WIGHT SPIRIT, 1968-7027 Jul - 5 Sep 2020 For the 50th Anniversary of the iconic Isle of Wight Festival, branded “The Last Great Event” and witnessed by an audience of over 600,000 people from 27-31 August, 1970, Masterpiece Art will present the exhibition Wight Spirit 1968-70. Centred upon the vision and work of British sculptor Guy Portelli, the...
PRIME CUTS Vol 1British artist Keith Haynes exhibits new and celebrated artworks as the London art market reopens and adapts in a new collaboration between Masterpiece Art and Gallery Different 15 Jun - 4 Jul 2020 British artist Keith Haynes exhibits new and celebrated artworks as the London art market re-opens and adapts in a new collaboration between Masterpiece Art and Gallery Different.
DINA GOLDSTEIN | MODERN GIRLUK debut of Dina Goldstein's "Modern Girl" Series 23 Mar - 23 May 2020 FROM THE GALLERY
Masterpiece Art are excited and delighted to be able to announce the solo exhibition and UK premier of Dina Goldstein | Modern Girl.
Debuted in Paris and originally created in 2016, Dina Goldstein’s fascinating series Modern Girl, rooted in socio-political theory, could hardly be any more relevant today in 2020.
With the major worldwide political upheavals of recent times and the ongoing righteous battle for equality played out very much in the public eye, Goldstein’s Modern Girl creates discourse on many prevalent societal issues.
Through a layered, intriguing and wholly original approach, Modern Girl tackles identity, equality, immigration, capitalism, as well as a perceived East-West cultural divide.
The finely nuanced series cleverly critiques both cultures, all from beneath a meticulously constructed aesthetically pleasing veil of satire, inspired by historical truths and real life - realised in the concise voice of the artist.
Like so often, beauty hides and obscures the truth, and these vibrant compositions draw the viewer into a journey of deeper discovery, thus correlating many of our lived experiences.
Despite the title, the series in fact transcends gender - forcing both men and women to question their own role within established ideals that surround us from day-to-day, a wider thematic explored in other series by Goldstein.
BOWIE: From Major Tom to Major ArcanaOriginal rarely seen artwork by David Bowie, with iconic photographic collaborations 6 Jan - 7 Mar 2020 OCCULTISM IN THE ARCANE SERIES
By Alex Cousens
In place of Buddhist meditation, he became obsessed in the seventies with the exploration of the occult: the search for hidden powers and meanings, the attempt to reach beyond the conscious into a realm of unimaginable riches and danger. And it was that quest for something beyond that also inspired his artistic experiments, encouraging him to reach through or around familiar techniques to access material and methods that would help him to overcome the limitations and repressions of the everyday world around him.
Peter Doggett, The Man Who Sold the World: David Bowie and the 1970s (2011)
As David Bowie had proven with ‘Space Oddity’ (1969), he was an aficionado of current societal developments, yearnings and cultural issues – connecting with the disillusioned British youth who were rapidly converting to his loyal fan-base.
While the Apollo 11 moon landing captured the imagination of the world, so too did its “unofficial soundtrack” released the same month of July. ‘Space Oddity’ (1969) spurred young minds further, to look beyond conventional limitations for long-sought answers that science could not explain, towards sentiment that had been brewing for some years.
Bowie would continue to champion this cutting-edge understanding of his audience through an unforeseen liberalism manifested in his many varied personas, underlined by an androgynous sexual ambiguity and endless reel of suggestive lyrics throughout the seventies.
His imagery, literal and lyrical, had begun to address prevalent notions of fear, acceptance and understanding – fearlessly immersing himself in subjects thought to be taboo. Thus helping give voice to a youth struggling for identity and meaning in a “new age”.
Running through it all was the conviction – already a manifesto amongst the youthful counter-culture – that conventional explanations of the world, and mankind’s place within it, were ineffective and partial.
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Highlights from the Masterpiece Art CollectionOld Master Painting to Modern and Contemporary Art 1 Oct - 1 Nov 2019 Highlights from the Masterpiece Art Collection showcases Old Master Painting, British 19th century painting, Impressionism, rare works in silver by Pablo Picasso, early work by Andy Warhol and Tracey Emin, contemporary editions by Leonard Cohen and much more...