William Blake's legacy examined at Whitworth in Manchester, opening Jan 26

over design for magazine, Counterpoint, Cecil Collins

Blake’s Shadow: William Blake and his Artistic Legacy
26 January – 20 April 2008
The Whitworth

This exhibition explores Blake’s continuing fascination for artists, filmmakers and musicians. It features around sixty watercolours, prints and paintings in addition to numerous illustrated books and a range of audio-visual material. Blake is a unique figure in British visual culture, attracting both academic and popular interest. In the years since his death in 1827, Blake has continued to influence the world of creativity and ideas. He has inspired people with such wide ranging interests as literature, painting, book design, politics, philosophy, mythology through to music and film making. Alongside works by Blake – prints, watercolours, engravings and book illustrations – the exhibition spans two centuries of his influence.

* His contemporaries in the late 18th and early 19th century are represented with works from John Flaxman, Edward Calvert, Samuel Palmer, J.H. Fuseli and Thomas Stothard
* Blake’s influence on artists in the Victorian period is explored through works by Ford Madox Brown, Walter Crane, Frederic Shields, John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Simeon Soloman and G.F. Watts.
* British artists working in the 20th and 21st century include Cecil Collins, Douglas Gordon, Paul Nash, Anish Kapoor, David Jones, Ceri Richards, Patrick Proctor, Austin Osman Spare and Keith Vaughan. This section of the exhibition features photographs and original works.
* From the 1960s onward, writers, musicians, film makers like Allen Ginsberg, Bob Dylan, Jim Morrison of The Doors and John Lennon have adopted Blake as a mystical seer and anti-establishment activitist. More latterly, as British musicians and activists like Billy Bragg and Julian Cope have grappled with notions of national identity, Blake has enjoyed something of a renaissance. Blake’s Shadow examines this more recent influence as evidenced in work by the filmmakers Jim Jarmusch and Gus Van Sant, and various musicians, notably Patti Smith and Jah Wobble.

Dr Colin Trodd, Lecturer in Art History at the University of Manchester, has curated this exhibition.

One day conference
Becoming Blake
22 February 2008
9.30 – 5.30

Blake, more than any other figure in British culture, is constantly recast and reformed in high and popular culture. This conference will identify the contexts in which such revisions happen, and it will explore the different critical, cultural and historical encounters with this visionary artist. Speakers include Paul Barlow, David Bindman, Christopher Bucklow, Keri Davies, Martin Myrone, Marcia Pointon, Jeremy Tambling, Colin Trodd, Jason Whittaker and David Worrall.

Tickets: £35 full price; £25 concession (including lunch)

For more information and to book please contact heather.birchall@manchester.ac.uk

The Whitworth Art Gallery is part of the University of Manchester, situated in England’s North West. It is home to some of the UK’s finest collections of art and design. These include modern and historic fine art, prints, textiles and a rare collection of wallpapers. The gallery also offers a busy programme of themed exhibitions and events, and has a popular cafe and gallery shop.

Admission Free
Opening Times
Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm,
Sunday 12-4pm
Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6ER

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About Jay Babcock

I am the co-founder and editor of Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curator of the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was one of five Angelenos listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. Today, I live a peaceful life in the rural wilderness of Joshua Tree, California, where I am a partner in JTHomesteader.com with Stephanie Smith.

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