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The Romantic Tradition—and Hull

John Minton's "The Kite" (1940)

Hull: City of Culture 2017

Various venues in Hull

In 2017, Hull is put in the cultural spotlight. The excellent Ferens Art Gallery, founded in 1927, will reopen after a £4.5m refurbishment with a new display of its permanent collection, including the newly acquired Siennese masterpiece, Pietro Lorenzetti’s Christ Between Saints Paul and Peter (c1320). A series of temporary exhibitions opens with a display of five of Francis Bacon’s Screaming Popes (21st January to 1st May). Meanwhile the Brynmor Jones Library at the University of Hull hosts the British Museum’s Lines of Thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to Now.

John Minton and the Romantic Tradition: The Ingram Collection

The Lightbox, Woking, 28th January to 26th March; London Art Fair, 18th to 22nd January

The Lightbox, Woking’s public art gallery, is 10 this year. Its jewel is the Ingram Collection, one of Europe’s most significant collections of Modern British Art. A representative selection of works can be seen at the London Art Fair, in the special exhibition, Ten Years: A Century. The gallery will hold a centenary show for John Minton, placing his poetic works in the context of his contemporaries.

Keith Tyson: Turn Back Now

Jerwood Gallery, Hastings, 28th January to 4th June

It is a coup for the Jerwood to show these drawings—which underpin 20 years of evolving work for this Turner Prize-winner. Tyson is a conceptual artist, who works across a range of media and genres. Since 1997, his Studio Wall Drawings have become a daily habit for the artist. As Tyson explains: “Over time I began to think of these drawings more as works in their own right.”

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