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New Lanark Partners with London Fashion and Textiles Museum

INTERNATIONAL travelling exhibition Artist Textiles – Picasso to Warhol from London’s Fashion and Textile Museum will be showcasing at World Heritage Site, New Lanark, Scotland at the beginning of next year.

Artist Textiles has been touring London, the Netherlands, USA and Canada since 2014 and will now be displayed at New Lanark’s new exhibition galley. The show takes a look at the history of 20th century textile art, including the works of Henri Matisse, Salvador Dali, Barbara Hepworth and Andy Warhol. Presented also will be the personal collection of British designer Zandra Rhodes, including the work of leading fashion designers and manufacturers.

im1-nlArtist Textiles, Fashion and Textile Museum London

Influenced by major European and American art movements, including Cubism, Abstraction, Surrealism and Pop Art, the collection of over 200, many unique and previously unseen pieces reveal how people were able to express themselves, through modern art, clothing and furnishings.

Dennis Nothdruft, curator of the Fashion and Textiles Museum and exhibition developer, states “this exhibition highlights the importance of the textile industry in the dissemination and promotion of contemporary art.  Manufacturers and mills had the foresight to work with painters and sculptors to develop beautiful fabrics that democratized modern art for the masses.”

im2-nlArtist Textiles, Fashion and Textile Museum London

New Lanark World Heritage Site, founded in 1785 by David Dale and Richard Arkwright was previously an 18th century cotton spinning mill village. Located near to Glasgow and Edinburgh, New Lanark enjoyed spinning success until 1968. Now a registered Scottish charity, New Lanark has been undergoing renovation to restore the village to its former working glory and attracting over 300,000 visitors per year.

Scott McCauley, New Lanark Trust Chief Executive, said “we are very proud that Artist Textiles – Picasso to Warhol will make its Scottish debut at New Lanark in 2018, officially launching New Lanark’s brand new Temporary Exhibition Gallery.”

by Pierra George-Robertson

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Artist Textiles – Picasso to Warhol will show from 26 January – 29 April 2018

The exhibition will be held in a new exhibition gallery within one of New Lanark’s 18th century cotton mill buildings.

Find Details of New Lanark’s daily guided tours, printmaking workshops, textile design competition, meals and gift shops here

The Fashion and Textile Museum, founded by iconic British designer Zandra Rhodes in 2003, is part of Newham College London – one of Europe’s largest further education colleges and is the only museum in the UK solely dedicated to showcasing developments in contemporary fashion.

The Fashion and Textile Museum offers an exciting programme of exhibitions and displays throughout the year, alongside an array of talks, events and workshops with industry professionals.

Van Gogh Museum Presents Zeng Fanzhi Exhibition

THIS MONTH the Van Gogh Museum opened a show entitled Zeng Fanzhi | Van Gogh, which showcases five works by contemporary Chinese artist Zeng Fanzhi.

Zeng Fanzhi has previously exhibited his work at The National Art Museum of China, Musée du Louvre, Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. His work conforms to an expressionistic style and technique, of which Van Gogh has been credited as a direct influence.

Zeng Fanzhi, Van Gogh II, 2017. Photograph courtesy: the Van Gogh Museum

Zeng Fanzhi has created a set of six paintings inspired by Van Gogh’s self-portraits for the museum, three of which are on display for the first time at the exhibition. Also included is a still life of his boots inspired by Gogh’s famous paintings of shoes, and a large piece reminiscent of Gogh’s Wheatfield with Crows.

Zeng Fanzhi, Boots, 2009. Photograph courtesy: the Van Gogh Museum

Zeng Fanzhi, Wheatfield with Crows, 2017. Photograph courtesy: the Van Gogh Museum

The exhibition is part of an ongoing series at the museum, aimed at displaying the range of artists who have been influenced by Van Gogh.

A comprehensive book is also being published alongside showcase, which will discuss the artistic link between the two painters.

by Rosie Byers

Zeng Fanzhi | Van Gogh is open on the third floor of the Van Gogh Museum, Museumplein 6, 1071 DJ Amsterdam, Netherlands, from October 20 until February 25, 2018.

The project was made in collaboration with the Fanzhi Foundation and the artist’s studio team, and supported exclusively by Mr. Chung-kiu Cheung and Mrs. Cecilia Cheung, members of the Yellow House.

Kröller-Müller Museum Presents New Show of Sculpture

THE Kröller-Müller Museum, Holland presents Move On, a new exhibition of 20th century drawing and sculpture which opens later this month. The show, which is based on the theme of movement displays work by Dutch artists Gerrit van Bakel, Tom Claassen, Constant, Martin van Oel, Panamarenko and Carel Visser. Either painfully slow or alarmingly fast, movement is conveyed through an eclectic mix of visionary ideas and humour from the futuristic machine to the tatty soft toy.

Tom Claassen’s sculptures are found in public spaces such as airports, parks and carriageways. His cutesy cartoon animals are monumental pieces but deflate any sense of importance. Claassen’s over-sized rat is sluggish and fat. Divested of razor sharp teeth and scurrying feet, it defies the aggressive nature of its real life counterpart.

Kröller-Müller Museum, Dutch, sculpture, drawing, artTom Claassen, Untitled (Brigid), 1998, latex, sand, burlap, synthetic textile and polystyrene foam,
130 x 390 x 860 cm, Courtesy of Kröller-Müller Museum. Photograph: Cary Markerink

Fascinated by the mythical possibility of human flight, Panamarenko creates imaginary vehicles inspired by existing designs. His jet-propelled rubber car, Polistes is based on the Porsche 917 and takes its name from a species of wasp that fly to a high altitude.

Kröller-Müller Museum, Dutch, sculpture, drawing, artPanamarenko, Polistes, jet-propelled rubber car, 1974, steel, wood, polyurethane foam, rubber,
fabric, glass fibre, silicon, pvc, 98.5 x 209 x 378 cm, Courtesy of Kröller-Müller Museum. Photograph: Cary Markerink

Carel Visser, a constructivist sculptor and collagist from Raavenswaay is celebrated for his elegant minimalist works from metal and concrete. Visser incorporated collage into his sculptures using a variety of materials which included iron, sand, cardboard, glass and even walking sticks from the British Rail lost property office. His work, Cart implies movement with a neat trail of sand which appears to reference the slow drudgery of historical farming techniques.

Kröller-Müller Museum, Dutch, sculpture, drawing, artCarel Visser, Cart, 1981, photo: Marjon Gemmeke, steel, wood, rubber, glass, plaster, cardboard, rope, sand, 117 x 455 x 170 cm, Courtesy Kröller-Müller Museum / Photo: Marjon Gemmeke

by Miranda Charalambous

The exhibition, Move On opens is on from November 26  until April  23, 2017 at The Kröller-Müller Museum, Houtkampweg 6, 6731 AW Otterlo, Holland

Telephone: +31 (0)318 591 241

Front page image: Panamarenko, Polistes, jet-propelled rubber car, 1974, steel, wood, polyurethane foam, rubber, fabric, glass fibre, silicon, pvc, 98.5 x 209 x 378 cm, Courtesy of Kröller-Müller Museum / Photo: Cary Markerink


Alice Neel Retrospective Opens at Gemeente Museum, The Hague

A MAJOR retrospective of the work of Alice Neel opens at the Gemeente Museum in the Netherlands next month. The exhibition, Alice Neel Collector of Souls brings to light the American portrait painter’s significant contribution to twentieth century art which to date, is little known in the Netherlands. Neel’s enlightened approach to portraiture influenced many contemporary artists, including Marlene Dumas and Elizabeth Peyton.

Neel painted the people she encountered during her early married life in Cuba, her subsequent moves to Greenwich Village, Spanish Harlem and eventually, uptown New York. The artist explained, “I paint my time using the people as evidence.”

art, Alice Neel, The Gemeente Museum, portrait, paintingAlice Neel, Jackie Curtis and Ritta Redd, 1970, Oil on canvas, 152.40 x 106.40 cm. The Cleveland
Museum of Art, Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 2009.345. Courtesy of The Estate of Alice Neel

Neel painted the moods of her sitters, often in unflattering poses. Impatient, awkward or disillusioned, her models appear unguarded like victims of an ill-timed snapshot. In the sagging flesh of a fellow artist, or the grumpy demeanour of a lover, Neel sought to expose their truthfulness. Her comic portrayals of Andy Warhol superstar, Jackie Curtis and their partner, Ritta Redd highlight the ambiguity of gender identity and equally, the artist’s liberated views at the time.

Neel was interested in the perception of motherhood within different societies. Throughout her life, she produced several mother- and child-themed works which included loving portraits of her own children but also those that appear macabre or unsettling. Having suffered the loss of her own daughter, she was less concerned with depicting an idealised image of motherhood. These more contentious works proved to be a great source of interest for feminists of the 1970s. Although supportive of women’s rights, Neel did not brand herself a feminist, “If they [feminists] had a little more brains … they should have given me credit for being able to see not the feminine world, but my own world,” she said.

art, Alice Neel, The Gemeente Museum, portrait, paintingAlice Neel, Mother and Child (Nancy and Olivia), 1967, Oil on canvas, 99.7 x 91.7 x 91.4 cm,
Diane and David Goldsmith Collection. Photograph by Lee Fatherree, Courtesy of Alice Neel

by Miranda Charalambous

Alice Neel Collector of Souls runs from November 5, 2016 to February 12, 2017 at The Gemeente Museum, Stadhoulderslaan 41, 2517 HV The Hague, Holland
Tel: 31 (0)70 3381111

Front page image: Neel in her Spanish Harlem apartment c. 1940, Photograph by Sam Brody, Estate of Alice Neel



Kröller-Müller Museum Shows Early Drawings By Van Gogh

THE Kröller-Müller Museum presents a rare opportunity to see early drawings by Vincent Van Gogh later this month. The exhibition, entitled The early Van Gogh “work against indifference”, is curated by  Auke van der Woud  highlights work from the Kröller-Müller’s extensive collection, the second largest in the world. Seldom exhibited on account of their sensitivity to light, the drawings on display depict the fringes of late nineteenth century society and convey much about the artists’ regard for working class people.

Van Gogh, drawing, art, Kröller-Müller Museum Vincent Van Gogh, Peasant woman gleaning, July – August 1885, black crayon, grey washed, white opaque
watercolour, traces of fixative, on wove paper, 52.2 x 43.2 cm © Kröller-Müller Museum

Accompanying the drawings in the gallery, which is near Amsterdam, are Van Gogh’s comments from his personal letters which reveal a fascinating insight into his tenacious approach to artistic practice, “I say it again – work against indifference – perseverance isn’t easy – but things that are easy mean little.”

 Vincent Van Gogh, Carpenter’s yard and laundry, late May 1882, pencil, black crayon, pen and brush in black ink, brown wash, opaque watercolour, scratched, traces of squaring, on laid paper, 28.6 x 46.8 cm © Kröller-Müller Museum

Although influenced by the work of  Breton and Millet, Van Gogh depicted the drudgery of rural life rather than a romanticised version of it. In a letter to his brother Theo, he describes his studies of tree roots wrenched from the earth as a symbol of “life’s struggle”.  In his figurative drawings, peasants shoulder the hardship of relentless labouring, either digging, gleaning or bent double under sacks of coal, they press on in all weathers. Van Gogh sensed truthfulness in their weathered faces, a quality he regarded more desirable than beauty.

Describing his model and mistress, Sien, he noted, “I find in her exactly what I want: her life has been rough, and sorrow and adversity have put their marks upon her – now I can do something with her.”

 Vincent Van Gogh,  Tree roots in a sandy ground (‘Les rancines’), April – May 1882, pencil, black crayon, pencil in ink, brown and grey washed opaque watercolour, on watercolour paper, 51.5 x 70.7 cm  © Kröller-Müller Museum

by Miranda Charalambous


The early Van Gogh: “work against indifference” opens from September 24, 2016 until April 9, 2017 at the Kröller-Müller Museum, Houtkampweg 6, 6731 AW Otterlo, The Netherlands

Tel: +31 (0)318 591 241
Front page image: Vincent Van Gogh, Peasant woman gleaning, July – August 1885, black crayon, grey washed, white opaque watercolour, traces of fixative, on wove paper, 52.2 x 43.2 cm © Kröller-Müller Museum