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“A Rose, is a Rose, is a Rose”

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This new release from Sir Peter Blake features in our First & Foremost exhibition on show until 25th February. These works take inspiration from Gertrude Stein’s 1913 poem ‘Sacred Emily’ evolving the meaning of the well-known quote from a statement of the law of identity into an artistic medium.

Consisting of three stunning silkscreen prints with glazes, each print takes on the subject of a rose in a different direction. Exploring Blake’s signatures watercolour, collage and pop art styles therefore showcasing this artists amazing understanding of all mediums.

The sentence ‘Rose is a rose is a rose’ was written by Gertrude Stein as part of the 1913 poem ‘Sacred Emily’, which appeared in the 1922 book ‘Geography and Plays’. In the poem, it references that the first ‘Rose’ is the name of a person. As one of her most famous quotations, Stein later used variations of the quote in her other writing and it is often interpreted as a means to say ‘things are what they are’.

Having always liked the quote and having named his own daughter Rose, Blake took joy in developing these prints in an instinctive direction to create three exquisite silkscreens. Which work hung together or separately as individual works.

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First and Foremost features rare and popular works from Sir Peter Blake; for further information on the show and for e-catalogues please contact the gallery: info@hicksgallery.co.uk or 020 8944 7171

Show runs from the 25th January – 25th February and we are honoured to have Peter in attendance at the private view.

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Our must see exhibitions in London for 2018

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2018 is shaping up to be a wonderful year for art lovers with plenty of exciting exhibitions on show throughout the year in some of the city’s most iconic venues.

Here is our must see list for creative inspiration…

 

ALL TOO HUMAN BACON, FREUD AND A CENTURY OF PAINTING LIFE

28 FEBRUARY – 27 AUGUST 2018 | Tate Britain

Capturing the sensuous, immediate and intense experience of life in paint. All Too Human celebrates the painters in Britain who strove to represent human figures, their relationships and surroundings in the most intimate of ways.

It features artists including Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon alongside rarely seen work from their contemporaries including Frank Auerbach and Paula Rego. Many of them lived or live in London, drawn to the multicultural capital from around the world. Three important works by Francis Bacon will be shown in the UK for the first time in at least three decades.

The exhibition also shows how this spirit in painting was fostered by the previous generation, from Walter Sickert to David Bomberg, and how contemporary artists continue to express the tangible reality of life through paint.

 

THE EY EXHIBITION | PICASSO 1932 – LOVE, FAME, TRAGEDY

8 MARCH – 9 SEPTEMBER 2018 | Tate Modern

A month-by-month journey through Picasso’s ‘year of wonders’, 1932 – an intensely creative period in the life of the 20th century’s most influential artist.

This is the first ever solo Pablo Picasso exhibition at Tate Modern. It features more than 100 paintings, sculptures and drawings, mixed with family photographs and rare glimpses into his personal life. Three of his extraordinary paintings featuring his lover Marie-Thérèse Walter are shown together for the first time since they were created over a period of just five days in March 1932. The myths around Picasso will be stripped away to reveal the man and the artist in his full complexity and richness.

 

THE CREDIT SUISSE EXHIBITION: MONET & ARCHITECTURE

9 APRIL – 29 JULY 2018 | The National Gallery

The first purely Monet exhibition to be staged in the UK for almost twenty years. Spanning the artist’s long career from its beginnings in the mid-1860s to the public display of his Venice paintings in 1912, this exhibition offers a completely new angle on one of the greatest painters of all time.

While Monet has been lauded all over the world for his iconic garden scenes and landsapes, the National Gallery invites visitors to see the ‘Father of Impressionsm’ in a completely new light. From Paris to London and Venice, rural villages to cityscapes, historical to modern structures, the first exhibition dedicated to Monet’s relationship with architecture will feature over seventy of the great master’s works.

 

FRIDA KAHLO: MAKING HER SELF UP

OPENING 16 JUNE 2018 | V&A

Experience a fresh perspective on Kahlo’s compelling life story through her most intimate personal belongings.

This exhibition will present an extraordinary collection of personal artefacts and clothing belonging to the iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Locked away for 50 years after her death, this collection has never before been exhibited outside Mexico.

 

KLIMT / SCHIELE | DRAWINGS FROM THE ALBERTINA MUSEUM, VIENNA

4 NOVEMBER 2018 — 3 FEBRUARY 2019 | Royal Academy of Arts

See rare and fragile drawings by Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele, offering intimate insights into their artistic relationship and differing creative processes. This extraordinary collaboration with the Albertina Museum in Vienna marks the centenary of both artists’ deaths.

1918 was a seismic year in Vienna. As the Austro-Hungarian Empire crumbled, the deaths of its two foremost artists brought about the end of an intense period of creative vitality that had blazed briefly but brilliantly across the city’s bohemian swirl. One was the radical Symbolist painter Gustav Klimt; the other the young, scandalous and prodigiously talented Egon Schiele.

Klimt / Schiele: Drawings is a unique opportunity to see some of the 20th century’s most important works on paper – amongst them Klimt’s sketches for his seminal Beethoven Frieze, and unflinching self-portraits by Schiele – which due to their delicacy will not see the light of day again for many years. In around 100 portraits, landscapes, nudes and erotic drawings, prepare to encounter these two icons of Modernism at their most raw and revealing.

First and Foremost: Peter Blake

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We are delighted to announce that our first show of 2018 will feature rarely available prints from one of Britain’s foremost artists, Sir Peter Blake – a truly unique opportunity to view and purchase iconic pieces by the ‘Godfather of British pop art’.

One of the twentieth-century’s leading British artists, his work reflects his fascination with all streams of popular culture, the beauty to be found in everyday objects and surroundings. Many of his works feature found materials such as photographs, comic strips or advertising texts, combined with bold geometric patterns and the use of primary colours.

Whilst his works perfectly capture the effervescent and optimistic ethos of the sixties, they are also tinged with sentimentality and nostalgia with particular focus towards childhood innocence and reminiscence; yet they still manage to remain strikingly fresh and contemporary.

2017 saw Peter Blake again at the forefront of the British art scene. The recreation of his now iconic studio at ‘Frieze’ is still one of the most talked about events of the year. Whilst his record-breaking sale at Christie’s for ‘Lady Luck’ shows he is an artist whose popularity only continues to grow both here in the UK and internationally.

 

On show from 25 January to 25 February 2018

First and Foremost will feature rare works from this iconic artist  including ‘Marilyn’s blue door’ and ‘Some of the sources of Pop’.

For further information on the show and for E-catalogues please contact the gallery at info@hicksgallery.co.uk or 020 8944 7171

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INTRODUCING…ANGELA EDWARDS

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We are delighted to introduce work by Angela Edwards to the gallery.

Angela has always worked within the creative industries and over the past five years has been able to fully focus on her art career. She graduated in 2014 with a BA (hons) First Class in Fine Art. In the same period she was actively involved with art based projects in local primary schools and within community arts projects. Prior to her degree she worked in the fashion industry and in pottery design. She now works from her studio at West Street Loft Studios in West Sussex, which provides her with a wonderfully creative environment to further develop her work.

Angela’s work melds traditional materials with new technology; oil on canvas or board, charcoal on paper are her chosen tools to depict a thoroughly modern subject matter drawn from digital media, such as video, streamed images and often the use of her iPhone.

Her central thesis is connected to a notion of ‘home’, a theme explored from many different perspectives and one she continually returns to.  This ranges from captured images of people returning home from their work environments to the movement of people across continents, namely refugees and asylum seekers – all the representation of people in her work are seeking the solace of home and belonging.

Angela Edwards - Back Again - Hicks Gallery

The representation of people moving through defined spaces, also gives focus to the notion, that while we weave in and out of the spaces of our daily life, there is often a lack of consciousness of critical issues that are occurring in the larger world, thus a certain alienation. This is translated through the digital layering and shadowing  of the images, where the ‘real’ is transformed, into a type of hyper-real, namely, a simulacrum, where a work is not presented as a copy of the ‘real’ but becomes, via the transformed image, a truth in it own right.

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