Sainsbury Centre 6th January 2016. Christmas break objects and Magnificent Obsessions

It was good to meet again after the Christmas break. Below are almost all the objects chosen to represent the winter break. There was a wish for snow and coldness, which led to the Hepworth (on loan) and the Sugimoto photos. And a desire to enjoy beauty.

We only had time to hear about two choices because we went to see the Magnificent Obsessions show of artists’ collections. When does hoarding become collecting, viz Warhol? How oppressive are things? What is it with taxidermy?

Careful attention was paid to the exhibition design, in view of our upcoming show at St Margaret’s Church of Art. Did the strong colour of the walls work? How useful were the labels? Did the spaces make sense? How were Pae White’s Vera textiles fixed (magnets to wire)?

No photos of Magnificent Obsessions, due to copyright restrictions. Sigh.

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A princess standing beneath a sapling. A princess standing beneath a sapling. India, Rajasthan, perhaps Sarwar (Ajmer district). Late 17th century. Opaque watercolour and gold on paper. 19.6 x 9.4 cm. Acquired 1973. Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection. UEA 539

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Bottle with monkey. Bottle with long spout held by monkey. South America, Ecuador, Manabi province: Chorrera culture (c. 1000-100 BC). Pottery. h. 21.6 x w. 15.5 x d. 15.5 cm. Acquired 1981. Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection. UEA 788

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Head of Boddhisattva Kannon. Japan. Hakuho period (late 7th – early 8th century). Bronze. Acquired 2000. Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection. UEA 1193

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Earliest Human Relatives. Hiroshi Sugimoto.2004. h 13 x w 19.8 cm. Ink on paper. Acquired 2004. Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection. UEA 1283

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Barbara Hepworth, 1936 Discs in Echelon, version 2. 
Plaster, 1935–6 (BH 73 B). Hepworth Estate, on loan to the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Norwich

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Polar Bear. Hiroshi Sugimoto. 2004. h 13 x w 19.8 cm. Ink on paper. Acquired 2004. Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection. UEA 1283

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Cro-Magnon. Hiroshi Sugimoto. 2004. h 13 x w 19.8 cm. Ink on paper. Acquired 2004. Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection. UEA 1283

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Devonian Period. Hiroshi Sugimoto. 2004. h 13 x w 19.8 cm. Ink on paper. Acquired 2004. Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection. UEA 1283

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Permian Land. Hiroshi Sugimoto. 2004. h 13 x w 19.8 cm. Ink on paper. Acquired 2004. Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection. UEA 1283

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Gorilla. Hiroshi Sugimoto. 2004. h 13 x w 19.8 cm. Ink on paper. Acquired 2004. Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection. UEA 1283

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Homo Ergaster. Hiroshi Sugimoto. 2004. h 13 x w 19.8 cm. Ink on paper. Acquired 2004. Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection. UEA 1283

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Neanderthal. Hiroshi Sugimoto. 2004. h 13 x w 19.8 cm. Ink on paper. Acquired 2004. Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection. UEA 1283

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The sisters. F. E. Mcwilliam (b. 1909). England. 1946. Paper, crayon. 30.2 x 44.1 cm. Acquired 1949. Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection. UEA 103. © The Estate of F.E. McWilliam

IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO SHOW AN IMAGE OF THIS FAMOUS HENRY MOORE BECAUSE OF COPYRIGHT RESTRICTIONS. SO HERE IS SOMETHING I FOUND ONLINE

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Mother and Child. Henry Moore (1898-1986). England. 1932. Green Hornton stone, beads. h. 91.4 cm. Acquired 1933. Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection. UEA 82. © The Henry Moore Foundation. The image must not be reproduced or altered without prior consent from the Henry Moore Foundation.

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Large flat form. Claudia Casanovas. England. 1989. Stoneware and mixed clays. h 107 x w 53 x d 32 cm. Acquired 1990. Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection. UEA 1002. Artist and Galerie Besson.

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Mythical beast. China. Han Dynasty, 206 BC-AD 220. Earthenware, pigment. h 42.0 cm. Acquired 1997. Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection. UEA 1149. Mythical beast. China. Han Dynasty, 206 BC-AD 220. Earthenware, pigment. h 43.7 cm. Acquired 1997. Robert amd Lisa Sainsbury Collection. Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection. UEA 1157

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Man’s hunting hat (RLS 68). North America, Alaska, Aleutian Islands. Late 19th/early 20th century. Wood, paint, walrus ivory and whiskers, glass beads, fibre. Lent by Sir Robert and Lisa Sainsbury. Acquired 1996. RLS 68. (photo taken in gallery, with some reflection on the case.)

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Ladle. North America, Northwest Coast: Tlingit or Haida (?). Mid 19th century. Mountain-sheep horn, walrus ivory, abalone shell, copper. l. 28.9 cm. Acquired 1958. Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection. UEA 121

 

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Breast ornament. Melanesia, Santa Cruz. 19th/20th century. Clam shell, turtle shell, cloth. diam. 16.5 cm. Acquired 1980. Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection. UEA 745

 

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