George Graham: The Creation Paintings
Hastings Museum and Art Gallery will hold an exhibition devoted to George Graham’s mysterious Creation Paintings from 20 January to 7 May 2017. Alex Brattell offers a preview.
The spiritual in art is having one of its regular revivals, possibly as a reaction to uncertain times and the lack of direction of an art market pandering to the super rich with attention grabbing novelty and zombie formalisms.
2016 saw well received exhibitions of Swedish medium and painter Hilma af Klint (1862–1944) at the Serpentine Galleries, and British spiritualist Georgiana Houghton (1814-1884) at the Cortauld Institute. The current Paul Nash exhibition at Tate Britain brims with animism and Palmeresque eeriness. The 78 Thoth Tarot paintings by Lady Frieda Harris, made in collaboration with Aleister Crowley when he lived in Hastings in the 1940s, are being restored by The Warburg Institute (nine major arcana were showcased at the Venice Biennale in 2013).
As well as George Graham: The Creation Paintings, 2017 will see a reappraisal of English artist and occultist Ithell Colquhoun (1906-1988) with the release of a major monograph by independent publishers Fulgur. Leonard Rosoman (1913-2012), whose murals for Lambeth Palace offer a slight comparison to George Graham’s work, will be the subject of a new survey by the Royal Academy……
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