Peter Lanyon on painting 

‘usually there is a long period of struggle either in the painting or myself to clarify the essential image.’~ Peter Lanyon

Inshore Fishing

Peter Lanyon, Simon Keenleyside, Bradley Grievson, Abigail Reynolds, Vincent Hawkins, ROKEBY

“ROKEBY presents a group exhibition which brings together a selection of contemporary artists whose work can be read within a specific history of British landscape painting. Incorporating work by Peter Lanyon from the first half of the 1950’s, the exhibition looks to the St Ives artist and how his concerns of that period can be seen to inform artists working in Britain today. The exhibition includes two exemplary works by Lanyon………..” Link 

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Mark Rothko’s visit

“….In Europe, places compete with paintings. You forget all about Piero when you see that wonderful sloping piazza in Arezzo. It’s the people and the buildings and streets that are real – not the paintings. That was what I liked. The people in the streets. Of all the arts, painting is the most artificial. Perhaps all the paintings should be sent to some northern country where you could go and see them when you actually wanted  to look at a painting, or perhaps they should be kept in a cabinet, rolled up like a Japanese scroll.” ~ Mark Rothko

I was lucky enough to stumble upon (the official) artist Michael Canney‘s web site containing some of his recollections of a visit, by Mark Rothko, to the Newlyn Art Gallery in August 1959.

And i believe that an exhibition, “Rothko in Britain” is now on at the Whitechapel Gallery, London, which features the reminiscences of Canney, among others, as a documentary exhibit. The exhibition runs until the end of February 2012.

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