I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...
The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...
The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...
For over five decades, Tess Jaray has explored the geometry of space within our world with her painting. Upon finishing her studies at the Slade School of Fine Art in 1960, she was awarded a grant to travel to Italy: visiting Rome, Florence, Sienna and Venice.
It was during this journey that Jaray experienced at first hand, the work of the Italian masters, who would come to inspire and influence her work. The architectural splendour of Filippo Brunelleschi's cathedral in Florence and Giotto's frescoes in Padua left a lasting impression and informed her own exploration of perspective, space and colour.
Jaray's sixties work should be viewed as the inception of her consummately original interpretation of the tools of the Renaissance masters and their advancements in spatial perception. Jaray's paintings have a resonance in their conversation with the canon of European art history and allows her to examine the deep and all-encompassing power of art and architecture throughout the ages.
The exhibition at S|2 will contain early paintings from the 1960s and related drawings and works on paper.
A fully illustrated catalogue is available with text by Natalie Rudd, and interviews with the artist.
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