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Kettle’s Yard in New Places and Spaces – Celebrating 50 years as part of the University of Cambridge
This exhibition brings together paintings, sculptures, collages and works on paper by leading twentieth and twenty-first century artists who have been inspired to make artworks that respond to the places in which they have lived and worked. The exhibition includes an array of intimate depictions of British landscapes from the Kettle’s Yard Collection, ranging from early paintings of Cumberland and Cornwall by Ben Nicholson and Alfred Wallis, to evocative textual and material compositions that engage with ‘place’ by Ian Hamilton Finlay. Selected collages, paintings and photographs responding to rural and urban sites by non-British artists such as Italo Valenti and Helen Frankenthaler are also on display.
The Kettle’s Yard Collection particularly highlights how artists have drawn on the emotional, visual and physical sensations of their engagement with ‘place’. Reflecting the continuity of artists’ engagement with this subject today, Portraits of Place also includes works by British artist Richard Long (b. 1945), lent by the artist. By gathering together and using materials such as natural forms, images, words, and employing and recording his own physical gestures, Long continues to respond to the feelings, scale and textures of places and journeys.
Curated by Rachel Rose Smith, Heong Gallery, and Jennifer Powell, Kettle’s Yard
In Focus – Alfred Wallis, by Georgie Joseph
9 November, 12.30pm
Location: Heong Gallery, Downing College.
Join Georgie Joseph for an introduction to the works of Alfred Wallis, exploring key works in the Portraits of Place exhibition.