Saturday, March 24, 2018

Exhibitions: “Explorations V: Portraits in Conversation” and “Explorations VI: Engaging Abstraction” - shows EXTENDED through Sunday, March 25, 2018 at NGJ — Jamaica, West Indies

“Portraits in Conversation” and “Engaging Abstraction”
December 19, 2017-March 25, 2018 at NGJ
Exhibition: “Explorations V: Portraits in Conversation” and “Explorations VI: Engaging Abstraction” - Opening Reception on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 @ 6:30pm; shows continue through Sunday, February 25, 2018 at NGJ — Jamaica, West Indies; Event Details – Where: National Gallery of Jamaica; Location: 12 Ocean Blvd, Block C, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies (Entrance is on Orange Street); Tel: 1-876-922-1561, 1-876-922-1563; Fax: 1-876-922-8544; E-mail:; Opening hours: Tues-Thurs: 10am to 4:30pm; Fri: 10am-4pm; Sat: 10am-3pm; Last Sundays: the NGJ is open every last Sunday of the month, normally 11am-4pm.
Event Description: “The National Gallery of Jamaica is pleased to present two new exhibitions – 'Explorations V: Portraits in Conversation' and 'Explorations VI: Engaging Abstraction' – which will be on view from December 19, 2017 to February 25, 2018. The Explorations series, which was launched in 2013, examines big themes and issues in Jamaican art, inviting conversation on these issues, and features mainly works from the National Collection. 'Explorations V: Portraits in Conversation' examines the significance and conflicted politics of artistic portraiture in the development of Jamaican art from the 18th century to the present, looking at issues such as race, class, gender, as well as the ideas about art and the artist that are reflected in the portrait. Examples of colonial era portraiture are contrasted with portraits and self-portraits from the Nationalist era that reflect its drive towards psychological decolonization and cultural self-representation. The exhibition also includes works by contemporary artists that illustrate how portraiture has been redefined and repositioned in response to recent social changes and cultural developments. Among the artists who are represented in this exhibition are: Alvin Marriott, Renee Cox, George Robertson, Albert Huie, Samere Tansley, Milton George, Isaac Mendes Belisario, Vera Alabaster, Berette Macaulay, Richmond Barthe, Mallica 'Kapo' Reynolds, Olivia McGilchrist, Varun Baker, Robin Farqueharson, David Boxer, Pompeo Batoni, Barrington Watson, Mrs Lionel Lee, and Vermon 'Howie' Grant ... 'Explorations VI: Engaging Abstraction,' on the other hand, examines the role of abstraction in modern and contemporary art from Jamaica and the Caribbean. Early modern art in the Caribbean region had a strong focus on thematic content, often with nationalist overtones, and this called for figurative modernism rather than abstraction ...”Read more: National Gallery of Jamaica Blog
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