Daytrips- Pallant House Gallery-Chichester.

Back in October of last year, I visited Pallant House Gallery in Chichester to see the Bomberg exhibition.

Here is some information from their website;

‘Pallant House Gallery opened in its present incarnation to national critical acclaim in July 2006. The remarkable £8.6 million build project, which took nearly three years to complete, seamlessly married the original Queen Anne, grade I listed town-house and the new wing, quadrupling Pallant House Gallery’s exhibition space.’

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I understand if you are reading this that the Bomberg exhibition finished in February but still I suppose you can have a look at the other nice things that I saw.

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So firstly here is the gallery stairwell decorated with a piece called ‘Composition for a staircase’ by Lothar Gotz.  I enjoyed it and I liked how the walls changed colour with the sunlight and also you were encouraged to take pictures by it and then put them on Instagram. I believe it is ‘highly grammable’  Considering when I arrived I asked if I could take photos and was given a map with crosses on which meant no, no and no, I was sad that this was to be the antithesis of my photo taking day but still it is a good site specific art piece.

Pallant House
Pallant House

It even had its own #STAIRWELLSELFIE hashtag.

Pablo Bronstein, Wall Pomp. 18th Century stairwell until the 18th September 2018.

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‘An ambitious installation by Pablo Bronstein is the latest contemporary intervention in the Gallery’s 18th century townhouse. Reflecting his enduring fascination with architecture, Bronstein has created a wallpaper featuring monumental sculptures that disrupt the sense of history and space of the house, whilst providing a bold response to its past domesticity.’

HTTP://PALLANT.ORG.UK/EXHIBITIONS/EXHIBITIONS/PABLO-BRONSTEIN-WALL-POMP– ACCESSED 16TH APRIL 2018.

I really liked this installation and it was both overpowering and fascinating with the colours and shapes of the patterns used. I would very much like this wallpaper in my house and I would say when people asked what it was “Oh, it is just my wall pomp”.

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Barbara Hepworth, Single Form, Nocturne, 1968.

Pallant House

Fernand Leger, L’Engrenage Rouge, The Red Gear, 1939.Oil on canvas.

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I liked this image as it reminded me of a child’s drawing and I liked the blue and the red together. The shapes and the detail of the various parts and the greens. I thought it looked more like a red monster rising out of somewhere but with it being called The Red Gear, well yes I suppose it does look industrial. I hadn’t heard of this artist before and with a further look there is a retrospective of his work in Tate Liverpool this November so I will go and have a look at that.

Pallant House
Pallant House

Lucien Freud, Portrait of a girl, 1950, oil on copper. 

I always like to see a Freud if there is one about and I can’t explain really, I like the style of his portraits and the way the faces are full of character. The bleached out colours and the sometimes stark backgrounds he uses in his paintings always make me study them even more. There is some more information about the David Dawson- Working with Lucien Freud exhibition at Pallant House in 2012 HERE.

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Susie MacMurray, After ‘Shell’, 2008.

I really liked this, mainly as the shells looked so grandiose but also the textures of the shells mixed with the velvet inserts. I collect shells and I had big ideas of doing this to all of mine when I got home which was quickly quashed as I do not have any velvet and all of my shells are in jars out of the way. In 2006 over 20,000 shells were displayed on the walls of the stairwell in Pallant House. You can see them HERE.

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Nigel Henderson, ICA Exhibition poster for Nigel Henderson;Recent Work, 1961, Printed poster on paper. 

This part of the gallery was staging the exhibition, Nigel Henderson– A Centenary.

‘Nigel Henderson (1917-1985) was a transitional figure in the post-war British art world before the emergence of Pop Art in the 1950s and 1960s. A documentary and experimental photographer and artist who was close friends with Eduardo Paolozzi and Richard Hamilton, he was known for his ‘Hendograms’ and ‘stressed’ photographs.’

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HTTP://PALLANT.ORG.UK/EXHIBITIONS/PAST-EXHIBITIONS/2017/NIGEL-HENDERSON-A-CENTENARY– ACCESSED 6TH APRIL 2018.

SCREEN-PRINTED PAPERS, BY EDUARDO PAOLOZZI, C.1950-52. © THE ESTATE OF EDUARDO PAOLOZZI. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED, THE ESTATE OF NIGEL HENDERSON. PHOTOGRAPHY: ANDY KEATE- HTTPS://WWW.WALLPAPER.COM/ART/BORN-AGAIN-HAMMER-PRINTS-BY-NIGEL-HENDERSON-EDUARDO-PAOLOZZI– ACCESSED 6TH APRIL 2018.

I immediately loved his work as I love old posters and advertising sheets. I loved the font used and the black and white heavy-set ink. Further research brought me to Hammer Prints which Henderson set up with Eduardo Paolozzi.

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‘SGRAFFITO’, ‘COALFACE’ AND ‘NEWSPRINT’ TEXTILES, BY HAMMER PRINTS LTD, C.1957-72, PRINTED AND DYED COTTON. COURTESY OF TARGET GALLERY, LONDON AND A PRIVATE COLLECTION. PHOTOGRAPHY: ANDY KEATE. 

HTTPS://WWW.WALLPAPER.COM/ART/BORN-AGAIN-HAMMER-PRINTS-BY-NIGEL-HENDERSON-EDUARDO-PAOLOZZI– ACCESSED 6TH APRIL 2018.

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Just beautiful and you can read more about Hammer Prints HERE and HERE.

Zero pictures of Bomberg as it was forbidden but if you go HEREHERE and HERE , you can see the exhibition, learn more about the pieces and see some more portraits by the artist. I have seen the exhibition painting ‘Jerusalem City and Mount of Ascension’ at the Ferens in Hull and it is very, very good. The images that I saw in the exhibition at first meant I was a bit perplexed but once you got into the pieces he created in Spain and Palestine, his style evolved and became a lot brighter and the images are really special.

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© THE ESTATE OF DAVID BOMBERG. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED, DACS 2017. PHOTO CREDIT: FERENS ART GALLERY- HTTPS://ARTUK.ORG/DISCOVER/ARTWORKS/JERUSALEM-CITY-AND-MOUNT-OF-ASCENSION-78365/SEARCH/ACTOR:BOMBERG-DAVID-18901957/VIEW_AS/GRID/PAGE/2– ACCESSED 6TH APRIL 2018.

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Pallant House
Pallant House

Pallant House Bookshop has everything I have ever wanted and much more including The Unsophisticated Arts book secured inside a glass case for safety. When I win on the Thunderball I will back to purchase.

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Nice signage font.

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Nice pumpkin in a window.

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I really enjoyed my mini trip to Pallant House and their exhibition space and the building itself is really interesting.

Entrance fees vary so do check their website before visiting.

All websites/links accessed 6th April 2018.