Cézanne at the Whitworth
24 August 2019 – 1 March 2020
This exhibition celebrates an extraordinary collection of drawings and prints by Paul Cézanne (1839–1906) that has been gifted and placed on long-term loan to the Whitworth by gallerist, collector, author and publisher Karsten Schubert.
The Whitworth now holds the best collection of Cézanne works on paper in the United Kingdom, including a version of every print produced by the artist. Cézanne is widely considered to be one of the most influential artists of the nineteenth century, described by both Matisse and Picasso as ‘the father of us all’. Renowned for his accomplished approach to building form with colour, this exhibition will place focus on his drawings and prints, revealing Cézanne to be a draughtsman of great range and complexity. His lively, deeply personal drawings were never exhibited during his lifetime and were barely mentioned in his correspondence, only being discovered after his death. This exhibition will be the first in the UK since 1973 to focus exclusively on Cézanne’s drawings and prints, giving a new insight into the complexity of his artistic practice and his dedication to overcoming his artistic limitations through careful study of the Old Masters.
Also on display will be versions of all of the prints made by Cézanne. Visitors will see how Cézanne’s print technique developed, from his early etchings in 1873 through to his experiments with lithography in the 1890s. The latter process will be explored through multiple versions of The Bathers. Cézanne engaged only briefly with the medium of lithography, at the suggestion of art dealer Ambroise Vollard for an album of artist’s prints.
An exhibition catalogue published by Ridinghouse in association with the Whitworth accompanies the exhibition. With a lead essay by renowned Impressionist scholar Richard Thomson on the significance of the loans to the Whitworth’s collection of nineteenth-century drawings and contributions by Elizabeth Cowling, Yuval Etgar, Rosalind McKever, Karsten Schubert, Colin Wiggins and Edward Wouk.
The Whitworth would like to express our deep gratitude to our friend Karsten Schubert (1961–2019) who coneived and developed this exhibition. We would also like to thank Tom Rowland and Sophie Kullmann of the Karsten Schubert Gallery and Ridinghouse books for their support in realising both the exhibition and publication.
AIR OPEN 2019 – Air Gallery, Altrincham
Exhibition PV: Thursday 22nd August 6pm-9pm Exhibition Continues: 22nd Aug-21 Sept
AIR Gallery is proud to present our third annual summer show the AIR Open 2019; featuring 32 multi-disciplinary artists working in the field of contemporary art.
This diverse show features a collection of artwork that has been carefully selected by our panel from the hundreds of applications we received from local, national and international artists. The overall result is a great mixture of new and early-career artists, giving an exciting insight into what contemporary art is in the here and now.
Supporting this year’s exhibition has been CassArts; who graciously supported every applicant with discount, Castlefield Gallery and GreatArt who are sponsoring two of our main awards.
Many thanks to our judging panel Alan Baker, Freda Wilken, Will Marshall and art collective Short Supply for helping select the works for the show.
MADE IT 2019 – Paradise Works
Open: Exhibition continues Saturdays 17 + 24 august, 12-5 pm or viewable by appointment until 30 August.
MADE IT 2019 is a group show celebrating the graduating talent across the North West class of 2018/19. Featuring artists from Manchester School of Art, University of Central Lancashire and University of Salford
The 14 artists have a strong and considered practice which they intend to build upon as they develop outside of education, but all have already found success either within their first year outside of university, or before even graduating. They have shown resilience, passion and a diverse skill set which has set them up for success as artists
The Curator’s Choice winner will receive a cash award of £100, and sponsor Cass Art will be offering another a solo show in their Manchester Store exhibition space in Autumn 2019.
Exhibiting Artists: Alicja Mrozowska, Beth Wise, Candice Dehnavi, Ellie Brennan, Emily Wills, Jay Mulholland, Lydia McCaig, Madeleine Ismael, Maria Ansell, Megan Needham, Oliver East, Saoirse Lewis, Sarah Gilman, Shelby Lloyd.
Dis)regard – Vernon Park Stockport
Preview is Saturday 24 August 2019 from 14:00-16:00pm
Dis)Regard is a group show by artists Sandra Bouguerch, Paula Fenwick Lucas and Louise Garman. The work explores the unseen, unremarkable and overlooked aspects of our everyday lives.
.Exhibition is open daily 10am-4pm from the 24th August and continues to the 22nd September
Ken Matsuzaki: A Solo Exhibition – Contemporary Six
Sunday 25 August – 8 September
Ken Matsuzaki has exhibited widely in Japan, America, and the UK, with work in museum collections all over the world, namely the V&A in London, and Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Renowned for his simple vessels — Yohen vases, Guinomi sake cups, and Yunomi teacups — his ceramics are each unique artefacts: meditative, essential, and beautiful — in the words of fellow potter Phil Rogers, the artist creates ‘ceramics that are, in every way, world class from a man who is, in every sense of the word, a master of this craft of ours’.
This is a rare exhibition of a world-respected artist, heralded in his field as a true trailblazer. It is also an opportunity to expand your artistic horizons, and to experience the unusually contemplative work of an award-winning potter forging his own path through Japanese artisanal traditions, who has never before exhibited in Manchester.
If you wish to attend, please RSVP to the Gallery via email or telephone.
The Maiden Voyage by Jenny Steele
8 – 22 September 2019
VENUE: Georges Dock Plaza, Georges Dock Building, Pier Head, Liverpool L3 1DD
Artist Jenny Steele will unveil a bold new site-specific installation on Liverpool’s Georges Dock Plaza that will highlight Liverpool’s historically important transatlantic links to North America.
The Maiden Voyage is a new site-specific installation and dance work that has developed out of a research-led project by contemporary visual artist Jenny Steele. The Maiden Voyage takes inspiration from to the spread of ‘Art Deco’ modernist architecture across the transatlantic from the United Kingdom to New York during the 1930s, both through the transportation of people and the design and promotional advertising of 1930s transatlantic ocean liners themselves and presented at Georges Dock Plaza, by the Grade II-listed Georges Dock – Ventilation Station and Combined Control Centre for the Mersey Tunnels.
At both Manchester’s North West Film Archive and Screen Archive South East at the University of Brighton, Steele also viewed home movies and promotional films that show life aboard the liners including an abundance of relaxation in the open air, and exercise such as swimming, tennis and shuffleboard. Steele also found the idealised, stylish imagery that reflected life on board in vintage Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar magazines from the 1930’s held at The British Library, which shared clothing for ocean liner travel in photoshoots and illustrations. And she viewed first hand, examples of 1930’s bathing costumes, lounging pyjamas, dress and formal wear at Worthing Museum & Art Gallery, which holds one of the most significant costume collections in the UK.
All of this research has led to Jenny Steele’s new site-specific installation for Georges Dock Plaza, to the side of the Grade II-listed Georges Dock Ventilation & Control Station (built 1931-34). The Maiden Voyage will revive the spirit and optimism of 1930’s mid war transatlantic travel, highlighting Liverpool as a historically important port for travel to North America. Steele’s own drawings and prints influenced by design details and the style of the period, will emblazon the Art Deco Georges Dock Plaza that was designed by architect Herbert James Rowse and with sculptures by Edmund Charles Thompson with George T Capstick, as well as inside the original iconic green tunnel tollbooth that sits in the centre of the square, from 8 to 22 September 2019.
Steele has also created a circular 6 metre-diameter appliqué textile work that will be fixed to the circular plant access cover on Georges Dock Plaza beside the toll booth. The textile will also be utilised within a dance collaboration that will celebrate the optimism of transatlantic travel from 2pm on Wednesday 9 October with Merseyside Dance Initiative’s (MDI) Jennie Hale, and participants from intergenerational groups to be performed at the Arrival Hall of the former Cunard Headquarters, the Grade II*-listed Cunard Building.