Wednesday, 20 October 2021

Gallery’s summer show revisits artists and music

HENLEY’S Bohun Gallery is to revisit the theme of “artists and music” for its summer exhibition

HENLEY’S Bohun Gallery is to revisit the theme of “artists and music” for its summer exhibition — which opens to the public on Tuesday (June 14), writes Matthew Wilson.

Following the success of its 2015 show of the same name — which Galleries magazine hailed as “inspired” — the Reading Road exhibition space will again explore the influence and relationship between artists and music.

Gallery manager Katie Newman said:The exhibition is directly influenced by the incredible variety of music that we celebrate in Henley and the surrounding area at this time of year — from the Henley Festival, to Garsington Opera to the Rewind festival.

“For centuries music has inspired artists and after last summer’s very successful exhibition we continue to explore the influence of music on 20th century and contemporary artists. This will be a fantastic show and will have a very wide appeal.”

Founded by Patricia Jordan Evans in 1973, the gallery has enjoyed a long association with Mary Fedden and has selected a number of examples of her paintings linked with Glyndebourne Opera to feature in Artists and Music.

During the Nineties, Fedden was invited to exhibit her work as a small selling exhibition at Glyndebourne, which began a very happy and successful relationship with the opera festival.

In 1998 she was commissioned to design the season’s progamme cover. Bohun’s exhibition includes paintings and collages by Fedden depicting a number of operas — including Cunning Little Vixen, Rodelinda and the The Makropoulos Case.

Described by Henry Moore as “the best draughtsman of his generation” there has been a major revival of interest in Welshman Ceri Richards’ work. Bohun has secured three drawings for the exhibition that illustrate Richards’ versatility and skill as a draughtsman and present music as a central theme in his work.

“The Music Room” was a subject that dominated a large proportion of Richards’ work during the Forties. The images depict a female, alone and utterly absorbed in her music and unaware that she is being observed.

John Piper enthusiasts will have the opportunity to acquire an original painting for the stage design of the 1973 Aldeburgh production of Death in Venice. There is also an arresting image of Snape Maltings Concert Hall and silkscreens relating to his work as a stage set designer.

An especial coup for the Henley gallery is three paintings commissioned from Maggi Hambling for the exhibition.

One of Britain’s most significant and controversial painters and sculptors, Hambling has painted a series of works in response to Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.

Katie Newman added: “With work by some of the leading artists of the 20th century and with paintings and sculpture commissioned especially for this exhibition, there will be a huge diversity in artistic styles and musical influences.”

A private view is being held at noon tomorrow (Saturday) ahead of the public opening. The gallery’s weekly opening times are 10am to 5pm, Tuesday to Saturday.

For more information, call (01491) 576228 or visit gallery’s website at

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