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Private art collection goes on show

Posted on 4 March 2013

Works of modern art, collected by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of York, Professor Brian Cantor, will go on public show this week.

Sphinx, an oil painting by John Kiki, part of Professor Cantor’s private art collection

The exhibition, held in the Ron Cooke Hub exhibition space from 7 to 12 March, features prints, oil paintings and lithographs, and will be curated by the student-run Norman Rea Gallery.

The main theme of the exhibition is modernity and how colour is manipulated in different ways to represent figures and objects.

York Management School student Mayssa Kachicho, Director of the Norman Rea Gallery, said: “We are thrilled that Professor Cantor has asked us to curate an exhibition of his private art collection. We’re particularly excited about exhibiting his excellent collection of modern art and also his collection of cartoons, which we are sure visitors to the exhibition will really enjoy.”

The exhibition Colour and Modernity will include modern art works by artists such as Joan Miro, Sam Francis and Terry Frost, as well as cartoons and cartoon strips from cartoonists such as Larry, Matt, Glen Baxter and Garry Trudeau.

I am very pleased to offer students from the Norman Rea Gallery an opportunity to present my personal art collection

Professor Brian Cantor, Vice-Chancellor

Professor Cantor said: “I am very pleased to offer students from the Norman Rea Gallery an opportunity to present my personal art collection. It contains some very beautiful pieces and some very iconic cartoons which I am happy to be able to share with the University and wider York community.

“While none of the pieces are particularly valuable in monetary terms, each holds a great deal of significance and value for me.”

The Colour and Modernity exhibition is free and open to all. Following an opening event on Wednesday, 6 March from 7-9pm, it will be on show at the Ron Cooke Hub exhibition space until 12 March weekdays from 9am to 5pm.

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