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Detail - Wight Spirit, Guy Portelli.  Photo by Rabah Ichadadene.

Wight Spirit, 1968-70

Masterpiece Art / July 27 - September 5, 2020 / London, United Kingdom


The directors of Masterpiece Art are delighted to present Wight Spirit, 1968-70, an exhibition celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the seminal Isle of Wight Festival.

Opening on Monday 27 July, the show is comprised of new sculptures by Guy Portelli and a selection of photographs — some never seen before — taken by the late Charles Everest. In addition, the gallery has created a feature-length documentary which will bring to light the festival’s history and legacy.

The centrepiece of the exhibition is Portelli’s large-scale glass mosaic panel. Entitled Wight Spirit, it features the handprints of more than 80 musicians who performed at the festival, including members of Jefferson Airplane, Free, Pretty Things and The Move.

Showing alongside the sculptural works are over 60 photographs taken by Charles Everest (1929- 2015) at the 1970 event. Everest enjoyed unparalleled access to the performances on stage. Realised in collaboration with CameronLife Photo Library, this exhibition will see limited editions of Everest’s work available for the first time.

Masterpiece Art will also stage a one-day exhibition to mark the 50th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix’s death on 18 September.

Note: Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the exhibition is by appointment only. Please contact by telephone, 020 3946 7881.

Masterpiece Art
3 Norland Place
London, United Kingdom

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