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John Wonnacott and John Lessore: The Life Room and the City
Saturday 4 October 2014 – Sunday 4 January 2015
Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery has joined Norwich University of the Arts to celebrate the iconic art school’s 170th year. This is an exhibition of the work of two important British painters, John Wonnacott and John Lessore, and the paintings they made in and around the art school while they were teaching there in the early 1980s.
Wonnacott and Lessore were brought to Norwich in 1978 by Edward Middleditch (RA) specifically to develop the Life Room – a space where students could be trained in drawing from observation and memory using the traditional skills of anatomy and perception. Wonnacott and Lessore created two Life Rooms in the riverside studios of the late 19th century Art School buildings where they also made their own work. The paintings produced were collected by Tate, the Arts Council Collection, and private collections in Britain and the USA, and we are very pleased to be able to reunite this extraordinary body of work in this exhibition.
As well as exploring themes on how we teach art and the virtual loss of the Life Room in art education, the exhibition will place Wonnacott and Lessore and the increasingly important role of British figurative painting within the context of twentieth century art. The exhibition includes portraiture, anatomy studies, figure painting, and cityscapes from around Norwich, and a few recognizable Norwich faces too.
The exhibition is curated by Lynda Morris and an accompanying show 'John Wonnacott and John Lessore: About Life' will be held at the Norwich University of the Arts Gallery on St. Georges Street from Tuesday 4 November 2014 – Saturday 10 January 2015.
Artist & Mannequin from Function to Fetish
Tue 14 October 2014 to Sun 25 January 2015
Galleries 10, 11, 12 & 13
"A riveting show... superbly curated" Observer
"A real crowd puller" Independent on Sunday
"First-rate" **** Telegraph
Silent Partners is a ground-breaking exhibition devoted to the artist's mannequin, that uncovers its playful, uncanny - and sometimes disturbing - history from the Renaissance to the present-day.
For centuries, the mannequin, or lay figure, was little more than a studio tool, a piece of equipment as necessary as easel, pigments and brushes. This major new loan exhibition reveals the multiple purposes it serves - from fixing perspective and painting reflections, to being a support for drapery and costume - and shows how it gradually moved centre stage to become the subject of the painting, photograph or film, eventually becoming a work of art in its own right.
One of the most wide-ranging and ambitious shows ever hosted at the Museum, the exhibition will feature over 180 paintings, drawings, books and photographs as well as fashion dolls, trade catalogues, a series of extraordinary patent documents and videos. There will be paintings and drawings by Cézanne, Poussin, Gainsborough, Millais, Ford Madox Brown, and Degas as well as photographs by and of Surrealist artists such as Man Ray, Hans Bellmer and Salvador Dali; works by Jake and Dinos Chapman show that, even today, artists continue to be drawn to the creative potential unleashed by our artificial Others.
But among the most striking and fascinating exhibits in Silent Partners will be the mannequins themselves: from beautifully carved 16th century small-scale figurines to haunting wooden effigies, painted dolls of full human height and top-of-the range 'stuffed Parisian' lay figures that were sought after by artists throughout Europe.
After its showing in Cambridge, Silent Partners will travel to the Musée Bourdelle, Paris. It will be accompanied by a lavishly illustrated book published by Yale University Press in association with Paris Musées.
The exhibition also forms part of Curating Cambridge: our city, our stories, our stuff, presented by the University of Cambridge Museums with the Festival of Ideas.
Exhibition generously supported by: Henry Moore Foundation, The Monument Trust, The Marlay Group, The Tavolozza Foundation and The Technology Partnership. Exhibition programme generously supported by ttpgroup.
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