One Day, Something Happens: Paintings of People: A Selection by Jennifer Higgie from the Arts Council Collection: Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne

15 October 2016 - 8 January 2017
Group Exhibitions

An Arts Council Collection exhibition of paintings of the figure opened at Leeds Art Gallery in March 2015, followed by a tour to Nottingham, Drogheda, Southport and Eastbourne. From the opening in Leeds in March 2015 and until it cloed at the Towner Art Gallery in January 2017 it was seen by 185,133 people.

One Day, Something Happens: Paintings of People: A Selection by Jennifer Higgie from the Arts Council Collection

The Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, UK

Photo Edgar Laguinia

Curated by Jennifer Higgie, editor of Frieze. She says, "It will look at a kind of everyday theatricality – the body represented in all of its idiosyncrasies as if on a painterly stage.  The 20th-century highlights include the beautiful study of a woman by Walter Sickert from 1906, her forehead patterned like a diamond; the acute, light-filled brilliance of Lucian Freud’s portraits of the 1950s; and the exuberant explosion of Pop channeled through representations of the body in the 1960s and ‘70s, in the work of artists such as Bob Robinson, Richard Hamilton and David Hockney. In more recent years, the Arts Council Collection has acquired a group of fantastically interesting paintings by artists including Michael Fullerton, Rose Wylie  and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. Other works that could be considered 'expanded painting' by contemporary artists include Enrico David, David Noonan and Rene So - who explore painting's potential through tapestry, silkscreen and sculpture - and who place the body centre stage, sometimes literally.”

 

The exhibition tours to: 

 

Leeds Art Gallery 6

March – 24th May 2015 

www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/Pages/Leeds-Art-Gallery 

 

Nottingham Castle

20 June – 6 September 2015 

http://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/Castle 

 

Highlanes, Drogheda

17 October 2015 –7 February 2016 

www.highlanes.ie 

 

The Atkinson, Southport

20 February – 22 May 2016 

www.theatkinson.co.uk 

 

Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, England

15 October 2016 – 8 January 2017 

http://www.townereastbourne.org.uk/