One Day, Something Happens: Paintings of People

A National Partners Programme exhibition from the Arts Council Collection, curated by Jennifer Higgie.

One Day, Something Happens explores the everyday theatricality of the body. The artists in this exhibition approach figuration in very different ways and the people they depict are both imaginary characters and real people. Jennifer Higgie’s fascinating selection of works from the Arts Council Collection, as well as works from Towner’s Collection, teases out common themes across the decades: work, introspection and individuality, joy and loneliness. Featuring works by artists ranging from Walter Sickert, Lucien Freud and David Hockney to Rose Wylie, Steven Claydon and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.

One Day, Something Happens is the first in a series of exhibitions curated from the Arts Council Collection as part of the National Partners Programme marking the Collection’s 70th anniversary.


Images:
Installation view: 
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Condor and The Mole, 2011. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London. © the artist. One Day, Something Happens. Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne
Installation view: Eileen Agar, Poet and his Muse 1959. Phoebe Unwin, Sleeper, 2012. Robert Colquhoun, Seated Woman and Cat, 1946. David Hockney Portrait Surrounded by Artistic Devices, 1965. One Day, Something Happens. Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne
Installation view: Roy Grayson, The Blind Poet in Pursuit of the Muse of Fashion, 1983.
Richard Hamilton, Portrait of Hugh Gaitskell as a Famous Monster of Filmland, 1964. One Day, Something Happens. Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne
Installation view: Paula Rego, Sleeping, 1986. Kenneth Edwin Wootton, Portrait of a Lady, 1934. One Day, Something Happens. Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne
Installation view: Enrico David, Untitled (puppets: we are the mods), 2003. Jock McFadyen, Those heady days seemed to last forever, Siegfried jumping around like the big idiot he was, 1978. One Day, Something Happens. Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne
Installation view: Glenn Brown, Decline and Fall, 1995. John Hamilton Mortimer, Self Portrait in Character, c.1775-78. Michael Fullerton, Katharine Graham, 2008. One Day, Something Happens. Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne
Installation view: Katy Moran, Freddy’s Friends, 2006. One Day, Something Happens. Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne
Installation view: Jeffery Camp, Laetitia Picking Blackcurrants, 1967. Steven Claydon, Logs from the Black Forest, 2007. One Day, Something Happens. Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne

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