Private Director's Tour – Albert Irvin and Abstract Expressionism

21 February 2019

Private Director's Tour – Albert Irvin and Abstract Expressionism

Price: Regular price £6.75 Sale

Date: Thursday 21 February 2019

11am to 12pm

Join the RWA's Director, Alison Bevan on a guided tour of the RWA's exhibition, of Albert Irvin and Abstract Expressionism.  

Critics Choice - Financial Times  |  Recommended by The Guardian Guide and The Sunday Telegraph

The exhibition is a major retrospective of Albert Irvin, and a 60th anniversary celebration of the seminal exhibition, The New American Painting

Albert Irvin OBE RA RWA (Hon) (1922-2015) was one of Britain’s most important post-war painters and printmakers. He is best known for his large-scale abstract colourist paintings - some of the most distinctive to have ever been produced in this country. 

In 1959, Irvin visited an exhibition called The New American Painting at the Tate. It brought the boldest and best new artistic talent from across the Atlantic to London. The exhibition redefined what was possible for a generation of British artists. 

For Irvin, it was an epiphany.

Albert Irvin and Abstract Expressionism brings together works by Irvin and the major abstract expressionist artists that inspired him, including Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell, Barnett Newman, Sam Francis and Adolph Gottlieb from UK collections and works by Grace Hartigan and Jack Tworkov on loan from the USA, giving a unique chance to see so many of these important artists’ works in this country.

These will be shown alongside other leading British abstract artists, such as Peter Lanyon, Basil Beattie, Gillian Ayres, John Hoyland and Sandra Blow.

The show will also chart Irvin’s earlier practice in a room featuring the British ‘Kitchen Sink’ artists including Edward Middleditch, John Bratby and Peter Coker

Image credit: Albert Irvin, Moment of Impact, c.1960, oil paint on board, 152 x 122cm. Courtesy of The Estate of Albert Irvin. Photography by Justin Piperger. Photo © RWA © The Estate of Albert Irvin.