview-peter-seal

 

• The event A Celebration of the Life and Work of Sandra Blow is now confirmed for Friday 5th September, starting at 7pm. I am to give a gallery talk on the artist’s work at The Exchange, Newlyn, and then host an ‘in conversation’ with a panel of guests. Full details are on the Newlyn Art Gallery website: http://newlynartgallery.co.uk/sandra-blow/

 

 

 

Image: Keith Vaughan: Dark Seated Figure, gouache (1973)
© The Keith Vaughan Estate, courtesy of Anthony Hepworth Fine Art.

Diary 20 Posted on 20th July, 2014

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The exhibition of abstract paintings by Peter Seal is now open in Manchester – Saturdays and Sundays, 11.00am to 4.00pm – other times by appointment. The show ends on Sunday 27th July.

Working with Peter on the show was a real pleasure, and feedback from visitors has been immensely positive. My essay, written to accompany the show, will be posted soon, along with images.

More information here:

http://www.bankley.org.uk/gallery-events

http://bankley.wordpress.com/

http://peterseal.net/

 

Photograph taken during the installation of the exhibition © Jamie Collins.

Thanks to Lucy Harvey and Jamie Collins for their sterling support.

Diary 19 Posted on 6th July, 2014

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Update to the website: my essay on the painter Sandra Blow, commissioned by the artist’s Estate is now posted here.

I am to give a gallery talk on Sandra Blow at The Exchange, Newlyn in September. This will be followed by an ‘in conversation’ with friends of the artist. The date of this event is yet to be confirmed: details will be posted in due course. Further details of the exhibition can be found here: http://newlynartgallery.co.uk/exhibitions/future-exhibitions/

 

Image: Sandra Blow’s studio, St Ives. Photograph © Ian Massey; courtesy of the artist’s Estate.

 

Diary 18 Posted on 17th June, 2014

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• Forthcoming in 2015: I am to curate an exhibition of abstract painting at Huddersfield Art Gallery. The show is due to open in September 2015 (exact dates to be confirmed).

The exhibition will survey particular approaches to abstraction from the late 1950s up until the present day. Amongst the selection of artists will be Sandra Blow. More information will follow.

• Later this year: I am to write a piece for the Public Catalogue Foundation on the artist Alistair Park. Park’s paintings can be seen on the excellent BBC Your Paintings website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/artists/alistair-park

 

 

Image: Sandra Blow Untitled (Oil Drawing) 1959 © The Estate of Sandra Blow

For more images and information see: http://sandrablow.com/

Diary 17 Posted on 28th May, 2014

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Patrick Procktor’s Three Figures from Memory II (1964) is to be auctioned at Christie’s in London on 26th June. This significant early painting, which has been in a private collection since the 1970s, was included in the important New Generation show at the Whitechapel Gallery, London in 1964. It is also reproduced in the seminal book Private View (1965), by Bryan Robertson and John Russell (with photographs by Snowdon).

The painting is amongst a number of works by Procktor which I will consider in my presentation at The Place of Painting symposium at The MAC, Belfast on 21st June.

Further details of Three Figures from Memory II  are available on Christie’s website: http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Paintings/patrick-procktor-ra-three-figures-from-memory-5802442-details.aspx?intObjectID=5802442

 

• I have been invited by The Sandra Blow Estate to write a short text for a catalogue of the artist’s paintings. The publication is connected with a major show of Sandra Blow’s work at The Exchange, Newlyn. The exhibition opens on 26th July and continues until 4th October.

 

 

 

 

Image: Patrick Procktor Three Figures from Memory II, oil and collage on canvas, 1964.
© The Artist’s Estate/The Redfern Gallery, London.

Photograph courtesy of Christie’s, London. Thanks to Will Porter at Christie’s for his kind assistance.

Diary 16 Posted on 12th May, 2014

JB at Prospect

• It was my great pleasure to accompany the artist John Blackburn on a visit to Prospect Cottage at Dungeness on Saturday. John is a long-time admirer of Derek Jarman’s work, so for him it was something of a pilgrimage. It is now twenty years since Derek Jarman’s death. See the Jarman 2014 website for details of events taking place this year: http://www.jarman2014.orgMany thanks to HB for kindly facilitating our visit.

 

• The Place of Painting – a Painting Symposium: this has now gone live on The MAC’s website, with booking details here: http://themaclive.com/whats-on/the-place-of-painting-a-painting-symposium

 

• Following on from a recent research visit to St Ives, I have now been invited to give a talk on the artist Sandra Blow as part of this year’s St Ives Festival. The talk will take place in St Ives on Friday 26th September – more details to follow. I am a great admirer of Sandra Blow’s paintings, and relish this opportunity to talk about her work. The talk will coincide with a major show of the artist’s work in Newlyn: again, details will be posted here in due course.

 

 

Photograph: John Blackburn at Prospect Cottage, 10th May 2014. © Ian Massey 2014

Diary 15 Posted on 27th April, 2014

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Updates:

Peter Seal is to have a show of his impressive abstract paintings in Manchester in July. Peter has invited me to curate and write for this show, a project which I look forward to greatly. More details will follow. For more information on the artist, visit his website: http://www.peterseal.net/index.html

The Place of Painting -  I have been invited to take part in The Place of Painting, a symposium to be hosted by The MAC, Belfast, on Saturday 21st June.The aim of the symposium is to address the diversity of approaches within contemporary painting practice today. Fellow speakers are artists Susan Connolly, Kevin Henderson, Dougal McKenzie, Victoria Morton, Alison Pilkington and Linder Sterling. The symposium coincides with forthcoming exhibitions at The MAC of work by Richard Gorman and Susan Connolly. Further information will be posted in due course.

Image: Peter Seal, Slab, oil on canvas © The artist

Diary 14 Posted on 13th April, 2014

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Fraser Taylor: seen here with with the artist Rosi Nyamakanga at his Glasgow studio, 11th April 2014. The painting shown here is amongst works to be included in Fraser’s show at the McLellan Galleries, Glasgow in November, as part of the annual exhibition of The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts.

 

Patrick Procktor: I recently visited the beautifully installed exhibition of works by the artist at the Galerie de France in Paris. This was the first time Procktor’s work had been shown in Paris since 1991. Although the show has now ended the work can still be seen online:  http://www.galeriedefrance.com/exposition/5691/PATRICK_PROCKTOR_-_From_LOndon_to_VEnice__with_LO-VE/

 

Jean Charles Blais: whilst in Paris it was my great pleasure to meet the artist Jean Charles Blais, whose work I have admired for many years. Examples of his work can be found here: http://youcanchangethislater.wordpress.com/

 

Keith Vaughan: my talk on the artist – Keith Vaughan: The Spontaneous Image – is now confirmed to take place at Brighton Museum on Sunday 3rd August, commencing at 2.30pm. Booking details can be found here (please scroll down): https://www.maximweb.co.uk/brighton/Events.aspx

 
Photograph © Ian Massey/ painting © Fraser Taylor

Diary 13 Posted on 21st March, 2014

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After Life: On Patrick Procktor’s Long Live the Great Leap Forward

My new article on Patrick Procktor has just been published on the website Courbet’s Tent. The site was set up by the painter and lecturer Dougal Mackenzie, with the following remit:

“Courbet’s Tent is about the locations and contexts of painting practice.
Looking at both the formal and conceptual aspects of the discipline, the premise of Courbet’s Tent is that paintings always have a double life: they may hold worlds within them, but at the same time may exist in places that change their perceived content.
This duality in painting, how its reception can be altered by location, is the key area of investigation in Courbet’s Tent.”

An extract from the article on Procktor can be found on this website, with the full text available at:http://courbetstent.wordpress.com/

Image: Patrick Procktor Long Live the Great Leap Forward, acrylic on canvas, 1967.
Courtesy The Redfern Gallery

Diary 12 Posted on 2nd March, 2014
John Blackburn, Three Forms Leaning Left, 2008 © The Artist

John Blackburn, Three Forms Leaning Left, 2008 © The Artist

Some points of interest:

John Blackburn: the artist’s exhibition In Absentia is at Artis Gallery, Parnell, Auckland until 16th March. http://artisgallery.co.nz

Fraser TaylorArt in Scotland have produced a new film in which the artist talks about drawing and his studio practice.
http://www.artinscotland.tv/2014/fraser-taylor-in-the-studio/

Patrick Procktor: a show of watercolours opens on 6th March at Galerie de France, Paris, and continues until 12th April.
http://www.galeriedefrance.com/exposition/5691/PATRICK_PROCKTOR_-_From_LOndon_to_VEnice__with_LO-VE/

Brian Rice: following its critical and commercial success, the artist’s show at The Redfern Gallery, London, has now been extended until 8th March. Andrew Lambirth’s review for The Spectator can be found here:
http://www.spectator.co.uk/arts/exhibitions/9141362/three-artists-you-ought-to-have-heard-of/
A show of Brian Rice prints, Fifty Years of Printmaking, opens at The Belgrave Gallery, St Ives, on 10th March.
http://www.belgravestives.co.uk

Keith Vaughan: I have been invited to give a public lecture on the artist at Brighton Art Gallery this summer. More information will be posted when the date is confirmed. The gallery are to mount a display of gouaches and drawings by Vaughan.

 

Diary 11 Posted on 15th February, 2014
Red, White and Blue: collage on card, 1965 © Brian Rice

Red, White and Blue: collage on card, 1965 © Brian Rice

New material posted to the website:

• A short extract from my essay on the artist Brian Rice, from the catalogue for his current show at The Redfern Gallery.
The show has been extended until 1st March. Further information can be found on the gallery website: http://www.redfern-gallery.com/exhibitions.asp

• There is now a slideshow of images accompanying the post on Fraser Taylor’s recent Glasgow show Figure/Ground. The slideshow consists of photographs of the gallery installation, along with some photographs of work in Fraser’s studio. http://www.ianmasseyart.co.uk/fraser-taylor-the-space-between/

• Since launching this website last July, it has been viewed by hundreds of visitors from all over the UK and abroad. Do please get in touch if you have any feedback on the site and its contents.

 

Image courtesy of Brian Rice © The Artist

Diary 10 Posted on 2nd February, 2014

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News updates:

• I have been invited by Tate St Ives to host an 'in conversation' between the artist Linder and Kenneth Tindall, choreographer of the Northern Ballet. The conversation will take place after a performance of the ballet The Ultimate Form, in St Ives on Saturday 8th February. Full details here:
http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/performance-and-music/linder-ultimate-form

• A short film has been made about Fraser Taylor’s recent show Figure/Ground, in which the artist talks about his work: http://vimeo.com/85437087

• Brian Rice’s exhibition opens on Wednesday 5th February at The Redfern Gallery, Cork Street, London, and continues until 22nd February. Signs of Life, my essay on the artist's work of the Sixties, is included in the show's catalogue, which also has a foreword by Derek Boshier. More details on the gallery website: http://www.redfern-gallery.com

 

Image: © Linder Sterling 2013

Diary 09 Posted on 20th January, 2014
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• Fraser Taylor – Figure/Ground

After a highly successful opening reception last Friday, Fraser Taylor's show is now open to the public until 31st January.

The Briggait Project Space,
141 Bridgegate,
Glasgow
G1 5HZ

Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm

 

Read Teddy Jamieson's recent interview with the artist on this link:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/arts-ents/visual/i-didnt-play-football-i-wasnt-the-classic-high-school-kid.1389585603

Diary 08 Posted on 31st December, 2013
Patrick Procktor, Gervase III, acrylic on canvas, 1968 © The Redfern Gallery

Patrick Procktor, Gervase III, acrylic on canvas, 1968 © The Redfern Gallery

New material posted to the website:

Art, Biography and Sexuality; extracts from a critical essay on Patrick Procktor and Keith Vaughan.

• The Space Between; a short essay on Fraser Taylor for his forthcoming show in Glasgow.

Gareth Harris has been in touch with a brief update on the Procktor murals from Langan’s Brasserie (the murals are currently in storage, having been removed from the restaurant). He has written the following update for The Art Newspaper:

“More news on Patrick Procktor’s striking views of Venice painted across the walls of the upstairs room at Langan’s Brasserie off Piccadilly in London. The newly restored murals were unveiled late 2012 but we heard earlier this year that the sweeping panorama of La Serenissima is to be sold at Christie’s, a move which enflamed the late UK artist’s devotees including the London-based artist Alessandro Raho. The Art Newspaper understands that the murals may initially be offered privately to institutions and collectors (the auction house apparently hopes that the work can remain complete). Watch this space.”

http://theartnewspaper.com/in-the-frame/

Diary 07 Posted on 29th December, 2013

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Essay on the Sixties work of Brian Rice

I have recently completed an essay for the catalogue of a show of Sixties paintings and prints by the abstract artist Brian Rice. The exhibition will take place at The Redfern Gallery, London, in February (more details to follow).

The work falls into two categories; painterly abstractions dated 1960/61, and works in a more economic, formal vocabulary from 1962 onwards. Though not widely known, Rice’s paintings and prints of the Sixties constitute a highly impressive body of work, and the show promises to be very strong.

The Redfern Gallery will show a selection of the work on their stand at The London Art Fair, 15-19 January.

See also Brian Rice’s website: http://www.brianrice.info/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photograph: Brian Rice in Somerset, 1960

© Brian Rice/Courtesy of the artist

Diary 06 Posted on 9th November, 2013

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Updates on forthcoming exhibitions:

Fraser Taylor and Patrick Procktor

Yesterday I met up with Fraser Taylor in Glasgow, where we selected work for his January show at The Briggait Project Spaces. Fraser has been immensely productive during his current sabbatical, working at WASP studios at several locations in Scotland. He has tended to work in series, producing a large body of work which examines landscape, the figure, and the figure in landscape. Shown here is a studio shot of mixed-media works on paper from a series entitled Expulsion into the Garden. Eight from this series will form part of the exhibition.

On a separate note, there is to be a show of Patrick Procktor at Galerie de France in Paris in February, and I have been invited to write for an accompanying publication. The show will consist of watercolours and paintings on canvas. A further update will follow when dates and other details are confirmed.

 

 

 

 

 

Image © Fraser Taylor, 2013

Diary 05 Posted on 12th October, 2013

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It was my pleasure to attend the opening of Under the Greenwood: Picturing British Trees – Present at the St. Barbe Museum in Lymington on Thursday evening. It’s a superb exhibition, and I recommend it highly.

The show includes 33 contemporary artists, each represented by a single work. The selection includes paintings, prints, drawings and watercolours.

It was especially good on Thursday to meet the show’s curators Steve Marshall and Tim Craven, and a number of the artists, including Michelle Dovey, Fiona McIntyre, Paul Winstanley, and Ffiona Lewis. Other artists in the show include George Shaw, Mick Moon, Lesley Slight, Hannah Maybank, Paul Morrison, and Clare Woods.

My essay Nature Describing Nature, which considers representations of trees in the work of contemporary artists (including many of those in the show) is included in the book/catalogue which accompanies the exhibition.

The show continues until 23 November.

More details can be found on the museum’s website:

http://www.stbarbe-museum.org.uk/menus/12th-october-23rd-november-under-the-greenwood-picturing-british-trees-present/

Diary 04 Posted on 22nd September, 2013

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Forthcoming in January 2014:

The artist Fraser Taylor has invited me to curate his forthcoming show, Figure/Ground.

The show will be of work produced during Fraser’s WASP Studios residency at various locations in Scotland.

Fraser Taylor: Figure/Ground
The Briggait Project Spaces
141 Bridgegate
Glasgow
G1 5HZ

20th – 31st January 2014

http://www.waspsstudios.org.uk/studios-spaces/briggait-merchant-city

 

 

Illustrated: one of a large group of mixed-media works on paper produced this summer on Shetland.

© Fraser Taylor, 2013

Diary 03 Posted on 29th August, 2013

John Blackburn, Untitled (Grey/White/Blacks) 2005 Mixed media on canvas mounted on board © John Blackburn

My short text on John Blackburn’s paintings in the collection of Kettle’s Yard has just been published on the Public Catalogue Foundation website. The text considers the nineteen paintings from the 1960s collected by Jim Ede for his own collection, and can be read on the following link:

http://www.thepcf.org.uk/artists/116/filter_reference/2013/offset/0/reference/28/

The artist’s new exhibition is at Osborne Samuel, London, 4th-28th September 2013.

John Blackburn will be in conversation with Julia Hedgecoe at Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge on 11th November.

 

 

 

 

John Blackburn, Untitled (Grey/White/Blacks) 2005

Mixed media on canvas mounted on board © John Blackburn

 

Diary 02 Posted on 30th July, 2013

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News: Patrick Procktor mural at Langan’s Brasserie, London

Earlier this year, Alessandro Raho alerted me to the news that the management of Langan’s Brasserie in London has decided to remove and sell Patrick Procktor’s renowned Venice mural, currently housed in the upstairs dining room of the restaurant. Painted in situ, the mural is one of Procktor’s most important works. The management has other plans for the space and the sale is to be handled by Christie's auction house.

Alessandro Raho is amongst a number of artists who have expressed their concern about the future of the mural. It would be a great shame if it were broken up and sold as separate artworks. Brian Sewell, a friend of both Langan and Procktor, has suggested that the Tate might purchase the work.

Gareth Harris of The Art Newspaper has reported on the story in the July/August issue. His report reads:

Thirty-five years ago, Patrick Procktor painted the walls of the upstairs room at Langan's Brasserie in London with views of Venice. But just before his death in 1988, the entrepreneur Peter Langan varnished over part of the Italian murals in a drunken rage. The newly restored murals were unveiled last year but now we hear that the sweeping view of La Serenissimia is to be sold at Christie's, a move which has enflamed the London-based artist Alessandro Raho. “I heard that the murals had been restored a while ago, and so was looking forward to seeing them. I was taken upstairs by an enthusiastic member of staff and while looking in the room was told that it was a shame they were selling the pictures off,” he says. “It's a special piece of London art history and for it to be carved up like this seems such a shame.” A spokesman for Langan's confirmed that the sale is indeed set to go ahead.

 

Picture: © The Art Newspaper

Diary 01 Posted on 6th May, 2013

Keith Vaughan Landscape with Figure: Morelos 1959 oil on canvas

Forthcoming lecture – Keith Vaughan and the Neo-Romantics.

Abbot Hall Gallery, Kendal.

Sunday 11th August, 2013 at 4.00pm.

The lecture coincides with the gallery’s exhibition of work by Graham Sutherland, an important early influence on Vaughan. Ian will describe the nature of Sutherland’s influence within a wider analysis of Vaughan’s work and its development.

Details can be found on this link:

http://www.abbothall.org.uk/event/talk-keith-vaughan

 

 

 

 

 

Keith Vaughan, Landscape with Figure: Morelos, oil on canvas, 1959
© The Estate of Keith Vaughan, courtesy of Anthony Hepworth Fine Art