Bringing you the art news, week after week. This week, Freud, Bacon, Emin, Hirst, Picasso, Magritte and KAWS.
1. A new exhibition chronicling the notorious Colony Room (The Colony Room: Masterpieces from Gallant House Gallery), a favourite haunt of artists such as Lucien Freud, Francis Bacon, Frank Auerbach, Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst and R.B.Kitaj – will open at Bonhams on 2 October and run until 11 October – (coinciding neatly with London Frieze). Bonham Director of Post-War and Contemporary Art, Garth Williams said recently in a statement, “This exhibition at Bonhams is a rare opportunity to explore the world which they moved and the history of the famous – some might say infamous – Colony Room where boundaries were there to be broken.”
2. The British Library has recently purchased some of the most covetable, mint-condition lithographs (nineteen of them in total) by Pablo Picasso. Picasso created the prints between 1947 and 1957. “This is the last important gap to be filled in the British Museum’s representation of Picasso’s print work,” Stephen Coppell, curator of the modern collection in the museum’s department of prints and drawings told The Guardian. “It is very important that we were able to acquire this work. It is one of the greatest achievements in graphic art.” Coppell continued: “We have been playing catch-up really since the 1970s, because Picasso is the greatest 20th-century artist making prints, following on from the work of Dürer and Rembrandt and Goya.” The works will be only display from 4 October.
3. A new exhibition at the Centre Pompidou reassesses the way we approach the oeuvre of Belgian surrealist René Magritte. Magritte: La trahison des images explores Magritte’s fascination with philosophy which can be most easily traced back to his now-infamous work ‘C’est n’est pas un pipe’ – after Freud’s quote “Sometimes a pipe is just a pipe”.
It is Magritte’s fascination with motifs that form the basis of this exhibition: fire, shadows, curtains, words and the fragmented body. These motifs framed alongside paintings from antiquity, demonstrating the possible mythological lineage. The exhibition runs until 23 January 2017.
4. New York based Street Artist, KAWS, (who’s open-air and indoor exhibition at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (pictured) continues to run until the 13 November 2016) posted a blast from the past on his Instagram yesterday when a fan noticed a boxcar with KAWS’ tag graffitied on it. The box car was photographed in Canada yesterday, but had been painted 21 years ago in New Jersey ….
5. Sotheby’s have announced they will be selling Lord and Lady Attenborough’s coveted collection of Picasso ceramics. The collection was compiled by the pair over a number of decades, on a ritual trip to the South of France (to the town of Vallauris) where they had a summer home. The collection began in 1954, when the Attenborough’s visited the Madoura pottery, (where Picasso started working in 1949), and purchased one of Picasso’s souvenir ashtrays and would continue to grow in size and diversity over the next 50 years. Highlights include: Grand vase aux femmes nues Terre de faïence vase, 1950 and Tripode Terre de faïence vase, 1951. The auction will take place at Sotheby’s London on 22 November.