Go See – St. Ives: ‘The Dark Monarch’ at Tate St. Ives through January 10, 2010

November 8th, 2009

Graham Sutherland, “Black Landscape” (1939-40). Via Telegraph.

On view now through January 2010, “The Dark Monarch” explores “the influence of folklore, mysticism, mythology, and the occult on the development of art in Britain.” The name of the exhibition alludes to St. Ives artist Sven Berlin’s controversial autobiography, which has been republished since it was first withdrawn following legal action. The exhibition focuses primarily on works that draw a relationship with the “landscape and legends of the British Isles.”

Damien Hirst, “The Child’s Dream” (2008). Via Telegraph.

Related Links:
The Dark Monarch: Magic and Modernity in British Art [Guardian UK]
The Dark Monarch [Tate St. Ives]
The Dark Monarch Review [Dazed Digital]
Tricks of the Light: Weird Visions in Art [The Independent]
The Dark Monarch [BBC Cornwall]

David Noonan, “Untitled” (2007). Via Dazed Digital.

According to St. Ives, the show seeks to “examine the development of early Modernism, Surrealism, and Neo-Romanticism in the UK, as well as the reappearance of esoteric and arcane references in a significant strand of contemporary art practice.”

Paul Nash, “The Combat Angel or Devil” (1910). Via Telegraph.

Barbara Hepworth, “Disc with Strings” (1969). Via Telegraph.

“The Dark Monarch” features a key work by Damien Hirst along with several pieces by other artists including Graham Sutherland, Paul Nash, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Leslie Hurry, John Piper, Cecil Collins, Cerith Wyn Evans, John Stezeker, Clare Woods, Derek Jarman, Eva Rothschild, and many more.

Derek Jarman, “Sulphur” (1971). Via Telegraph.

“The Fairy Feller’s Masterstroke” (1855-65). Via Dazed Digital.