Sandra Blow Space and Matter 1959

Artwork details

Artist
Sandra Blow 1925–2006
Title
Space and Matter
Date 1959
Medium Oil paint on hardboard
Dimensions Support: 1518 x 1226 mm
frame: 1552 x 1242 x 65 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1960
Reference
T00355

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Blow’s concern with the material of her paintings is demonstrated here by her use of liquid cement to which she added, among other things, chaff and charcoal. Her improvisatory approach links her work to what the French critic Michel Tapié called Art Informel. It is an approach she had encountered through the Italian Alberto Burri. The fact that Blow had spent several years in Cornwall close to the painter Peter Lanyon, as well as the inclusion of organic material, has led such works to be associated with landscape.

February 2010

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