For Beauty Is Nothing But The Begining Of Terror: Maggi Hambling Paintings And Drawing, 1960-

  • Dates:2019-03-08 - 2019-05-01
  • Location:Gallery 4F, CAFA Art Museum
  • Opening:2019-03-08 14:30
  • Organizer(s): CAFA Art Museum
  • Chief Curator: Philip Dodd
  • Supported by: British Council

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Maggi Hambling (born 1945) is a major British artist who gained an international reputation in the 1980s, only enhanced subsequently by recent shows at major museums such as the Hermitage in St Petersburg, Russia. She was the first Artist in Residence at the National Gallery in London; and has also... More
Maggi Hambling (born 1945) is a major British artist who gained an international reputation in the 1980s, only enhanced subsequently by recent shows at major museums such as the Hermitage in St Petersburg, Russia. She was the first Artist in Residence at the National Gallery in London; and has also had the rare privilege of one-person exhibitions at the British Museum, the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery. The Tate in London owns 19 of her works, and the British Museum, the Yale Center of British Art, V&A Museum, Australian National Gallery also own her works.

This is a career-length exhibition which showcases Maggi Hambling’s work from the 1960s to the present day - oil paintings, drawings and monotypes. It includes work shown at London’s National Gallery and St Petersburg’s Hermitage.

The title of this exhibition, For beauty is nothing but the beginning of terror is taken from “Duino Elegies”, written by the great Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke, which has also been Hambling's touchstone across her whole career. Maggi Hambling’s most iconic work are presented in the exhibition, including her extraordinary Walls of Water paintings, as well as her portraits of lovers, family and friends. For Hambling, “the basis of any work of art must be love”, a love which is passionate, disturbing, gentle and fragile. As the great critic John Berger has said, her drawings are as great as Rembrandt’s.

Her drawings of people she knows and loves are closely related to her sea paintings. Praising Maggi Hambling’s work, John Berger has also written:

“Nothing else in the world quivers with such complexity as the living human face and its quivers are like waves crossing the sea of a lifetime so that the one who is drawing becomes an observer, at the water’ s edge…”

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