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Artists’ Lives: Speaking of the Kasmin Gallery Until 22 April 2018

Main Floor
Sir Anthony Caro, ‘Yellow Swing’ 1965
Sir Anthony Caro, Yellow Swing 1965. Tate. Courtesy of Barford Sculptures Ltd

See art shown at the revolutionary Kasmin Gallery in 1960s London 

The Kasmin Gallery played a key role in the art scene in 1960s London, championing the burgeoning relationship between British and American art.

In 1963 British art dealer Kasmin and art patron Sheridan Dufferin opened an innovative and influential gallery at 118 New Bond Street. Described as ‘the most beautiful room in London’, it was Britain’s first architect-designed commercial gallery, showing large-scale paintings and sculpture in a single, uninterrupted, white-walled space. This display brings together artworks shown in this new environment with related extracts from Artists’ Lives, an oral history project run by National Life Stories at the British Library, revealing some of the people and relationships that shaped this exciting period.

Kasmin’s role in the development of the national collection of British and international art at Tate is reflected in this display. Most of the works here, by British artists such as Anthony Caro and Richard Smith and American artists Kenneth Noland and Frank Stella, were exhibited at the Kasmin Gallery before being acquired by Tate.

Discover the history of the gallery and the developing art market through the voices of those directly involved. Hear from artists, curators and Kasmin himself in the edited audio recordings available via touch-screens in the seating area.

The display is curated by Cathy Courtney and Elena Crippa. 

Richard Smith, ‘Riverfall’ 1969
Richard Smith
Riverfall 1969
© Richard Smith Foundation


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