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Patrick Procktor - A View From a Window

Patrick Procktor - A View From a Window

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A monographic itinerary on Patrick Procktor (1936-2003), a leading, contradictory and flamboyant figure in the London art scene of the 1960s and 1970s, through a selection of about sixty works, including paintings, watercolors and drawings.

This volume brings together about sixty works from the early 1960s to the early 1990s. The title, which comes from a work in Palazzo Bentivoglio, is intended to emphasize the peculiar and subjective character of a stubbornly figurative research, marked by a great independence, though ultimately cast in its time: a portion of the world, like that—precisely—visible at the opening of a window.

Along with the catalogue there are also texts by Tommaso Pasquali, Ian Massey, and Davide Trabucco as well as a selection of images from the exhibition layout.

"Procktor was an immensely subtle colourist, using colour and tone to suggest atmosphere and emotion. He understood the value of understatement, that a mere handful of painted marks could serve more powerfully than the grand gesture. Often in his watercolour portraits, detail and sometimes form are filtered out, deemed inessential to an art of poetic fragments. The portraits of the sixties and seventies form a generational snapshot, that of the largely gay world of which Procktor was part, most of its inhabitants long gone." 
– Ian Massey

Published on the occasion of the eponymous exhibition at Palazzo Bentivoglio, Bologna in 2022-2023.

Edited by Tommaso Pasquali
Texts by Tommaso Pasquali, Ian Massey, Davide Trabucco
Published in June 2023
Bilingual edition (English / Italian)
16,8 x 24 cm (softcover)
192 pages (ill.)
ISBN : 978-88-99776-40-4

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