Those of you who have been up to the Graves Gallery recently will have noticed that we’ve made a few changes to the displays. This includes the return of some old favourites which have been out on loan like Gerome’s Execution of Marshall Ney or others that have been recently conserved like Van Dongen’s Kiki de Montparnasse. We’ve also included new acquisitions such as a stunning still life by Maurice Vlaminck which we received through the acceptance in lieu of tax scheme.
However the biggest changes have taken place in gallery 4. Our contemporary collection has expanded over the last couple of years through the generous support of The JG Graves Charitable Trust and the Contemporary Art Society. We wanted to expand the space available to show the contemporary works and get more of them out on display. Hew Locke’s Vulcan was acquired after Restless Times: Art in Britain 1914-1945 and the red velvet, silver braid and beads look really stunning in the Graves setting, we’ve also included a small selection of Katerina Seda’s Lisen Profile alongside some of the archive photos and drawings so you can get a sense of the process involved in her project.
This was a great opportunity to change some of the abstract works too. The paintings we previously had on display were geometric and quite hard edged. We decided that it would be interesting to show a different selection of abstracts, which are slightly softer in terms of their colour palette and form. These include a lovely Terry Frost and an abstract Derrick Greaves (quite different from the more familiar view of Sheffield on display!), alongside a Keith Vaughan landscape which also came to us recently as part of the acceptance in lieu of tax scheme.
Finally, we’ve a selection of prints by the British Pop Artist Eduardo Paolozzi on show. These are from his Moonstrips Empire News series from 1967, and as an homage to Paolozzi’s love of numerical systems they were selected using a system of prime numbers.
So as you can see a lot has been going on at the Graves– if you haven’t already, come up and have a look!
Curator of Visual Art
Nov 15 2011