Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Pallant House Gallery Exhibitions

Pallant House Gallery currently has two major exhibitions, Victor Pasmore: Towards a New Reality' which focuses for the first time on the radical change in the artist's career from the 1930s  when he was one of Britain's leading figurative painters, and until the 1960s when he had reinvented himself as one of the foremost exponents of abstract art. It's an amazing transformation of style, and very clearly illustrated with the works on display over several rooms in the new part of the gallery.
The second major exhibition is 'Transferences: Sidney Nolan in Britain' is housed in the old part of the building shown here:
The Sidney Nolan exhibition which runs until 4 June, is part of a nationwide programme presented by the Sidney Nolan Trust and marks the centenary of the birth of Australian born Sidney Nolan, focussing on his time living and working in Britain. He was a leading figure of international 20th Century art, he worked with recurring themes such as Australian history and literature. There are many haunting scenes depicting Australian landscapes with a lone person and an animal in the foreground.
Photography wasn't allowed in these 2 exhibitions, but was allowed in the De'Longhi Print Room where there was a beautiful exhibition entitled 'The Woodcut from Durer to Now'. Hiroshige, the master of printmaking produced this piece entitled 'Travelers surprised by Sudden Rain' in 1833.
I was also fascinated by the Edward Burra woodcut which I had to go back to the exhibition later in the visit to photograph because it was the people's favourite when I was in there, people just stood in front of it for ages.
 When the woodcut was first made in 1921, Burra didn't give it a title, but rediscovered the blocks in 1971 and began reprinting from them, retitling as he went along. This one became 'Two Ladies'
I've also included a more usual Edward Burra watercolour painting from 1963, called 'The Straw Man'
There was a familiar look to this painting found in the lecture room, it's by Annie Kevans called 'Bobby Driscoll in Black'. There is also a work by this artist in the Otter Gallery show.
It's worth having a look at her website.

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