Lynette Yiadom-Boakye has been announced the Main Prize Winner of the Future Generation Art Prize 2012. Lynette will receive a 100,000 USD award; 60,000 USD in cash and 40,000 USD to be invested in the production of new work. Lynette was selected by the international jury consisting of Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev (Germany), Agnaldo Farias (Brasil), Massimiliano Gioni (United States), Carol Yinghua Lu (China), Hans Ulrich Obrist (United Kingdom), Eckhard Schneider (Ukraine), and Nancy Spector (United States).
“The jury has awarded the Main Prize to Lynette Yiadom-Boakye for her extraordinary paintings where darkness and light are articulated together, recognizing the quality of the paintings and the social concerns that emerge from them. Furthermore, the jury awards the prize for her complex practice, which extends far beyond painting. Indeed, she is also active in literature as a writer of short stories and is currently working on a novel. She creates one canvas per day and if not completed by the end of the day, the painting is discarded. Therefore, there is no nocturnal rethinking, no pentimenti possible in her activity. Her works are organized around groups of paintings that generally portray imaginary black characters in abstract landscapes. Her paintings do not emerge from a photographic imaginary but from the memory of figuration in the history of painting, including realism with social consciousness and expressionism. Her works thus do not focus on the unique artwork but provide a viewing experience based on a different temporality, and on the recognition of recurring motifs, figures and moods.”
Tommaso Corvi-Mora is pleased to present an exhibition of work by five renowned British Studio Potters: Simon Carroll, Walter Keleer, Janet Leach, Katharine Pleydell-Bouverie and Julian Stair from 11th January to the 2nd March 2013.
The aim of this exhibition is to turn the tables on this lively debate by presenting a group of works by studio potters within the context of a contemporary art gallery. The makers selected for the exhibition give shape to a very partial history of studio pottery, from Katharine Pleydell-Bouverie (1895-1984), one of the first students of Bernard Leach, the founder of the studio pottery movement; to Janet Leach (1918-1997), a potter steeped in the Japanese tradition; Simon Carroll (1964-2009), an extremely original and talented artist who died prematurely at the age of 45 and Walter Keeler and Julian Stair, both still practicing today. At a time when the teaching of ceramics is being curtailed in most art colleges this is a must-see!
The Foundation is delighted to announced that Jan Dalley is the latest in a new line of trustees to join the board . She is the author of the biography DIANA MOSLEY and most recently The Black Hole, an account of the infamous Black Hole of Calcutta. She is currently arts editor of the Financial Times and was also previously the paper's literary editor.
The Arts Foundation is sad to hear that Valerie Eliot, the widow of T.S. Eliot and zealous guardian of the poet's literary legacy for almost half a century, has died. She was 86. In a statement Sunday, the Eliot estate said Valerie Eliot died two days before at her London home after a short illness. Born Valerie Fletcher in Leeds, northern England, on Aug. 17, 1926, Eliot was the second wife of the U.S.-born Nobel literature laureate. She met him at London publisher Faber & Faber, where he was a director and she a star-struck secretary who had been a fan of his work since her teenage years.
The trustees of the Foundation pass their condolences onto her family and friends.
Jewellery maker Lin Cheung joins teachers on the Central St Martins BA Jewellery Design course including Caroline Broadhead, Sian Evans, Giles Last and Max Warren for an exhibition at the college. Driven by curiosity and questions, each develops ideas, objects or images that explore how value and identity can be communicated through materials and circumstance. Opens 14th November at 'The Crossway' which is a big, open space between the Granary Building and the Tramsheds, 1 Granary Square, Kings Cross, London.