Monday, 25 March 2013

Harewood Exhibition Heralds Major Names in Yorkshire

Graham Sutherland, Thorn Structure
In Cloud Country: 29 March to 30 June 2013.

Harewood hosts an exhibition of works on paper celebrating landscape and nature in art.

Major names will grace the State Rooms and the contemporary art space of The Terrace Gallery in the House. British and international contemporary artists such as Agnes Denes, Alex Hartley, Mark Francis, Henrik Håkansson, Gary Hume, Georgie Hopton, Richard Long, Chris Ofili, Julian Opie, Giuseppe Penone, Bridget Riley and Rachel Whiteread will be displayed alongside masters of Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, Surrealism, Modernism, such as Anni Albers, John Constable, John Sell Cotman, Edgar Degas, Thomas Girtin, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Henry Moore, William Morris and JMW Turner. Works have been loaned from a variety of high-profile lenders such as the British Council Collection, the Hepworth and the Government Art Collection.

Built on themes explored by co-curators Iwona Blazwick, Director of London’s Whitechapel Gallery and Diane Howse, In Cloud Country is a subtle and engaging exploration of how artists make abstraction from nature to explore themes including the surreal, the poetic, the decorative and the political. 
 Key Modernist movements including Bauhaus, Conceptual, Pop and Land Art are all represented. Nature as form, structure or atmosphere, as metaphor or symbol, presents the common thread of inspiration.

Not a retrospective, but a guided tour through the highlights and insights of four centuries of art inspired by nature, the exhibition will be open from 29 March. 
Edgar Degas,
Coastal Landscape at Sunset

The exhibition title is from Sylvia Plath’s poem ‘Two Campers in Cloud Country’ where she notes the indifference of the natural world ‘…where trees and clouds… pay no notice.’

William Turnbull
Black Leaf Form
In Cloud Country jointly curated by Iwona Blazwick and Diane Howse, State Rooms and Terrace Gallery at Harewood House, 29 March to 30 June.

Artist Clare Woods’ solo exhibition ‘The Seven Eggs’ showcases three new works inspired by the landscape surrounding Harewood House, opens 6 July to 29 September 2013.

Objectivity by David Usborne is in the Servants’ Hall until 1 September, shows a unique collection of useful tools that in themselves are considered works of art.

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