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Call for Papers | Maritime Culture in the Age of J.M.W. Turner

Posted in Calls for Papers by Editor on June 17, 2013

From the Royal Museums Greenwich:

Maritime Culture and Britain in the Age of J.M.W. Turner
Royal Museums Greenwich, London, 21–22 March 2014

Proposals due by 6 September 2013

The Battle of Trafalgar, 21 October 1805, by Joseph Mallord William Turner, 1822–24. Repro ID: BHC0565 ©National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Greenwich Hospital Collection Repro ID BHC0565 © National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Greenwich Hospital Collection

J.M.W. Turner, The Battle of Trafalgar, 21 October 1805, 1822-24 © National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

To coincide with a major exhibition of the work of J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851), Royal Museums Greenwich will host an innovative, interdisciplinary conference exploring the cultural impact of the sea in the 19th century. The exhibition will be the first full-scale examination of Turner’s lifelong preoccupation with the sea, and features many of the artist’s most celebrated works, from his transformative Academy paintings of the late 1790s and early 1800s to the unfinished, experimental seascapes he produced towards the end of his life.

Paintings on display will include Fishermen at Sea (Tate), The Wreck of a Transport Ship (Museu Calouste Gulbenkian), The Battle of Trafalgar (Royal Museums Greenwich), The Fighting ‘Temeraire’ (National Gallery), Snow Storm – Steam-Boat off a Harbour’s Mouth (Tate) and Whalers (Metropolitan Museum of Art). By placing these and other works alongside those by other British, European and American marine artists, the exhibition will give visitors the opportunity to discover the myriad ways in which Turner responded to the maritime art of the past while challenging his audiences with new ways of representing the sea. (more…)

Exhibition | Turner and the Sea

Posted in exhibitions by Editor on June 17, 2013

From the Royal Museums Greenwich:

Turner and the Sea
National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, 22 November 2013 — 21 April 2014
Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA, 4 June — 1 September 2014

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J.M.W. Turner, The Battle of Trafalgar, 21 October 1805, 1822-24 (detail)
© National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

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This major exhibition is the first full-scale examination of Turner’s lifelong preoccupation with the sea. Including iconic works spanning the artist’s whole career from his transformative Academy paintings of the late 1790s and early 1800s, to the unfinished, experimental seascapes he produced towards the end of his life, this show will re-evaluate the compelling appeal of the sea for Turner and his contemporaries.

By placing his works alongside those by other major British, European and American artists, this exhibition will give viewers the opportunity to see the ways in which Turner responded to the art of the past, while challenging his audiences with a new and exciting maritime vision.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see works gathered together from across the world, including major loans from Europe and the USA; and to reconsider Turner’s extraordinary ability to represent the power of the sea in all its aspects: dramatic, contemplative, beautiful and sublime.

In connection with the exhibition, Greenwich will host a conference, 21–22 March 2014.

Note (added 2 September 2013)The exhibition press release is available here»