Kaleidoscope: Colour and Sequence in 1960s British Art

15 Jul 2017 – 24 Sep 2017

Lakeside Arts Centre

Nottingham, United Kingdom


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British art of the 1960s is noted for its bold, artificial colour, alluring surfaces and capricious shapes and forms, yet these exuberant qualities are often underpinned by a strong sense of order, founded on repetition, sequence and symmetry.


Bringing together outstanding examples of painting and sculpture from the Arts Council Collection and other major UK collections, Kaleidoscope examines 1960s visual art through a fresh and surprising lens, bringing into view the relationship between colour and form, rationality and irrationality, order and waywardness.

Kaleidoscope is the first Arts Council Collection survey of 1960s British art in over twenty years, and as such it assumes a wide perspective, ranging across media to find fresh correspondences and a common language between diverse artistic movements. It encompasses the mind-bending surfaces of Op Art, the flattened repetition of Pop, the mathematical order of Constructivism, and the sequential placement of brightly-coloured abstract units found in New Generation sculpture.

Kaleidoscope presents the work of over twenty artists including: Tess Jaray, Phillip King, Kim Lim, Mary Martin, Eduardo Paolozzi, Bridget Riley, Tim Scott, Richard Smith, William Tucker and William Turnbull. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated publication featuring a new essay by co-curator Sam Cornish.

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