British Abstraction from the Collection
Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery
26 October 2013 - 11 January 2014
Curated by Adam Milford, Learning Officer responsible for Site Interpretation, it includes work from several of the leading artists of the St Ives School such as Patrick Heron, Bryan Wynter, Alexander Mackenzie and John Wells. Barbara Hepworth is represented with a number of pieces on loan from her estate. Strength in depth comes with sculpture from Margaret Lovell, of the Royal West of England Society.
Prominent in the show is Devon-born Justin Knowles, who has work held by both the Tate and Arts Council, amongst several other public collections, the 1991 Turner Prize nominee Ian Davenport and a past Chairman of the Plymouth Society, Derek Holland.
‘White - Brown Advancing - White’ of 1967 has been included in this exhibition. It was the first sale of note after leaving art school, and marked an significant start to my career.
Alex Cummings was curator at the City Art Gallery during the 60s and 70s and fostered close ties with the Penwith Society, St Ives; he is to be credited for acquiring the modernist aspect of the collection.
More images of the exhibition's installation may be viewed here.