SOTHEBY’S LONDON EXHIBITION

Colin Self  B.1941 WOMAN ON CHROMIUM STOOL, 1965 inscribed and dated 10-7-65 ink, gouache and collage 55 by 38cm.; 21½ by 15in.

Colin Self
B.1941
WOMAN ON CHROMIUM STOOL, 1965
inscribed and dated 10-7-65
ink, gouache and collage
55 by 38cm.; 21½ by 15in.

Sotheby’s London – The New Situation: Art in London in the Sixties, until 11th September 2013

 

The Sixties was a decade of energy and change in Britain with the world focusing on our fashion designers, photographers, film stars, musicians and the London art scene.  The latter is recalled and celebrated in this show put together by Sotheby’s Modern & Post-War British Art specialists and the legendary art dealer Kasmin.  Some exhibits are on sale, others are on loan and a number works are being shown publicly for the first time.

Bridget Riley  B.1931 SCALE STUDY FOR STATIC, DIAMOND GRID, 1966 gouache on paper 101.5 by 57.5cm.; 40 by 22½in

Bridget Riley
B.1931
SCALE STUDY FOR STATIC, DIAMOND GRID, 1966
gouache on paper
101.5 by 57.5cm.; 40 by 22½in

Kasmin’s gallery was opposite Sotheby’s (118 New Bond Street) and its “white cube” space marked a significant change from the normal gallery look of the time.  He gave David Hockney and others their first break.  Some of the artists he showed have gone on to have international acclaim such as Hockney, Bridget Riley and Anthony Caro but this show mixes them with their contemporaries who are now somewhat regrettably overlooked.  The excitement that this new generation of young artists stirred is perhaps best summed up in Kasmin’s own words: 

 “In the 60s, optimism arose in the art world and we newer people thought we could change the prevailing British culture and make the Visual rival the Literary attitude. We admired daring and enthusiasm.

David Hockney  B.1937 PORTRAIT OF KAS AND JANE, 1965 signed, inscribed and dated December 1965 pencil and crayon 35 by 43cm.; 13¾ by 16¾in

David Hockney
B.1937
PORTRAIT OF KAS AND JANE, 1965
signed, inscribed and dated December 1965
pencil and crayon
35 by 43cm.; 13¾ by 16¾in

We were enemies of ‘good taste’. For us, paintings were no longer adjuncts to polite living, and sculpture went wild. No more ‘over the mantelpiece’ or on a plinth, the artworks challenged and exulted. We were on a several year-long ‘high’.”

 

Seriously, do go along and see this and re-live the 1960s art scene!

Nicholas Monro  B.1936 MAGICIAN, 1964 painted fibreglass height: 91.5cm.; 36in

Nicholas Monro
B.1936
MAGICIAN, 1964
painted fibreglass
height: 91.5cm.; 36in

 

 Barry Flanagan, R.A.  1941 - 2009 PILE 1, 1967-8 hessian 48 by 28 by 45cm.; 19 by 11 by 17¾in

Barry Flanagan, R.A.
1941 – 2009
PILE 1, 1967-8
hessian
48 by 28 by 45cm.; 19 by 11 by 17¾in

Images courtesy of Sotheby’s

 

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