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Boundary Gallery at London Art Fair 2020

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22 > 26.01.20

 

The Boundary Gallery has a long history in its thirty-three years of existence, has championed Modern British artists, some very well known, such as Bomberg, Epstein, Herman and members of the Borough Group including Dorothy Mead and Miles Richmond and some lesser known ones but in quality, equal. Meninsky, Kramer and Dubsky belong to this group.

 

We are also showing ceramics in collaboration with the Thrown Gallery at the London Art Fair on 22-26th January 2020, because we both believe in classical and highest quality art albeit in different periods. In this collaboration, at an age when crafts are appreciated as highly as other art forms, both galleries will focus on another aspect of their collaboration: the expressionist style.

London Art Fair
Business Design Centre
52 Upper Street
London N1 0QH

We look forward to seeing you there on Stand 49.

 

Agi Katz

Boundary Gallery

 

 

India – February 2019

 

A very exciting trip to India is what was needed in the cold winter. Although I have been to India five times before, there were still unexplored places and also revisited some favourites. It started with the wonderful town in the desert, Jaiselmer, with its spectacular fort and Jain temple with its intricate carvings, a place for spiritual recreation as are all Jain temples of which we saw quite a few in our subsequent travels.

Jodhpur is the microcosm of what India is about to an outsider – buzzy and busy with an amazing range of colours of saris and turbans. We stayed in a hotel in the middle of the old city, a 17th century mansion in which a beautiful modern hotel was incorporated. Three days gave us an opportunity to look at another great fort, really vibrant market with fresh vegetables to die for and interesting buildings, mansions and palaces of the past.

     

A five hour journey to Devgarh was accompanied by a Jain temple in a cave with hundreds of bats fortunately asleep during out visit. The photo shows my husband at the entrance between two elephant trunks. The long journey from here to our next destination to Udaipur went past some small villages with wonderful colourfully dressed women and children and turbaned males.

  

Udaipur, visited before, was as beautiful as ever with its lakes and palaces alongside. The most remarkable was the Royal palace with its opulent interior. To gain an idea of the Udaipur skyline we had a wonderful view from the famous Lake Palace hotel where we had lunch. Our own hotel was half an our outside the city and it was a fort converted into a hotel on top of a hill; majestic and formidable, but extremely comfortable inside with a fabulous swimming pool. A beautiful Jain temple nearby completed the visit before we flew to Hyderabad.

Hyderabad is quite a bit further South and accordingly the temperature was quite a bit higher at 30 degrees. The reason for coming here is because of its rich Islamic heritage. It is the capital of Southern India and of Islamic architecture. Nowadays it is a major centre for IT. We visited the palace that the Moghuls captured and it became the home of their own dynasty called the Nizams. Hyderabad became a princely state during the British Raj for 150 years and after 1948 it was brought into the Indian Union and became the capital of Andhra Pradesh.

The Nizams attracted artists from different parts of the world and Hyderabad emerged as the foremost centre of culture in India until the mid 19th century. The Golconda Fort, a fortress built on a hill surrounded by massive battlements of granite, 5 kilometers in circumference. In 1687 after an 8 months’ long siege it fell into the hands of the Moghul emperor Aurangzeb. Its architectural beauty is still visible with pavilions, gates and domes.

    

The Salar Jung museum gave a further insight into the history of Hyderabad and is full of artefacts and is one of the largest museums in the world featuring a collection of the Salar Jung family. The Chowmahalla Palace, which means four palaces, was built by Nizam Slamar Jung as is unique for its size. Restored in 2010, it is full of European treasures.

Mumbai was our last stop and by now sightseeing had slowed down and fortunately most of the sights were outside the city. The remarkable thing about out stay here were the amazing meals of fresh fish and seafood.

Washington – Autumn 2018

Washington was a 3 and a half hour train journey from New York. Travelling by rail was so much more civilised than flying . It was made even better because on arrival there was a buggy available (with a driver!) and it transported us plus luggage free of charge to the taxi rank which was quite far…Maybe this wonderful service is laid on for elderly travellers?

We had great weather, up to 18 centigrades through the 3 days spent in the US capital!! On the whole Washington is an easier place for a visitor – the taxi drivers know their way round (in New York it was shockingly bad: one would ask to be taken to the Metropolitan Museum, and the driver would not know where it was…) At the museums, the guards were kind, polite and engaged in conversation… The museums we saw were superb – and one of the favourite was the National Museum (part of the Smithsonian) with the “new” West Wing – planned by the same architect Mr Pei, who did the pyramids at the Louvre….The interior space with views and first class lighting is superb as is the hanging – comprehensive and not over crowded. And what a superb collection/s thanks mostly to the Mellon family who also financed the construction of the building. I thought it was maximum ten years old judging by its condition and its modernity and, therefore, was really surprised to find out that it was built 40 years ago!! Particularly memorable were the French Impressionist collection of small size paintings on the ground floor and sculpture garden on the terrace of the top floor . The Caldor works, both 2 d and 3d , were another joy, right next to the sculpture garden. The older wing of the museum, just across the square, has superb works from the 15th century onwards.

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture is a 2 years old state-of-the-art building that addresses nearly every aspect of the African American experience, covering the arts, slavery, the Civil Rights Movement, athletics and much more. The building’s exterior, conceived by Ghanaian-born British architect David Adjaye, is artfully made up of a three-tiered, bronze-coloured screen. The museum’s collection of artefacts is astounding: 3,500 are on view, with another 35,000 or so in the collection. It is set up in a way where you start your journey at the bottom of the museum and work your way upwards. The exhibits serve as an introduction to the concept of African American and African diaspora culture. It examines style, food, artistry, and creativity through craftsmanship, social dance and gesture, and language. The visual art exhibition illustrates the critical role that African American artists played in shaping the history of American art. It features seven thematic sections and one changing exhibition gallery, including paintings, sculpture, works on paper, art installations, mixed media, photography, and digital media. One of the most interesting section showed an untrained elderly woman’s paintings and drawings who only started in her fifties to paint and draw. Her works were my favourite.

In terms of museum experience, or any experience, the greatest impact was the National Holocaust Memorial Museum which was opened in 1993. Interestingly, its first visitor was the Dalai Lama. Nothing prepares one to the depth and breadth of the theme – the documentation, study, and interpretation of Holocaust history. It is dedicated to helping leaders and citizens of the world confront hatred, prevent genocide, promote human dignity, and strengthen democracy. It is superbly presented as a documentary, leaving the spectator to form his/her opinion. Upon entering large industrial elevators , visitors are given identification cards, each of which tells the story of a random victim or survivor of the Holocaust. Upon exiting these elevators on the fourth floor, visitors walk through a chronological history of the Holocaust, starting with the Nazi rise to power in Germany 1933-1939. Walking to the third floor, one learns about ghettos and the Final Solution, . The Permanent Exhibition ends on the second floor with the liberation of Nazi concentration camps by Allied forces; it includes a continuously looped film of Holocaust survivor testimony. We spent four and a half hours and felt totally exhausted both emotionally and intellectually. One wishes the world would have learnt a lesson from this awful phase in history but sadly the savagery continues in other countries…

We ate really well in Washington – and on my birthday was treated to a superb meal by the river that, appropriately, served wonderful fish dishes – . The service was excellent too – what a great treat!

Agi Katz

December 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New York – Autumn 2018

 

I have to share with you the exciting trip I took to New York and Washington just recently. The 5 days spent in New York needless to say, were dedicated to looking at art. On day one we visited the Whitney Museum which relocated to the area that used to be the meat district. Approached by the Skyline Walk – the rail for the transport of the meat – is now the most glorious walkway overlooking the river, and whilst the museum doesn’t strike one as amazing from the outside, this changes the moment one steps inside. The collection of 18,000 pieces of all media is striking, with the wealth and breadth of the best of 20th and 21st century of American art. Of the earlier generation, Maurice Prendergast, Thomas Hart Benton, Edward Hopper and George Bellows spring to mind and of the later ones Rothko, Jasper John, Barnet Newman are just a few of the names. My favourite were a pencil drawing by Edward Hopper, Study for Evening Wind and a painting by the same artist Early Sunday Morning.

The following day we treated ourselves to a visit to the Neue Museum where we were lucky to be able to see an exhibition of two outstanding artists Franz Marc and August Macke, both tragically died during the first world war, both Brilliant colourists. They were both leading members of the expressionst Blaue Reiter movement.

The permanent collection of this fairly small museum is also breathtaking with superb jewellery from the Wiener Werkstatte and paintings by Klimt and Schiele.

Taking advantage of the proximity to the Metropolitan Museum, and not withstanding knee and back ache, I proceeded and viewed a fascinating exhibition – not necessarily to do with my usual interests in paintings and drawings, but historically to me a very important because it featured Armenia – and an Armenian family saved part of my family during the World War II by hiding them behind a false wall outside Budapest. The exhibition went back to the time when the Eastern part of Armenia was annexed by Persia and the Western by Byzantine and both tried to convert them to their religion but very bravely, the Armenians declared Christianity as their state religion thus making Armenia the first Christian country of the world. Enduring constant attacks by the Turks, Egyptians and Mongols, Armenia survived for another three centuries until it was divided between the Ottoman empire and Persia. Being for centuries at the point of being wiped out, Armenia nevertheless managed to preserve and develop a national religious and cultural identity. In many ways, it is similar to Jewish history, another reason for my interest.

The Jewish Museum, another visit a day later, offered a wonderful theme exhibition, concentrating on the two years of the art school in Vitebsk, set up by Chagall (where he was born and returned from Paris following the Revolution of 1917 which raised his hopes for a better world) With Malevich, Kandinsky and Yankelson they were  instrumental in creating a most avant garde, exciting and forward looking environment where the constructivist art style flourished for two years, until the communist state clamped down on it.

The Museum of Modern Art on the last day of our stay in New York, on an extremely rainy day, was difficult because the museum was so overcrowded – it took over an hour to queue for tickets and then one saw backs of people instead of pictures in popular rooms. So we decided to go to the less popular ones, which were just great. Also, we managed to catch a small scale but delicious Brancusi exhibition, a sculptor whose bronzes (polished) I adore.

Agi Katz

November 2018