Marlborough is pleased to announce the opening of Kitaj: Portraits and Reflections, a solo exhibition of the work of R.B. Kitaj at Abbot Hall Art Gallery, a part of the Lakeland Arts Trust, in Kendal, United Kingdom. The Lakeland Arts Trust was established to protect and maintain Abbot Hall, a Grade 1 listed Georgian Villa on the banks of the River Kent. Built in 1795 by Colonel George Wilson, the villa was near-collapse by the 1950s. Renovated and repurposed, Abbot Hall Art Gallery opened in 1962, offering a unique setting for the display of work ranging from 18th century watercolors to contemporary public sculpture.
Kitaj: Portraits and Reflections is the first major solo exhibition of the artist’s work in the United Kingdom since R.B. Kitaj: A Retrospective (1994) at Tate Modern. On view from July 9 to October 8, 2011, the exhibition consists of approximately fifty paintings and works on paper and explores the artist's portraiture and self-portraiture. Exhibition co-curator Marilyn McCully will present a lecture entitled, “Kitaj in Spain: Josep Vicente and Sant Feliu,” on Thursday, July 14th.