The ING Discerning Eye Exhibition is a show of small works independently selected by six prominent figures from the art world: two artists, two collectors and two critics.Each of the selectors has curated an exhibition from works by artists they have personally invited to exhibit, as well as artworks submitted through the Open Call for Entries. The result is six smaller exhibitions within one, each with a very distinct personality.
The unique nature of the ING Discerning Eye is that the exhibition looks very different every year - because both selectors and the way they like to hang their chosen works varies each year.
Unfortunately my osteoarthritis was playing up yet again (it's the timing - wet November evenings are never good for mobility!) and so I missed a lot of the Artists PV last Thursday - and went home before the prizes were announced as I can't stand without sitting for any length of time. However thanks are due to Parker Harris who let me photograph in the period between the end of the exhibition for that day and the opening of the PV. Which means I have photos which actually show you what the exhibition looks like rather than a lot of people's heads with paintings peeping out behind the heads!
This post will highlight:
- something about each of the six mini exhibitions in the galleries
- artwork I liked
- who won which prize (and which curator chose the work!)
- name of the artist is to their website (or a gallery website) - where you can see more of their work
- title is to the work on the ING Discerning Eye website.
Artist: Dan Coombs
artist and writer, currently visiting professor at Haute École d’art et de design in Geneva,
|An eclectic choice by Dan Coombs|
|Louisa Crispin had to bend at the knee in order for me to get a photo of her|
Decaying Eringium without it being swamped by the painting above!
Dan Coombs's approach to curating the exhibition:
- he invited 60 individual artists to each select one work to submit to the exhibition - however he has no knowledge of what was arriving until he came to hang the exhibition.
- He selected a further 78 works from the open entry and created what is possibly the biggest ever exhibition in the history of the ING Discerning Eye.
When I looked at his wall again with this in mind it made complete sense!
It makes me wonder whether each of the exhibitions should have a short narrative by the curator next to them commenting on how they selected works and hung them. I think visitors would find it very interesting.
|Surge Tide, Saligo Bay (£1,750) by Chris Bushe|
- ING Purchase Prize £5,000 - Surge Tide, Saligo Bay (1/26) by Chris Bushe
- DE Chairman's Purchase Prize £1,000 - Standing Nude 1/40 (8x6 - Oil ) Helen Davison
Huge congratulations to Helen Davison Discerning Eye Chairman's Prize Winner at #INGDiscEye Exhibition '16, now @mallgalleries #prizewinner pic.twitter.com/HtodaQC88t— Parker Harris (@ParkerHarrisCo) November 17, 2016
Artist: Chris Orr RA
Royal Academician Chris Orr RA.
He commented on the process of selection.