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Rarely seen art on exhibit at National Museum
On March 15, the National Museum and Art Gallery launched Dear Joseph, an exhibition of works from the national art collection. “This exhibition gets its title from a letter by artist [Carlisle] Chang around 1961, addressed to fellow Trinidadian artist Mr Joseph Cromwell-Assee, then living in London,” said the museum in its invitation to the event.
“Chang mentions a number of artists, institutions and events, such as ‘Sybil Atteck, Nina Laming, Joan St Louis, Noel Vaucrosson and Hugh Stollmeyer’ and ‘a young Chinese from San Fernando named Will Chen.’ ‘Mr Minshall closed his studio’ and ‘Mrs Wyke is embroiled in political activism. ‘The Art Society now is housed at the old Woodbrook market, called the T’dad Art Centre. ‘Some of us are expecting to work on the Hilton Hotel’ and ‘I am also preparing a mural for the new Piarco airport’.”
One of the main attractions in the show is a restored 1962 maquette for the Piarco mural titled The Inherent Nobility of Man; the actual mural was destroyed in 1979 during the expansion of the airport. Works by the artists mentioned above and more recent works by other artists will comprise the rest of the exhibition, which is curated by Kwynn Johnson. “There are sections in the exhibition which highlight printmaking techniques such as etching and silkscreen, as well and the 18 contemporary works featured in our 2013 calendar,” the museum said.
The museum also plans a series of Seminars in Contemporary Art as an educational and outreach component of the exhibition particularly for visual arts students and scholars. “A number of the artists whose works have been featured in our 2013 calendar will lead these discussions.” Dear Joseph will continue until March 15, 2014, at the Marie Louise Hall of the National Museum and Art Gallery, 117 Frederick Street, Port-of-Spain. Gallery hours are Tue-Sat 10 am-6 pm. Info: 623-5941.
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