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Monday, 10 November 2008

AIME MAEGHT AND HIS ARTISTS review by Phillip Worth

AIME MAEGHT AND HIS ARTISTS

Royal Academy of Art, Sackler Wing

Till 2nd January 2009

This exhibition is concerned mainly with the work of four artists: Joan Miro, Alexander Calder, Alberto Giacometti and Georges Braque. All are ‘stars’ of the Aime Maeght Foundation near St. Paul de Vence in the South of France, an extraordinary institution which is part gallery, part museum, part workshops and part printing and publishing house, conceived and driven to completion in 1964 by the art dealer cum art lover cum visionary cum entrepreneur Aime Maeght. Maeght did not simply collect the work of modern artists, he befriended them, gave them gallery and studio space and, above all, expanded their creative outlets by way of introducing them to printing techniques, notably lithography, and book production and publication. He held one man exhibitions at the Foundation (as well as at his gallery in Paris), and for each of these produced a catalogue illustrated by the exhibiting artist. A man for all seasons Maeght rightly belongs to that great company of collectors and supporters of the arts which includes Beyeler, Guggenheim, Saatchi, Morosov, Schukin, Vollard, Kahnweiler and many others who in modern times have taken over where the medieval princely patrons of the arts left off. We in the London area are fortunate indeed that part of this superb collection, arranged in association with the Gallery Maeght in Paris has come to the Royal Academy, thereby making it easily accessible to us – but viewers most certainly come from all over the UK and abroad.



Works by Bonnard and Matisse lead into the show which, however, is soon devoted to the art of the four masters named earlier. Miro is in typically sprightly mood with his childlike figures and bright colours drawing us into his phantasy universe. Examples include ‘Joy Of A Little Girl In Front Of The Sun’ not, as one might suppose, rendered in light tones but with red streaks against a black background, this somehow intensifying the child’s emotion. In ‘Birds’ Flight At The First Spark Of Dawn’ Miro does not attempt figuration of the perceived world but suggests movement via crudely painted, swirling arabesques in black paint against an off-white, twilight ground.



The American Alexander Calder is best known as the sculptor who made his creations move in their own space, encouraged by any passing breeze. In other words, his artefacts were ‘mobile’. So completely did this idea grip the public imagination that the Western world, in the ‘fifties and ‘sixties, was seized with a craze for ‘mobiles’, an example of which you could find suspended in countless drawing rooms and hallways from San Francisco to Berlin – well, West Berlin, anyway. ‘Three Yellow Suns’ is a kind of mega-example of the concept, rendered in painted metal and occupying about twelve feet of floor space – not one to which you could give house room!



Alberto Giacometti is represented by his highly individual sculpture, painting and drawing. Modelled at first in clay then cast in bronze his figures are painfully thin and elongated, conveying a haunting impression of the isolation and vulnerability of the human species. Out of respect for the artist’s vision and to give it the most appropriate context Maeght added a courtyard to the Foundation complex especially to house Giacometti’s figures. The artist’s drawings and painting, while displaying great technical skill, share a dark mood with the sculpture.




Aime Maeght caught up with Georges Braque long after the latter had parted company, artistically, with Picasso and Cubism. ‘The Echo’, of 1953/56, is a large still life which in subject matter recalls his Cubist period, but in manner is far removed from the austere fragmentation of Analytical Cubism. Here, with no suggestion of traditional perspective the composition as a whole and its component parts rest on a two-dimensional plane and achieve a lyrical graphic handling and synchromy. There are many examples of Braque’s flowering post-Cubist versatility both as to media and theme. His illustrations of Hesiod’s Theogony, engraved in plaster with a series of superimposed sinuous lines suggesting god-like figures, are examples of this.

This is an inspirational show, especially for artist members of Free Painters and sculptors, for whom freedom of expression is the bottom line. Perhaps, when all is said and done, the real achievement of these masters is not just what they have produced on canvas, or in metal or plaster or clay, so much as their ability to reach down into the hidden meaning of things in the perceived world – the deeper reality – and their success in giving expression to this through their various artefacts. Aime Maeght must surely be regarded as having made a significant contribution to this process.







Thursday, 6 November 2008

Brent Affordable Art Show 2008

Brent Affordable Art Show 2008

Group show for BAR members. There will be a cabinet for small items. Daniel and Harris Solicitors will give three prizes: £150, £100 and £75

18th November to 19th December 2008

at THE GALLERY AT WILLESDEN GREEN, WILLESDEN GREEN LIBRARY CENTRE, 95 HIGH ROAD, LONDON NW10 2SF Tel: 0208 459 1421 Email: info@brentartistsresource.org.uk

SEND IN DATES: Hand in work on Friday 14th November 3.00-6.00pm or on Saturday 15th November 3.00-6.00pm at The Gallery

PRIVATE VIEW: Thursday 20th November 6.00 – 8.00pm.

ENTRY CONDITIONS:
Open to members: Maximum of 5 works per artist, £6 per work. Membership (if you aren't already) is £20(£13 concessions), payable when entering work.
All work must be ready for hanging, framed and mounted, with D-rings attached to the back of the work. No clip, metal or plastic frames or non-reflecting glass. We use a hanging system with nylon strings. Small 3-D pieces for the cabinet. £4 each for up to 5 pieces per artist. These are submission fees not refundable; we’ll try to show as many works as possible.

Please complete both sections of the form one which BAR will keep, and the other form which will be your receipt. Bring the completed sheet with your remittance. Tie a label to one of the D-rings detailing: artist, title of work, medium, price. We give preference to new work (ie done 2007/8); no correspondence over selection or hanging. Everybody is welcome to help on Sunday 16th November 12 noon onwards.

We’ll notify you of any works not hung, please collect these at the Private View

No commission is taken. We have no storage facilities. Please collect your work on Thursday 18th 6-7pm or Friday 19th December 2-6pm

To make the exhibition as successful as possible, please make sure you invite your friends, family and clients to the show and to the preview party. Also please make sure you forward the email invite to your friends and ask them to do so.

STEWARDING THE GALLERY: unfortunately, it sometimes happens that volunteer stewards are prevented at the last minute from coming to invigilate the space, with the result that the gallery is not open when it should be. To avoid this we need two or three artists who are willing to act as back up, i.e. would be prepared at short notice to come and open up the gallery.

Please let me know if you would be willing to do this occasionally. Of course we hope it will not happen very often, but the alternative is for the gallery to be closed during a show and visitors disappointed.

Finally If you have agreed to invigilate the show on a particular day, please do remember to turn up! Most people are very conscientious, but it is unfair to the other artists if you forget and fail to open the gallery.

------------------------------Form to be retained by BAR--------------------------

Artists Name: ................................................ Tel No:....................E-mail......................................

Address: ......................................................................................................................................
TITLE OF WORK AND MEDIUM PRICE
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2.
3.
4.
5.
Other items:






AMOUNT RECEIVED........................... ARTIST’S SIGNATURE........................................................
RECIPIENT’S SIGNATURE:...................................................... DATE...........................


------------------------------Copy to be retained by the artist--------------------------

Artist’s Name: ................................................ Tel No:.................... e-mail .......................................

Address: ......................................................................................................................................

TITLE OF WORK AND MEDIUM PRICE
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

Other items:





AMOUNT RECEIVED...........................
ARTIST’S SIGNATURE........................................................
RECIPIENT’S SIGNATURE:...................................................... DATE..........................
Please collect your work on Thursday 18th Dec 6-7pm or Friday 19th December 2-6pm. Works not collected will be kept for 3 weeks afterwards they’ll sold, given or destroyed.

ALTHOUGH BAR TAKE GOOD CARE OF WORK SUBMITTED TO THEIR EXHIBITIONS AND THE EXHIBITION IS COVERED BY CURRENT SECURITY MEASURES AT THE WGLC, ALL WORKS ARE SUBMITTED ENTIRELY AT THE ARTIST’S OWN RISK. BAR STRONGLY ADVISES ARTISTS TO INSURE THEIR OWN WORK. COPYRIGHT REMAINS THE PROPERTY OF THE ARTIST.

FOR MORE DETAILS : Lorenzo Belenguer 020 8459 1421 info@brentartistsresource.org.uk

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Images from Big Draw exhibition at the Troubadour Gallery:October 2008






















Big Draw exhibition at the Troubadour Gallery: October 2008
http://www.troubadour.co.uk/gallery.html