Seeing Through Drawing

8th July – 26th August 2017
Opening Weekend 8-9th July.

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Seeing Through Drawing is a celebration of the writer and artist John Berger and his passionate love of drawing. It takes two forms – an exhibition and a new book.

John Berger at home in Paris in 1999 Photo © Eamonn McCabe

The exhibition features works on paper from different periods of Berger’s long and productive life and drawings by thirty invited contemporary artists who either knew and collaborated with him or were influenced both by his critical writings and novels over the years.

The book, published by OBJECTIF, features new texts by and about John Berger plus a catalogue section of images, information and stories from the invited artists in the main exhibition.

John Berger

Separation graphite on paper 1994

The exhibition, arranged and selected by Martin Battye and John Christie, brings together rarely seen drawings and archive material by John Berger from private collections. Drawings by his contemporaries, Frank Auerbach, Peter de Francia, Leon Kossoff, Robert Medley, and Edward Middleditch, will also be shown.

Invited artists from the UK and Europe taking part include:
Yvonne Barlow, Martin Battye, Basil Beattie, Yves Berger, Liane Birnberg, Michael Broughton, John Christie, Katarzyna Coleman, Graham Crowley, Laurence Edwards, Kate Giles, Maggi Hambling, Jane Harris, Bridget Heriz, Eileen Hogan, Annabel Gault, Derrick Greaves, John Kiki, Rostislav Kunovsky, Jules Linglin, Randa Maddah, Derek Morris, Hughie O’Donoghue, Emrys Parry, Doff Ransome, Sula Rubens, Colin Self, Bruer Tidman, Emyr Williams and Mary Webb

Special events are in the gallery space, with a drink and
a chance to have another look at the exhibition.

Amanda Geitner and
John Christie
Thurs 13 July, 7pm

Maggi Hambling 
Thurs 20 July, 7pm

Yves Berger TBC

Katya Berger Andreadakis TBC

Documentary film
Seeing Through Drawing
at The Auditorium,
The Forum, Norwich
25 July, 7pm

Contact Mandell’s Gallery

£4.50 per person per event.

A new paperback book is being produced to coincide with the exhibition. It contains two previously unpublished sequences of correspondence on art and communications between John Berger and his daughter Katya Berger Andreadakis along with tributes and stories from: Anne Michaels, Yves Berger, Eulàlia Bosch, Geoff Dyer, Gareth Evans, Paul Gordon and Tom Overton.

The book also features a compilation of writings on the art and practice of drawing collected together by John Christie, from across John Berger’s art criticism, fiction, essays and letters.The latter part of the book is dedicated to the invited artists and their drawings in the exhibition.

The book will be published on the 8th July and on sale in the gallery or direct from the publisher’s website.

John Berger

Papa Yves Berger ink on Japanese paper 2000


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