Detached and Timeless: Contemporary artists inspired by nature and spirit of place
Peter Lanyon Soaring Flight 1960 Arts Council Collection, Hayward Gallery, London © Peter Lanyon Archive
Featuring some of the most significant figures in British art from the past sixty years, including David Bomberg, Edward Burra, Prunella Clough, Terry Frost, Patrick Heron, Roger Hilton, Peter Lanyon, Richard Long, Rachel Lowe, George Shaw and Clare Woods. Comprising a core group of 20th century paintings from RAMM’s collection, most works come to Exeter from the Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London, the national loan collection of modern and contemporary British art.
"What a brilliant show Detached and Timeless is (more & better Cloughs than I have seen since the Tate retrospective)"
Michael Bird, author and art historian
This exhibition looks at the way modern artists have been inspired by landscapes, nature and the seasons. Imaginary, mystical places have provided the stimulus for several of the artists. Others have been inspired by real westcountry locations. Some touch on themes of spirituality and paganism. The results are works which are often abstract, sometimes representational and occasionally other-worldly.
Key pieces include ‘Soaring Flight’ (1960) by Peter Lanyon and ‘Daddy Witch’ (2008) by Clare Woods. Bomberg’s ‘Self Portrait’ (1937), one of the earliest works in the Arts Council Collection and ‘Trendrine, Cornwall’ (1947) will hang alongside RAMM’s own ‘Bideford, Devon’ (1946) for the first time. In other media, the exhibition includes ‘Fourteen Stones’ (1977) by Richard Long, Rachel Lowe’s video ‘A Letter to an Unknown Person No.5’ (1998) and photography by Keith Arnatt and Jem Southam.
12 July to 2 November 2014
Galleries 21 & 22
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