From Hepworth to Hodgkin
25th April to Sunday 27th September
charts the journey of British art into abstraction.
In Britain, Abstraction was never a single
movement, but a dazzling variety of styles by artists who used non
figurative representation for very different reasons.
This exhibition, drawn entirely from the Cecil
Higgins Collection, will follow the rise of British Abstraction
from early roots in the artist colony of St Ives, Cornwall. After
the Second World War St Ives became the centre of modern abstract
development. Abstract Britain will feature sculpture and
paintings by the groups principal figures Barbara Hepworth,
Ben Nicholson and Peter Lanyon whose abstract work
Sennen still shows suggestions of the Cornish landscape
that surrounded them.
Influential figures of Post War British
Abstraction such as Victor Pasmore and William
Scott will also be represented as well as the lyrical
abstraction of Gillian Ayres. Sixties abstraction, devoid of
natural influence is shown in the cool modernist works of Robyn
Denny and Op Art paintings of Bridget Riley that
influenced the sixties fashion for monochrome. To Howard Hodgkin
whose work though abstract in appearance uses colour and marks to
describe his world.