Refiguring the 50s features work by Joan Eardley, Sheila Fell, Eva Frankfurther, Josef Herman and L S Lowry.
This exhibition examines the work of five figurative artists working in Britain in the 1950s, who each had a strong identification with the place in which they chose to live and work and which formed, for a significant part of their careers, the primary focus of their practice.
Talk: When were the 50s? by David Herman, son of Josef Herman
Tuesday 13th January 2015, 7pm
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Curatorial tour: Tuesday 16th December 2014, 11:30am
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Joan Eardley | Sheila Fell | Eva Frankfurther | Josef Herman | L S Lowry
Each artist was associated with a particular place: Eardley – Townhead in Glasgow; Fell, the mining community and landscape of her native Aspatria, Cumbria; Frankfurther – London's East End and its multi-cultural working-class communities; Herman – Ystradgynlais in South Wales with its indigenous mining community; and Lowry – his hometown of Manchester and its industrial, multi-peopled cityscape.
This exhibition links these five artists by uncovering a network of relationships, both personal and professional, and their shared exploration of particular artistic concerns and motifs. This exhibition is one of the outcomes of the Eva Frankfurther Research and Curatorial Fellowship for the Study of Emigré Artists.
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The exhibition is accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue supported by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art with contributions from leading scholars in the field including Christopher Andreae, Dr Margaret Garlake, Cate Haste, David Herman, Claire Stewart and Dr Judith Walsh.
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Josef Herman, The Welsh Miner, 1948, Oil on board, Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London. © Estate of Josef Herman. All Rights Reserved
Joan Eardley, Brother and Sister, 1955, Oil on canvas, Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums Collections. © Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums Collections © Estate of Joan Eardley. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2014
L S Lowry R.A., Figures in a Street, 1960, Oil on board, Royal Academy of Arts, London.
Photo:© Royal Academy of Arts, London; photographer: John Hammond. © The Estate of L.S. Lowry. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2014
Eva Frankfurther, West Indian Waitresses, c.1955, Oil on paper, Private Collection. © Estate of the Artist
Sheila Fell, Dorothy Hodgkin (1910-1994), Fellow and Member of Council (1936), Professorial Fellow, Nobel Prize, OM, 1962, Oil on canvas, Somerville College, University of Oxford. © Estate of the Artist