Modern Visionaries: Van Dyck and the Artists’ Eye
28 January – 4 June 2017
Taking Anthony van Dyck's last self-portrait as a starting point, this exhibition pairs the masterpiece with more recent works portraying their creators.
Inspired by the remarkably innovative style of Sir Anthony van Dyck's last self-portrait, acquired for the nation in 2014, this exhibition pairs the painting with stunning works by major artists of the 20th and 21st century.
Like van Dyck's self-portrait, the selected works offer the viewer direct eye contact with a other visionary artists, from Francis Bacon and LS Lowry, to Sarah Lucas and Chris Ofili. Composed of loans from the National Portrait Gallery and works from the Laing's own collection, the exhibition asks what it means to confront great artists face-to-face, exploring themes of genius, creativity and the role of the artist in society.