Art in Print

'Once in a lifetime' exhibition of Cézanne's portraits to tour capitals

 
The first exhibition devoted entirely to the portraits of Paul Cézanne, an artist hailed as “the father of us all” by Matisse and Picasso, is to be staged in London, Paris and Washington.
The National Portrait Gallery in London announced details of what it said would be a once in a lifetime exhibition. It is collaborating with the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC and the Musée d’Orsay for a show that will bring together for the first time more than 50 of Cézanne’s portraits from collections all over the world.
Nicholas Cullinan, director of the NPG, said the gallery was delighted to be staging the show. “Up until now, Cézanne’s portraiture has received surprisingly little attention,” he said, “so we are thrilled to be able to bring together so many of his portraits for the first time to reveal arguably the most personal, and therefore most human, aspect of Cézanne’s art.”
The show includes about a quarter of the 200 portraits Cézanne is known to have painted in his career. He painted 26 self-portraits and 29 portraits of his wife, Hortense Fiquet.
The exhibition will open in Paris first, running at the Musée d’Orsay from 13 June-24 September 2017, before it goes to the NPG form 26 October-11 February 2018, and finally the National Gallery of Art in Washington from 25 March-1 July 2018.
 
Via: The Guardian
 
 
 

Robert Adam: the man who brought Rome to London

 

Few architects have left such a lasting impression on their homeland as Robert Adam, the 18th-century dynamo who ushered in an age of neoclassical refinement almost singlehandedly. Yet when we think of his work, it is inevitably of his grand, aristocratic country piles, such as Kenwood House in Hampstead, northwest London, or Harewood House in West Yorkshire, peopled with characters from Jane Austen and familiar to us all as the sets of so much period drama.
Now a new exhibition at Sir John Soane’s Museum in London hopes to set the record straight and reveal another side to the man; this is Adam as a builder of cities, an urban planner, the favoured interior decorator of the London elite, a ruthless businessman and an ambitious developer. A man who, in the words of the show’s curator, Dr Frances Sands, would “design everything from a sugar shaker to the foundations if you let him and could afford him”.
The new exhibition, however, concentrates solely on Adam’s work within the built-up area of the capital at the time. A big map with red dots, just inside the door, outlines the projects under consideration and there is simply no room to discuss any of his masterpieces nearby; no Kenwood, no Syon House in Isleworth, no Osterley Park in Hounslow. This is a shame. Perhaps a missed opportunity. Still, there are treasures aplenty, built and unbuilt, and these deliver something of a jolt at the scale of the man’s ambition. 
 
Via: The Times
 
  

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall urges London antique dealers to stop buying ivory

 

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall today urged London’s antiques dealers and museums to stop buying ivory.
As MPs prepared to debate the issue in Parliament today, the chef-turned-environmental campaigner said the sectors were keeping ivory prices high and maintaining its luxury status. “The legal market has always been used as a cover for illegal poached ivory and that’s clear wherever you go in the world,” said Mr Fearnley-Whittingstall, 51, who presented the BBC documentary Saving Africa’s Elephants. “It’s been rather complacently claimed and pursued that antique ivory isn’t a problem or doesn’t cause a problem for Africa’s elephants, but British ivory is sold in the same market in Asia that we know poached African ivory is being sold. That ivory makes us complicit.”
The Government is consulting on banning the trade of post-1947 ivory products, although allowing sales of historical objects to continue.
A global ban on international ivory sales was introduced in the Eighties, but the continuation of domestic market sales has fuelled the trade. Any moves towards a total ban are vehemently opposed by the capital’s antiques dealers, who claim items of cultural and artistic heritage should be exempt from excessive legislation.
Tory MP Victoria Borwick, president of the British Antique Dealers’ Association, has the Victoria & Albert Museum in her Kensington constituency. She said: “There is absolutely no reason why the trade in genuine pre-1947 objects cannot continue, whilst tougher measures be introduced to remove from sale objects which are little more than tourist trinkets.”
In today’s Westminster Hall debate on the UK ivory trade, she added: “Any ban on antique ivory is cultural vandalism, virtually akin to placing a ban on old books because they may be made from paper that came originally from now endangered trees, or antique furniture made from mahogany.” She said the V&A and other museums should be allowed to carry on building their early 20th-century ivory collections. The V&A denied it was seeking early 20th-century ivory pieces, but might consider acquiring such objects if they are relevant to its existing collection.
 
Via: Evening Standard