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Approaching Thunder – 1940s British Prints & Drawings from The Hepworth Wakefield

Approaching Thunder – 1940s British Prints & Drawings from The Hepworth Wakefield

Kirkby Gallery is delighted to present Approaching Thunder, as the first gallery on its national tour.

This exhibition draws from The Hepworth Wakefield’s outstanding collection of 1940s British works on paper, revisiting a decade of anxiety, austerity and idealism that resonates strongly with our lives today. With materials strictly rationed and the art market in crisis, leading artists such as John Piper, Graham Sutherland and Edward Bawden turned to the inexpensive medium of paper.

Although a substantial number of works in the show were produced under the patronage of Kenneth Clark’s War Artists Advisory Committee, these images are in marked contrast to the idealised state propaganda embodied in the art of Nazi Germany. Though government-regulated, the works exhibited here convey individual and subjective experience, exploring ordinary lives under extraordinary shared circumstances. Figures are lost in thought or absorbed in their labours; intricately described landscapes reveal devastation but also the lingering vitality of the natural world. Perhaps reflecting this move to a renewed social engagement, public interest in modern art soared across the country.

A small group of Henry Moore’s shelter drawings form a particular highlight, while a selection of illustrated books show modernist artists using low-cost lithography to circulate their work across a broad social spectrum.

More Information

Teacher First Event: Thursday 25 January 2018, 3.45-4.30pm.
Private View: Thursday 25 January 2018, 4.30-6.30pm.

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Event Date: Monday 29th January – Saturday 7th April 2018


Location: Kirkby Gallery, The Kirkby Centre, Norwich Way, Kirkby, Knowsley L32 8XY

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exhibition | Free

Contact Details

Tina Ball, Tel: 0151 443 5617

Please note:

This event has been submitted by the event organiser and is not endorsed by Culture Liverpool or Liverpool City Council. If you have any questions, please direct them to the event organiser.

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