Turner, Monet, Twombly: Later Paintings, an exhibition devised and installed by Jeremy Lewison, opened at Moderna Museet, Stockholm on 8 October and closed on 15 January 2012. It was attended by 255,000 visitors and over 7,000 catalogues were sold. The exhibition was subsequently shown at Staatsgalerie Stuttgart where it attracted 147,000 visitors. It opens 23 June at Tate Liverpool. Two principles underlie the exhibition: that Romanticism did not die in the nineteenth century but continues to be relevant to today’s artists; that what preoccupies artists in old age in 1850 is broadly similar, in human terms, to what preoccupies older artists in 2012.
Jeremy Lewison has contributed the main and opening essay in the first publication to be devoted exclusively to the Mirror Paintings of Michelangelo Pistoletto, an artist associated with the Arte Povera movement. The essay, ‘Looking at Pistoletto/Looking at Myself’ analyses Pistoletto’s work from a phenomenological viewpoint and discusses the relationship of the viewer to the work and the way in which the viewer perceives it bodily.
The book also contains an essay by Pascal Gielen and an interview between Pistoletto and Michael Auping. It is published by Hatje Cantz in English.
The Douglas Hyde Gallery at Trinity College, Dublin is showing Alice Neel: Family, a selection of twelve paintings and nine drawings chosen by Jeremy Lewison on the theme of the family. The exhibition opened on 8 September 2011 and runs till 16 November. A catalogue accompanies the exhibition with an essay by psychoanalyst Adam Phillips.