Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Jenny Saville at The Norton Museum

Jenny Saville

Saville at the Norton Museum

Jenny Saville gets first solo US museum show

The artist is due to unveil new works
at the Norton Museum in November

WEST PALM BEACH. UK artist Jenny Saville, who rarely produces fresh material, will unveil a selection of new works next month in her first solo show at a US museum. The exhibition at the Norton Museum of Art in Florida (30 November-4 March 2012) includes 15 large-scale paintings and 15 drawings dating from 1992 to 2011 by the Young British Artist, who is known for her graphic figurative representations of the human figure.
           “The exhibition will include new and existing works from the artist’s studio that have not been previously exhibited. Other works in the exhibition were only shown in the US in 1999 and 2003, but not in solo shows,” said a museum spokesman. A selection of works on paper include examples from the artist’s most recent series based on Leonardo Da Vinci’s preparatory drawing The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne and Saint John the Baptist (The Leonardo Cartoon), around 1499-1500, which is housed at the National Gallery in London.
           The show is the first in the museum’s Recognition of Art by Women series. The spokesman said: “Cheryl Brutvan, the museum’s curator of contemporary art, thought Jenny Saville would be perfect as the series’ inaugural artist. She contacted Saville about the idea, and says the artist ‘was quite enthusiastic about it’.” All the works in the exhibition come either from private collections, foundations (such as the Santa Monica-based Broad Art Foundation) or the artist herself. None are from public collections.



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