Opening March 2019 - Major Ruskin/Turner Exhibition at York Art Gallery and Abbot Hall Art Gallery

Opening at York Art Gallery in March 2019, the exhibition Ruskin, Turner & the Storm Cloud: Watercolours and Drawings is co-curated by Dr Richard Johns (University of York) and Dr Suzanne Fagence Cooper (York Art Gallery and University of York)

The exhibition is being held to mark the 200th anniversary of John Ruskin’s birth and will examine the artist and critic’s ‘eloquent critical relationship with the landscapes of J M W Turner’:

Through new research, it will reveal Ruskin’s response to Turner’s vision, together with his own experience of close looking at weather patterns, mountains and the built environment.

For the first time, this exhibition brings together works from York Art Gallery and partner Abbot Hall, with substantial loans from national and regional collections and new commissions by contemporary artists.

Press release, York Art Gallery

As well as art by Turner and Ruskin, the exhibition will feature works by their contemporaries, including John Constable, John Inchbold and Hubert Herkomer, and especially commissioned work by contemporary artist Emma Stibbon RA.

Ruskin, Turner & the Storm Cloud is on show at York Art Gallery from 29 March – 23 June 2019, then at Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, from 11 July - 5 October 2019.

Turner, Storm Clouds over a Landscape at Sunset, Tate

J M W Turner, Storm Clouds over a Landscape at Sunset (c.a 1823-6), graphite and watercolour on paper. Photo © Tate, available under CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0 (Unported) licence, https://bit.ly/2SJnoBR

Image: Detail of J M W Turner, Storm Clouds over a Landscape at Sunset (c.a 1823-6), graphite and watercolour on paper. Photo © Tate, available under CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0 (Unported) licence, https://bit.ly/2SJnoBR