Andy Warhol, Bridget Riley, LS Lowry and classic albums in York Art Gallery's Art and Music

By Ben Miller | 19 July 2012
An image of an abstract purple, black and blue painting of various figures playing music
Samuel Haile, African Musicians (1939)© Estate of Samuel Haile / York Museums Trust
Exhibition: Art & Music, York Art Gallery, York, until December 31 2012

“Art and music have always had an intertwined relationship,” observes curator Jennifer Alexander, summarising a show welcoming works by LS Lowry, Walter Sickert and Andy Warhol, not to mention a Jayne Parker film co-organised by Film and Video Umbrella and, in a violin with a broken string, a piece of 17th century “moral criticism” by the painter Juriaan van Streek (the instrument represents the vain pastime of physical love, the broken string death and the importance of moral living).

An image of an ancient painting of a woman in a flowing blue dress reading a book
Cornelius Troost, Portrait of a Lady (1741)
© York Museums Trust
“Both are influenced by each other. We are looking at works of art which depict or have been influenced by music both directly and indirectly.

“By pointing out the less obvious links, we hope visitors will find new ways to interpret the pieces on display, and art generally.”

Van Streek’s piece, Vanitas, is contrasted by Bridget Riley’s Cloudy Blue Greens with Pink and Emerald Thrusts, which takes influence from the dual abilities of music to provide freedom of expression and mathematical precision.

Issues of class, society and education are also surveyed through more than 40 contributions, including some arty album covers.

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