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22 November 2018 – 3 February 2019 (Private view 21 November, 6-8pm)
Mounira Al Solh, Frank Auerbach, Paul Cézanne, Virginia Chihota, Lucian Freud, Dryden Goodwin, Barbara Hepworth, David Hockney, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Horst Janssen, Claudette Johnson, Michael Landy, Maria Lassnig, Joyce Pensato, Deanna Petherbridge, Francis Picabia, Pablo Picasso, Paula Rego, Nicola Tyson, Jessica Voorsanger and Clifton Wright
Bringing together historic figures such as Ingres, Picasso and Hepworth, and recent and contemporary artists including Lassnig, Hockney and Landy, this exhibition reveals close encounters between artists and their subjects over the past 200 years. Remarkable drawn portraits, rarely seen, sit beside those made today, and demonstrate drawing’s enduring ability to bring characters to life.
Drawing creates the illusion of presence. Using precise lines, Picasso and Freud capture a posed subject, whereas Hockney catches his sitter unaware in a calligraphic flourish of ink. Portraits of family members by Cézanne, Auerbach and Goodwin convey the sense of an intimately unfolding situation through multiple, restless pencil or charcoal lines.
In self-portraits by Maria Lassnig and Nicola Tyson, evocative colours are used to express psychological states and bodily sensations. Landy, in contrast, conveys the demands of self-representation through spidery black lines that knit into staring eyes and a furrowed brow.
The individuality of Mounira Al Solh's migrant and refugee subjects is captured through experiments with style and medium. Drawn on yellow legal pads, they evoke not only an illusion of presence, but act as a material reminder of the contemporary human condition.
Exhibition supported by The Tavolozza Foundation.
Jean-Auguste-Dominique IngresPortrait of the Princess Murat1814. Pencil on paper, 42 x 29.8 cm.
Pablo PicassoTête2 March 1943. Pen and ink on paper, 65.5 x 51cm
Maria LassnigSelf Portrait1962. Black chalk and gouache on paper, 54 x 74.5 cm
Paula RegoSelf Portrait III2017, Pastel on paper, 59 x 42 cm
Dryden GoodwinA Day With My Father, A Day With My Son2018. Pencil on paper, 1 of 41 drawings, variable dimensions.
Deanna PetherbridgeSelf-Portrait (Hole in the head)2000-2001
Pen, ink and wash on paper
76 x 57 cm
Michael LandySelf-Portrait No 12008. Pencil on paper, 70 x 50 cm
Frances PicabiaJeune espagnole1926
Pencil and watercolour on paper
24 x 18cm
Claudette JohnsonSeated Figure 12017. Pastel and gouache on paper, 163 x 123 cm.
Mounira Al SolhI strongly believe in our right to be frivolous2012 - ongoing. Mixed media drawing on legal paper, 28.6 x 21cm