Seeing Through Drawing a celebration of John Berger

8 Jul 2017 – 26 Aug 2017

Event times

10am - 5pm

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Mandells Gallery

Norwich, United Kingdom


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Seeing Through Drawing is a celebration of the writer and artist John Berger and his passionate love of drawing.


Seeing Through Drawing is a celebration of the writer and artist John Berger and his passionate love of drawing. It takes two forms – an exhibition and a new book. 

The exhibition features works on paper from different periods of Berger’s long and productive life and drawings by thirty invited contemporary artists who either knew and collaborated with him or were influenced both by his critical writings and novels over the years.

The book, published by OBJECTIF, features new texts by and about John Berger plus a catalogue section of images, information and stories from the invited artists in the
main exhibition.

The exhibition, arranged and selected by Martin Battye and John Christie, brings together rarely seen drawings and archive material by John Berger from private collections. Drawings by his contemporaries, Frank Auerbach, Peter de Francia, Leon Kossoff, Robert Medley, and Edward Middleditch, will also be shown.

The new, full-colour paperback book Seeing Through Drawing contains two previously unpublished sequences of correspondence on art and communications between John Berger and his daughter Katya; a moving description by Yves Berger of drawing his father in the days after he died plus tributes and stories from Anne Michaels, Geoff Dyer, Eulàlia Bosch, Gareth Evans, Paul Gordon and Tom Overton.

The book also features a compilation of writings on the art and practice of drawing collected together by John Christie, from across John Berger’s art criticism, fiction, essays and letters. The latter part of the book is dedicated to the invited artists and their drawings in the exhibition.

The book will be on sale in the gallery during the exhibition or direct from the publisher’s website: www.objectifpress.co.uk


Special events are in the gallery space, with a drink and a chance to have another look at the exhibition.

Amanda Geitner and
John Christie
Thurs 13 July, 7pm

Maggi Hambling 
Thurs 20 July, 7pm

Yves Berger TBC

Katya Berger Andreadakis TBC
Documentary film 

Seeing Through Drawing 
at The Auditorium, The Forum, Norwich  
25 July, 7pm

Contact Mandell’s Gallery 

£4.50 per person per event.

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Martin Battye

John Christie

Exhibiting artists

Sula Rubens

Randa Maddah

Edward Middleditch

Yves Berger

Emrys Parry

Liane Birnberg

John Christie

Katarzyna Coleman

Derrick Greaves

Michael Broughton

Eileen Hogan

Maggi Hambling

Laurence Edwards

Yvonne Barlow

Hughie O'Donoghue

Frank Auerbach

Rostislav Kunovsky

Graham Crowley

Doff Ransome

Bridget Heriz

Martin Battye

Peter de Francia

Jane Harris

Kate Giles

Emyr Williams

Mary Webb

Robert Medley

Derek Morris

Basil Beattie

Leon Kossoff

John Berger

John Kiki

Annabel Gault

Jules Linglin

Brüer Tidman


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