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
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The new, full-colour paperback book Seeing Through Drawing contains two previously unpublished sequences of correspondence on art and communications between John Berger and his daughter Katya; a moving description by Yves Berger of drawing his father in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
Thurs 13 July, 7pm
Thurs 20 July, 7pm
Yves Berger TBC
Katya Berger Andreadakis TBC
Seeing Through Drawing
at The Auditorium, The Forum, Norwich
25 July, 7pm
Contact Mandell’s Gallery
£4.50 per person per event.