Thursday 1 August 2013 – Media Release
Sculptures from The Ingram Collection of Modern British Art to exhibit at Canary Wharf in Lobby, One Canada Square, 16 September to 15 November 2013
An exhibition of bronze sculptures from The Ingram Collection, the biggest privately owned, publicly accessible collection of Modern British Art, will open at Canary Wharf this September until 15 November. The exhibition will bring together important works by major artists from the period, including Elisabeth Frink, Lynn Chadwick and Kenneth Armitage and, significantly, will be the first exhibition in Canary Wharf Group’s public art programme to feature objects selected from a private collection.
Canary Wharf Group’s award-winning public art collection now numbers over 65 free-to-view works of art, including stand-alone pieces and integrated artist-architectural works, executed by some of the most inspired artists, designers and craftsmen. The collection is one of the largest in the country and the ‘Sculpture in the Workplace’ temporary exhibition programme aims to show sculpture in its widest sense by artists, from well-established names to those early in their careers.
In the early years of building his collection, media entrepreneur Chris Ingram’s focus was on Modern British Art that was largely figurative in nature. As he purchased paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture he developed a dual narrative: a story reflecting life through art of the times and works that charted the progression of art from the early years of the 1900s to the 1960s. The collection is further enriched by the relationships between the artists represented in the collection, the subjects and themes they explored, the materials they used and flair for experiment and adventure.
This exhibition focuses on a selection of Ingram’s sculpture holdings, which includes works by Robert Adams, Kenneth Armitage RA, Reg Butler, Lynn Chadwick RA, Geoffrey Clarke, Robert Clatworthy RA, Sir Jacob Epstein, Dame Elisabeth Frink RA, Bernard Meadows, Sir Eduardo Paolozzi RA, William Turnbull and Leon Underwood.
Of these artists Ingram has acquired the most pieces by Elisabeth Frink, and has generously loaned Walking Madonna 1981, a monumental bronze of the Madonna striding purposefully forward – a pose that is unusual for this subject. Also in the exhibition are two large heads, a genre for which Frink is possibly best known – Goggle Head 1969 and In Memoriam II 1983. Kenneth Armitage, Lynn Chadwick and Eduardo Paolozzi are also well represented in the collection, and Paolozzi’s Portrait of the Artist 1988 shows the man in mechanistic form. A small sculpture by William Turnbull, Strange Fruit 1959 serves to remind us of the range of his work, contrasting with his Blade of Venus 1985 that stands permanently at the centre of the Lobby, and which is in the collection of Canary Wharf Group plc.
Ann Elliott, Exhibition Curator, says: “Since 2001 our temporary exhibitions programme at Canary Wharf has focussed largely on the work of living – mostly British – artists. It is therefore very timely to look at the work of earlier artists whose progressive, even radical ideas and unique creativity opened up more possibilities for future generations.”
“British Modern Art, which is the focus of Chris Ingram’s impressive collection, is a true reflection of the times in which these sculptures were made. The late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries saw far-reaching and momentous changes in the artistic and wider cultural life in Britain. Visual artists’ response to industrial, scientific, political and social change and crucial events such as the First and Second World Wars gave rise to periods of immense creativity. Not all was comfortable. Artists were able to reject traditional modes of working through combining abstraction with expressive form, visualising differently what they knew and observed. Barriers between academic figuration and abstraction were broken down.”
“Within the Ingram Collection it is possible to see British Modernism at its most creative and influential. We are immensely privileged to show this selection at Canary Wharf.”
Claire Bailey-Coombs, Curator of The Ingram Collection, says: “This is a fabulous opportunity to bring some of the major sculptural works from the Ingram Collection and display them in the atrium of the iconic Canary Wharf building. This exhibition will create an opportunity for people to share their workplace with stimulating and inspiring works of art.”
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Curators Claire Bailey Coombs and Ann Elliott in conversation about The Ingram Collection
Tuesday 15 October 2013
1.15 – 2.00 pm
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Notes to Editors:
The Ingram Collection
Media entrepreneur Chris Ingram has created what is now recognised as the biggest privately owned publicly accessible collection of Modern British Art. On loan to The Lightbox – the Art Fund Prize-winning gallery and museum in Chris’ hometown of Woking – the Collection comprises almost 500 paintings and sculptures of which over 350 are by the most important artists of the Modern British era, amongst these Elisabeth Frink, Barbara Hepworth and Eduaordo Paolozzi. In addition to creating a unique local opportunity to see world-class Modern British art, The Ingram Collection loans to major exhibitions and galleries and has earned Chris Ingram deserved acclaim as “one of the most active and thoughtful collectors of Modern British Art today.” (Stephen Deuchar CBE, Director, The Art Fund).
About Canary Wharf Group’s Public Art Programme
Canary Wharf has one of the UK’s largest collections of public art and provides year-round exhibitions by leading artists, all free to view.
In 2010 Canary Wharf Group won the Christie’s Award for Best Corporate Art Collection and Programme at the International Art and Work Awards, beating entries from around the world.
Canary Wharf’s permanent collection now numbers over 65 works of art, including stand-alone pieces and integrated artist-architectural works, all executed by some of the most inspired artists, designers and craftsmen of today. Among these are a lighting installation by Bill Culbert, bespoke railings by Bruce McLean, floor and wall mosaics by Emma Biggs, sculptural works by Charles Hadcock, Danny Lane and Wendy Ramshaw and photographic lightboxes by Catherine Yass. An illustrated Art Map is available showing the locations for the works of art found throughout the Estate,
The ‘Sculpture at Work’ exhibition programme in the Lobby of One Canada Square and Jubilee Park celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2011 with the publication of Sculpture at Canary Wharf: A Decade of Exhibitions.
Curated by Ann Elliott, the programme during that period has shown over 50 exhibitions in which 132 artists have participated, including Lynn Chadwick, Phillip King CBE PPRA, Dan Graham, Franz West and Wendy Taylor CBE. Royal Academicians who have exhibited at Canary Wharf include Ivor Abrahams, Phyllida Barlow, Ann Christopher, Maurice Cockrill, Stephen Cox, Nigel Hall, Christopher Le Brun, John Maine and David Nash; and many younger artists have shown their work here at the start of their careers.
About Canary Wharf Group plc
Canary Wharf Group plc has achieved one of the greatest feats of civic transformation – an iconic urban regeneration, designing and constructing over 15 million square feet of office and retail space across its 97 acre East London Estate.
There are more than 240 shops, bars and restaurants at Canary Wharf. The Group’s world-class Arts & Events programme includes over 100 events each year.
20% of the Canary Wharf Estate is landscaped parks, plazas and walkways with over 1,000 trees, 88 floral species and each year 70,000 seasonal plants are planted. Canary Wharf also has one of Britain’s highest concentrations of ‘green’ roofs, reducing energy use and encouraging biodiversity. Canary Wharf Group has been named one of the Sunday Times Best Green Companies in Britain for the past three years.
100,000 people work at Canary Wharf, with the population projected to double by 2025.
Canary Wharf Group plc is an integrated property development, investment and management group of companies.
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