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    TLF
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    At long last I am pleased to be able to report good news regarding progress in the winding-up of Robert’s estate. On the last day of June, the Executor, Peter Walmsley of Boyce Hatton solicitors, formally assented all physical assets to The Foundation. This includes some half dozen major paintings and a significant collection of works on paper (‘aesthetic notes’), all of which formed the exhibition last year at Plymouth City Museum. It also includes a wealth of illustrated notebooks and journals, diaries, correspondence, as well as archive documents and photographs. For the present time, these have all been placed into secure storage. Sadly much of the antiquarian library was sold at auction during the course of the administration of the estate. This has however enabled The Foundation to keep the above-mentioned art works in its place. Most of the ‘modern’ books remain, including comprehensive collections on philosophy and art history, as well as themes reflecting Robert’s interests, in particular, his theories on fanatical belief systems. The task has begun of sorting through all this material in order to record and assess it, and we are grateful to Dr. Nick Fox, whose knowledge and previous experience of cataloguing Robert’s vast collection of books has been invaluable. The Foundation is optimistic that the final winding-up will not be delayed very much longer but unfortunately it is out of our hands and dependent upon a final settlement between the Executor and HMRC. This will determine the Foundation’s financial position and therefore the scope of its future activities. As has been reported, a lease had been agreed in principle on Robert’s old studio building at 25 The Parade with Plymouth Barbican Association (PBA). In return PBA were to take over the lease of St. Saviour’s church for its own subsidiary South West Image Bank (SWIB). However a surveyor’s report has revealed that St. Saviour’s has serious structural problems. As the renovation work is estimated far in excess of PBA’s budget, they have unfortunately decided that they are unable to proceed with the arrangement and will relocate their own subsidiary SWIB into 25 The Parade.

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    Annie HillSmith
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    Sorry to hear about the PBA's plans.

    #10577

    TLF
    Participant

    Sorry to hear about the PBA's plans.

    #10578

    WEB WEAVER
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    Esoteric knowledge of Tarot cards suggests that there is no such thing as chance. You are drawn to a particular card for a reason…After veiwing the recent Kurt Jackson exhibition at the City Museum I wandered next door into the Hurdle Gallery. There was an exhibition arranged by The Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Charitable Trust. I picked up a leaflet outlining the aims of that Trust. From off the shelf then, here are 4 potential objectives for TLF:

    #10579

    Annie HillSmith
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    Well … those sound good … but … FM did say “a sentence” and so I'm assuming he means that kinduv snappy strap line type thing.

    #10580

    TLF
    Participant

    Great post, Web Weaver.I'm aware of the Barns-Graham Trust and it's similar to TLF's line of thinking. Her house in St. Ives has I believe been turned into a museum/gallery. One difference of course is that WBG was really just a painter, whereas Robert's relevance is far broader in social and philosophical terms. The fact that he belonged to no movement or 'school' of artists is also a great strength in my view.Ideally, Annie, we're in search of one line to sum it up but maybe backed up by a few key objectives. As you're more than aware, the previous aims and objectives were hampered by the fact that TLF was formed while Robert was alive and there was concern over the charity benefitting Robert personally. It therefore ended up with a disparate set of aims and objectives which now appear somewhat arbitrary and outdated. I'm sorry I don't have your glasses.There's more in today's local paper:http://www.thisisplymouth.co.uk/news/Hidden-treasures-life-artist/article-2488136-detail/article.htmlAlso on tonight's BBC spotlight at 6.30pm.

    #10581

    TheWolfman
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    One difference of course is that WBG was really just a painter, whereas Robert's relevance is far broader in social and philosophical terms.

    #10582

    marlowe
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    Ouch! 'Really just a painter'? Although I find Wilhelmina Barns-Graham's work not to my taste at all I was somewhat insulted by the 'just a painter' comment, although I am sure that wasn't the intention. However it did prompt a question so I politely ask whether it is TLF's ambition to promote Robert as more than just 'merely' a painter due to the relative lack of paintings in the foundation's possession?

    I quite like Barns Graham's paintings but isn't the point that she can make no claims to have been conducting 'sociological and philosophical enquiry by visual means' in Robert's own words? And didn't have a big library? And wasn't that the reason for the charity?

    #10583

    TheWolfman
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    Ouch! 'Really just a painter'? Although I find Wilhelmina Barns-Graham's work not to my taste at all I was somewhat insulted by the 'just a painter' comment, although I am sure that wasn't the intention. However it did prompt a question so I politely ask whether it is TLF's ambition to promote Robert as more than just 'merely' a painter due to the relative lack of paintings in the foundation's possession?

    I quite like Barns Graham's paintings but isn't the point that she can make no claims to have been conducting 'sociological and philosophical enquiry by visual means' in Robert's own words? And didn't have a big library? And wasn't that the reason for the charity?

    I would argue that when the chips were down the sociological and philosophical enquiry quickly made way for a numerous oil sketches of women seemingly churned out in order to raise funds. As far as I'm aware Robert did not fall back on his other talents, such as his immense knowledge or public speaking at such times so his primary source of income and unarguably his primary talent was his painting.It wasn't the idea that there was more substance to Robert than other painters that offended it was my reading of the statement that implied that being 'really just a painter' was less noble or somehow unworthy. I fully submit that this could be just my own interpretation and given TLF's pride in Robert's many attributes alternative, perhaps less contentious, wording could have been used. Perhaps this might be of importance if the TLF wishes to remain accessible and not elevate Robert to such a lofty position that the general public lose sight and interest.

    #10584

    billy budd
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    Seems I'm going to be a lone dissenting voice, but I have never quite got the post-mortem fixation with 25 The Parade. The rooms on the ground and first floors offer limited space, the passages and stairways are narrow, and by locating there TLF will automatically limit access by adopting a building that only those with full mobility will be able to negotiate. For a new venture it does not seem an auspicious start. Still, we are so often drawn to relics.To be relevant TLF needs to decide whether it intends to set up a Lenkiewicz mausoleum or a dynamic centre that encourages visitors to engage with the themes Robert pursued, 'for the provocation of thought' (and I detect a hint of that in Francis's "we quite like 'to advance the knowledge of the life, work and ideas of Robert Lenkiewicz' but there are other possibilities which contain the phrase 'investigating the human condition through...'"). Robert's work is significant precisely because of its wider sociological and philosophical interests, not because he was groundbreaking in terms of concept or technique.Some questions then:If, as reported, 25 The Parade goes to SWIA, does TLF intend to locate to St. Saviour's? If so, how does that square with the repair bill mentioned? As yet the money remaining from the Estate is an unknown, but if the bill outstrips TLF's ability to meet it and render St. Saviour's fit for purpose, what then? Last year TLF advertised for a gallery manager-cum-exhibition officer, offering a starter wage for quite an ambitious post, the three mains aims of which appear to have been to set up the new gallery, devise an exhibitions programme and convince the art world of Robert's worth. And all this on a 2 year contract. Could TLF share their thoughts on how these aims would be supported and moreover what thought has been given to the sustainability of the project? Is longevity even a priority?One of TLF's main aims is to preserve the Lenkiewicz archive. Could TLF advise what standards it intends to adopt to achieve this?Viewing the aims of the Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust, the idea of bursaries to support those furthering the themes in which Robert was interested would seem a good way to promote his concerns and involve contemporary artists and thinkers in the centre - although much would depend on what money there is. Is this something TLF would like to consider?A snappy sentence? I'll come back to you on that one.

    #10585

    marlowe
    Participant

    I would argue that when the chips were down the sociological and philosophical enquiry quickly made way for a numerous oil sketches of women seemingly churned out in order to raise funds. As far as I'm aware Robert did not fall back on his other talents, such as his immense knowledge or public speaking at such times so his primary source of income and unarguably his primary talent was his painting.

    If that's a spoof Krauser it's a good one. Surely you're not trying to say that Robert's projects over 30 years on Vagrancy, Relationships, Death, Old Age, Education, Old Age, Mental Handicap, Suicide, Jealousy etc etc were somehow rendered meaningless by a a couple of years when his health was failing him of Paintings to Make Money?? 😉

    #10586

    Frank
    Participant

    TLF objects are:(1) To advance the education of the public in aesthetic appreciation and the study of human behaviour:

    • By the maintenance and provision of a library containing the collection of books, writings, paintings and other artefacts of Robert Lenkiewicz:
    • By the education, encouragement, funding, teaching and training of artists and scholars who wish to undertake research into human behaviour or to improve their artistic or philosophical standards or tastes:
    • By making available reading rooms, studios and other facilities for the use and benefit of such persons:
    • By acquiring and preserving for the benefit of the public books, paintings, and artefacts of antiquity, rarity of significant value relevant to the study of human behaviour.

    (2) To provide relief to the poor, the infirm and the aged and in particular by the provision of a Christmas Day meal in the City of Plymouth.If we are looking for a nifty one liner then being disingenuous is cool;“The Tony Blair Faith Foundation aims to promote respect and understanding about the world's major religions and show how faith is a powerful force for good in the modern world"Tony really believes it, for me it illustrates the space beyond irony that only a mentalist could occupy. For the modest, understated and over delivery club we could go with Henry Moore;“The Henry Moore Foundation seeks to encourage public appreciation of the visual arts, and in particular the works of Henry Moore” ....

    #10587

    TheWolfman
    Participant

    I would argue that when the chips were down the sociological and philosophical enquiry quickly made way for a numerous oil sketches of women seemingly churned out in order to raise funds. As far as I'm aware Robert did not fall back on his other talents, such as his immense knowledge or public speaking at such times so his primary source of income and unarguably his primary talent was his painting.

    If that's a spoof Krauser it's a good one. Surely you're not trying to say that Robert's projects over 30 years on Vagrancy, Relationships, Death, Old Age, Education, Old Age, Mental Handicap, Suicide, Jealousy etc etc were somehow rendered meaningless by a a couple of years when his health was failing him of Paintings to Make Money?? 😉

    Hardly rendered meaningless but the crux of these projects, the very glue that held them together, was always the painting

    #10588

    TheWolfman
    Participant

    (2) To provide relief to the poor, the infirm and the aged and in particular by the provision of a Christmas Day meal in the City of Plymouth.

    It's not for me to say but it's hard to imagine that the TLF's remit would ever be all encompassing enough to cover the first portion of the above although the second portion is a nice idea. I am surprised that it hasn't been thought of before, the annual publicity would have been nice and might well have built some good will toward the foundations eventual aims. In fact it still might.

    #10589

    member555
    Keymaster

    The following message, directed to TLF, was sent today to LBP, and the sender wishes me to post it here:Thank you for all your hard work you have put into the Lenkiewitz Foundation, and your efforts to protect and promote Robert’s life time work and his contribution to mankind.And thank you for asking us who also had some connection and fascination with Robert his life and work to join your discussions.I would like to have a clearer picture in my mind what exactly the foundation is likely to be left with in relation to his paintings, projects (paintings and accompanying scripts), notebooks and sketches which presumably give insight into the working of Robert’s mind; his book collection and anything else that is relevant.From that information it would be easier for move forward.

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