Nicolas Party’s Prehistory Lesson at The Modern Institute, Glasgow

Nicolas Party, 'Mountains', soft pastel on linen. Courtesy of the Artist and The Modern Institute/ Toby Webster Ltd., Glasgow. Photo Adam Reich.
Nicolas Party, 'Mountains', soft pastel on linen. Courtesy of the Artist and The Modern Institute/ Toby Webster Ltd., Glasgow. Photo Adam Reich.

Title:
Nicolas Party: Cretaceous

Times:
Mon - Fri 10:00 - 18:00, Sat 12:00 - 17:00

From: 10 Jun 2023

To: 23 Sep 2023

Venue:
The Modern Institute
1 Aird’s Lane
Glasgow
Glasgow & the Clyde Valley
G1 5HU

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Cretaceous is Nicolas Party’s sixth solo exhibition at Glasgow’s Modern Institute – an installation occupying the Institute’s Aird’s Lane and Bricks Space comprising intimately-scaled oil-on-copper paintings and large pastels. Drastically shifting in scale and focus from images of natural phenomena to an intimate painting of a small child, they betray his abiding concern with classical symbols and iconography.

The exhibition is named after the Cretaceous period, which ended in a mass extinction 66 million years ago – a notion that runs through the highly-distilled pastel pieces that are devoid of animal or human, leaving just the elemental landscape. Party has been widely exhibited and collected, and incorporates his extensive knowledge of art history into his work.

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