In November 2015, Dr. Anna-Claudia Guimbous, daughter of the photographer Erich Retzlaff (1899-1993), donated to Dr. Christopher Webster van Tonder and the School of Art Collection, over 1000 negatives and around 160 black and white vintage prints that she recently discovered stored securely in her basement. Dr. Guimbous has, along with her sister Bettina Retzlaff-Cumming, already generously donated a large number of vintage photographs by Erich Retzlaff to the School of Art Collection in recent years making our collection of Retzlaff’s work the largest outside of Germany and the second largest in the world. This new and important addition to the Collection includes portraits and landscapes from the 1930s and 1940s, examples of his innovative colour work, and an extensive number of Retzlaff’s post-war architecture, travel and landscape work.
Curators Professor Robert Meyrick and Dr Harry Heuser of the School of Art recently attended the opening of their latest exhibition An Abiding Standard: The prints of Stanley Anderson at the Royal Academy in London. This is the second RA show that Meyrick has curated both of which form part of a larger series of exhibitions and catalogues raisonné celebrating the work of Royal Academician printmakers.
Below are a few photos from our activities for Universities Week 2014. Many thanks to Andrew Baldwin, Jen Loffman and Phil Garratt for delivering these enlightening sessions.
A new exhibition and book by four lecturers at the School of Art will bring to light their collaborative research on the artist Keith Vaughan (1912-1977). Vaughan was one of the most celebrated British artists of his generation.
Christopher Webster van Tonder’s ongoing research into the life and work of the German photographer Erich Retzlaff (1899-1993) has attracted an important donation to the School of Art Gallery and Museum. In March 2013 a collection of 38 vintage Erich Retzlaff prints was generously given by the photographer’s daughter, Bettina Retzlaff-Cumming. This donation will hereafter be known as the Bettina Retzlaff-Cumming Bequest.
Professor Robert Meyrick, Head of the School of Art and Keeper of the Museum, has for many years researched the work of the painter-printmaker Sydney Lee (1866-1944). The results are currently on show in From the Shadows: the prints of Sydney Lee RA at the Royal Academy until the 26th of May.