1 January 2020
The Bodleian Library, Oxford receives a gift of 100 pictures from Claire and James Hyman
The Bodleian Library Expands its Collection of Modern and Contemporary British Photographs with a gift from the London-based collectors Claire and James Hyman.
This gift of British photography is the second major donation by the Hyman Collection. It follows the gift of 125 photographs to The Yale Center for British Art (New Haven, USA) in 2017.
24 December 2019
The Hyman Collection. British Photography. Annual Update. 2019
Four years ago we launched www.britishphotography.org to showcase our private collection of British photographs and to use the collection as an educational resource. Since then we have continued to develop the collection and the range of our activities. These include donations to public institutions, museum loans, new commissions and acquisitions.
15 November 2019
New Acquisitions. Jo Spence. Cinderella
The Hyman Collection is delighted to have acquired a series of rare laminated exhibition panels by Jo Spence as well as the original copy of her thesis "Fairy Tales and Photography... or, another look at Cinderella". Spence's thesis, submitted in June 1982, looked back to the evolution of the Cinderella story, its present incarnations in advertising and in the press - focused on the imagery of the Royal Wedding - and forward to her future practise as an artist. A pivotal document, at one of the crucial moments in Spence's career, this thesis at over 240 pages, is a feast of images and ideas that stand at the heart of Spence's work. The laminated panels, from 1984, build from this engagement with Cinderella and also look forward to the centrality of health issues in her later work.
18 September 2019
New Acquisitions. Helen Sear
The Hyman Collection is delighted to have acquired two of the major works from Helen Sear's solo exhibiiton in the Welsh Pavillion at the Venice Biennale in 2015.
24 July 2019
New Acquisitions. David Hurn
The Hyman Collection is delighted to have acquired over forty vintage photographs from the 1960s by David Hurn. The photographs including British pictures, including Herne Bay in Kent and Soho in London, as well as from his travel in Europe.
24 June 2019
New Acquisitions. Jim Mortram
The Hyman Collection is pleased to have acquired a special portfolio of works from Jim Mortram's powerful book and exhibition, Small Town Inertia. These photographs present the lives of people in his community near Dereham, a small town in Norfolk. Dereham is no different from thousands of other communities throughout Britain, where increasing numbers of people struggle to survive at a time of welfare cuts and failing health services. Mortram shows the lives of people in his community who, through physical and mental problems and a failing social security system, face isolation and loneliness in their daily lives. His work covers difficult subjects such as disability, addiction and self-harm, but is always with hope and dignity, focusing upon the strength and resilience of the people he photographs. Often the work is accompanied by texts in which the subjects are given a voice.
27 November 2018
The Hyman Collection. Annual Update. 03. Autumn 2018
Three years ago we launched www.britishphotography.org to showcase our private collection of British photographs and to use the collection as an educational resource. Since then we have continued to develop the collection and the range of our activities.
22 November 2018
Paloma Tendero. New Acquisitions
We are delighted to have acquired a major 12 part self-portrait work by London-based artist Paloma Tendero, as well as a related sculpture.
13 July 2018 to 22 April 2019
Modern Nature. Photographs from the Hyman Collection, Hepworth Wakefield
We are delighted that the Hepworth Wakefield (Museum of the Year 2017) have curated an exhibition from British photography in the Hyman Collection. "Modern Nature includes around 60 photographs taken since the end of the Second World War, through the beginnings of de-industrialisation, to the present day. It explores the merging of urban and rural landscapes, the rapid expansion of cities and the increasingly intrusive management of the countryside. Rather than present a Romantic dichotomy between the rural and the urban, the exhibition presents a more contemporary sensibility that is frequently situated in the edgelands, the often scruffy margins, in which town blurs countryside."
HEPWORTH WAKEFIELD PRESS RELEASE PDF
22 July to 7 October 2018
Loan to the exhibition Lee Miller and Surrealism is Britain
The Hyman Collection is pleased to lend an extremely rare vintage photograph by Paul Nash to the exhibition Lee Miller and Surrealism in Britain at Hepworth Wakefield. This is the first exhibition to explore Miller's involvement with the surrealist circles in Britain in the late 1930s. This exhibition is organised by The Hepworth Wakefield in association with the Fundació Joan Miró. An expanded version of the exhibition will be presented in Barcelona from 31 October 2018 to 20 January 2019 sponsored by the BBVA Foundation.
30 June to 9 September 2018
Loans to the exhibition "Play it Again", Firstsite, Colechester
The Hyman Collection is lending a series of 9 works by Heather Agyepong to the exhibition 'Play It Again: The art of remaking' at Firstsite, Colchester. The programme features 'remade' objects, events and films, produced by artists and the public. The exhibition showcases how history, contemporary culture and our own everyday experiences inspire repetition, remaking and reenactment in different forms.
25 June 2018
Kurt Hutton. New Acquisitions
The Hyman Collection has acquired a major group of over sixty rare vintage prints by Kurt Hutton, one of the most influential photo-journalists of the twentieth century. These vintage photographs include many of his most famous works as well as lesser known images, among them the actual photographs used in his 1947 book, Speaking Likeness, and by Picture Post magazine.