briefly,it was the 1st exhibition at 2 Temple Place,the headquarters of the Bulldog Trust a charity which sets out to give substantial help to projects and initiatives which enables real progress.i am unable to comment on those claims,although they are to be lauded.perhaps on another occassion i will return to write about the trust,expecially in a climate of financial austerity everywhere and where charitable activity can increasingly be seen as"the politics of acco,modation".
nevertheless the exhibition itself was run in conjuction with the courtauld institute and the william morris gallery whose own premises are currently closed for refurbishment until mid 2012.
there has to be some significance to visitors exceeding expectation and that when i left the queue ran out onto the street and some distanec along it.people werre clearly waiting substantial periods to get in.
given the building is eswentially a revovated house,this places limits on the exhibition space,using corridor and stair walls as well as half a dozen rooms.thsi in turn places limits on the visitros ability to step back.theres not much room and even less with people constantly around.i also found the lighting so low that it made viewing some of the exhibits quite difficult.
there is little or no reference to morris ideas or politics,although this is not particularly surprising.the exhibition features textiles,print works and glass works which tell story,or relate to myth and memory so there is plenty of mythological,religious and medieval imagery.
i alwsy think its a pity that such exhibitions do not discuss the politics of this art and the art and crafts movement because it did express morris socialist views about the nature and activity of work,of labour,although those views are not unproblematic.
that all said i always welcome an opportunity to look at the work of mrris and others from any perspective.and having done so on this occassion,perhaps i will return in otehr postings to flag up some of the issues ive implied here.
its a pity i did not find out about it earlier,to encourage others to see it.but perhaps later in the year,the material if not the actual exhibition might be back in the wiliam morris gallery.i will find out,and report it here.