Major exhibition Towards Night will open at the Towner Art Gallery on September 24-January 22.
This show will explore the nocturnal through paintings, prints and drawings by over 60 artists. Drawing on 19th century European Romantic tradition, the work reflects wonderment and dystopia at dusk, twilight, night and dawn.
Towards Night juxtaposes key paintings and prints by Constable, Friedrich, Munch, Nolde, Palmer and Turner, some of the best known visionaries of the Romantic tradition with contemporary artists who work with the transformative aspects of nightfall to convey emotional responses such as awe, anxiety and solitude, love and loss. The exhibition opens with direct and positive responses to the natural world; Marc Chagall’s dreamlike evening in The Poet Reclining (1915) sits close to 18th century Indian miniatures depicting brightly painted figures offset against the darkening clouds of impending monsoon; and William Crozier’s Balcony at Night, Antibes (2007), of a plant, blue and iridescent against tcool night sky.
As Towards Night progresses, the dystopias become more disturbing, and connections between artists and works intensify. Artists featured are: Craigie Aitchison, Hurvin Anderson, Christine Baumgarter, Basil Beattie, William Blake, Nick Bodimeade, Louise Bourgeois, Matthew Burrows, Simon Burton, Nick Carrick, Patrick Caulfield, Marc Chagall, Stephen Chambers, Prunella Clough, Eileen Cooper, John Constable, Michael Craig-Martin, Andrew Cranston, William Crozier, Betsy Dadd, Peter Doig, James Fisher, Caspar David Friedrich, Ewan Gibbs, Will Gill, Tom Hammick, Gertrude Hermes, Utagawa Hiroshige, Howard Hodgkin, Susie Hamilton, Andrej Jackowski, Merlin James, Alex Katz, Georgia Keeling, Ken Kiff, Sara Lee, L S Lowry, Danny Markey, Edvard Munch, Mary Newcomb, Mariele Neudecker, Sidney Nolan, Emil Nolde, Humphrey Ocean, Julian Opie, Roy Oxlade, Samuel Palmer, Sarah Raphael, William Scott, George Shaw, Emma Stibbon, Edward Stott, J.M.W. Turner, Phoebe Unwin, Amanda Vesey, Alfred Wallis, Alice Walter, David Willets, Mark Wright, Rose Wylie.