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Halcyon Gallery presents In One Breath, an exhibition of new work by contemporary artist Ernesto Cánovas.
Halcyon Gallery has announced the opening of Ernesto Cánovas’ latest major solo show as one of the most important and exceptional exhibitions at Halcyon.
“It represents a milestone in Cánovas’ work, a culmination of his career so far, but also the beginning of an exciting new phase.” Aina Pomar, Art Critic and Writer
Building upon the themes and techniques explored in previous solo collections including Multiplied (2016), Overlapping View (2015), ‘An American Trilogy and Turneresque (both 2014), Cánovas’ latest exhibition at Halcyon Gallery sees the artist reflect on the complex connection between past and present, along with an examination of colour and form.
Cánovas sources images from old and new media to produce evocative artworks that capture a fleeting moment in time, a snapshot or flash of an event’s memory – the event remaining secondary in importance to the image which represents it. The artworks in this exhibition encourage the audience to reflect on their own memories, feelings and impressions and, subsequently, the implications that these recollections have on the present.
In 2016, Cánovas completed an international artist residency at the Espronceda Center for Art and Culture in Barcelona and it was after receiving this award that the concept for In One Breath was born. Cánovas’ return to his childhood city, the home of some of the greatest masters of art, including Gaudí, Dalí, Miró and Tàpies, had a profound effect on him. During his residency, the artist began to view Barcelona from a different perspective and approach it with a fresh outlook. Almost becoming a tourist in his hometown, he was heavily influenced by the rich artistic and cultural history of the city. As a result of this, Cánovas developed a new maturity to his work, culminating in a beautiful and intellectually informed collection of paintings, sculptures and installations.
In One Breath includes a mixture of figurative, abstract and sculptural works which employ a variety of different media such as wood, aluminium, ceramic, rubber and recycled plastics. The magic of this new series is that, despite the different subject matters and materials, everything comes together to form a cohesive and eloquent narrative. As stated by Alejandro Martin, Former Curator at Espronceda Center for Art & Culture:
“In One Breath should be viewed as a whole, as a story composed of both the presence of art objects and their absence, which evoke a musical rhythm, a state of being, a game that ultimately creates a masterly exhibition.”
Cánovas was selected for the RSA New Contemporaries exhibition in Edinburgh and was awarded The Stevenson Award for painting in 2010. He exhibited at Saatchi Gallery and Channel 4’s New Sensations in 2011 and received the Premio Ora 2013 arts award. In 2014, Cánovas’ work was featured at the Royal Scottish Academy as part of Generation 14. Most recently, he exhibited in Clouded Lands held at the Fundación Caja de Burgos (CAB), Spain, 2017. His works are included in the permanent collections of Soho House, London; Paul Smith Limited, London; the John Mclntyre Conference Centre at Edinburgh University and many prominent private collections worldwide.
Cover image (top): The Beginning of th End © Ernesto Cánovas. Halcyon-Gallery
All images © Ernesto Canovas / courtesy by the Halcyon Gallery
Ernesto Cánovas, In One Breath
15 Sep 2017 – 30 Sep 2017
at Halcyon Gallery (144-146 New Bond Street. London W1S 2PF)
More info: www.halcyongallery.com
In September 2017, the Wallace Collection presents “El Greco to Goya – Spanish Masterpieces”, the first London exhibition of Spanish art from The Bowes Museum in County Durham, including works by Goya and El Greco.
This collaborative exhibition between the Wallace Collection and The Bowes Museum celebrates the partnership between these two great museums. Like the Wallace Collection, The Bowes Museum is the product of one family’s obsession with collecting great works of art. John Bowes and Richard Wallace – both illegitimate sons of aristocratic fathers – bequeathed collections of international significance to the nation.
The exhibition spans three centuries and explores one of the largest collections of Spanish art in Britain. The majority of these paintings were acquired by John and Joséphine Bowes between 1862 and 1863 from the collection of the Countess de Quinto in Paris, through the art dealer Benjamin Gogué. This collection was largely formed in Spain by the Conde de Quinto after the dissolution of the ecclesiastical institutions – known as the Desamortización – carried out by the Spanish government from 1835 to 1837.
On display are El Greco’s The Tears of Saint Peter, thought to be the artist’s earliest interpretation of this subject, Goya’s psychologically penetrating Portrait of Juan Antonio Meléndez Valdés and disturbing Interior of a Prison, plus perhaps less well known but outstanding works such as Antonio de Pereda’s, Tobias Restoring his Father’s Sight. The works chosen explore a period of huge social, religious and political upheaval in Spain, providing a microcosm of the changes in style and subject matter during this period. The paintings complement works by Velázquez and Murillo on permanent display at the Wallace Collection.
The exhibition is accompanied by an extensive education and events programme, including an expansion of our flagship ‘Out of the Frame’ programme that connects residential care homes, day centres and supported housing units to their local museum, using art as a stimulus for reminiscence and discussion. These sessions bring the museum into the lives of people who often can no longer visit museums and galleries.
The Wallace Collection’s Director, Dr Xavier Bray, says:
“El Greco to Goya is not only an unprecedented opportunity to see Spanish art of extraordinary power and significance in London, but also the beginning of an exciting relationship between the Wallace Collection and The Bowes Museum. Both institutions share a commitment to making great art accessible to wider audiences and we are looking forward to working closely together to develop a long term connection between London and the North East.”
The Bowes Museum’s Director, Adrian Jenkins, says:
“In 1892, when The Bowes Museum first opened its doors to the public, it had the largest public collection of Spanish paintings in the UK. As we mark 125 years since the creation of the museum, it is highly appropriate that the key works from this collection should be shared with London audiences, in keeping with John and Joséphine Bowes’ belief that great art should be made accessible to all. Neither John nor Joséphine Bowes survived to realise their vision, and they would be delighted to think that the best of their acquisitions would be shown at the Wallace Collection during this anniversary year, recognising that their gift to the people of County Durham is also a gift to the nation.”
EL GRECO TO GOYA, Spanish Masterpieces from the Bowes Museum. 27 Septiembre 2017 – 7 January 2018 at Wallace Collection (London)
Free admission: wallacecollection.org / @WallaceMuseum / #ElGrecotoGoya
All images © The Bowes Museum
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