Curator James Russell has chosen more than a hundred works, spanning a hundred years, by a hundred different artists, for the Jerwood Gallery’s next major exhibition.
Century: 100 Modern British Artists runs from October 22 until January 8; it brings together work from the Ingram Collection and Jerwood Collection.
Russell said: “I have selected what I feel to be the strongest works...focusing particularly on artists of historical importance and/or those who are well represented in one or both collections. I hope people will come away feeling that Modern British art is lively and fun.”
This exhibition will feature paintings, drawings and sculptures by some of the giants of British art. Highlights of the exhibition include Dame Elisabeth Frink’s Walking Madonna, Sir Eduardo Paolozzi’s 1988 self-portrait sculpture, the delightful A Curious Cat by Ruskin Spear RA and David Hockney’s My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean.
Russell’s exhibition doesn’t just reflect the superstars of 20th century British art as individuals, but also explores the movements and groups to which they belonged; with a room devoted to the Pop Art and collages of John Piper, Gerald Laing and Sir Anthony Caro.
Women artists are represented with works by Dame Laura Knight, Mary Fedden, Eileen Agar, Rose Wylie and Dod Procter given co-starring roles amongst the star names of Dame Elisabeth Frink and Dame Barbara Hepworth.
Century also includes works drawn from local artists including, John Armstrong, Frank Brangwyn, John Bratby, Edward Burra, Eric Gill and Eric Ravilious.”
The visitor’s ‘tour’ of a dynamic 100 years of incredible creative output ends, as James Russell promises, “with something a bit crazy, [that will] send people away with the feeling that they’ve had an adventure.”