Nicolas Poussin, Triumph of David, Dulwich Picture Gallery. Clive Head, Terminus Place, Dulwich Picture Gallery.
In Conversation: Nicolas Poussin and Clive Head
Tuesday 4 December
7 for 7. 30pm/Linbury Room
Join Xavier Bray, this time in conversation with artist Clive Head and critic Michael Paraskos as they discuss Clive Head’s project From Victoria to Arcadia at Dulwich Picture Gallery and Marlborough Fine Art. Painted in response to Nicolas Poussin’s The Triumph of David, Clive Head’s work ‘Terminus Place’ will sit temporarily alongside the gallery’s collection of works by Poussin. This provides a timely opportunity to reconsider the place of the artist today and a look back to Old Master techniques.
Clive Head’s work From Victoria to Arcadia will be on display from 10 October 2012 until 13 January 2013. He is the leading British realist painter of his generation, known for his striking paintings of urban landscapes.
Michael Parasko is director of programmes for the Cyprus College of Art and is one of a new generation of art critics associated with the New Aesthetics.
£10, £8 Friends - Includes a glass of wine
This is yet another attempt by this gallery to show their Poussin’s holdings next to a modern artist. This sounds pretty pointless to me- Poussin is able to speak for himself.
I found this comment by Head on another site.
“Poussin has helped me to understand that art is not about the documentation of our world and that the artist is not a social commentator. Art has a far more important purpose which is to reveal a world beyond our own. I have no interest in the stories Poussin chooses at the beginning of his journey but the very means in which he redefines reality every time he picks up a paintbrush."
And the view from Dulwich is….
“Juxtaposing two very different worlds - the classical world of Poussin and Head’s depiction of one of London’s busiest tube stations - will provide a startling visual comparison, which I hope will inspire visitors to look at Poussin in a totally different way.”
To which I reply in amazement…Oh yeah? If anybody can tell me how a photorealist painting of the London Underground helps people appreciate the subtleties of Poussin’s art, then let me know- the laugh will do me good.
I hope the Standard send Brian Sewell to review this.