Albert Irvin and Abstract Expressionism featuring Sandra Blow at the RWA, Bristol

Sandra Blow’s 2005 work Flange is featured alongside seminal Abstract Expressionist and British abstract works as part of a major retrospective of Albert Irvin (1922-2015) in Bristol. The exhibition at the Royal West of England Academy is presented in association with the University of Gloucestershire School of Art and Design, and jointly celebrates the 60th anniversary of the pivotal 1959 Tate exhibition, The New American Painting.

Irvin was one of Britain’s most important post-war painters and printmakers, known for his large-scale abstract colourist paintings. In 1959, Irvin visited The New American Painting at the Tate, which brought the boldest and best new artistic talent from across the Atlantic to London. The exhibition is now widely considered to have redefined what was possible for a generation of British artists.

Albert Irvin and Abstract Expressionism brings together works by Irvin and the major abstract expressionist artists that inspired him, including Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell, Barnett Newman, Sam Francis and Adolph Gottlieb from UK collections and works by Grace Hartigan and Jack Tworkov on loan from the USA. These works are shown alongside leading British abstract artists, such as Peter Lanyon, Basil Beattie, Gillian Ayres, John Hoyland and Sandra Blow.

The exhibition runs until 3 March 2019 at the RWA, Bristol. Learn more here.

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