Leading art auctioneer and curator Simon de Pury is at the helm of a new gallery space dedicated to modern and contemporary art, photography and design. Newlands House, opening to the public next month in Petworth, West Sussex, will host events, educational activities and talks alongside exhibitions focused on the great artists of the 20th century.
For its inaugural show, the gallery will stage an exhibition of original photographs by Helmut Newton, including a number of significant masterpieces and rare prints, such as the unique print, Big Nude III (Henrietta variant), 1980, which has never before been publicly displayed in the UK. This solo exhibition is the first of a series of retrospectives planned this year to commemorate 100 years of Newton’s birth, which will culminate at the Helmut Newton Foundation, Berlin on 31 October 2020, exactly 100 years since the artist’s birth. Other works on show will include Shoe, Monte Carlo, 1983, and Elsa Peretti, “Bunny Shot”, 1975.
Simon de Pury, Newlands House’s artistic director, comments: “Newlands House is a cultural centre that will stage top quality exhibitions in the fields of art, design, photography and architecture. The opening of the gallery marks a significant moment for the residents of Petworth, as well as for visitors from around the country and beyond, who we expect will be blown away by the beauty of the town and its surroundings.
“We’re excited the opening show will be dedicated to the crowning figure of 20th century photography, Helmut Newton, and look forward to seeing the artist’s works displayed within the historic backdrop of the gallery.”
HELMUT NEWTON 100 runs at Newlands House Gallery from 6 March – 31 May
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