Kirkby Gallery is the first stop on Approaching Thunder’s national tour and is the only gallery in the North of England to hold this stunning show.
Approaching Thunder draws from a collection of 1940s British prints and drawings at The Hepworth Wakefield, a contemporary arts venue in Yorkshire that exhibits some of the best international modern and contemporary art. The Hepworth won the prestigious ‘Museum of the Year’ award in 2017 which is testimony to its standard of exhibitions.
The astonishing work on paper reflects on the 1940s, a decade of anxiety, austerity and idealism; all of which still resonates with our lives today.
The exhibition presents work from leading artists such as John Piper, Graham Sutherland and Edward Bawden who all chose to work with the inexpensive medium of paper during a time when materials were rationed and the art market was in crisis.
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.
Come and see some of the powerful landscapes that the exhibition boasts. These images reveal devastation but also the lingering vitality of the natural world. This could be a reflection on the move to a renewed social engagement as public interest in the modern art world soared across England around this time.
Also on display is a selection of work by Henry Moore’s drawings, while a selection of illustrated books show modernist artists using low-cost lithography to circulate their work to wider audiences.
You can see the Approaching Thunder exhibition at Kirkby Gallery, Norwich Way L32 8XY until Saturday 28 April 2018, as it has now been extended for an additional three weeks.
The exhibition comes with a dedicated education area ideal for school visits, as it is packed with a variety of drawing and learning activities – contact the gallery to book a free visit.
The gallery is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm, and Saturdays from 10am to 1pm.