The Silk Road Superstars
21st Sept – 12th October 2018
The Directors of CCASM Modern & Contemporary are delighted to announce the opening of their latest exhibition with a public preview evening on Thursday 20th September at their gallery spaces on the first floor of Sommerville House on Phillips Street in St. Helier.
This group exhibition brings together some of the most interesting and highly acclaimed international artists practising today all of whom have works displayed in national museum collections from Beijing to Istanbul.
The curated theme for the show explores the blending and dissemination of art along the staging posts of the Silk Road and how it closely related to the larger context of the travel of people, their beliefs, culture and merchant trade from east to west.
Religion was an important inspiration for art everywhere, and much of the art of the Silk Road was religious in origin. This includes not only the extravagant visual art of Buddhism, which created a legacy of thousands of statues, murals, and illustrated texts across much of Central and East Asia, but also the glazed tilework of Islamic mosques, which stresses calligraphic, geometric, and other nonrepresentational artistic motifs.
But as justly famous as this Buddhist art is, it is only one of many types of art that have flourished or been transported along the Silk Road over the centuries. Artistic artifacts and influences of many cultures, in many media and in many styles have traveled in both directions along the Silk Road, and have exerted their influences over surprisingly long distances. In addition to sculpture and pictorial art, the art of the Silk Road includes textiles, ceramics, metalwork, glass, and a wide variety of decorative techniques applied to objects of beauty and utility.
Each of the artists featured in this exhibition have drawn their inspiration from the ancient trade routes and this show provides a unique opportunity to see contemporary cultural interpretations of thousands of years of humanity by artists from Turkey, Uzbekistan, China and the former Soviet Union.
The Directors of the gallery will be giving an informal presentation at 6.15pm on the preview evening. Drinks and canapes will be served. Those unable to attend on the opening are invited to make an appointment to view the exhibition.
Co-Founder and Director Chris Clifford said “I am especially pleased that the gallery has been able to secure such an extraordinary treasure trove of some of the most incredibly beautiful, intricate and powerful imagery from artists of truly international significance. This extraordinary exhibition, which has taken many months to plan, is a must see for anybody with an interest in seeing art work that is truly breath taking and visually arresting in every sense”.
Surface of Space? : Adventures in Abstraction
16th August – 4th September 2018
The Directors of CCASM Modern & Contemporary are delighted to welcome you our latest exhibition which predominantly focusses on two young English abstract painters, Emily Thomas and Daniel Porter who have recently moved to Jersey and established professional working studios.
The exhibition is augmented by paintings from some of the most interesting and highly collectible British abstract painters alive today including William Tillyer, Keith Coventry and Tom Hammick in addition to new works by the Canadian based painter Gary Pilkington who lived briefly in Jersey 20 years ago.
The curated theme for the show explores the central issue in abstract painting since the Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky created the first abstract canvas in 1911. In the paintings he made between 1911 -1916 Kandinsky created the illusion of a three dimensional space using vibrant colours and natural forms.
Within two years this avant garde approach was quickly denounced by fellow Russian artist Kasimir Malevich through his concept of Suprematism which sought to develop a form of expression that moved as far as possible from the world of natural forms and subject matter in order to access “the supremacy of pure feeling” and spirituality in which the canvas became a two dimensional surface.
Early on, Malevich worked in a variety of styles, quickly assimilating the movements of Impressionism, Symbolism and Fauvism, and after visiting Paris in 1912, Cubism. Gradually simplifying his style, he developed an approach with key works consisting of pure geometric forms and their relationships to one another, set against minimal grounds. His Black Square (1915), a black square on white, represented the most radically abstract painting known to have been created and drew “an uncrossable line between old art and new art”.
Emily Thomas and Daniel Porter are two very talented painters who have diametrically opposite views on how and why abstract paintings should be made and presented. As such we see this show as a great opportunity to highlight the formal concepts contained within abstract painting and provide the public with a richer appreciation of the issues faced by practising artists who have differing viewpoints on the nature of contemporary art practice.
Absent Presence : A college for girls
A photographic project by Stacey Yates
In Partnership with Jersey Development Company (JDC), we are delighted to present a new project by Amsterdam based photographer Stacey Yates. JDC commissioned Stacey to document the historic site of Jersey Ladies college, later Jersey College for Girls, prior to it’s redevelopment.
Built in 1888, the Ladies College was at the forefront of women’s education in the late 19th century and was one of only a handful of schools to prepare girls for university examinations. Stacey’s brief was to explore, record and archive the former Ladies College, from a perspective that considers the social importance of the building, not just as an important piece of 19th century architecture, but also as a space rich in layered narratives and personal memory – a place created out of strong desire to educate, inspire and support a culture of strong, confident and enquiring young women in an era of gender inequality.
The photographs serve as an evocative and personal reminder to many who passed through its spaces noting the success and subsequent outgrowth of this educational institution and celebrate a new residential chapter for this site – College Gardens.
Stacey Yates is a photographer and director with a specific interest in contemporary, documentary storytelling. She produces considered, autonomous work that explores space, place and identity and has exhibited across the UK and Europe. She works with a number of organisations including –The BBC, The International School in Amsterdam, Philips, Channel 4 and The Mayor of London–supporting them in communicating tightly-observed, meaningful stories. She is currently based in Amsterdam represented by Revolver agency,
Photographic prints and a book will be available to purchase at the exhibition. Within the book – accompanying a selection of the photographs – are interviews conducted by Jersey born writer Hannah Patterson with photographer Stacey Yates and with interior architect Siobhann Macleod who worked on the building’s recent transformation.
Opening preview event: Thursday 28th June 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Opening hours from 29th June to 19th July: Mon – Fri 10am – 6pm and Saturday 11am – 3pm
Sir Francis Claude Barry (1883-1970)
2nd May -22nd June 2018
Until recently, Sir Claude Francis Barry was not a widely known name in British modernism. This is possibly because he came from a wealthy, aristocratic family and sold few of his works during his lifetime, leaving a prodigious body of work in his studio on Jersey when he died. Barry was educated at Harrow and, against the wishes of his family, followed his inclinations as a painter from the moment he left school. He studied in Newlyn – then a burgeoning centre of painting – and from the age of 23 exhibited at the Royal Academy and later at the Royal Society of British Artists and the Saloon des Artists Français. Indeed, his style was in some ways more aligned to French than to English painting.
Barry was a pacifist; he had spent World War I as an agricultural labourer and at the outbreak of World War II he reluctantly returned from years of living and travelling in France, Italy and Germany to settle in St Ives. There he studied for a time with Stanhope Forbes, and he would have come into contact with other artists working there at the time – among whom Laura and Harold Knight, Augustus John and Alfred East. After the war, Barry moved to Jersey and lived here for over 20 years, regularly using the island as his subject.
Despite his being a pacifist, the subject of war clearly inspired some of his best known work. He experimented with different styles, most obviously the French Pointillist style of separating colours into spots and using them in conjunction with each other to deliver a more vibrant result. However, one also sees evidence of his having looked at the British Vorticists and some of his impressive, war-related canvases of the 1940s were painted in a combination of these styles. The fountains of coloured lights in these paintings dramatically intersected by angular searchlights, provide some of his most successful compositions and one such work is the centre piece of the exhibition. His work is now very much sought after at auction and in specialist dealerships, with early works fetching hundreds of thousands of pounds, whilst the later works from Jersey have barely been marketed since leaving the studio so are available at much more competitive prices. His most recent UK museum retrospective in 2011 was reviewed by the Financial Times under the headline, The Greatest Artist you’ve Never Heard Of, a situation that has finally begun to change since that show.
Polychriome on board
91 x 81 cm ( 36 x 32 in)
Oil on canvas
Victory Fireworks, Moscow, 1945
oil on canvas
177.8 x 224.8 cm. (70 x 88.5 in)
A summer day Jersey
Oil on board
140x147cm (55x58 in)
1st March – 22nd April
The next exhibition at CCaSM Modern & Contemporary Art in St Helier is a celebration of artists who translate the beauty of the natural world into their own visual language.
It is a group show that includes artist from East Asia, South Asia, North America and Europe at various stages of their careers, and includes works by some of the most famous artists in working in the world today.
The interpretations of nature vary greatly across the artists in the exhibition. At one end of the spectrum acclaimed Korean master photographer Boomoon selects his monumental images from over 10,000 elaborately set-up shots taken standing in the freezing plunge pool of the Skogafoss Waterfall in Iceland, at the other end, art superstar Damien Hirst’s adds to his ongoing personal encoding of human chemistry in his dot series, which is a key part of almost every important collection of contemporary art in the world and represented in this show through the most recent of his rare, museum-quality wood-block prints.
The exhibition will include works by Boomoon, Gary Hume, Anish Kapoor, Damien Hirst, Sue Arrowsmith and Nissa Nishikawa.
Boomoon Waterfall #2069 2015
Archival Pigment Print 200 x 150 cm © Boomoon
Gary Hume Paradise Printing Four 2012
Linocut 128 x 93 cm (50 3/8 x 36 5/8 in © Gary Hume
Anish Kapoor Red Shadow 2 2016
Etching 72.5 x 96.5 cm (28 9/16 x 38 in) © Anish Kapoor
Wunderkammer – A Winter Salon
December 2017 – January 2018
The next exhibition at CCaSM Modern & Contemporary will be a festive celebration of 400 years of art from across the globe, entitled Wunderkammer – A Winter Salon. We will be filling the gallery spaces from floor to ceiling with masterworks from the 15th century through to the modern day by some of the world’s greatest and most fascinating artists, from contemporary European and Asian works, American and European modern masters, 18th century Romanticism and all the way back to the renaissance.
We sincerely hope that you can make the opening on the night of the 6th of December, but if not please feel free to make an private appointment or drop in any Thursday or Friday evening between 5pm – 7pm or on Saturday afternoons between 12pm-5pm for our public events in the lead up to Christmas.
Statute and Liberty Matisse and the Abstract Expressionists
20th September – 28th November 2017
To introduce our art consultancy service to Jersey, CCASM Contemporary is very pleased to present the first displays in our offices on Phillips Street in St Helier.
As CCASM is a consultancy designed to bring the very best of the international art market to Jersey, the theme of the first display at Sommerville House combines two of the pillars of the era of Modern and Contemporary Art, High Modernism and Abstract Expressionism.
The library room houses a small survey of the print work of Henry Matisse, spanning his output from the 1920s to the 1950s and is given some context by the current survey of the artist’s work at the Royal Academy in London. Matisse, along with Picasso, is arguably one of two greatest artists of the 20th century.
The main viewing room is filled with works inspired by Matisse’s late colour cut-outs, made by some of the most famous American artists in history. The Abstract Expressionist group changed art practice for all the subsequent generations of artists, and CCASM are very pleased to show works by 4 artists that span the wider group in age and style, including the three most senior members of the group who still have unique works available on the market.
The 4 artists are headlined by one of the true heavyweights of post war painting, Robert Motherwell, and the exhibition also includes rare and very beautiful works Sam Francis, Helen Frankenthaler and Jon Schueler.
The display will run from September 15th until November 3rd and is open by appointment at CCASM Contemporary, Sommerville House, Philips Street, St Helier, Jersey.
Sam Francis (1923-1994) Untitled, 1964
Gouache on paper 57.2 x 75.6 cm
Jon Schueler (1916-1992) o/c 481 Changes, Romasiag,Scotland,1974
Oil on Canvas 36 x 32 inches 91 x 81 cm
Robert Motherwell (1915-1991) The Brown Stripe, 1967
Printed paper collage and tempera on board 35.6 x 21 cm
Henri Matisse (1869-1954) Nu pour Cleveland, 1932
Etching on Arches Velin paper Edition of 250 50 x 40 cm