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Artists Make Faces
Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery
Saturday 21 September to Saturday 7 December 2013
10am to 5.30pm Tuesday to Friday and 10am to 5pm Saturday (admission free)
Curated by Monika Kinley OBE
Presented in partnership with Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University
A long held idea
In 1983, Monika Kinley and her partner Victor Musgrave invited their artist friends to lend works for a small show in their new London home. The show was called 'Artists Make Faces' and included work by Auerbach, Kossoff, Rego and Pacheco, as well as work by Outsider Artists. 30 years on, 'Artists Makes Faces' at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery is a realisation of a long held idea to create a show on this theme in a public gallery. It will feature a distinctive and personal selection by Monika of works from public art galleries and collections including Arts Council England, Tate and the Whitworth. Some of the works that will be on display have not previously toured.
A significant show
'Artists Make Faces' is a significant show for Plymouth, celebrating not only the artists on display but Monika herself, who has an amazing story of her own. She grew up in Berlin and Vienna. At the age of 14 her family sought refuge from Nazi Germany – only managing to escape Austria in March 1938 on the day the German troops marched in. She attended school and college in the North of England. After developing contacts with artists, critics and writers while she worked at the Tate Gallery (now Tate Britain) shop in the 1950s, she went on to become a highly influential figure in the UK's post-war contemporary art world.
From the 1960s onwards, she devoted herself to discovering and promoting the unknown artists she admired. The likes of Frank Auerbach, Prunella Clough, Roger Hilton and Paula Rego are considered to be among the greatest artists of their generation today.
Bringing art to Plymouth
She moved to Hooe in 2005 to be closer to her son and his family and has dedicated the last few years to bringing art to the people of Plymouth – first, with a show at Plymouth Arts Centre in 2011 called 'A Life in Art', then by helping the city become one of the venues for the Hayward Gallery's British Art Show 7, and now with this significant exhibition at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery.
Jankel Adler/Eileen Agar/Guiseppe Arcimboldo/Frank Auerbach/Clive Barker/
Georg Baselitz/Ralph Brown/Chila Kumari Burman/Alan Davie/John Davies/
Jean Dubuffet/Simon English/Stephen Finer/Lucian Freud/
Henri Gaudier-Brzeska/Gilbert and George/T.H. Gordon/Richard Hamilton/
Nigel Henderson/Howard Hodgkin/Rudolf Horacek/Allen Jones/Leon Kossoff/
Jonathan Leaman/Hew Locke/Albert Louden/L S Lowry/F.E. McWilliam/
Robert Medley/Paul Neagu/Richard Nie/Ana Maria Pacheco/Eduardo Paolozzi/
Roland Penrose/Marc Quinn/Karl Schmidt-Rottluff/Sava Sekulić/
Peter Startup/Jimmy Lee Sudduth/Phillip Sutton/David Whittaker/
Victor Willing/Scottie Wilson/Agatha Wojciechowsky
Find out more about Outsider Art on The Huffington Post website.
Read more about Monika Kinley on the This is Devon website.
A large-scale programme of related events including lunchtime talks, guided tours and family activities highlighting key works and artists in the exhibition such as Gilbert and George are on offer while the show is on display.
Gilbert and George are a collaborative duo, based in London, who are known for their brightly coloured graphic-style photo-based artworks. Gilbert (Prousch) was born in Italy while George (Passmore) was born here in Plymouth.
Our event programme is supported by Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University and Plymouth Arts Centre.