Leading contemporary and modern art dealer Bernard Jacobson Gallery will once again be showing at the Pavilion of Art & Design London (PAD), the highly successful modern art and design fair, which takes place in an elegant marquee in Berkeley Square, Mayfair, from Wednesday 12 to Sunday 16 October 2011 (11 am to 7 pm, 

Bernard Jacobson’s stand will present works by some of the great 20th century masters including the American Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell (1915-1991).  Motherwell spent the summer of 1960 in Italy, where he began a series of works entitled, appropriately, Summertime in Italy.  In these works, two of which will be offered at PAD, a triangle or the number 4 often establishes the theme and the main structure of the composition.  Being exhibited for the first time in the UK is a 1967 acrylic on canvas in which the triangular form is rearing up from a horizontal plane in a manner suggestive of an Apennine mountain ridge.  Summertime in Italy Sketch No. 12, acrylic on canvas board, dates from 1970.  Most of these paintings are black-and-white contrasts but in several instances, including these two works, the artist used a warmer palette.  Fellow artist and close friend David Smith (1906-1965), best-known for his large steel sculptures, wanted Motherwell to create these images in steel but the project was never realised.

Another great American artist, Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008), will be represented by Seminole Host/ROCI USA (Wax Fire Works), 1990, acrylic, enamel, and fire wax on stainless steel, edition 3/22.  This is part of his ROCI Project (Rauschenberg Overseas Culture Interchange) devoted to world peace, which the artist believed could be approached by enjoying, rather than overcoming, divisions.  ROCI USA was the culmination of this project. He collaged disparate elements and integrated experiences – the final works being created on highly-polished sheets of stainless steel ­which produced a mirrored background.  Mirrors were once seen as gateways to the soul but now they symbolise empty technical perfection.  The ROCI series imparts a sense of space travel, filled with mechanisms of ascent and communication - ladders, spaceships and electrical wires - mixing the archaic and the contemporary, the profane and the sacred.

A large pencil drawing by Stanley Spencer (1891-1959) is one of six drawings for Marriage at Cana dating from the 1930s; a later painting from this series executed in 1953 is now in the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery and Museum in Swansea.  The drawings were conceived in the 1930s as part of a series of fifty sacred and profane images depicting the cycle of human life – the Church House scheme.  Spencer, as always, has personalised the scene by modelling the bride and groom on his first wife, artist Hilda Carline, and himself.  They were married in 1925 but divorced in 1937 and Spencer’s second marriage was not a success either.  He said “ desire to paint pictures is caused by my being unable or incapable of fulfilling my desires in life itself”.

Ben Nicholson (1894-1982), a pioneer of British abstraction, is represented by Greek and Two Circles, 1961, exemplifying English modernism with its formal simplicity and naturalistic colours.  Nicholson, editor of the constructivist Circle Magazine, applied constructivist principles to his art, advocating mathematical precision, clean lines and an absence of ornament.  He travelled extensively in Greece from 1959 and, from this time on, his works reflect a close study of its ancient sites and architecture.

Among the 21st century works being shown by the Bernard Jacobson Gallery at PAD will be White Relief, watercolour on canvas with panel, 2011, by the North Yorkshire-based William Tillyer, considered by many to be the finest watercolour artist working in Britain today.

Meanwhile Bernard Jacobson Gallery at 6 Cork Street, London W1, is staging Robert Motherwell:  Works on Paper, the first ever exhibition dedicated to drawings and paintings on paper by the artist to be held in Britain.  Taking place twenty years after the artist’s death, it comprises some ninety works spanning most of his career and is on view from 11 October to 26 November 2011.  Robert Motherwell was a major figure in the birth and development of Abstract Expressionism and the youngest member of the ‘New York School’, a term he coined.  His career spanned five decades during which time he created some of the most iconic images of the 20th century.


Notes to Editors

Bernard Jacobson Gallery,, was founded in 1969, publishing and distributing prints by artists including Robyn Denny, Lucian Freud, David Hockney, Leon Kossoff, Henry Moore, Richard Smith, Ed Ruscha and William Tillyer.  By the mid 1970s, having established himself as one of the major dealers in the international print boom, Jacobson began to show paintings and sculpture.  The early 1980s saw the gallery open branches in Los Angeles and New York, expanding the range of international artists to include West Coast American artists such as Joe Goode and Larry Bell as well as modern British masters such as David Bomberg, Ivon Hitchens, Peter Lanyon, Ben Nicholson, William Scott, Stanley Spencer, and Graham Sutherland.  From 1997, the gallery moved more firmly into American and international art, with shows of artists such as Kenneth Noland, Jules Olitski, Larry Poons and Frank Stella.  Recently, the gallery has held shows by the American artists Robert Motherwell and Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein and Tom Wesselmann, while European painters include Bram Bogart and Pierre Soulages and British artists William Tillyer, Bruce McLean and Mark Vaux.

In 2004, the gallery moved to 6 Cork Street in London’s Mayfair, uniting Bernard Jacobson Graphics and Bernard Jacobson Gallery under one roof.  Since then, the gallery has held major exhibitions including a two-part examination of Robert Motherwell’s Open series, the largest showing of the artist’s work in the UK since the 1978 retrospective at the Royal Academy of Arts; a selection of new works by former President of the Royal Academy, Phillip King; a rare selection of works from Helen Frankenthaler’s personal collection; and Bruce McLean’s first London showing of new paintings in over fifteen years.  This year has seen the gallery open a new space in New York on East 71stStreet with an inaugural exhibition entitled 60 Years of British Art followed by 21 Americans, the latter showing work by major American artists including Robert Motherwell, Helen Frankenthaler, Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Rauschenberg.  Bernard Jacobson Gallery also has a strong presence at major international art fairs participating at Art Brussels, London’s Pavilion of Art and Design, and the prestigious Art Basel where ArtInfo voted it one of the top booths of 2011 for a vast and impressive selection of works by Robert Motherwell.


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