When art patron Peggy Guggenheim met Robert Motherwell in the 1940s, she encouraged the young artist to work with collage and also organised his first solo exhibition at the Art of This Century gallery in New York. This story is remembered in the show Robert Motherwell: Early Collages, at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection space in Venice, where Motherwell’s works on paper from 1941-51 are on display. Through gestures such as cutting, tearing and layering, and the influence of Surrealism, Motherwell, who became an important figure in American abstractionism, developed his own visual vocabulary.
The Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, until 8 September 2013.
The Apparitions of a Surrealist Eye: Dalí & Film
Salvador Dalí's involvement with film was profound and critical to his artistic sensibilities
Carlo Cardazzo – a new vision for art
A must-see exhibition at The Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice. Carlo Cardazzo, is now being honoured, marking the 100th anniversary of his birth. It is a name that should be known throughout the world to every student and teacher of modern art. Sadly, this is not the case.
Breaking the Rules - The Printed Face of the European Avant Garde 1900-1937
Based on the British Library's huge collection of manuscripts, sound recordings and all manner of things printed, Breaking the Rules tries to cram 40 years of pan-European avant-garde publishing into the Pearson Gallery. The result invites both delight and frustration or, to get into the Vorticist spirit, both Blessing and Blasting
Sharon Booma's Odes and Intimations of Immortality
The seductive allure of Sharon Booma's paintings defies description. Viewing one of the artist's oil and mixed media inventions, one feels an attraction to surface beauty, the pull of colour and texture, and then the plunge into deeper mystery. Booma's keen sense of balance finds harmony in disarray and between dissimilar elements and unusual juxtapositions.
Starting at Zero: Black Mountain College 1933-57
Radical educational establishment and sanctuary of the avant-garde in art, music, poetry and dance, Black Mountain College survived for only 24 years, but its influence spread far beyond its isolated North Carolina location. This exhibition, and its accompanying catalogue, offers 'a kind of afterlife to [the] artists' practices'1 by assembling the sometimes contradictory memories and records of the college's experimental achievements in paint, print, dance, pottery, photography, poetry, theatre and music.