When walking along Corbett Road past the Music department you may have noticed a large metal sculpture situated outside the building. This is by the British scupltress, Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975) who is one of the greats of the modern art movement in Britain. She visited Picasso in 1933, along with her husband, Ben Nicholson (1894-1982), and it is apparent that both artists were influenced and inspired by what they saw at his studio.
Picasso & modern British Art looks at the importance of Picasso’s influence on the British art scene. Compiled to accompany the exhibition of the same name held at Tate Britain (Feb-July 2012) and later the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (August-November 2012); it also features several artists who were central to Modern British Art, including Nicholson, Moore, Sutherland and Hockney. “Individual artists appreciated Picasso well before his significance was more widely understood. In this sense, artists act as the agents for other artists, helping them to infiltrate a broader consciousness.” (Foreword)
If you missed the exhibition last year, the book is an excellent catch up on British Art and the influence of Picasso, and has a wide selection of colour illustrations.
Beechey, James & Stephens, Chris (2012, eds.) Picasso & Modern British Art. London: Tate Publishing.
Classmark: Folio ND813.P4.P4 (ASSL)