THE Burton Art Gallery and Museum is delighted to be the first venue outside of London to host Abstract Impressions.
On tour from Alan Cristea gallery, London, this exhibition is a unique first-time opportunity to see prints, original printing blocks, trial proofs and sketches by the three masterful modernists Josef Albers, Naum Gabo and Ben Nicholson together in one space.
While it is often argued that trying to understand abstract art prevents you from truly appreciating it, understanding the historical context of an art movement can be helpful in opening your mind, or heart, to it. In the case of Albers, Gabo and Nicholson, working against the backdrop of a war-torn world was a crucial impetus for their individual quests to go back to basics and experiment with the very essence of form and colour, thereby producing work with an inherent calming and meditative effect.
Gabo and Nicholson's paths crossed in Cornwall in the 1930s, where they co-edited Circle: International Survey of Constructive Art. Gabo eventually moved to the USA in 1946, by pure coincidence settling 25 miles away from Albers. All three artists were aware of each other's work during their lifetime and united through their philosophy and ethos. Yet, until now, their fascinating printworks have never before been shown collectively under one roof.
Prints, other exhibits and an exhibition catalogue (Abstract Impressions: Approaches to Printmaking by three Abstract Artists, by David Cleaton-Roberts), will be on sale at the Burton.
The exhibition runs until Monday, November 4 at The Burton Art Gallery and Museum, Kingsley Road, Bideford, Monday-Saturday: 10am-4pm, Sunday 11am-4pm. Visit www.burtonartgallery.co.uk.