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KAREL DIERICKX ENTERS THE NEW ART GALLERY WALSALL
Roberto Polo Gallery proudly announces that the painting 'Still Life' by Karel Dierickx (1940-2014, Ghent) has entered the permanent
collections of The New Art Gallery Walsall. Stephen Snoddy is the
Director of this prestigious and innovative British museum of modern and
contemporary art. He was formerly the Director of the BALTIC in
Gateshead, Founding Director of Milton Keynes Gallery, as well as
Director of Southampton City Art Gallery, and has worked with such
artists as Giuseppe Penone, Rachel Whiteread, Chris Ofil, Annette
Messager, John Baldessari and Gilbert & George.
Karel Dierickx was a painter, sculptor and draftsman, as well as a remarkable professor at the prestigious Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Ghent, where he marked several generations of Belgian artists, including Wim Delvoye, Marc Maet and Jan Van Imschoot. Preponderant figure of Belgian contemporary painting, Karel Dierickx represented his country at the Venice Biennial of 1984 and exhibited in major galleries throughout Europe. A modern classic, this virtuoso and introverted artist inscribed himself in the history of art: he was influenced by Pre-Impressionists, such as Adolphe Monticelli; the Impressionist sculptor Medardo Rosso; Alberto Giacometti; the Tachiste Jean Fautrier; New York Action Painting; and the CoBra movement. Karel Dierickx's art is a physical search from abstraction to figuration through subtle and balanced hand and finger movements.
The New Art Gallery Walsall is located in the West Midlands region of England. Its collections count nearly 4 000 pieces, including works by such masters as John Constable, Jacob Epstein, Lucian Freud, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, JMW Turner and Vincent Van Gogh. The museum has presented major solo exhibitions of prominent artists, such as Damien Hirst, Christopher Le Brun, Richard Long, Chiharu Shiota, Gavin Turk and Joana Vasconcelos. A dynamic space, receiving around 200 000 visitors per year, The New Art Gallery Walsall is a platform for international avant-garde artists and education.
Following an international architectural competition, The New Art Gallery Walsall was designed by architects Peter St. John and Adam Caruso. Recipient of GBP£ 15 750 000 from the United Kingdom's National Lottery, its construction began in 1997 and it was inaugurated in the year 2000 at a cost of GBP£ 21 000 000. This masterpiece of contemporary architecture has 5 000 square metres of interior surface distributed over five floors.