The Jack Vettriano retrospective is on show in Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, which already has a Vettriano painting. The paintings in the exhibition date from 1992 to 2013 and include his most famous image The Singing Butler, as well as favourites like Bluebird at Bonneville , Mad Dogs , Dance Me To The End of Love and The Billy Boys. The exhibition runs until Sunday 23 February 2014, with tickets priced at £5 for adults and £3 for concessions. Download our free Jack Vettriano Gallery app for a guide to his work
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“Glasgow has nine galleries but Kelvingrove is the best one for such a major retrospective for someone of this stature,” the source said.
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Vettriano has just finished curating his 20-year retrospective . Over 100 paintings are featured in the exhibition . The Scottish artist revealed the details in an interview with the US magazine Vanity Fair. Vettriano’s exhibition in Kirkcaldy set attendance records.
“The gallery will also help promote edgy, younger artists.Showing landscapes and flowers doesn’t interest me. I’m trying to start a fire,” he said.
Last night, Nathalie Martin, the artist’s director at his Heartbreak gallery in London, said
“The reason it will be in Glasgow is because we got a very positive, very significant approach from the public gallery in question in Glasgow. It was their idea. This will be a once-in-a- lifetime opportunity to see the top ten, if not more of Vettriano’s works from the four corners of the globe . We’ve had a an extraordinary response from private collectors who own some of the works and have secured agreement for many of the paintings.”
The frank interview in Vanity Fair was the first time the American public had gained so much personal information about Vettriano.
The interview details the fierce attacks by a number of critics who do not regard Vettriano’s work as “proper” art and his rejection by the Scottish art establishment.
In the interview, Vettriano, who was made an OBE in 2003 for services to the visual arts, gives a robust response when asked about his detractors pointing to him copying poses from the Illustrator’s Figure Reference Manual for The Singing Butler – which became the most expensive painting by a Scottish artist when it sold for £750,000 eight years ago.
“I don’t give a f***!!,” replied Vettriano, a former mining engineer from Methil in Fife. “ Picasso said, ‘Other artists borrow – I steal’. And the same book I used was found in Francis Bacon’s studio when he died.”
Asked about accusations that his work was nothing more than “dim erotica”, Vettriano said his fans were “disappointed that the pictures aren’t pornographic enough”.
The Jack Vettriano Exhibition 2013 was at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery until January.
- Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is a museum and art gallery in Glasgow, Scotland. The building houses one of Europe’s great civic art collections. Wikipedia
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