Joan Eardley Centenary | The Media Response07 Jul 2021
We are so pleased to share some of the coverage that Joan Eardley | Centenary has received in the press with you.
Across Glasgow and further afield in Scotland, events will be unfolding throughout this year and next in Eardley’s honour... in Edinburgh, the Scottish Gallery, which had a close relationship with the artist in the 1950s, is planning a centenary show to coincide with the Edinburgh International Festival; its director, Guy Peploe, echoes the sentiments of Lachlan Goudie in lamenting that it has taken ‘such a long time for her reputation to move out from Scotland’, and hoping that events here will lead to a wider reappraisal.
The Edinburgh Reporter
bbc Radio Scotland
Playing with collage and echoing the mark-making of chalked graffiti, Eardley recalls both cubism and the observant eye of the street photographer Brassaï, and she marries this with the characterful physical convolutions of Schiele. The result is a suite of drawings and paintings that are alive with childlike energy, and while there’s no denying that Eardley’s brand of social realism shies from the grimmer realities of slum life, it’s easy to see why the popularity of these playful works endures.