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The London Art Scene in the Fifties

Evocative and surprising, this exhibition threw fresh light on the decade that changed British art forever. 

By featuring 90 paintings and sculptures by key British artists, including Peter Blake, David Hockney and Francis Bacon, alongside photographs, books and magazines of the time, this exhibition encapsulated the spirit and energy of this pivotal era. 

Reminiscent of the vibrant shades and expressive brushstrokes of Van Gogh, John Bratby's The Toilet wittily subverts the quintessential kitchen sink dramas of the day, whilst hopeful and funny David Hockney's Going to be a Queen Tonight, echoes the decade's changing values. 

Tagged with: Art Gallery Archive

Curated by Martin Harrison, the exhibition was organised by Barbican Art Gallery.