The exhibition, the first physical show with Richard Saltoun Gallery since announcing his representation, highlights Kennard's extraordinary contribution to politically-informed art over the past 50 years. 'The Concept of History' demonstrates Kennard's engagement with the course of history and key moments over the past five decades through three distinct bodies of work: his little-known STOP paintings from the 1960-70s informed by events such as the Paris student riots, The Prague Spring and Vietnam War protests; his series of Pallets from the 1990s, with traces of human images and figures barely visible on battered wooden pallets; and a new series of works on paper Untitled (2020).
'The Concept of History' draws on the second essay in Arendt's 1968 publication Between Past and Future around which all exhibitions in the programme are based. Join our 'On Hannah Arendt: Virtual Reading Group' with Roger Berkowitz, Founder of the Hannah Arendt Center, and special guest Ken Krimstein, cartoonist for The New Yorker, on Wednesday 10 March at 1pm EST / 6pm GMT to discuss the essay. Click to register.
A video introduction to ‘The Concept of History’ by Roger Berkowitz and a recorded conversation between Roger and Peter Kennard on the influence of Hannah Arendt on the artist’s life and work are available to watch on our website.
Brazilian sound artist and music producer Laima Leyton also responds to each chapter in Arendt's publication through a new series of sound pieces, collectively titled Infinite past, infinite future and NOW. Her second work Amnesia inspired by ‘The Concept of History’ is available to experience as part of Saltoun Online.