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Author: Andrew Dempsey, Salvador Giner, Richard Riley
Publisher: Fundació Joan Miró
Year of publication: 2010
84 colour illustrations; 27 b/w illustrations
24.5 x 17 cm
“Let us face the future” takes a journey through British art from the end of the Second World War to the late 1960s and for the first time in Spain shows eighty-eight works by British artists from 1945-1968, on loan from the collections of British Council, the Arts Council, the Tate and Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, as well as other public and private collections.
The exhibition begins with works by Henry Moore and Francis Bacon which reflect the state of Britain and Europe immediately after the war: the horror of the concentration camps and the ever-present threat of the atomic bomb.
The range of art in Britain in this period is displayed in other sections devoted to the painters of St Ives (a fishing village in Cornwall where an influential artists’ colony became established), including Peter Lanyon and Roger Hilton; the British Constructivists led by Victor Pasmore; and the revival of figurative painting by Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff and Frank Auerbach, amongst others.