New gallery, new artwork, new exhibition – New Orleans!

Next spring will see the unveiling of a new gallery in the New Orleans French Quarter – and with it, the opening of a tricentennial exhibition entitled Art of The City: Post Modern to Post Katrina.

It will feature the work of American and overseas artists, and among the pieces on show will be New Orleans: Between Heaven and Hell, an innovative collaboration between Robin, his brother Simon, and the Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC).

Integral to Robin’s artwork – which has had its own preview exhibition in New Orleans through the summer – is Simon’s interactive guide.
The guide introduces visitors to the stories behind the image. Told by British writer Cathy Loughran, they cover the birth of the city, the misery and ongoing legacy of the slave trade; the Civil War; and disastrous weather events that continue to threaten New Orleans.

But they also cover the joyfully creative traditions of the city that parades at every opportunity, and that brought jazz to the world. So among the episodes depicted in myriad images underpinning the panorama is the story of the New Orleans Arts and Crafts Club, with whom many of the city’s celebrated writers and artists were associated. That club met at the Seignouret-Brulatour house in Royal Street, where the picturesque courtyard became the subject of numerous paintings by members of the club.

The club is now defunct, but the old house was purchased by THNOC, and it now has a new and fitting lease of life as an art gallery. It is scheduled to open in spring 2019, and Art of the City, sponsored by the Helis foundation, will be its first major exhibition.

Early in the New Year, Simon’s interactive guide will go online – so anyone, anywhere in the world, will not only be able to explore the history of New Orleans, but will also be able to link into the treasures of the Historic New Orleans Collection.

Watch this space…

Simon Reynolds

Photo: Cuauhtemoc Garcia

Sarah Borealis

Cathy Woodhall