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AWAD visits Brave New Visions @ Sotheby’s

AWAD London chapter is delighted to have had a wonderful private tour of ‘Brave New Visions’ by the exhibition Co-Curator Cherith Summers.

Brave New Visions paying tribute to the émigrés who revolutionised Britain’s art and publishing worlds. Brave New Visions tells the story of the pioneering émigré art dealers who transformed the London gallery scene, introducing artists such as Naum Gabo, Oskar Kokoschka, Kurt Schwitters and Francis Bacon to post-war Britain.

The vision of such influential dealers as Lea Bondi Jaray, Erica Brausen, Andras Kalman, Frank Lloyd and Harry Fischer, Annely Juda and Charles and Peter Gimpel will be shown through key paintings and sculptures by the artists they championed. These include William Scott, Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth, Gillian Ayres, Frank Auerbach, Lynn Chadwick and Graham Sutherland.

Fellow émigrés led a parallel revolution in the staid world of British publishing, providing a platform for European scholarship in affordable art books which raised standards of design and reproduction. Phaidon and Thames & Hudson remain leaders in this field.

Exhibtion closes on the 9th of August 2019 – To read full catalogue please click here.

The show is part of the Insiders Outsiders Festival (March 2019-March 2020)



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Insiders/Outsiders is a nationwide arts festival paying tribute to the indelible contribution of the artists, photographers, writers, architects, designers, actors, film-makers, dancers and musicians, as well as art historians, dealers and publishers, who in fleeing Nazi-dominated Europe in the 1930s so greatly enriched British culture. Running from March 2019 until March 2020, it comprises a dazzling array of exhibitions, concerts, performances, film screenings, walks, lectures, literary and educational events.

While in no way underplaying the émigrés’ experience of loss, dispossession and displacement, or the difficulties they encountered on arrival in Britain, the general tenor of the festival is affirmative and celebratory. With the plight of refugees and the rise of right-wing politics and racism being once again pressing and topical issues, 2019, as the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War, is the ideal moment to take stock of Britain’s debt to an earlier generation who found refuge on these shores. It is also a fitting moment to pay tribute to those British-born individuals who, in welcoming and working with the émigrés, chose openness and internationalism over provincialism and xenophobia.

Projects about refugees now are also included, making important links between past and present. At a time when the issue of immigration is much debated, the festival serves as a reminder of the importance of cultural cross-fertilization and of the deep, long-lasting and wide-ranging contribution that refugees can – and do – make to British life.

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