'Xaymaca: Nature and the Landscape in Jamaican Art' for National Gallery West

'Xaymaca: Nature and the Landscape in Jamaican Art' for National Gallery West

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

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NATIONAL Gallery West, the National Gallery of Jamaica's new branch at the Montego Bay Cultural Centre at Sam Sharpe Square, has announced that its new exhibition, Xaymaca: Nature and the Landscape in Jamaican Art, will open to the public this Friday.


Taking the Taino name for the island of Jamaica, which translates as "land of wood and water," the Xaymaca exhibition celebrates the spectacular natural beauty of Jamaica, seen through the eyes of Jamaican and visiting artists from the colonial period to the present. It also acknowledges how nature and the land carry the baggage of history and contemporary politics.


The exhibition features major works from the National Gallery of Jamaica collection and comprises four sections: plantation era art, with paintings and prints by George Robertson, JB Kidd, James Hakewill and John Eaves; early and twentieth photography by A Duperly and Sons, Herbert Hood-Daniel and Robin Farquharson; paintings and one sculpture from the nationalist school of the mid-twentieth century by Edna Manley, Albert Huie and Ralph Campbell; and paintings and sculpture from the post-Independence generation, by Barrington Watson, Eugene Hyde, Colin Garland, Michael Lester, Mallica 'Kapo' Reynolds, Everald Brown, Hope Brooks and Laura Facey.


The exhibition was curated by Dr Veerle Poupeye, executive director of the National Gallery, and O'Neil Lawrence, senior curator, and is funded by the Tourism Enhancement Fund.


The exhibition opens at 7:00 pm and will be open until August 8, 2015. An illustrated catalogue of the exhibition will be available for sale.


National Gallery West and the Montego Bay Cultural Centre are open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm, except for public holidays.


 


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