Artwork validating artist
While he has consistently tested the limits of his earlier styles and developed new approaches, his meticulous attention to the process of art-making has remained constant. Williams; the gallery is the first to represent Williams since the 1970s when, as a recent MFA graduate from Yale University, Williams was represented by Reese Palley Gallery in New York. Williams’ art has been characterized by bold color and daring compositions that paid homage to and challenged the abstraction that had come before it.
Summer, visits Sir John Leicester to paint his seat, Tabley House, Knutsford, Cheshire, visits Wales and the River Dee and (in August) Farnley Hall, near Otley, Yorkshire, the seat of Walter Fawkes, for the shooting.30 September: makes first will, providing for a Chair of Landscape at the Royal Academy and a gold Turner Medal for landscape painting; instructions for a picture gallery and almshouses to be built for ‘decayed English artists (landscape painters only) and single men’ on his land at Twickenham and two of his pictures to be hung with works by Claude at the National Gallery; and small family and personal legacies.20 August: adds a codicil to his will stating that if the gallery and almshouses were not built within five years of his death, the funds should instead preserve his gallery at Queen Anne Street, with a curator.22 June: following correspondence, meets Ruskin for the first time at the Norwood house of the artist’s agent and collector, Thomas Griffith.
Arguably the first curator to reach such status was Henry Geldzahler, whose 1969 exhibition “New York Painters and Sculptors of 1940-1970” at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art launched the careers of a group of emerging artists such as Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, David Hockney, and James Rosenquist.
According to the New York Times, Geldzahler was once dubbed “the most powerful and controversial art curator alive.” Despite having just been named in the artnet Titans list of powerful figures, Obrist insists that he primarily sees himself as a facilitator.
What is the role of the curator in the contemporary art world?
Often working behind the scenes in an opaque job, curators actually greatly influence the art we see in galleries and museums, and, as a result, help determine which art critics write about.
is scheduled to be on view from April 7 through June 3, 2017.