Emily Ball’s painting School
November 2-4th 2015.
“In Conversation” Waterstones Piccadilly
Gary Wragg & Sam Cornish.
Wine and book signing – Thursday October 27th 2015 , 7pm.
GARY WRAGG Constant Within The Change Circuits & Edges
19 November – 5 December 2014
An Exhibition curated by Ben Wiedel-Kaufmann
at Updown Gallery, Ramsgate
4th October – 15th November
A catalogue of paintings and reviews from “Constant within the change”
Click here to view pdf
In 1978, the esteemed British curator Bryan Robertson saw fit to compare the promise of painter Gary Wragg’s emergent career with that of the young Jackson Pollock. It is a comparison lent some weight by the fact that Robertson had written a monograph and organized a major exhibition devoted to Pollock’s work when he was Director of London’s Whitechapel Gallery.
Quoted within the pages of the recent two-volume survey of Wragg’s career, however, the comparison jars. The career of the English painter has been considerably longer and more sustained than his American predecessor (the survey, Constant Within The Change: Gary Wragg, Five Decades of Paintings: A Comprehensive Catalogue by Sam Cornish, spans from very early pre-student works of 1963 through to 2013), but what will certainly strike the reader is Wragg’s failure to achieve an appreciable level of international recognition. Indeed, while it was likely that Wragg’s innovative expansion of painting’s medium-specific possibilities underlay Robertson’s excitement, these self-same qualities might be taken to account for Wragg’s relative obscurity today.
You can read the whole review here http://hyperallergic.com/142628/modernism-without-irony-the-paintings-of-gary-wragg/
Thank you to everyone who attended the very successful book launch on the 8th of April, or who have visited the exhibition since. The enthusiastic response has been over-whelming. On Sunday the 4th of May there will be a closing concert at Clifford Chance. The concert will be the last chance to view the exhibition, and to purchase the book at the introductory price of £85 (payment by cash or cheque). You can find more information on the book here.
30th Floor Gallery, Clifford Chance, 10 Upper Bank Street, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5JJ
RSVP essential: firstname.lastname@example.org
Early reply welcome
First half – Emma Wragg, Violin, and James Cheung, Piano
Ralph Vaughan-Williams – The Lark Ascending
Ludwig van Beethoven – The Spring Sonata, Opus 24 in F major
Interval at 3.45
Second half – Ben Wragg, Solo Violin
Bach – Andante from Sonata no.2 in A minor for Solo Violin
Teleman – Fantasy no.2 in G for Violin without Bass
S. Prokofiev – Sonata for Solo Violin
Nicholas Usherwood has reviewed Constant Within The Change’ in the April edition of Galleries magazine:
‘Tenacity is an underrated virtue in an artist’s ultimate recognition: Gary Wragg has always shown it in abundance and now, across a career spanning over five decades, he is finally getting some wider recognition for his hugely determined pursuit of a highly personal and intensely physical ‘take’ on abstract expressionism – a comprehensive two volume catalogue of his paintings entitled ‘Constant Within The Change’ (published by Sansom & Co) and a show at the 30th Floor Gallery, Clifford Chance … these volumes lend convincing support to the idea that it really is about time Wragg got support from the public sector that his achievement deserves.’
Mark Sheerin reviews ‘I Cheer a Dead Man’s Sweetheart’ at the De La Warr Pavilion for www.artsdesk.com:
‘Gary Wragg could stop you in your tracks with one of his large-scale canvases in which no colour or mix of colours is considered excessive. In Blue/Yellow Streak he substitutes the lapis lazuli and the gold leaf of early Renaissance painting with a searing lemon yellow and an overwhelming field of pure blue. Thick paint offers sensual pleasures, while square brush strokes make the whole solid and satisfying. It is as balanced as the modernist building which houses this show.’
You can read the whole review here http://www.theartsdesk.com/visual-arts/i-cheer-dead-mans-sweetheart-de-la-warr-pavilion