Christopher Le Brun: Composer – Major Two-Part Exhibition of Leading British Painter Christopher Le Brun PRA in Spring 2017
(Vero Beach, FL) –The Gallery at Windsor, Florida, and Albertz Benda, New York, have announced Composer, a major two-part exhibition of renowned British painter and President of the Royal Academy Christopher Le Brun PRA. Taking place in spring 2017, the two concurrent shows will display a body of work drawing from the connection between painting and music. Together, the works encompass a complete new cycle of Le Brun’s paintings.
Le Brun’s exhibition at The Gallery at Windsor will feature 16 works in total, including new large-scale paintings and important private loans. The second part of the exhibition, opening a week later in New York, will feature 12 new paintings demonstrating the breadth of scale that characterizes the artist’s most recent work.
“We are delighted to exhibit Christopher Le Brun’s work at The Gallery at Windsor. Since its opening in 2002 The Gallery has enjoyed a rich exhibition history. This year’s exhibition of works by Christopher Le Brun continues Windsor’s strong tradition of showcasing the leading contemporary artists of our time,” said the Hon. Hilary M. Weston, co-founder of Windsor and Creative Director for The Gallery at Windsor.
Music and its relationship to composition have always been central to Le Brun’s creative process, and the importance of this dialogue became more explicit in 2015 when British composer Richard Birchall produced a new piano piece inspired by one of Le Brun’s paintings, Cloud, which debuted in a solo exhibition of his work in London 2015.Chords, texture, tone, rhythm, layering: much of this language speaks equally to painting and music.
The title of these exhibitions, Composer,is deliberately intended to highlight the aesthetic and essential qualities of painting – shape, scale, texture and color – and the artists’ role in their arrangement. Under the hand of the painter and composer the raw material of noise becomes sound and visual chaos becomes form. Whether Wassily Kandinsky and Arnold Schoenberg, or Philip Guston and Morton Feldman,historically there have always been strong relationships and critical exchanges between composers of paintings and of music.
This cohesive group of paintings arenot onlyalive with possibility and sensuality, but arealso very much composed. Classical composers of music, right through to the present day, are defined by the extensive and refined structure of their compositions, where complex auditory space enables fine distinctions of emotion, imagination and meaning. These are the connections between painting and music that Le Brun values most.
A fully illustrated publication will accompany the exhibitions, with a foreword by the Hon. Hilary M. Weston, an introduction by curator Emilie Bruner, an essay by the acclaimed curator and scholar Barbara Rose and a conversation with Christopher Le Brun PRA and the architect David Chipperfield RA, moderated by Tim Marlow, Artistic Director of the Royal Academy London.
Christopher Le Brun was elected President of the Royal Academy in December 2011. He is the 26th President since Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1768, and the youngest to be elected since Lord Leighton in 1878.
Composer will open officially to the public by appointment at The Gallery at Windsor, Vero Beach, Florida beginning Monday, February 27, 2017 and remain on view through April 27, 2017. For reservations, group tours and special events, contact 772 388 4071.
Composer will open to the public at Albertz Benda, New York beginning March 2, 2017 and remain on view through April 5, 2017.
About The Gallery at Windsor
Founded in 2002 by Alannah Weston, The Gallery at Windsor is an independent art space at the heart of the community. The Gallery invites curators to respond to the space with museum-quality shows of contemporary paintings, works on paper and photography. Today, the Hon. Hilary M. Weston serves as Creative Director for The Gallery.
For more than a decade, The Gallery has exhibited works by leading contemporary artists including Christo & Jeanne-Claude, Ed Ruscha, Bruce Weber and Nan Bush, Peter Doig, Alex Katz and Tony Scherman.
In April 2011, the Hon. Hilary M. Weston announced a three-year collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery in London. This partnership realized exhibitions by Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes, Romanian-born twin brothers Gert & Uwe Tobias, and American Icon Jasper Johns.
Most recently on display in The Gallery was Per Kirkeby: Echo of the Light, an exhibition of selected works by celebrated Danish artist Per Kirkeby, co-curated by Olivier Berggruen, writer and art historian and Kadee Robbins, Director of Michael Werner Gallery London. The exhibition was on display from December 5, 2015 through April 29, 2016.
Windsor (windsorflorida.com) is a private residential community spanning 425 acres of lush barrier island between the Indian River and the Atlantic Ocean in Vero Beach, Florida. Established in 1989 by Hilary and W. Galen Weston of Toronto, Canada, Windsor was designed by renowned town planners Andrés Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk in the New Urbanism style of residential living, one that offers public and community spaces framed by timeless architecture and landscape design that celebrates its tropical and unspoiled setting. Windsor is comprised of 350 homesites in various styles including village homes, cottages and country estates, all remarkable for their signature Anglo-Caribbean architecture and gracious living.
Windsor provides homeowners privacy and seclusion combined with the finest amenities, exemplary services and sporting activities. Members enjoy an 18-hole links-style golf course, Har-Tru tennis courts, an Equestrian Centre, full-sized polo field, over four miles of riding trails, a fully equipped Fitness Centre, and Gun Club. The Clubhouse, with interiors designed by Yabu Pushelberg, is a favorite gathering place much like the Beach Club which features private cabanas, its own restaurant, a pool-side Cabana Bar and 25-metre swimming pool. Windsor is also known for its art gallery featuring a revolving series of world-class exhibitions, and a Town Hall, which serves as a chapel and a venue for weddings, concerts and lectures.
3125 Windsor Boulevard
Vero Beach, Florida 32963
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