Photograph by Ioana Marinescu
A new art gallery at Downing College dedicated to modern and contemporary art has opened in the heart of Cambridge. The inaugural exhibition is a selection of works from the private collection of Sir Alan Bowness, former Director of Tate and an alumnus of Downing College. Generation Painting 1955-65: British Art from the Collection of Sir Alan Bowness features works by an array of significant mid-twentieth-century British artists including major works by Patrick Heron, Allen Jones, Peter Lanyon and Richard Smith. It is the first time these rarely seen works will be displayed together, and the exhibition draws links between Bowness’ collection and his long career in the arts. Richard Smith's piece titled Alpine, 1963 is included in the display.
To coincide with the exhibition a symposium on Abstraction and British Art 1955-65 will take place at Downing College, University of Cambridge on Saturday 5 March. This will include a paper on Richard Smith’s Specific Objects by Dr Jo Applin (University of York). Please click here to book your tickets.