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Friday, May 13, 2011

Communicating Through Cats: The art and mind of Louis Wain (UK)

Communicating Through Cats: The art and mind of Louis Wain  (UK)'Communicating Through Cats: The Art and Mind of Louis Wain' celebrates one of Brent's most famous artists. Best known for his distinctive 'humanistic' cat drawings, Louis Wain was a household name at the turn of the 20th century. Over the past 100 years, understanding and appreciation of Louis Wain's art has varied dramatically. His work has been described as 'charming' and 'humorous' as well as 'psychotic' and 'disturbed'. 'Communicating Through Cats' explores how the artist saw the world during a life troubled by tragedy and mental illness, and considers how different responses to his work reflected fashions of the time. The exhibition includes work selected and supplied by Chris Beetles Gallery, St James's, London, and loans from the Bethlem Art and History Collections Trust and the Wellcome Library. A free programme of adult and family events and activities will be running alongside the exhibition. In addition, volunteers will be running lunch-time tours of the exhibition on the last Wednesday of every month, starting at 12pm. Special Exhibitions Gallery, Brent Museum - 5 May 2011-29 October 2011

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