Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Whitechapel Gallery

Yesterday the Whitechapel Gallery in London's East End opened Contemporary Art Society: Nothing Beautiful Unless Useful (CLICK). The Contemporary Art Society has been raising funds to buy works for British galleries and museums since 1910. The other part of the title refers to the slogan emblazoned on the Manchester Art Gallery in 1824. A mixture of art, philanthropy and social class is the order of the day, with treasures from up North mixed with old photos of working-class life. Shown is L.S. Lowry's The Bandstand, Peel Park, Salford (1931). Watercolours by John Ruskin and works by William Holman Hunt, Edward Burne-Jones, Ford Madox Brown and Eric Gill are included in the mix. The show runs until 1 December, admission free.


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