Sir Frank Brangwyn
Tamara De Lempicka
Simone Menegoi and Chris Sharp are the 5th guest curators invited by DRAF. They liberally allow themselves to engage in the foredoomed hubris of trying to define one of the most protean and subjective qualities of all: beauty. The art works presented in the show are arranged within unwieldy and contradictory criteria, which range from egregious misreading to mutual contradiction and from poetic fancy to traditionally acceptable interpretation.
CURATORS' SERIES #5. Simone Menegoi and Chris Sharp
Simone Menegoi and Chris Sharp are the fifth guest curators invited by DRAF. The title for the exhibition is taken from Gustave Flaubert's last, unfinished novel where two Parisian copyists Bouvard and Pécuchet meet, become dear friends, and stoke each other's curiosity to know the world and its rational, post-Enlightenment ways better. By essentially becoming Bouvard and Pécuchet, the curators liberally allow themselves to engage in the foredoomed hubris of trying to define one of the most protean and subjective qualities of all: beauty.
The selection of works was deliberately limited to DRAF's Collection. The curators outlined ten categories of beauty with the intention of disobeying and scrambling the traditional history of aesthetics. The art works presented in the show are arranged within unwieldy and contradictory criteria, which range from egregious misreading to mutual contradiction and from poetic fancy to traditionally acceptable interpretation.
With works by Caroline Achaintre, Phyllida Barlow, Yto Barrada, Morton Bartlett, Bram Bogart, Boyle Family, Sir Frank Brangwyn, Peter Buggenhout, Gerard Byrne, Carter, Susan Collis, George Condo, John Currin, Jules Dalou, Thomas Demand, VALIE EXPORT, Graham Hudson, Tamara De Lempicka, Roy Lichtenstein, Mark Manders, Susan Meiselas, Marlo Pascual, Grayson Perry, Seth Pick, Man Ray, Santiago Sierra, David Shrigley, Jamie Shovlin, Andreas Slominski, Oscar Tuazon, Gavin Turk, and Douglas White.
The exhibition is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
The David Roberts Art Foundation: a platform dedicated to critical dialogues and experiments, directed and curated by Vincent Honoré. The David Roberts Art Foundation Limited is a registered charity in England and Wales (No.1119738) and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales (No. 6051439) at 25 Gosfield Street, London, W1W 6HQ. It is proudly supported by the Edinburgh House Estates group of companies.
Opening: Wednesday 4th April from 6.30pm
David Roberts Art Foundation Fitzrovia
111 Great Titchfield Street London W1W 6RY
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Saturday 11am - 4pm
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