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The Renaissance of York Art Gallery: Reubens, Rembrandt, Francis Bacon and More

11th August 2016

Jen Davis, Untitled No 26, 2007. Courtesy of Lee Marks Fine Art, IN and ClampArt, NY

Jen Davis, Untitled No 26, 2007. Courtesy of Lee Marks Fine Art, IN and ClampArt, NY

On 23 of September this year York Art Gallery will be curating one of its biggest and most exciting shows to date. "Flesh" will be a retrospective of how artists have been drawn to form throughout history: human and animal, alive and dead, familiar and strange; this major exhibition will explore the representation of flesh in their work.

Paintings by artists including, Peter Paul Rubens, Edgar Degas, Jean-Baptiste Siméon Chardin, Circle of Rembrandt and Francis Bacon will show how the body and flesh have long been subject to intense scrutiny by artists.

These will be contrasted with contemporary works by internationally acclaimed artists Bruce Nauman, Jenny Saville and Adriana Varejeo as well as pieces by Sarah Lucas, John Coplans, Berlinde de Bruyckere and John Stezaker recently acquired by York Art Gallery through the Art Fund’s RENEW scheme.

human and animal, alive and dead, familiar and strange

The exhibition will raise questions about the body and ageing, race and gender, touch and texture and surface and skin.

Jointly curated with Dr Jo Applin from the University of York, the exhibition will be accompanied by a publication based on new research and a varied events programme including a symposium.

This exhibition is included in the price of admission. Free entry for YMT Card holders.

A Study of a Girl's Head, by Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas Scottish National Gallery. Presented by Sir Alexander Maitland in memory of his wife Rosalind, 1960

A Study of a Girl's Head, by Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas Scottish National Gallery. Presented by Sir Alexander Maitland in memory of his wife Rosalind, 1960

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