December 12, 2019

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Scottish artists and modernism: A New Era

2 December, 2017 - 3 December, 2017

A major new exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (SNGMA) this winter will reveal the remarkable yet relatively unknown response of Scottish artists to the development of modern art in the first half of the 20th Century.

A New Era: Scottish Modern Art 1900-1950 will examine the most progressive work made by Scottish artists as they absorbed and responded to the great movements of European modern art, including Fauvism, Cubism, Surrealism and Abstraction.

The exhibition will chart Scottish modernism from its beginnings in the first decade of the century, when JD Fergusson (1874-1961) and SJ Peploe (1871-1935) experienced at first-hand the radical new work produced in Paris by artists such as Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) and Henri Matisse (1869-1954), to the turn of the Fifties, when emerging Scottish artists like Alan Davie (1920-2014), William Gear (1915-1997), Stephen Gilbert (1910-2007) and Eduardo Paolozzi (1924-2005) were at the forefront of European contemporary art.

More than 100 paintings, sculptures and works on paper by over 50 artists will be on display from 2 December until 10 June next year, drawn from private and public collections from throughout the UK.

Work by some of Scottish art’s biggest names, such as Davie, FCB Cadell (1883-1937) and William Gillies (1898-1973) will shed new light on their achievements and will feature alongside rarely displayed works by more unfamiliar artists including Cecile Walton (1891-1956), Edwin G Lucas (1911-90) and Benjamin Creme (1922-2016).

Simon Groom, Director of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, said: “A New Era reveals, for the first time, the role of Scottish artists in the development of progressive art during the first half of the twentieth century. It shows the extent to which Scottish artists were influenced by, and prepared to engage with, the European avant-garde, and its impact upon their work. Bringing together over 100 works by over 50 artists, the show offers a fascinating view of art at a time of tumultuous change”.


2 December, 2017
3 December, 2017
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National Galleries Scotland – Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
75 Belford Road
Edinburgh, EH4 3DR United Kingdom
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