From graffiti legends to 20th century masters, a local curator teases what cultural highlights are coming up in the new year at his gallery space.
Private & Public Space has been open for two years and after a packed diary featuring the likes of Banksy, its Director Chris Clifford divulges what visitors can expect from the gallery’s 2020 catalogue…
“Since Private & Public Space opened two years ago we’ve found success in showing artworks by the world’s leading modern and contemporary practitioners and for 2020 we will continue in that vein with a series or world class exhibitions that we hope will engage the community and inspire local collectors.
Some of highlights for the year ahead will include another Urban Art exhibition in the spring with Banksy being the headline alongside other popular artists such as David Shrigley, Pure Evil and Shepard Fairy.
Pictured: Chris hopes to bring back some of the stars of this year's 'Urban Intervention' exhibition.
Street Art is an incredibly popular artistic genre which provides humorous and irreverent commentary on the current political and social issues of the day and based upon the huge success of our first exhibition in the autumn on 2019 we hope the public will flock back in numbers to see the latest works by artists that have become the new global stars of the international art market.
We are also staging a show in the summer called ‘Best of British’ which will showcase the very best artists of the 20th Century and will include works by Francis Bacon, Lucien Freud, Frank Auerbach, Damien Hirst, David Hockney, Henry Moore, Barbra Hepworth, Bridget Riley, Anish Kapoor, Tracey Emin and Grayson Perry.
This is a truly exceptional museum quality show of international importance and we have ambitious plans to redesign the interior of our gallery spaces so as to provide a summer garden party theme compete with indoor cricket pitch.
Pictured: Chris shares what's coming up in 2020 at Private & Public Space. (Gary Grimshaw)
In the autumn, the gallery will stage an American Pop Art show (Heroes of American Pop) with truly investment-grade pieces by the most influential artists of the last century including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg and Claus Oldenburg. For the first time ever we be showcasing sculpture as well as two-dimensional wall-based works so as to offer a broad survey of the art form that meant everybody could be famous for 15 minutes.
If Christmas is about one thing then it’s certainly about tradition so for the third consecutive year our 2020 winter exhibition will once again showcase new paintings by one of Jersey’s greatest resident artists Nicholas Romeril.
In 2018, Nicholas displayed paintings from his expedition to the South Pole and in 2019 he wowed visitors the gallery with new paintings of Jersey coastal waters which were unquestionably his most powerful to date by their sheer technical complexity and extraordinary beauty.
The year ahead promises much to enjoy and collect so we hope you will find the time in your busy schedules to make a visit to Private & Public Space.”
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