Windsor Founders Galen and the Hon. Hilary M. Weston hosted an exclusive weekend to celebrate the opening of Present Sense, an exhibition by renowned British artist Sir Michael Craig-Martin RA at The Gallery at Windsor. Running until April 25, 2019, the exhibition represents the second artist collaboration in Windsor’s three-year curatorial partnership with the Royal Academy of Arts in London.
The weekend’s guest list comprised noteworthy art world elites, including Royal Academy President,Christopher Le Brun; Royal Academy Artistic Director, Tim Marlow; Director of the National Portrait Gallery, Dr. Nicholas Cullinan; celebrated artist and daughter of Craig-Martin, Jessica Craig-Martin; Managing Director of Christie’s Canada, Brett Sherlock; and Chair of the Royal Academy Development Trust, Lady Alison Myners. Additional high society elites included Windsor Members Danna Swarovski of the famed Swarovksi crystal family and Veronika Piech of the Porsche family.
Following the private view of the exhibition, guests attended a conversation between Craig-Martin and Tim Marlow. The conversation was followed by a celebratory dinner hosted by the Westons at the Weston Guest House. The following day, Craig-Martin hosted a special conversation around his memoir, On Being An Artist, for guests.
The exhibition represents the artist’s most comprehensive in the United States to date, comprised of more than 35 works of paintings, sculptures, and prints, which explore the nature and basic principles of visual language and perception through the use of everyday objects, images, and materials. Craig-Martin’s Bulb (magenta) (2015) sculpture is also on display at the Vero Beach Museum of Art until May 2019. A glimpse of the outdoor sculpture installation can be viewed here.
Present Sense was curated by Hannah Freedberg, Director of Gagosian London. There is a fully illustrated catalogue published by Windsor Press and the Royal Academy, with an essay by contemporary art critic, editor and writer Ben Luke and an interview with Craig-Martin and Tim Marlow.
The Royal Academy of Arts is an independent institution led by eminent artists and architects; its purpose is to promote the creation, enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts through exhibitions, education and debate. The three-year curatorial collaboration with The Gallery at Windsor began with an exhibition by renowned artist Grayson Perry in 2018 and will continue with a third, to-be-announced artist in 2020.
Installation View 1. Michael Craig-Martin, Present Sense, Windsor