1. The largest ever gallery dedicated solely to the 18th century romantic poet, painter, printmaker, William Blake, will open in October this year at the historic Geary building, soon to be, The William Blake Gallery, in San Francisco. John Windle – who as a rare book dealer has been collecting Blake’s artworks for over 40 years and has amassed 1000 of originals, and reproductions of the artist – will be opening the first gallery dedicated solely to William Blake in over 200 years.
On the decision to open the gallery Windle said, “I must be stark raving mad. Like Blake.” (via Art Daily)
2. From 2 September to 5 September, 1666, London burned in the Great Fire. To commemorate the 350th anniversary the exhibition Fire! Fire! will include depictions of the fire, eye witness accounts, and recreations of the bakery and artifacts unearthed from Pudding Lane – where the fire started. Fire! Fire! is on view at the Museum of London, until April 17, 2017. (via Art Net)
3. Grayson Perry writes about his art history and his recent visit to the Chelsea College of Arts, UAL – which, in the past, turned Perry down when he applied to do his Masters there because he was already “too much of an artist”. He and Gillian Wearing meet the artists exhibiting their degree shows. (Henri )
4. In 1912, the founder of The Barnes Foundation – Albert Barnes – bought his first works by Matisse: The Sea Seen from Collioure (1906) and Dishes and Melon (1906-7); this would be the beginning of a lifelong love affair with Matisse’s work. In 1930, Barnes invited Matisse to paint a triptych mural over the of the arches at the foundation’s center in Lower Merion, Pennsylvania.
From 13 -15 October this year, The Barnes Foundation will be bringing scholars together for a conference, discussing Matisse’s enduring legacy in art history, and a number of other topics including his love of non-Western art.
The conference’s organiser, Sylvie Patry, the Barnes’s deputy director and chief curator said, “With such a famous artist like Matisse, scholars always find new ways to look at his work.”
5. An exhibition focusing on legendary street artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat’s, 160 notepads will go on display at the Pérez Art Museum Miami, Florida, in October this year. The exhibition, Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks, will draw attention to Basquiat’s rarely seen notepads that he used to contain his creative outpourings. Filled with fragments of his poetry, sketches, wordplay, and personal observations about life and the world around him; they are considered understated gems to fans of the artist, who once said “words like brushstrokes.”
The notepads show how writing was a vital part of his creative process.
The exhibition will run until October 2016.