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February 2014

Durham Arts Council in Durham, NC, Offers Works by Silvia Heyden & Edith London

The Durham Arts Council in Durham, NC, is presenting Silvia Heyden & Edith London: Together Again, a landmark exhibition celebrating the creativity of two of Durham’s most significant artists, on view in the SunTrust Gallery, through Feb. 28, 2014.

The show features 32 tapestries by weaver Silvia Heyden and 41 works by the late painter and collage artist Edith London. This is a rare opportunity to see such an extensive selection in one exhibition and is made possible by the support of over 50 donors and collectors.

This exhibition reflects the artistic friendship of these two internationally recognized artists.

London, German by birth, and Heyden, who is Swiss, met in Durham because their spouses were recruited to work at Duke University - Fritz London in physics and Siegfried Heyden in medicine. The two artists, while working in very different media, became instant friends and colleagues and shared a modernist aesthetic rooted in the Bauhaus tradition.

Heyden and London laid the groundwork for their careers in Europe. Edith studied art under well known French painters Marcel Gromaire and Andre Lhote. Silvia’s formal education came at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Zurich from 1948-1953 under the Bauhaus tradition and led by the famous designer Johannes Itten. Both artists continued to develop their artistic voices throughout their years in Durham.

London, who died at age 93 in 1997, was the subject of a major show at the The Durham Art Guild in 1992. Silvia Heyden, 86, lives on the banks of the Eno River where she continues producing colorful tapestries inspired by her surroundings.

The exhibition is made possible through the generous support of Horst and Ruth Mary Meyer, a host of donors and collectors, the Durham Arts Council Annual Arts Fund and the Durham Art Guild. Lee Hansley of Raleigh, NC, is the exhibition curator. The show will be accompanied by a printed catalogue.

For further info check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call 919/560-2787 or visit (www.durhamarts.org).

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