This exhibition explores sound in William Hogarth’s art
This exhibition explores sound in William Hogarth’s art.
Hogarth & the Art of Noise reveals Hogarth’s innovative use of sound, introducing visitors to a previously unexplored but important aspect of his art, and further cementing his reputation as the 18th century’s most original artist.
Famed for his social commentary, no painter before or since Hogarth has made such overt use of sound as a way of communicating a narrative. Taking as its focus the artist’s masterpiece, The March of the Guards to Finchley, the exhibition unpacks the painting’s rich social, cultural and political commentary, from the Jacobite uprising and the situation for chimney boys, to the origins of God Save the King.
Using sound, wall-based interpretation, engravings, and a specially-commissioned immersive soundscape by acclaimed musician and producer Martyn Ware, the exhibition reveals how Hogarth orchestrated the natural and man-made sounds of London, to depict the city in all its guises. Discover how the Foundling Hospital’s great artist-governor captured the vibrancy and complexity of contemporary 18th-century life and learn more about the context in which the Hospital was established.
The exhibition is supported by The 1739 Club.
Martyn Ware formed The Human League in 1977. In 1980 he formed the production company/label British Electric Foundation and in the same year formed Heaven 17. Ware has written, performed and produced two Human League, five British Electric Foundation and nine Heaven 17 studio albums. In 2000 Ware founded Illustrious Co Ltd with Vince Clarke to explore the creative and commercial possibilities of their unique three-dimensional sound technology practice, in collaboration with fine artists, the performing arts and corporate clients around the world. He also lectures on music production, technology, and creativity.
Complementing the exhibition there is a display of new work by contemporary British artist, Nicola Bealing, A New Song (To An Old Tune).
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I can’t recommend that highly enough, absolutely fascinating…
Hogarth & The Art of Noise | An interview with Martyn Ware