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INVENTING IMPRESSIONISM │ National Gallery, London → 31 May 2015

Paul Durand-Ruel in his gallery in Paris, c1910. Photograph: Dornac/ AACV

Wɖt hm, sd Mone, w wd’nt hv svîvd.

So ynivrsli popylr r ɖ Imprešnists tde, it’s hād t imajin a tîm ẇn ɖe wr’nt. Bt in ɖ ŕli 1870z ɖe strugld t b axptd. Šund bî ɖ ātistablišmnt, ɖe wr īvn lambastd az lūṇtcs bî wn critc.

Wn man, hvr, recgnîzd ɖer wrʈ fṛm ɖ bginñ. Pwl Dŭrã-Ruel, an ontṛpṛnŕı̣l ātdīlr fṛm Paris, dscuvrd ɖs grūp v yuñ ātists – includñ Mone, Degā, Mane, Renwā, Pīsaro n Sisle – n gambld.

Paul Durand-Ruel’s grand salon at Rue de Rome, with Renoir’s ‘Dance in the City’ on the left (Picture: Archives Durand-Ruel)

Riylîzñ ɖ fašnbl ptenšl v ɖer ḍrîdd imprešnz v ŕbn n sbŕbn lîf, Dŭrã-Ruel dedicetd ɖ rest v hiz lîf t bildñ an ōdı̣ns fr ɖer wrc – crietñ ɖ modn ātmācit in ɖ prôses.

Sč wz hiz prsviṛns, Dŭrã-Ruel nirli bancruptd hmslf twîs, bfr sxesfli glôblîzñ hiz oṗrešn wɖ âtposts in Lundn, Bruslz n Ny Ywc, n istablišñ ɖ wn-man šo az ɖ inṭnašnl nwm fr xbišnz.

Ɖ Imprešnists – a trm frst yzd ḍrogtvli bî critcs – wz t bcm ɖ hâshold nem ɖt standz tde.

Invntñ Imprešnizm fīčrz 85 mastrpìsz fṛm ɖ muvmnt, ol bt wn hvñ pást ʈru Dŭrã-Ruel’z handz, includñ ʈri v Renwā’z fems Dansz n fîv fṛm Mone’z Popḷrz siriz.”

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SCULPTURE VICTORIOUS │ Tate Britain, London → 25 May 2015

Sir Francis Chantrey: Queen Victoria, 1838 – 1841. Royal Collection Trust
Sir Francis Chantrey: Queen Victoria, 1838 – 1841. Royal Collection Trust

“Pârfl, bytifl n invntv, ɖ Victorı̣n ira wz a goldn êj fr sculpčr. Têt Britn’z xibišn Sculpčr Victorı̣s seḷbrets sm v ɖ most astonišñ n laviš wrcs pṛdyst in ɖs grândbrêcñ pirı̣d.

Xplorñ ɖ orijinl tecnīcs n mtirı̣lz dveḷpt jrñ ɖs tîm, ɖ xibišn brñz t lît ɖ injňwti n crı̣tiṿti v ɖ Victorı̣n êj. In a pirı̣d v unpaṛleld iṇvešn acrs inḍstriz, Victorı̣n sculpčr profitd fṛm grândbrêcñ ny mtirı̣lz n meʈdz ɖt crietd a ʈrilñ n cutñ-ej invîrnmnt fr Victorı̣n sculptrz.

Alfred Gilbert’s marble bust of Queen Victoria, 1887-89. Photograph: John Hammond/© Army and Navy Club London
Alfred Gilbert’s marble bust of Queen Victoria, 1887-89. Photograph: John Hammond/© Army and Navy Club London

Ɖ xibišn includz mni xtrōdnri objcts, fṛm magnifisnt mābl, lîmwŭd n ṣramic sculpčr šôn at ɖ Grt Xibišnz, t xqizit jlri n silvrwrc, n ōnet cāvñ v byti n wundr sč az Monti’z Veild Vestl. Wrcs fṛm ɖ xibišn tuč on ol aspcts v Victorı̣n lîf, xplorñ dmestc poḷtcs, ɖ rīč v ɖ empîr, n ɖ impact v ɖ sạntific n industrı̣l êj.

Rvird wrcs sč az Fredric Lêtn’z An Aʈlīt Reslñ wɖ a Pîʈn n Hîṛm Pârz’z Ɖ Grīc Slev r t b injýd alñsd lsr-nôn ātists sč az Mẹri Wots n Wiłm Renldz-Stīvnz. Az wel az ofrñ an oṗtyṇti t xplor sm v ɖ Victorı̣n ira’z most čerišt n grândbrêcñ wrcs, Sculpčr Victorı̣s pṛvîdz an in-depʈ xpḷrešn v ɖ ātistc n historicl dveḷpmnts v wn v Britn’z most pṛlific iṛz n z a fīst fr ɖ îz.”

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DOROTHY ANNAN AND TREVOR TENNANT │ Henry Moore Institute, Leeds → 1 March 2015

Photograph of Dorothy Annan working on the mosaic panels for King's College Library, Newcastle, 1959 Courtesy of the Estate of Dorothy Annan and Trevor Tennant/Leeds Museums & Galleries (Henry Moore Institute Archive)
Photograph of Dorothy Annan working on the mosaic panels for King’s College Library, Newcastle, 1959
Courtesy of the Estate of Dorothy Annan and Trevor Tennant/Leeds Museums & Galleries (Henry Moore Institute Archive)

Doṛʈi Ann n Trevr Tennt seḷbrets ɖ jenṛs dneśn v ɖ arcîv bî ɖ faṃli v artists Doṛʈi Ann (1900–83) n Trevr Tennt (1900–80). Brññ tgɖr foṭgrafs, sceć-bcs n xbiśncaṭlogz, ɖ xbiśn pṛvîdz a croṇlojicl insît intu ɖ artists’ pracṭsz, śedñ lît on ɖ rleśnśp btwn sculpćr n arcitecćr n ɖ rǒl v art in Britiś ssayti folowñ ɖ Secnd Wrldwor in Britn.

Trevor Tennant at work in his studio, 1930s Courtesy of the Estate of Dorothy Annan and Trevor Tennant/Leeds Museums & Galleries (Henry Moore Institute Archive)
Trevor Tennant at work in his studio, 1930s
Courtesy of the Estate of Dorothy Annan and Trevor Tennant/Leeds Museums & Galleries (Henry Moore Institute Archive)

Ann n Tennt wr membrz v ɖ Artists Inṭnaśnl Asośieśn (AIA), a ssayti v artists istabliśt in 1932, huz em wz ɖ Yṇti v Artists fr Pīs, Dmocṛsi n Culćṛl Dveḷpmnt. A left-wñ orġnîześn, ɖ grūp bròt tgɖr artists n dzînrz t pṛdys pamflits, postrz n public-art cmiśnz plesñ artistic crịtivti at ɖ hart v evride lîf. Best in Lemñtn Spa, Woricśr, jrñ ɖ wor, Ann n Tennt wr olso a part v Ɖ Artists n Dzînrz Grūp, ẃć wrct on nymṛs public cmiśnz in hotelz, scūlz n cantīnz. Ɖer involvmnt in AIA z crūśl t unḍstandñ ɖer wrc, ẃć z yźli faund in public spesz, drw̃ on fiğṛtiv refṛnsz n imbedd wɖn an unḍstandñ v art az a fors fr sivic gd.

Aftr ɖ wor, bʈ Ann n Tennt xibitd ɖer wrc in cmrśl xbiśnz, ẃl simlteńsli psywñ ɖer ǒn projcts. Ann dveḷpt a hîli s’xesfl c’lx́n v poṭri fr ɖ frnićrcumṗni Hìl n Sun, hr sceć-bcs, fild wɖ reṣpiz fr glezz, cn b sìn in ɖs xbiśn. Tennt pṛdyst smōl-scel fiğṛtiv bronzsculpćrz, ẃć wr includd in ɖ Sculpćr in ɖ Hom xbiśnz orġnîzd bî ɖ Artscaunsl ɖt emd t intṛdys ɖ public t sculpćr in ɖ dmestc setñ.

Ɖ postwor yirz ofrd ɖ artists ɖ oṗtyṇti t wrc on svṛl larj-scel public cmiśnz. Bʈ Ann n Tennt c’laḅretd closli wɖ ɖ Lundn Cǎnticaunsl Patṛnij v ɖ Arts Scīm, fr ẃć Ann pṛdyst a scūlmyṛl in Lundn, ẃl Tennt crietd sculpćrz fr a scūl n plêgrǎnd. Tennt dzînd arcitecćṛl rlifs fr Covntri, ẃć at ɖ tîm wz unḍgowñ rīdizîn folowñ xtnsiv bomñ jrñ ɖ wor. Ann pṛdyst mzêics fr scūlz in Lundn n Nycasl, az wel az public myṛlz, hr most feṃs biyñ ɖ Lundn Jenṛl Post-ofis hedqortrz at ɖ Flīt Bildñ.

Ɖ Doṛʈi Ann n Trevr Tennt arcîv jônd ɖ Henri Mur Insttyt Arcîv v Sculpćr’z peprz in 2012. A part v Līdz Myziymz n Gaḷriz, ɖ Arcîv z manijd in a ynīc partnrśp ɖt hz bilt wn v ɖ strongist public c’lx́ns v sculpćr in Britn. Untl 4 Jańri 2015, Doṛʈi Ann n Trevr Tennt sat alñsd Līźa Clarc: Organic Pleinz in Gaḷri 4, n fṛm 28 Jańri A Studi v Modn Jaṗnīz Sculpćr. Ɖs studi v Ann n Tennt’s cmitmnt t public sculpćr z cmyṇcetd in ɖs xbiśn ʈru dokmenteśn v bʈ ɖ wrc n prosesz v mcñ, n in contrast ɖ cncuṛnt xbiśn Ɖ Ivntsculpćr priznts nîn ifīmṛl ivnts ǎtsd ɖ Henri Mur Insttyt, ɖt lêtr muv intu Gaḷriz 1, 2 n 3.”

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