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26 May 2012

Presence: the art of portrait sculpture, Holburne Museum 26 May – 2 September

half-length pottery figure of a child apparently sleeping (but dead) in a bed, holding flowers
John Dwight’s Fulham Pottery, Lydia Dwight Dead, 1674. V&A 1055-1871

“The Holburne Museum’s transformed galleries are given over to sculpture for the first time with this show of sculpted portraits ancient and modern.

Heads from Ancient Greece and Rome will be displayed alongside 18th-century masterpieces; works from the 20th century by Giacometti, Brancusi and others; and contemporary pieces from artists including Marc Quinn and Ron Mueck.” (from the Art Fund website)

“This is a terrific show, original, inventive and as stimulating as one might expect from Alexander Sturgis, late of the National Gallery, now director of the Holburne Museum, who believes, as few other curators of our times, that art might be about ideas as well as images.” (Laura Cumming in The Guardian, 3 June 2012)