Exhibition

Seeing Through Drawing a celebration of John Berger

8 Jul 2017 – 26 Aug 2017

Event times

10am - 5pm

Cost of entry

Free

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.

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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The new, full-colour paperback book Seeing Through Drawing contains two previously unpublished sequences of correspondence on art and communications between John Berger and his daughter Katya; a moving description by Yves Berger of drawing his father in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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Curators

John Christie

Martin Battye

Exhibiting artists

Katarzyna Coleman

Basil Beattie

Jules Linglin

Edward Middleditch

Annabel Gault

Michael Broughton

Bridget Heriz

Frank Auerbach

Randa Maddah

Peter de Francia

Eileen Hogan

Yvonne Barlow

Martin Battye

Derek Morris

Derrick Greaves

Doff Ransome

Jane Harris

Laurence Edwards

Leon Kossoff

Emyr Williams

Rostislav Kunovsky

Hughie O'Donoghue

John Christie

Robert Medley

Sula Rubens

Graham Crowley

Maggi Hambling

Kate Giles

John Kiki

Mary Webb

John Berger

Liane Birnberg

Emrys Parry

Yves Berger

Brüer Tidman

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