Thursday, 31 July 2014

Tate St.Ives 'International Exchanges: Modern Art and St Ives 1915–1965' this Summer..

Patrick Heron Long Table with Fruit 1949. Oil paint on canvas 45.7 x 91.4cm
© Estate of Patrick Heron. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2014
Tate St.Ives amongst their celebrations of its 25th birthday and the extension work being carried out, are showing an ambitious exhibition this Summer: 'International Exchanges: Modern Art and St.Ives 1915-1965.' The show includes work by Kandinsky, Mondrian, Gris , de Stael and Sam Francis, amongst others.

This is an excellent exhibition on the significance of Cornish modernist artists and their international network of artists that came and went or corresponded with them in the early 20th Century. Artists such William Scott, Patrick Heron as well as the older generation such as Nicholson and Hepworth were part of a generation that had spent time in Paris and Europe making friends and collaborating.

Nicolas de Staël Coin d’Atelier Fond Bleu 1955 Oil on canvas, 1950 x 1140mm
© Estate of Nicolas de Staël, private collection
Sam Francis Painting 1957 Watercolour on paper
support: 629 x 486 mm Purchased 1957© Estate of Sam Francis/ ARS, NY & DACS, London 2002

So take the camper van down to the West coast of Cornwall and check out the show and be inspired this Summer!
International Exchanges: Modern Art and St Ives 1915-65, Tate St Ives, 17 May - 28 September 2014, then touring to mima, Middlesbrough, October - January 2015. The project is led by Chris Stephens, curator of modern British art, Tate Britain, and curated by Sara Matson, curator, Tate St Ives, and Rachel Smith, doctoral student, Tate Research Centre for Creative Communities.

There is also a very interesting article, 'Abstraction sans Frontieres' by Éric de Chassey, who is an art historian, professor of contemporary art history at the École Normale Supérieure in Lyons and director of the French Academy in Rome - Villa Medici on the Tate St.Ives website and in Tate Etc magazine on the artists in the show and their significance at the time..
Artist William Green using his bicycle tyres to spread liquid paraffin and black bitumen into the surface of the canvas, filmed in his London studio for Pathé News 1957

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