Oxford Aspires to some of Britain's Dreamiest Galleries

by Cass Art

Oxford: the city of dreaming spires and even dreamier art galleries. It's little wonder that such a centre of global learning is so steeped in places to view aesthetic exhibitions.

The Modern Art Oxford, Pembroke Street, celebrates its golden jubilee in 2015. It's a visual art gallery dedicated to presenting displays of modern and contemporary art. From now until February 2 next year, the arthouse is staging Czech artist Eva Kotátková's first UK solo exhibition. A Storyteller's Inadequacy explores the awkward, playful relationship between performance, object, sculpture and installation. It uses a massive speech organ to create a novel environment for performers to enact poses and temporary body constellations.

The Ashmolean, Beaumont Street, is a world-renowned art and archaeology museum. It is not only Britain's first museum. but the world's first university museum. The venue is currently bringing together two 20th-century icons, Francis Bacon and Henry Moore, until January 19, 2014. Bacon is viewed as one of the century's greatest painters, uniquely evoking 3D figures in space. The exhibition includes a group of poignant shelter drawings from Moore, who was among the century's finest sculptors. The Times said: “This promises to be one of the most fascinating displays of the year.”

North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade, was created for the benefit of emerging artists across several disciplines. Its public art gallery is now presenting Gary Jo Gardenhire's Italian Painting, Drawing & Sculpture exhibition until January 3, 2014. The American's first English show sees a selection of colours, composition and motifs  interwoven with Mediterranean contrasts, materials and landscape.

The 03 Gallery, Oxford Castle, prides itself on being “Oxford's friendliest gallery”. It is a contemporary art space that offers the public original, affordable artwork, cards and gifts.

The gallery is now presenting To the Clear Northern Skies, and Great Western Woods until January 19. This is described as a “spellbinding” collection of etchings and screen-prints by local printmakers Jane Peart, Heather Power and Morna Rhys. Prints range from the warm blush of the Eastern skyline to the gentle, rustling grasses of a Cotswold meadow.

Image Credits

Modern Art Oxford

Eva Kotátková, A Storyteller’s Inadequacy, Modern Art Oxford

Francis Bacon, Lying Figure, Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao, Copyright for Francis Bacon © The Estate of Francis Bacon

Jane Peart, Beijing Blossom, 03 Gallery

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