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View R: Works in response to the Rugby Collection by David Ward, Hermione Wiltshire and Daphne Wright

A Mead Gallery Exhibition

Fri 30 Apr – Sat 26 Jun 1999

The Rugby Collection includes over 150 works of art by twentieth century artists such as Barbara Hepworth, Leon Kossoff, Paul Nash and Stanley Spencer. The University of Warwick has researched artists and works, published catalogues and commissioned conservation for this outstanding collection since 1986, exhibiting it annually in the Mead Gallery. This year’s major exhibition is in the nature of a farewell as the University says goodbye to the collection. Later this year, it will make its way back to its home town and Rugby’s brand new Art Gallery, currently under construction.

This year’s exhibition celebrates the collection in a unique way. Three artists, David Ward, Hermione Wiltshire and Daphne Wright will transform the gallery with new three dimensional works, made in response to the two dimensional collection of paintings, prints and drawings.

Hermione Wiltshire hopes to create a real sense of anticipation and excitement as the viewer discovers or rediscovers this unique collection. The artist is fascinated by the storage rack in the gallery’s picture store and will relocate it to the gallery. This gives us the first opportunity to present the entire collection – the great works by famous artists and the less successful works by less well known artists. The gallery staff will spend an hour each day, pulling out racks and discussing pictures with visitors.

David Ward’s recent work has explored ideas of reflection and reversal and he is drawn to works in the collection sharing these themes. Central to his installation is Paul Nash’s View R, reunited here with its sister painting by Nash, View from a Window, Nice (View S), on loan from Bradford Museums and Galleries.

Daphne Wright will re-present her exquisite work ‘They’ve Taken To Their Beds’; a huge opulent bower of red roses created in tin foil. Seen alongside selected portraits from the collection, the artist explores ideas of physical appearance and inner self.