Artists at Work
Breakfast and Private View of the exhibition "Artists at Work"
9am Welcome by Dr Ketty Gottardo, Martin Halusa Curator of Drawings
Followed by a tour of the exhibition by co-curator Dr Anita Viola Sganzerla, Curator of the Katrin Bellinger collection
By kind permission of the Courtauld Gallery and sponsored by Stephen Ongpin Fine Art
Artists have long taken pleasure in representing themselves at work, in their studios or academies, out and about in a landscape or recording their own likeness. Immersed in nature, artists are often shown almost lost in the geographical vastness they are recording. Depictions of the artist in the studio are about creative concentration and introspection and, like self-portraits, are reflections on practice and identity. The care taken in recording the studio apparatus of easels, palettes, or assistants grinding pigments, indicates their significance for practitioners. The studio might be the everyday workshop of dirty brushes and sculptural debris, but it is also the place of allegory and myth where artists perform or dream. Through a selection of drawings from the sixteenth to the twentieth century, this exhibition aims to illustrate the range in which artists have represented themselves and others making art.
02 July 2018