Pure Romance

Exhibition in London / Exhibition in The Redfern Gallery / Exhibition in TheGallery – Published 21st Jul 15

2 – 27 February 2016

Curated by Dr. Ian Massey

The Redfern Gallery, London

Taking its title from a painting by Patrick Procktor, this group show of paintings, drawings, photographs and prints is formed of both historical and contemporary artefacts, dating from the 1920s to the present day. It traces the development of a particular sensibility, in which romanticism and glamour; poetry and artifice, and theatricality and restraint each play a part.

Amongst artists confirmed to take part in the show are Cecil Beaton, Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Kaye Donachie, Silke Otto Knapp, Robert Medley, Elizabeth Peyton, Patrick Procktor, and Alessandro Raho.

Dr. Ian Massey, Curator

Dr. Ian Massey is an art historian, writer and curator. He is the author of the monograph biography Patrick Procktor: Art and Life (2010) and co-author with Anthony Hepworth of Keith Vaughan: The Mature Oils (2012). Both publications were authorised by the artist’s Estates, and have been acclaimed widely, garnering international media coverage and reviews. Amongst other artists Ian has written about are the painters Trevor Bell, Sandra Blow, John McLean and Fraser Taylor. Publications for which he has written include Sight and Sound, PN Review, Printmaking Today, Varoom and Visual Culture in Britain; he writes also for the Public Catalogue Foundation. He has curated exhibitions in Glasgow, Huddersfield and Manchester.

Ian has lectured widely, giving public talks on his research in London, Edinburgh, Manchester and St Ives. For many years he taught in university art and design departments, before going freelance in 2014; he is currently working on a book about twentieth century St Ives artists.

For further information please visit The Redfern Gallery.