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BOOK OF THE MONTH

In this week's blog, find out more about our newest exhibition catalogue which complements our summer exhibition, Marcus Harvey: Inselaffe.

Marcus Harvey: Inselaffe
RRP: £5.50 (10% off for Jerwood Gallery Members)

This catalogue has been published by Jerwood Gallery to accompany our exhibition Marcus Harvey: Inselaffe.  It provides a great introduction to his work, with a forward by Jerwood Gallery Director Liz Gilmore, an introduction by Exhibitions Curator Victoria Howarth, and an insightful essay by painter, writer, and co-editor of Turps Banana, Phil King.

There are stunning colour reproductions of Harvey’s work (some printed at double page scale), install shots of the exhibition, and a new portrait photograph of the artist.  The catalogue captures Harvey’s innovative and powerful artistic style, showcasing the works in his largest solo exhibition to date.

In his essay Marcus Harvey: History Painter, Phil King discusses Harvey’s latest work in the context of the history of British artistic expression, the wider European tradition, and Harvey’s own artistic development and practice.  He quotes from Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, William Blake’s From Europe: A Prophecy, and William Shakespeare’s Henry V, locating Harvey’s work strongly in the British literary tradition.

He writes, ‘Everything becomes a problem in the dark poetry in Harvey’s work…its poetic aspect and storytelling subjects are implicitly a form of historical understanding, and, dare I say it, who is better at mixing Poetry and History than ‘Island Monkeys’ – Shakespeare, Milton, Blake, Woolf – streams of consciousness, floods of pungent verbal fact and errant perhaps even regressive desire, are what, finally, define the imaginative pyrotechnics of this littler vulnerable old fortress and its slowly deflating triumphalism.’

You can visit the exhibition, which covers the ground floor gallery spaces until Sunday 16th October 2016

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