Erotic drawings by Duncan Grant—a number one member of the early Twentieth-century artist set, the Bloomsbury Group—will go on present at Charleston farmhouse in East Sussex, UK, this autumn (Very Personal?, 17 September-12 March 2023). The drawings present sexual encounters between males—“it is fairly a Karma Sutra of Duncan Grant’s sexual creativeness,” Darren Clarke, head of collections at Charleston, instructed the BBC.
The organisers of the present say in a press release: “The drawings, lengthy feared misplaced or destroyed, have been donated to Charleston, Grant’s former dwelling, in 2020. They have been handed by Grant to his good friend Edward le Bas in 1959, in a folder marked ‘These drawings are very non-public’; they have been saved and handed from lover to lover, good friend to good friend in secret for a few years.”
Clarke provides: “There is a sturdy theme within the work of interracial intercourse, of white and black males collectively. Duncan Grant had Black mates who have been fashions, who have been additionally lovers all through his life.” All the works have been made within the Nineteen Forties and Fifties when homosexuality was nonetheless unlawful within the UK.
Grant was a number one gentle within the Bloomsbury set of artists and aesthetes, which included Vanessa Bell, Clive Bell, Roger Fry and Lytton Strachey. The colorful and unconventional group co-founded the Omega Workshops, an experimental design collective that produced homeware, from printed materials and textiles to ceramics.
The exhibition will even embody works by the modern artists that ought to “create a dialogue between the current and the previous, one which engages in persevering with debates round sexuality”, the organisers say. The London-based artist Somaya Critchlow has produced a set of eight new drawings and watercolours that includes the feminine nude, whereas Alison Wilding will present three summary watercolour works on paper. Final yr, a joint exhibition of works by the British painter Tunji Adeniyi-Jones and Grant was held at Charleston.