SHAKESPEAR EXHIBIT OPENS AT HAMILTON'S EMERSON GALLERY
Although Shakespear (1886-1973) produced a substantial body of work over thecourse of her life, she remains an intriguing, relatively unknown Englishartist. She is recognized primarily for the extraordinary company she kept.Her mother, Olivia, was a minor novelist and close personal friend of WilliamButler Yeats.
Through her mother, Shakespear met and married Ezra Pound, a 1905 Hamiltongraduate. In the mid 1900s she was linked to the Vorticist Movement inEngland with names such as Wyndham Lewis, Edward Wadsworth and Gaudier-Brzeska.During that time, some of her graphically vibrant abstract compositions werepublished in Lewis' revolutionary magazine Blast.
Shakespear focused primarily on landscape, but also devoted considerableenergy to the design of illustrated alphabets intended for publication withPound's Cantos. In 1974, her largest and most finished watercolorHommages a GB, WL, TSE, EP (Gaudier-Brzeska, Wyndham Lewis, T.S. Eliot,Ezra Pound), was featured in the extensive exhibition of the HaywardGallery in London called "Vorticism and its Allies." Throughout her career,she lived in Paris, Italy, the U.S. and England. She died in Cambridge,England, in 1973.
The majority of works in the exhibition have been lent courtesy of OmarShakespear Pound who graduated from Hamilton in 1951. To mark the opening,guest curator David Lewis will present an illustrated lecture on Saturday, Nov.2, at 3 p.m. in the Hamilton Chemistry Building auditorium. Following thelecture, an opening reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. at the EmersonGallery.
The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 12 to 5 p.m. and Saturday andSunday from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information call the Emerson Gallery at859-4396.