New Art for a new Age: Optimism in Post-War British Abstraction at Leamington Spa Museum

By Ben Miller | 30 May 2012
An image of a group of worm-like multi-coloured fabrics draped over each other in a gallery
© The Estate of Barry Flanagan
Exhibition: New Art for a New Age: Optimism in Post-War British Abstraction, Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum, Leamington Spa, until July 1 2012

Delving through the Arts Council Collection and the impressive old pieces held by the University of Warwick’s own holdings, ten History of Art finalists have selected 19 works in a range of mediums, including ones by Barbara Hepworth, Bridget Riley and Eduardo Paolozzi.

“It was a pleasure working with the students,” says Alice Swatton, the Curatorial Officer at Leamington Spa, calling the display a “must-see”.

“They have put together a very attractive and highly informative exhibition, showing us links between post-war and current art.”

Their focus is the confidence in post-war, post-austerity Britain during the 1960s, including the arrival of American abstract expressionism and the rapid change signposted by the cultural revolution.

The St Ives group and the abstract artists prevalent in the capital at the time are among the collectives revisited.

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