From 16 October – 22 November 2013, a selection of Pop works donated to Wolverhampton Art Gallery, West Midlands, from The Eric & Jean Cass Gift will be on display for the first time at the Contemporary Art Society.
The gift has allowed Wolverhampton Art Gallery to develop its collection of Pop Art by introducing works by Victor Vasarely, Julio Le Parc and Karel Appel and a new focus on the impact of European artists on the UK Pop movement. Alongside works by these artists, other works from Wolverhampton’s collection will also be on display to contextualise the impact of the gift, including those by Eduardo Paolozzi and Bridget Riley.
Reflecting on the collection, the contexts for the display and the wider discussion around philanthropy, we have invited Marguerite Nugent (Curatorial Services and Programme Development Manager at Wolverhampton Art Gallery) and Ann Elliott (curator, writer and Chair of Trustees at the Gabo Trust) to discuss and provide insight into The Eric & Jean Cass Gift. The talk includes an insider view of the collection as situated in Eric and Jean Cass’s home, taking these key works away from the private space into the public collection of the museum.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:
Marguerite Nugent is Curatorial Services and Programme Development Manager at Wolverhampton Art Gallery. Responsible for programming and collections development at the gallery for the past fourteen years, Marguerite has led an acquisitions programme which embraces both historical and contemporary art in a variety of media as well as leading on the CAS Special Collections Scheme at Wolverhampton. Marguerite teaches on the MA Gallery Studies at the University of Essex and contributed to Pop Art Book (Black Dog, 2007), a publication produced for the re-display of the Pop Art Collection at Wolverhampton.
Ann Elliott is a curator who manages a portfolio of visual arts projects. Her clients are wide ranging, and include the corporate sector, museums and galleries, local authorities, cultural organisations and private collectors, including Eric and Jean Cass, for whom Ann produced a catalogue of their collection in 2003. In addition to her work for the Gabo Trust, Ann is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Public Art Consultant for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and a Trustee of Ironbridge Open Air Museum of Steel Sculpture.