Posted on 6 May 2014
International Exchanges- Modern Art and St Ives 1915-65 is an important exhibition celebrating 21 years of Tate St Ives. It seeks to put the work of artists based in St Ives in the early to mid part of the twentieth century in an international context, recognizing that although the local landscape and culture informed their art, they were not divorced from the influences of their contemporaries in other parts of the world, and indeed their own experiences beyond St Ives. It also considers the international impact of art created in St Ives.
The project has been led by Chris Stephens, Lead Curator of Modern British Art at Tate Britain, and curated by Sara Motson, Curator at Tate St Ives with Rachel Smith whose PhD is funded by an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award with Tate Britain. Rachel has also worked on the catalogue, and written an essay 'Common Ground: St Ives and Post-war Communities of Exchange' included in it. Michael White who is supervising Rachel's PhD has also contributed an article 'Circulars and Squares: Abstraction and Internationlisation Between the Wars'.
The exhibition opens on May 17th with a conversation between the two curators, and closes on September 28th, when the exhibition moves to mima, who have collaborated on the exhibition, from October 24th to January 25th 2015.
Read more about the exhibition.
Image: Winifred Nicholson 1893 – 1981, Window-Sill, Lugano 1923, Oil paint on board 28.6 x 50.8 cm © Tate