‘A Fine Day for Seeing’ takes its title from the New York School poet and curator Frank O’Hara, who bridged literary and artistic worlds in the late 50s. In this spirit of collaboration between word and image, the exhibition presents ten pairs of internationally acclaimed poets and artists who have been invited to work in dialogue with each other.
The show is curated by Paul Carey-Kent, an art writer with a long-standing interest in poetry, and Tamar Yoseloff, a poet with a strong engagement with visual art.
A Fine Day For Seeing Group Exhibition presenting ten pairs of artists & poets 28th July – 29th August 2021 // Southwark Park Galleries: Sunday 25th JULY // 2–5 PM (Poetry Readings 3–4 PM)
Poet – Artist Khairani Barokka – Michelle Williams Gamaker Leo Boix – Jessica Sarah Rinland Annie Freud – May Cornet Martha Kapos – Mali Morris Roy McFarlane – Hew Locke Maitreyabandhu – Basil Beattie Julian Stannard – Juliette Mahieux Bartoli Harriet Tarlo – Judith Tucker Jane Yeh – Virginia Verran Tamar Yoseloff – Alison Gill
Plenty of shows bring together paintings of figures and objects in unusual contexts or brought into unexpected conjunctions: the words ‘uncanny’ and ‘enigmatic’, ‘disturbing’ and ‘surreal’ are likely to be invoked. But, even if the paintings are good, you need more to turn such a display into a compelling whole. Two current exhibitions demonstrate how: