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Postwar Modern

New Art in Britain 1945-1965

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A revelatory new take on art in Britain after the Second World War, a period when artists had to make sense of an entirely altered world.

Postwar Modern explores the art produced in Britain in the wake of a cataclysmic war. Certainty was gone, and the aftershocks continued, but there was also hope for a better tomorrow. These conditions gave rise to an incredible richness of imagery, forms and materials in the years that followed. 

Focusing on ‘the new’, Postwar Modern features 48 artists and around 200 works of painting, sculpture, photography, collage and installation. It explores the subjects that most preoccupied artists, among them the body, the post-atomic condition, the Blitzed streetscape, private relationships and imagined future horizons. As well as reconsidering well-known figures, the exhibition foregrounds artists who came to Britain as refugees from Nazism or as migrants from a crumbling empire, in addition to female artists who have tended to be overlooked.

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Alan Davie
Alison Smithson
Anthony Hill
Anwar Jalal Shemza
Aubrey Williams
Avinash Chandra
Bert Hardy
Bill Brandt
David Hockney
David Medalla
Denis Williams
Eduardo Paolozzi
Elisabeth Frink
Eva Frankfurther
Francis Newton Souza
Francis Bacon
Franciszka Themerson
Frank Auerbach
Frank Bowling
Gillian Ayres
Gustav Metzger
Hans Coper
Jean Cooke 
John Bratby

John Latham
John McHale
Kim Lim
Lee Miller
Leon Kossoff
Lucian Freud
Lucie Rie
Lynn Chadwick
Magda Cordell
Mary Martin
Nigel Henderson
Patrick Heron
Peter King
Peter Smithson
Prunella Clough
Richard Hamilton
Robert Adams
Robyn Denny
Roger Mayne
Shirley Baker 
Sylvia Sleigh
Victor Pasmore
William Scott
William Turnbull

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