Spotlight: Gladwell and Patterson Presents Sweeping Survey Highlighting Artworks’ Unique Position as Witnesses to History

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What you need to know: With a history dating back to 1752, Gladwell & Patterson is one of the UK’s oldest and most prestigious art galleries. With a focus on oil paintings, watercolors and sculpture, the gallery has developed an international reputation for offering 18th and 19th century gems as well as works by prominent contemporary artists. Currently, Gladwell and Patterson present “Journeys,” an immersive exhibition that traces the many passages that make up a single work of art—and the journeys that viewers can experience in art. On display until December 23, 2022, the exhibition features a vast array of artworks, from 19th-century landscapes to 20th-century abstraction and contemporary sculptures. In general, the exhibition is an example of the scope and quality in which Gladwell and Patterson specialize.

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Why we love it: “Journeys” is actually a compendium of significant art and artists over several centuries and offers visitors a unique opportunity to travel through time and reflect on the unique path of each work, as well as to reflect on the countless ways in which art can influence or inspire one’s own personal journey. The variety of styles and aesthetics means there’s something for everyone to appreciate, plus the chance to discover something new. From atmospheric post-impressionist paintings by Gustave Louiso to the contemporary driftwood sculptures of James Doran-Webb, the unique juxtapositions are fascinating and thought-provoking.

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According to the gallery: “The exhibition explores the stories of some truly magnificent works of art. The artist’s journey from inception through creation to completion. A progressive history of art making, where they keep silent on our daily lives and experience our fascinating personal stories. Consider those paintings and sculptures in palaces, in my rooms Apartments, meeting rooms, gardens and our homes: to what interesting events they must bear witness – signing of treaties, declarations of war and peace, births, proposals, marriages and deaths, the existence of the roller coaster that is our whole life. Their ways change when they are passed on to future generations or pass to a new guardian . They can travel around the world and they find new journeys to embark on.”

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See inside the exhibit below.

Installation view of "journeys," 2022. Courtesy Gladwell and Patterson, London.

Installation view of “Journeys” (2022). Courtesy Gladwell and Patterson, London.

Installation view of "journeys," 2022. Courtesy Gladwell and Patterson, London.

Installation view of “Journeys” (2022). Courtesy Gladwell and Patterson, London.

Installation view of "journeys," 2022. Courtesy Gladwell and Patterson, London.

Installation view of “Journeys” (2022). Courtesy Gladwell and Patterson, London.

Installation view of "journeys," 2022. Courtesy Gladwell and Patterson, London.

Installation view of “Journeys” (2022). Courtesy Gladwell and Patterson, London.

“Travels” runs at Gladwell & Patterson, London, until 23 December 2022.

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