Museums and galleries – under the control of B&NES Council – are still going to expect you to mask up while visiting after the so-called ‘Freedom Day’ lifting of final restrictions on July 19th.
A piece of information l picked up today while enjoying a private preview of Freud, Minton, Ryan – unholy trinity at Bath’s Victoria Art Gallery.
The exhibition is the first to focus on the passionate intimacy that existed between Lucien Freud, John Minton and Adrian Ryan – three gifted figurative painters striving and succeeding to build careers in a war-torn Britain.
It brings together fifty paintings and works on paper alongside a previously unseen letter between Freud and Ryan from 1944.
Unholy trinity’s guest curator is Julian Machin, whose work as a writer and curator, and as the biographer of Adrian Ryan, has given him a unique insight into the complex friendships and rivalries of the three artists.
I took Jon Benington, the manager of the Victoria Art Gallery, away from the gallery to an open and deserted area where we could talk without masks and at a distance.
I asked him to set the period in time being dealt with here and to explain the relationship between the three artists.
The exhibition continues at the Victoria Art Gallery until September 19th.
Book tickets in advance via victoriagal.org.uk