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ENCOUNTERING BEAUTY THROUGH THE MATERIAL WORLD

Our 2021 programme invites you to uncover and explore the history of art through the world of materials.

Join our guest speakers for podcasts, videos, panel discussions and more, as they focus on a different material each month and unravel its varied interpretations across time, cultures and disciplines.

Curated in response to the limitations of the past year, the programme provides a welcome reminder of the inherent joy that comes from direct connection with works of art.
 

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Through the Eyes of the Maker: Fredrikson Stallard

Artists Patrik Fredrikson and Ian Stallard - who form the collaborative art and design studio Fredrikson Stallard - discuss the physicality involved in their work with different metals and the raw energy and chaos of the material. Fredrikson Stallard are represented by David Gill Gallery.
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Encountering Beauty: Bronze

Today we’ll be hearing about why artists have been so drawn to bronze for thousands of years – a material that is notoriously difficult to work with and yet has rarely been out of fashion.   I’m delighted to be joined by Martin Clist, managing director of Charles Ede in London, one of the world’s leading dealerships for works of ancient art from Egypt, Greece and the Roman Empire; and by Peter Osborne, of Osborne Samuel, one of London’s leading dealers in modern British painting and sculpture.
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Material Visions: Bronze | Chinese Bronze Bell, 5th Century BCE

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Inspired by Nature

From the perspectives of an artist, a curator and a foundry specialist, this talk provides insight into how nature has been a source of inspiration for metalwork past and present. The speakers on this panel work with metals in very different ways. Their discussion will focus on metal through the lens of nature: Junko Mori is an artist whose work draws on nature in startlingly original ways; for Tobias Capwell, a curator of historic armour, its form is conditioned by nature; and for Rungwe Kingdo
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Material Visions: Bronze | Saliera, Cellini, 16th Century

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Object of the Month: A Dutch gold snuffbox with Rebecca at the well

My name is Alice Minter and I am the Curator of the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection, on loan to the Victoria & Albert Museum since 2008.   The Gilbert Collection comprises one of the largest collection of snuffboxes built by a private collector, with illustrious 18th and 19th centuries examples from the most eminent centres of production in Europe, as well as Russia. As we recently updated their permanent display at the museum, I was able to handle and study one of my favourite examples
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Material Visions: Bronze | Early One Morning, Anthony Caro, 1962

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Object of the Month: The Annunciation

Selected by Emerson Bowyer, Searle Associate Curator, Painting and Sculpture of Europe, Art Institute of Chicago. Alessandro Vittoria (Italian, 1525-1608) The Annunciation, c. 1583 Bronze, 97.8 × 61.6 cm (38 1/2 × 24 1/4 in.) Art Institute of Chicago, Edward E. Ayer Endowment in memory of Charles L. Hutchinson, 1942.249 How can metal possibly contend with the extraordinary atmospheric and coloristic effects of 16th-century Venetian paintings? One would assume it to be an impossible task, given
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Material Visions: Bronze | Thicket, Roni Horn, 1989 – 1990

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Object of the Month: Looking up at the Configuration from Heaven

My name is Tao Wang and I am Pritzker Chair of Asian Art and curator of Chinese Art at the Art Institute of Chicago. Three weeks ago, we opened an exhibition “Cosmoscapes: Ink Paintings by Tai Xaingzhou” that includes 13 works by the contemporary Chinese artist Tai Xiangzhou (b.1968). The exhibition runs until September 20, 2021. One of the works is a large painting that consists of four panels (each 100 X 200 cm) painted in Chinese ink on silk, titled “Yang guan chui xiang” or “Looking up at t
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Through the Eyes of the Maker: Teresa Kutala Firmino

Artist Teresa Kutala Firmino discusses the use of pigment in her work, revealing the significance of colour in her narratives and the technical advantages of learning how to 'balance the canvas'.
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OBJECT OF THE MONTH: DAYDREAMING ABOUT ICE-FISHING

FROM THE ROYAL BANK OF CANADA ART COLLECTION.  Selected by Corrie Jackson, Senior Curator, Royal Bank of Canada, Darcie Bernhardt, Daydreaming about Ice-Fishing, 2019 Oil on canvas 142 cm x 127 cm Darcie Bernhardt’s Daydreaming about ice fishing is a piece whose colour and composition are truly transporting. The abstracted colours are a reminder of not only the dimensional colour and light held in ice and snow, but the crisp lines and patterning remind one of the sounds of stepping across a
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