Tuesday, 28 September 2010

The Independent Eye Yale Centre for British Art

This Autumn the Yale Center for British Art will launch its 2010–11 season with an exhibition of major works by postwar British artists who came to maturity in the 1960s. Opening September 16th, The Independent Eye: Contemporary British Art from the Collection of Samuel and Gabrielle Lurie will feature thirty-six paintings and fourteen works on paper by Patrick Caulfield, John Walker, R. B. Kitaj, Howard Hodgkin, and Ian Stephenson, in addition to paintings by John Hoyland, England’s foremost abstract painter, all drawn from the collection of Samuel and Gabrielle Lurie.

 Organized by the Yale Center for British Art, the exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated book with essays by leading critics and writers on contemporary British art, including Mel Gooding, Paul Moorhouse, John McEwen, Chris Yetton, and Jo Applin, and a tribute to John Hoyland by Sir Anthony Caro.
The Independent Eye marks the first museum exhibition of selected works from the Lurie collection of British art, which will be gifted to the Yale Center for British Art. The exhibition will bring to the forefront British artists who have produced provocative work over long and consistently prolific careers. On view will be Caulfield’s seminal painting, Wine Bar (1983); two transcendental and viewer-envelopingDioramas by Stephenson, dating from 1967; Walker’s monumental tributes to old master painting, realized through energized, tactile, abstract shapes; and a number of major works by Hoyland. 

Karen Wilkin in the New York Journal writes "The result is an exhilarating, sharply focused, idiosyncratic survey, a deep but selective core sampling of the generation of British artists whose exuberant art seems to defy their youthful experience of World War II and the deprivations of the postwar period." 

Look out for my interview with John Hoyland due out in the next edition of Turps Banana.


  1. Bonjour à Vous, j'irai, impatient, de traverser la Manche pour vivre celà... non pas comme mes anciens sous Pétain... bien que...
    à bientôt, thibault

  2. Hahaha. Je suppose que vous référer à la Pétain général. Si non, quelle est Pétain? Nous travaillons actuellement sur les plans qui nous permettront de travailler avec des artistes abstraits, des groupes et des institutions à l'étranger. Donc vous n'avez pas à quitter la maison ......
    Si vous avez des suggestions, ils seront les bienvenus. Cordiales salutations.

  3. héhé oui je parlais du général,( peintre ? quelle horreur ! il aurait fait de la "figuration" pour un film muet). Bon, si vous rencontrez Churchill, dites lui bien de parachuter des pinceaux, je suis dans le maquis. Amitiés

  4. Les forces spéciales de le Légion étrangère de la peinture?

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