Infinite Beauty | The Arc Winchester  | Fri 9th September 2022 Lineup

Infinite Beauty

The Arc in Winchester

Friday 9th - Friday 23rd September 2022

Fri 9:30am til Fri 5:00pm (Last entry 4:45pm)

No age restrictions

An exhibition exploring the beauty of nature through contemporary art

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Infinite Beauty on Friday 9th - Friday 23rd September 2022

Infinite Beauty is a unique exhibition that investigates the enduring appeal of nature as a subject for leading British contemporary artists. Victorian artist and art critic John Ruskin promoted nature as an inexhaustible source of truth and beauty and this exhibition demonstrates that this is still very much the case. Yet the fears of ecological disaster driven by climate change and humanity's impact on our environment has given a renewed sense of urgency and purpose to art focused on the natural world. Nature has provided food for the soul during the Coronavirus pandemic but we cannot take it for granted.

The exhibition explores the way in which artists interact with natural forms: plants, animals, habitats and the wider landscape and, in some cases, how their work comments on the ways human activity impacts the ecologies around us. It will feature an eclectic mixture of media, style and approaches with photography, printmaking, ceramics and sculpture helping us to look at our relationship with nature afresh.

Works by leading artists such as Andy Goldsworthy, Chris Drury, Elisabeth Frink, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Richard Long, Darren Almond and Dan Holdsworth will take us from familiar everyday experiences to the ends of the earth among the ice and snow of Antarctica. These will go on display at The Arc's The Gallery, some publicly exhibited for the first time.

Infinite Beauty is a group exhibition featuring the work of Darren Almond, Edward Bawden, Harry Bertoia, Adam Buick, Rob & Nick Carter, Chris Drury, John Elwyn, Harry Epworth Allen, Beatrice Forshall, Elisabeth Frink, Andy Goldsworthy, Maggi Hambling, Ian Hamilton-Finlay, Eliot Hodgkin, Dan Holdsworth, Paul Kenny, Paul Kershaw, Alice Kettle, Claude Lalanne, Bernard Leach, Richard Long, Juliette Losq, David Mach, John Minton, Dennis Mitchell, David Nash, Michael Olsen, Thomas Reichstein, Tracey Sheppard, Emma Stibbon, Wendy Taylor, Silvy Weatherall and Kim Wilkie.

Image: Juliette Losq, W I D D E R S C H Y N N E S (2014), ink and watercolour on paper mounted on canvas, 223 x 153 cm. Image courtesy of the artist.

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