Bartholomew Beal – Arms Around the Child

From the article:

For this year’s ‘heART & SOUL’ auction we are delighted that legendary singer Neneh Cherry has joined us as a guest curator. The themes ‘heART & SOUL’ are embedded in the mission of Arms Around The Child. A global charity, building a better and kinder environment for children, living, through no fault of their own orphaned, abandoned, trafficked, living in child-headed households or at risk of child abuse in Ghana, India and South Africa.

What Branches Grow –
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Madame Sosostris –
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Bartholomew Beal: A Heap of Broken Images – Edward Lucie-Smith

From the Artlyst article:

Bartholomew Beal: A Heap of Broken Images – Edward Lucie-Smith

The new Masculinities show at the Barbican, excellent and comprehensive as it is, contains – for me at least – one striking omission. There was no work, or group of works, by the young British artist Bartholomew Beal.

If you have to ask who he was, this indicates how ephemeral reputations can be in today’s art world. Very recently dead, at the age of 30, Beal was in his lifetime one of the great hopes of post-YBA British art, in a period that hasn’t been prolific in the work of good new British artists, good painters in particular.

Under the guidance of the dealer Jason Colchin-Carter, who discovered him when he was studying for a BA in painting at the Wimbledon College of Art, Beal made a considerable impact. In particular, he had two major one-person shows, in 2014 and then in 2016, at the now closed Fine Art Society gallery in Bond Street. This long-famous venue, situated opposite Sotheby’s, slammed shut its doors, after more than a century of existence, very soon after Beal’s death. It now survives on the web, and also as a modest space in Edinburgh, but seems to have renounced any interest in contemporary art.

The titles of Beale’s two exhibitions now seem prophetic. The first was called A Heap of Broken Images. The second was This Great Age of Fools. Beale was a figurative painter, but – unlike many of the figurative painters working now – was neither crudely moralistic nor ploddingly sociological. As the title of This Great Age of Fools suggests, a major reference was to Shakespeare’s play King Lear. The catalogue cover shows the old king, barefoot and in solitude, with his arms stretched out, appealing to us, his audience, in despair. The catalogue cover of the previous exhibition shows a wrecked boat and, beyond that, two mournful figures with their backs turned to us. In the immediate foreground are scattered books and papers and hanging over all are what may be a throng of coloured lanterns. In both cases, the paintings concerned seem to speak of a culture on the edge of catastrophe, struggling to find a place in the contemporary world. It is perhaps not surprising that most of Beal’s protagonists seem to be men – despairing men, stricken in years and at the end of their tether.

It is also ironic that a young artist should have made a considerable reputation with images of this type, only to have it seemingly vanish away immediately after his own early death.

Bartholomew Beal: “This Great Stage of Fools” at The Fine Art Society, London 2016

18 January – 5 February 2016

Exhinition information on The Fine Art Society webiste.

Works exhibited:

IPA Frieze London 2016

IPA Frieze London 2016
The Nash
10 Park Crescent
London W1B

Richard Twose at the Biscuit Factory

Read the Chronicle Live article HERE.

Bartholomew Beal: IPA Collaboration with Cynthia Corbett Gallery 2015-2016

In The End We Are All Alone at Griffin Gallery, London

In The End We Are All Alone
Curated by Becca Pelly-Fry and Jason Colchin-Carter

Download the catalogue

Bartholomew Beal
Paul Benney
Jimin Chae
Guy Haddon-Grant
Guillemette Monchy
Dorte Skrumsager-Kloppenborg

Exhibition runs from Thursday 17 March – Friday 22 April 2016

Griffin Gallery , The Studio Building, 21 Evesham Street, London W11 4AJ

GriffinGallery Invite 16March

Press release (pdf download)

Essay by Edward Lucie-Smith

Essay by Nico Kos Earle

Photographs of the exhibition

Photographs of the exhibition:

Art14 London

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