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


GALLERY EVENTS

A series of special evening events in the gallery

Talks, discussions, a glass of wine and another chance to view the exhibition

WORKING WITH JOHN BERGER AND THE GENESIS OF THE EXHIBITION
Amanda Geitner (EAAF) in conversation with John Christie
Thursday 13th July 7pm

MAGGI HAMBLING ON DRAWING
Maggi Hambling talks about the art of drawing and her time spent working with John Berger at his home in the Haute-Savoie
Thursday 20th July 7pm

‘SEEING THROUGH DRAWING
An original two hour film essay by award-winning film-maker MIKE DIBB renowned for his numerous film collaborations with John Berger which include ‘Ways of Seeing’, ‘About Time’ ‘Parting Shots from Animals’ and ‘Pig Earth’. ‘Seeing Through Drawing’ explores the meaning and importance of drawing, from the first images we make as children to the work of contemporary artists and major artists from the past. Made without commentary, the sequences are linked by a perceptive and informal on-going conversation with the art historian Philip Rawson. The film (1977-78) includes unique archive footage of Matisse and Giacometti as well as beautifully filmed sequences of portrait drawings being made by David Hockney, Jim Dine and Ralph Steadman. Not to be missed!
Tuesday 25th July 7pm at The Auditorium, The Forum, Norwich
£4.50 tickets sold on the door

YVES BERGER IN CONVERSATION
Yves Berger and Jules Linglin in conversation with Martin Battye Tuesday 8th August at 7pm in the gallery. Tickets £4.50 inc. a glass of wine.

For the next ‘Seeing Through Drawing’ gallery event artist Yves Berger will be in conversation with Martin Battye discussing both his own work and the influence and legacy of his father John Berger.

Also taking part will be John Berger’s friend, painter Jules Linglin, whose portrait drawings are also in the exhibition.

Yves has his studio in the hayloft above the Berger family home in the Haute-Savoie and Jules lives and works in Paris, both have travelled over especially to see this celebratory exhibition and take part in this gallery discussion.

It promises to be a stimulating evening and will be your chance to put your own questions about their work and their memories of John Berger to these two artists.


KATYA BERGER ANDREADAKIS AND MICHAEL BERGER
Saturday 19th August at 5.30pm in the gallery. Tickets £4.50 inc. a glass of wine

For our final ‘Seeing Through Drawing’ special event we are very pleased to welcome from Geneva John Berger’s daughter, the writer, translator and film critic, Katya Berger Andreadakis who will read passages from her own work and discuss the process of translating her father’s novels.
John Berger’s brother Michael will also take part and read with Katya a selection from the dialogues on art that she published with her father including, ‘Nymph and Shepherd’, their stimulating exchange of letters on Titian. The readings will be followed by the opportunity of questions from the audience.

Please note the event will begin at the earlier time of 5.30pm and last approximately one hour.

Book your place via Mandell’s Gallery 01603 626892

£4.50 per person per event

Check on the gallery website www.mandellsgallery.co.uk for confirmation of dates or subscribe to our mailing list by contacting us on info@mandellsgallery.co.uk and we will keep you updated via e-mail.


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. www.objectifpress.co.uk

John Berger

Papa Yves Berger ink on Japanese paper 2000

 

GALLERY
Click images to enlarge and note that sizes are the image size excluding any frame or mount.
Works can be delivered please contact Mandell’s Gallery info@mandellsgallery.co.uk to receive a quote for postage or to request further images.

 

YVONNE BARLOW

 

MARTIN BATTYE

 

BASIL BEATTIE

 

YVES BERGER

 

LIANE BIRNBERG

 

MICHAEL BROUGHTON

 

JOHN CHRISTIE

 

KATARZYNA COLEMAN

 

GRAHAM CROWLEY

 

LAURENCE EDWARDS

 

PETER DE FRANCIA

 

ANNABEL GAULT

 

KATE GILES

 

DERRICK GREAVES

 

MAGGI HAMBLING

 

JANE HARRIS

 

BRIDGET HERIZ

 

EILEEN HOGAN

JOHN KIKI

 

ROSTISLAV KUNOVSKY

 

JULES LINGLIN

 

RANDA MADDAH

 

EAMONN MCCABE

 

ROBERT MEDLEY

 

DEREK MORRIS

 

HUGHIE O’DONOGHUE

 

EMRYS PARRY

 

DOFF RANSOME

 

SULA RUBENS

 

BRUER TIDMAN

 

MARY WEBB

 

EMYR WILLIAMS

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