2017 is an exciting year for us here at The Lightbox – not only is it our tenth anniversary year, but we’ve also got some of our best exhibitions yet coming up! Here’s a taster of two that are opening this month.
Henry Moore: Sculpting From Nature
Henry Moore (1898-1986), Working Model for Draped Reclining Mother and Baby, 1982, © The Henry Moore Foundation
Iconic sculptor Henry Moore is often considered the greatest British sculptor of the twentieth century. We are delighted to be presenting a brand new Lightbox-curated exhibition of his works, drawn from the Henry Moore Foundation’s extensive collection.
Since childhood, Yorkshire-born Moore had a fascination with the shapes of natural found objects. His young memories of exploring the Yorkshire dales and playing on coal slagheaps led to his appreciation of the rural English countryside and its contrast with industrial Britain. He spent his life collecting driftwood, bones, skulls, stones and shells, which he kept in an orderly ‘library of natural forms’.
Henry Moore (1898-1986), Elephant Skull, Plate XVII, 1970, © The Henry Moore Foundation
Henry Moore (1898-1986) Seated Mother and Child, 1980 © The Henry Moore Foundation
Now famed through his sculptures placed permanently in towns and sculpture parks across the country, this new exhibition is an exciting opportunity to delve deeper into Moore's work.
The show will include drawings, maquettes, working models and monumental sculptures, plus prints and studio materials. Illustrating Moore's process in a new and fascinating way, the exhibition will shed light into the working mind of one of Britain's most prolific twentieth century artists.
21 January - 7 May 2017| £5 Annual Pass, Under 18s Free
John Minton and the Romantic Tradition: The Ingram Collection
John Minton (1917-1957) The Hop Pickers, 1945 © The Estate of John Minton and Royal College of Art
Neo-Romantic paintings are among serial entrepreneur Chris Ingram’s favourite works to acquire for The Ingram Collection of Modern British and Contemporary Art; and for the first time The Lightbox is showcasing a selection of these emotive paintings.
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of John Minton’s birth, in this exhibition you will discover how Minton and his Neo-Romantic contemporaries of the 1930s and 40s were shaped by continental art styles, combined with a war-induced loss of morale.
Keith Vaughan (1912-1977) Two Standing Figures, 1956 © DACS
John Minton (1917-1957) The Kite, 1940 © The Estate of John Minton and Royal College of Art
While the Neo-Romantics were inspired by nineteenth century Romantic visionaries such as William Blake and Samuel Palmer, their style was also influenced by European trends in Modern Art such as Expressionism, Surrealism and Abstraction. Drawing works from The Ingram Collection of Modern British and Contemporary Art, you can expect intense and moody landscapes, lonely figures, and sombre, abstract British scenes by Minton and other major Neo-Romantics including Graham Sutherland, Michael Ayrton, John Craxton, John Piper, and Keith Vaughan.
28 January - 19 March 2017 | £5 Annual Pass, Under 18s Free
Keep a look out on our website and social media for more 2017 exhibitions to be announced over the next few months!