A few updates, in my first diary post since March:
• Peter Seal
The short text commissioned for inclusion in a new publication on the artist is now uploaded to this website. Presenting fifteen recent paintings by Seal, it is published by Anthony Hepworth Fine Art, by whom the artist is now exclusively represented.
• Patrick Procktor
There continues to be a great deal of interest in Procktor, and indeed in my monograph biography on the artist, ten years after its publication and launch at The Redfern Gallery, London, which continues to exclusively represent the artist’s estate.
Currently there is a show of Procktor’s work at Loeve & Co, Paris, which continues until 31 October. To coincide with the opening of this show Le Monde published an article about the artist by Roxana Azimi (see image). Run over six pages, the article was based in part on telephone interviews conducted with Celia Birtwell, Peter Schlesinger, Redfern Gallery director Richard Selby, and myself. It was illustrated with examples of Procktor’s work, and with photographs by Kasmin (seen here), Homer Sykes, and Snowdon.
On 28 September, Jerry Saltz, art critic of New York Magazine, posted about Procktor on Instagram to his 448K followers, a post which introduced the artist to many people previously unaware of his work.
• Postponed group show at Manchester Art Gallery
I have for some months now been working on a substantial curatorial project for Manchester Art Gallery. The show was initially set to open in February 2021, but has now been postponed due to the impact of the pandemic. We now hope to open the show in November 2021. Updates will follow.