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16/01/2023 - 07/04/2023

Mid C20th-Contemporary - Painting


Group Show incl. Lowry, Bomberg & Hirst - UK vs USA: Post-War to Present

Mon-Fri: 9-6pm

Alon Zakaim Fine Art is delighted to present 'UK vs USA: Post-War to Present' – an exhibition that explores the British and American preoccupations with and approaches to abstraction in the decades following the culmination of World War II. Displayed in a predominantly stylistic fashion, the exhibition pairs artworks together for the first time to establish unheard dialogues and fresh perspectives.

Against the backdrop of British Pre-War figurative art by L. S. Lowry and David Bomberg, 'UK vs USA: Post-War to Present' opens with two stunning examples of Post-War American art by William Gropper and Hans Hofmann. Building on the geometrical fundaments of Cubism, as visible in Bomberg’s 'Figure Composition (Stable Interior Series)', Gropper’s use of line and sinuous planes in his 'Rhythm in Blues' illustrates fluid movement, providing a means to elicit his Post-War feeling of freedom.

The exhibition concludes with an examination of the ways in which abstract art in Britain exists today – through the work of Damien Hirst. Like Jensen, Hirst’s 'Four Seasons' evidences an artistic practice based upon systematic and concrete structure, whereby layers and order encompass and supplement the messages of the work. As the twenty-first century’s grip on science ever-increases, Hirst’s works emphasise the triumph these breakthroughs over religion, evident in his 'Four Seasons' as each spot takes up the subsidiary form of a coloured medicinal tablet and questions the religious values and reassurances about life after death.


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