Vale, John Furnival
(30 May 1933 – 31 May 2020)
We are sad to announce the death of John Furnival, on the day after his 87th birthday. John described himself as “a drawer of landscapes, personages and wordscapes”, and his prints, drawings and publications connected his antecedents in the Dada and Surrealist movements to his associations in the early 1960s with the innovators of Concrete Poetry, the Beat poets, and the Fluxus and Mail Art movements. He taught for more than thirty years at Bath Academy of Art, Corsham, and was an active participant in the Academy’s innovative era in the 1960s and ’70s when it was a creative hub for Concrete Poetry.
Interview with Anne Bean in Fräulein magazine
An interview with Anne Bean was a cover story for the spring issue of Fräulein magazine, which had a theme of birth and the birthing of new ideas.
Woodwork: A Family Tree of Sculpture at Leeds Art Gallery
Until 29 March 2019
As part of Yorkshire Sculpture International, this sculpture display features eight works from the collection of Leeds Art Gallery exhibited together for the first time. Woodwork: A Family Tree of Sculpture ‘responds to Phyllida Barlow’s provocation that ‘sculpture is the most anthropological of the art forms’ by considering wood as the most anthropological of materials’. The display includes Stuart Brisley’s Untitled wall relief c1962-63 (seen on left of installation view), a work acquired from the England & Co exhibition: Stuart Brisley: Works 1958-2006. Brisley’s assemblage ‘is a pivotal early work marking the artist’s transition in the early 1960s from collage and relief into three-dimensional sculpture using found objects…’.
Towner Art Gallery acquires ‘Neo Naturist’
3 February 2020
Towner Art Gallery in East Sussex has acquired an example of the iconic photograph by Wilma Johnson from the edition published by England & Co with the artist in 2007. It is a key image from the very beginning of this live art collective initiated in 1981 by Jennifer Binnie, Christine Binnie and Wilma Johnson.
Paule Vézelay among ‘Radical Women’ at Pallant House
Until 23 February 2020
England & Co have loaned several works by Paule Vézelay (1892-1984) to the exhibition Radical Women: Jessica Dismorr and her Contemporaries at Pallant House Gallery of British women artists of the early 20th century, centred around the pioneering work of Jessica Dismorr (1885–1939). Artists included in the exhibition are Dismorr’s fellow Rhythmists, Anne Estelle Rice and Ethel Wright; Helen Saunders, the only other female founding signatory of the Vorticists; Paule Vézelay, who showed with Dismorr with the London Group, and Sophie Fedorovitch and Winifred Nicholson who exhibited at the Seven and Five Society in the 1920s.
A Year in Art: 1973 at Tate Modern
Until 18 October 2020
Cecilia Vicuña‘s Violeta Parra and her Diary of Objects – both acquired from England & Co’s 2013 exhibition of her work – are now on view in A Year in Art: 1973. This display at Tate Modern, London, explores how art was used as a form of protest in response to the 1973 coup d’etat in Chile. The display features materials relating to Artists for Democracy, works by Conrad Atkinson, Francisco Copello, John Dugger, Nicolás Franco, Alfredo Jaar, Lynn MacRitchie and Lotty Rosenfeld, plus a section of arpilleras, textiles made by unknown artists depicting life in Chile.
Pushing Paper at the British Museum
Until 12 Jan 2020
Three significant works on paper acquired from England & Co in recent years for the collection of the British Museum are featured in the exhibition Pushing Paper: Liliane Lijn’s futuristic collage, Hanging/Floating Gardens of Rock City i (1970); Grayson Perry’s early mixed media work on paper, Untitled (c1984); and Stuart Brisley’s Dirty Protest, Armagh (1993), all join works by well-known and emerging artists in a selection chosen from more than 1,500 contemporary works in the Museum’s collection.
This British Museum display and touring exhibition explores how artists have used drawing to examine themes including identity, place and memory, pushing the boundaries of the medium. The museum says that “Pushing Paper marks an important moment for the museum and its contemporary collections.” The exhibition, supported by the Bridget Riley Art Foundation, will tour to four UK venues: the Oriental Museum in Durham, the Pier Arts Centre in Stromness, the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery in Swansea and the Cooper Gallery in Barnsley.
Pushing Paper: contemporary drawing from 1970 to now, Department of Prints and Drawings Room 90, the British Museum (catalogue).
Satomi Matoba: Travelling Nomansland
12-15 December 2019
Satomi Matoba is a founder and core member of INTERCHANGE, an experimental collaboration of visual media art and improvisational contemporary music initiated in 2007. Her map animation, Travelling Nomansland, is featured in INTERCHANGE: Camera Obscura 13 (Hiroshima City Higashikumin Bunka Centre, Hiroshima, Japan). In the exhibition’s ‘audio and visual playroom’, Matoba’s mapping projection is accompanied by dancers invited to make a live performance in which dance, music and moving images interact with each other using cutting-edge technology.
Eduardo Kac at the Museum of Modern Art, New York
Several works by Eduardo Kac are featured in New York’s newly renovated Museum of Modern Art‘s display of its permanent collection, including Reabracadabra (1985) and works from the Porn Art Movement (1980–82).
Reabracadabra is one of four animated digital poems that Kac created specifically for the Minitel network, the 1980s precursor of the internet. Also on display at MoMA are items from the Porn Art Movement (Movimento de Arte Pornô), which was created by Kac and collaborators in the early 1980s to contest the conservatism of Brazil’s military dictatorship through interventions, poetry, performances and publications, often with a liberating sense of humour. The display of items from the permanent collection includes Kac’s artist’s book Escracho (1983).
Vale, Klaus Friedeberger (1922–2019)
Klaus Friedeberger arrived in Britain in 1939 as a refugee from Berlin. He was soon sent as an internee aboard the Dunera to Australia, where he spent his formative years as an artist before returning to Europe, where he lived and worked in London for the rest of his life. His first one-man exhibition was at Annely Juda’s Hamilton Galleries in 1963. A solo exhibition at England & Co in 2007 focused primarily on his early works in Australia and London and led to acquisitions of several works by the Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum.