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September 10, 2010

Yale Center for British Art presents The Independent Eye

Yale Center for British Art
John Hoyland
Tiger Walk 3.4.81, 1981
Acrylic on cotton duck, Collection of Samuel and Gabriel Lurie
© John Hoyland
Exhibition at Yale Center for British Art highlights major works by contemporary artists from the collection of Samuel and Gabrielle Lurie

This fall, the Yale Center for British Art will launch its 2010–11 season with an exhibition of major works by postwar British artists who came to maturity in the 1960s. Opening September 16, The Independent Eye: Contemporary British Art from the Collection of Samuel and Gabrielle Lurie will feature thirty-six paintings and fourteen works on paper by Patrick Caulfield, John Walker, R. B. Kitaj, Howard Hodgkin, and Ian Stephenson, in addition to paintings by John Hoyland, England’s foremost abstract painter, all drawn from the collection of Samuel and Gabrielle Lurie. Organized by the Yale Center for British Art, the exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated book with essays by leading critics and writers on contemporary British art, including Mel Gooding, Paul Moorhouse, John McEwen, Chris Yetton, and Jo Applin, and a tribute to John Hoyland by Sir Anthony Caro.

The Independent Eye marks the first museum exhibition of selected works from the Lurie collection of British art, which will be gifted to the Yale Center for British Art. The exhibition will bring to the forefront British artists who have produced provocative work over long and consistently prolific careers. On view will be Caulfield’s seminal painting, Wine Bar (1983); two transcendental and viewer-enveloping Dioramas by Stephenson, dating from 1967; Walker’s monumental tributes to old master painting, realized through energized, tactile, abstract shapes; and a number of major works by Hoyland.

Opening Panel Discussions

Wednesday, September 15, 5:30 pm

Moderator: Angus Trumble, Senior Curator of Paintings and Sculpture, Yale Center for British Art. Panelists include Jo Applin, Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Art at the University of York; Mel Gooding, writer and curator; Samuel Lurie, collector; and Christopher Yetton, writer and former Dean of Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of the Arts, London.

Location: Robert L. McNeil Jr. Lecture Hall, Yale University Art Gallery

Thursday, September 16, 5:30 pm

An Open Discussion: Confronting Dominant Tendencies in the Contemporary Art World

Moderator: Angus Trumble, Senior Curator of Paintings and Sculpture, Yale Center for British Art. Panelists include Jo Applin, Mel Gooding, Samuel Lurie, and Christopher Yetton.

Location: Yale Center for British Art Lecture Hall

THE YALE CENTER FOR BRITISH ART

The Yale Center for British Art houses the largest and most comprehensive collection of British art outside the United Kingdom. Presented to the University by Paul Mellon (Yale College Class of 1929), the collection of paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, rare books, and manuscripts reflects the development of British art, life, and thought from the Elizabethan period to the present.

YALE CENTER FOR BRITISH ART
1080 Chapel Street, New Haven, Connecticut
877 BRIT ART (274 8278) | http://yale.edu/ycba
Tuesday–Saturday 10–5; Sunday 12–5
Admission is free

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