The late British sculptor and Royal Academician, Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, who died in 2005, will be subject to a commemorative exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts from 12 June to 20 August 2006, where over 100 works will be exhibited. Daniel Hermann, curator, says that many of these works have not been exhibited in London for 30 years. The works include the bronze sculpture 'San Sebastian', created by Paolozzi in 1949 following his return from an extended period in Paris.
At the Royal Academy there will also be a commemorative exhibition of the work of the late Patrick Caulfield who died in 2003. These exhibitions wisely coincide with the Summer Exhibition, a kind of jamboree that receives over 100,000 visitors and which gets entries from some 9,000 artists per summer.
Both artists were populist in their inclination and would no doubt have been amused by the juxtapositions. So, the open spirit of the Royal Academy lives on; a unique institution.
The Royal Academy is currently thronged with jostling human bodies and body parts. These are not, however, composed of the flesh and blood of the great art going public, but are inanimate bits and figures, all in the name of Auguste Rodin, the great French sculptor, who died in 1917.
A tribute to Eduardo Paolozzi
Robin Spencer, Paolozzi's biographer and editor of his Writings and Interviews, has given us permission to record here the tribute that he delivered at the Memorial Reception to Sir Eduardo, which was held close to his donated collection at the Dean Gallery, Edinburgh, on the evening of Monday 25 July 2005. It was organised by Timothy Clifford, Director of the National Galleries of Scotland and Richard Calvocoressi, Director of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, and other distinguished followers of the artist and his work attended.
Pallant House Gallery, Chichester
Pallant House Gallery, which opened on 1 July 2006 in the centre of Chichester, is a dramatic conjunction of old and new - dramatic, that is, internally. From the exterior, as approached from the town, a seamless joining has been achieved by the architects with great dexterity and carefully calculated understatement.
Will Maclean: Driftworks
Will Maclean’s exhibition, ‘Driftworks’ at Dundee Contemporary Arts (24 November 2001 – 3 February 2002) is the finest exhibition by a contemporary artist in Scotland that I have seen in the 14 years I have lived there since coming from Australia. It coincides with the publication of the book, Will Maclean: Cardinal Points by Laurel Reuter of the North Dakota Museum of Art.
Richard Hamilton: 'Protest pictures'
Inverleith House is located at the centre of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh. At one time it actually fulfilled the role of the city's only Gallery of Modern Art, before the National Galleries took over their new building, to be followed additionally by the Dean Gallery. It always had the ambience, with its compact Georgian mansion, of a 'Cabinet' for art. Now, under the aegis of the National Galleries, it accommodates small and specialised thematic exhibitions, and makes an excellent venue.