Art on show:
This month sees two exciting new art exhibitions opening in Norfolk which are not to be missed
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
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’