Thu 26 Jan 2023 to Fri 31 Mar 2023
38 Bury Street, St James, SW1Y 6BB Richard Smith: Shaped Canvases 1966-1972
Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 11am-5pm
Artist: Richard Smith
An exhibition of shaped canavses made by the British artist Richard Smith (1931-2016), an artist who defies easy categorisation. Known as one of the fathers of Pop art, in his Tate retrospective in 1975 he was described by critic Barbara Rose as ‘at once in and out of touch with the currents of the mainstream’.
‘The making of paintings has always been a subject in my work and with the shaping of the canvas this subject became more obvious and in some ways primary… The shape is an aspect of colour, the distortion of the canvas membrane alters the way the colour can be seen – also, the contour makes a varied absorbency, and therefore the canvas holds the colour in a specific way…’
Richard Smith 1968
The exhibition was organised in conjunction with the launch of the new monograph, Richard Smith: Artworks 1954-2013 produced by The Estate of Francis Bacon and Thames & Hudson Publishing.
With essays from David Alan Mellor, Chris Stephens and Alex Massouras, this new study is intended to reignite discourse around this diverse artist, whose impressive oeuvre is fertile territory for a new reassessment.