After Parkinson Exhibition





After Parkinson

Art & design gallery, Cavaliero Finn & The Norman Parkinson Archive present a collaborative exhibition with The Union Club, Soho, featuring work from two of the gallery's contemporary artists’; Kathy Dalwood & Alice Mara & the photography of Norman Parkinson - on until 02.10.16

The After Parkinson exhibition will feature two bodies of three dimensional work from Cavaliero Finn artists Kathy Dalwood and Alice Mara. Cavaliero Finn was privileged to be given access to the archive and enabled both artists to make a series of research visits. The artists scoured through the archive – a colossal task bearing in mind that there are 750,000 negatives and over 3000 original photographs in the archive.

The resulting sculptures will be on show against the backdrop of rarely seen images as well as some of Parkinson’s best known photographs from the Archive. This will be open to the public from 11am- 8pm on 23rd of September to 2nd of October in the newly converted part of the Union Club.

‘Parks’, as he was fondly known, had an enchanting idiosyncratic persona that charmed his sitters and oozed glamour both from behind and in front of the lens. Given his ‘celebrity’ status it seemed fitting to house this show in the Union Club, a private members bar in the heart of Soho. The members only dining club currently occupies a grade II listed Georgian Town House and has recently acquired a beautiful two-storied space into which they are extending. By September, The Union Club hopes to be near completion and the space will be host to this exhibition ‘After Parkinson’.

While browsing the Parkinson archive, sculptor Kathy Dalwood was attracted to some of the iconic buildings featured in Parkinson’s work as well as the distinctive headgear and textiles seen repeatedly in his photographs. She has incorporated these iconic places and objects into her finished Parkinson busts.

The Parkinson busts will be incorporated into one of Kathy’s most celebrated sculptural installations, a dinner party of busts enjoying the appearance of an opulent Baroque Banquet titled the ‘Secret Society Banquet’. This installation that has toured the UK including solo shows at PitzHanger Manor and The Holburne Museum in Bath, also appeared in New York City at 5th Avenue’s landmark luxury department store Bergdorf Goodman. The Parkinson’s busts will be new additions to the collection, new members of the ‘Society’.

In contrast to this Baroque sculptural presentation, while in the Parkinson archive, Cavaliero Finn’s ceramic artist Alice Mara was drawn to the decadence portrayed in Parkinson's photography. She returned time and time again to the white opulent buildings featured in the photographs - the swimming pools, blue skies, blue water, palm trees, villas, beautiful people in beautiful places. Alice Mara encapsulates the Parkinson ‘glamour’ in her sculptural response to the photographer’s work but also peppers it with a little bit of her trademark irony presenting the other side of this world – a little bit of more of the everyday, lackluster world not evident in the work and world of Parkinson.

The following series of events have been organised to give the public a chance to get an insight into the iconic work of Parkinson and the artist’s response to his huge legacy:

Saturday 24th September at 3.00-4.00pm at the Union Club, Soho

Artist talk & short Q&A– sculptor Kathy Dalwood

Saturday 24th September 5pm at The Union Club, Soho.

Special screening of the award winning BBC Arena documentary on the life of Norman Parkinson – Aka Norman Parkinson introduced by Arena Series Editor Anthony Wall and the film’s director Nicola Roberts

In their introduction to the film Anthony Wall and Nicola Roberts will talk about the making of the film and give their insight into how ‘Parks’ as he was affectionately called, was able to tune into the vibe of the times time and time again, outlasting all his peers and why he still inspires artists today.

The short talk will be followed by a special screening of the hour long documentary, co-produced by the Norman Parkinson Archive and BBC Arena.

Arena: aka Norman Parkinson is a timeless celebration of one of the much-admired greats of British photography, highlighting an incomparably glamorous career which spanned seven decades. The award-winning, amusing and visually stunning film profiles this uniquely talented man and features original contributions from his colleagues and admirers including Jerry Hall, Iman, Grace Coddington (American Vogue), Celia Hammond, Nena Thurman and Carmen dell’ Orefici – the world’s oldest working supermodel.

Following the film, a tour of the ‘After Parkinson’ exhibition will be offered by Elizabeth Smith, Co-Director of the Norman Parkinson Archive and curators Juliana Cavaliero and Debra Finn of Cavaliero Finn which will take place from 6.30-7.00pm

Sunday 25th September at 11.30am-12.30pm
Artist talk & short Q&A– designer & ceramic sculptor Alice Mara at the Union Club, Soho

Following the talk a tour of the ‘After Parkinson’ exhibition will take place by Elizabeth Smith, Co-Director of the Norman Parkinson Archive and curators Juliana Cavaliero and Debra Finn of Cavaliero Finn

Cavaliero Finn & The Norman Parkinson Archive

Cavaliero Finn was established by Juliana Cavaliero & Debra Finn in 2004. Showcasing works from emerging, mid-career & established contemporary artists & designers, Cavaliero Finn hosts regular exhibitions in London & Somerset & at various pop-up events. The gallery has shown at several Affordable Art Fairs & provides an intimate consultative service to both corporate & private clients & museums. It also runs a successful online business.

Cavaliero Finn is working in conjunction with the Norman Parkinson Archive for the After Parkinson exhibition

The Norman Parkinson Archive was established in 2005 by Eric Franck and Elizabeth Smith. They continue to manage the archive assisted by Archive Coordinator Aris Kourkoumelis. The Norman Parkinson Archive is the worldwide exclusive agent for Norman Parkinson’s imagery and is the only agent officially representing Norman Parkinson Ltd.

All images used are copyright Norman Parkinson Ltd./ courtesy Norman Parkinson Archive

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