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Summer 2006 Newsletter

Upcoming exhibitions


Sir John Betjeman (1906-1984)
Oil on canvas, 1961
36 x 28 inches
© Trustees of the Feliks Topolski Estate

Norman Mailer Takes on America

September 5-December 31, 2006

Drawing on the recently acquired Norman Mailer archive, the exhibition will set the career of Norman Mailer in the cultural context of post-World War II and trace the central role he has played in our awareness and understanding of what Morris Dickstein calls the "shocks of history, politics, and contemporary life" that reshaped the last half of the twentieth century and continue to unsettle the twenty-first.

Feliks Topolski: Portraits of Britain's Twentieth-Century Literary Greats

September 5-December 31, 2006

Feliks Topolski (1907-1989), painter, caricaturist, illustrator, and muralist, chronicled many of the twentieth-century's most significant people and associated historical events. Born in Poland and centered in London his entire creative career, Topolski embraced modernism's inventive freedoms but worked at the edge of its mainstream, thanks in part to his bold expressionist style that brought acclaim as well as controversy.

This exhibition brings together, for the first time, all 20 paintings from the original 1960 commission for a portrait series of great living British writers and playwrights. The artist's large portrait of G. B. Shaw, illustrations for Shaw's plays, and selected broadsides from Topolski's Chronicle, a twice-monthly broadsheet published by the artist from 1953-1979, are also included in the exhibition.  

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