Art on show:

This month sees two ex­cit­ing new art ex­hi­bi­tions open­ing in Nor­folk which are not to be missed

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What to see in Nor­folk this March

ART, OB­SES­SION AND MA­TU­RITY

Ac­cord­ing to the art crit­ics, it’s the era of ma­ture, women artists – and a new ex­hi­bi­tion in Norwich is a real cel­e­bra­tion of this con­tin­u­ing trend.

‘Art, ob­ses­sion and ma­tu­rity’ fea­tures worked by three very dif­fer­ent ac­claimed Nor­folk based artists, the sculp­tor Vanessa Pooley, pho­tog­ra­pher Ju­lia Cameron and painter Mary Mel­lor.

It fea­tures a col­lec­tion of all three artists work, show­cas­ing their decades of ex­pe­ri­ence and high­light­ing their life­long cre­ative ob­ses­sions with a par­tic­u­lar theme which uni­fies their work.

“It’s an ex­cit­ing time. Art crit­ics, cu­ra­tors and col­lec­tors are sud­denly tak­ing no­tice of older, women artists – many of whom have worked qui­etly un­der the radar for many years,” says sculp­tor Vanessa Pooley, a fel­low of the Bri­tish So­ci­ety of Sculp­tors.

She says she has been ob­sessed with the fe­male fig­ure since she be­gan work­ing as an artist 40 years ago. “I feel guilty that I am go­ing to make yet an­other fe­male fig­ure but in all hon­esty it’s the only thing that in­ter­ests me. As you ma­ture as an artist you sim­plify and sim­plify yet again and you have to be older to re­alise that less is more. All three of us are work­ing to­wards know­ing more and more about less and less.”

Pho­tog­ra­pher Ju­lia Cameron re­peat­edly vis­its the same sparse land­scapes around the salt marshes and the South Beach of Great Yarmouth to cre­ate quiet, ele­giac im­ages and she cap­tured thou­sands of pho­to­graphs over the years and painter Mary Mel­lor’s pas­sion sees her re­turn­ing to the theme of com­po­si­tion in paint­ings again and again over many decades.

“Peo­ple tell me I should move on, so I ex­per­i­ment with other sub­jects. But, I keep com­ing back to this same fas­ci­na­tion with the ge­om­e­try of the rec­tan­gle that has gripped me for nearly 20 years,” says Mary.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is in the Crypt Gallery at the Norwich School; March 21 to April 5.

THE BODY OB­SERVED: MAG­NUM PHO­TOS

A ma­jor new ex­hi­bi­tion at the Sains­bury Cen­tre for Vis­ual Arts fea­tur­ing work from one of the world’s most fa­mous photo agen­cies will ex­am­ine is­sues of iden­tity, in­ti­macy, sex­u­al­ity, rit­ual, voyeurism and per­for­mance.

The Body Ob­served: Mag­num Pho­tos will fea­ture over 130 dif­fer­ent works from the 1930s to the present day, in­clud­ing iconic im­ages recog­nised around the globe, such as Eve Arnold’s por­traits of Hol­ly­wood star Joan Craw­ford, and Philippe Hals­man’s Dalí Atomi­cus, which was cho­sen as one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most In­flu­en­tial Im­ages of All Time.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is or­gan­ised in part­ner­ship with Mag­num Pho­tos, which was founded in 1947 by the pho­tog­ra­phers Henri Cartier-Bres­son, Robert Capa, Ge­orge Rodger and David ‘Chim’ Sey­mour.

The co-op­er­a­tive was ini­tially es­tab­lished in New York, but of­fices soon fol­lowed in Lon­don and Paris and the agency be­came renowned around the globe.

Other high­lights are Alec Soth’s se­ries Ni­a­gara, an ex­plo­ration of love and pas­sion in one of Amer­ica’s best known hon­ey­moon des­ti­na­tions, and Alessan­dra San­guinetti’s The Ad­ven­tures of Guille and Belinda. The show also fea­tures work by Olivia Arthur, Werner Bischof, An­toine d’Agata, Bieke De­poorter, Cristina Gar­cía Rodero, Bruce Gilden, Su­san Meise­las and Miguel Rio Branco.

The Body Ob­served: Mag­num Pho­tos, Sains­bury Cen­tre for Vis­ual Arts, Univer­sity of East Anglia, March 23 to June 30. scva.ac.uk

©Eve Arnold/ Mag­num Pho­tos

ABOVE:USA. Los An­ge­les. Amer­i­can Ac­tress Joan Craw­ford 1959

LEFT:Painter Mary Mel­lor, sculp­tor Vanessa Pooley and pho­tog­ra­pher Ju­lia Cameron, all ex­hibit­ing in ‘Art, ob­ses­sion and ma­tu­rity’

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