A feeling of optimism that emerged from the economic recovery of post-war Britain led to rapid changes in society. As people embraced the new and the modern, London became a dynamic centre for International artists who were invited to the capital to exhibit. Gallery One, New Vision Centre, Signals and Indica played an important part in defining the city as a centre for radical artistic expression. Cosmopolitan, experimental and interdisciplinary, they fostered an interest in artistic practice as a collaborative phenomenon not bound by formal or geographical lines, and introduced audiences to art that had an emphasis on movement, participation and installation.
This display brings together a selection of works by some of the international artists exhibited at these galleries. It demonstrates the wide ranging nature of artistic experimentation at that time and the global connections between different movements and artistic groups.
During the 1960s Tate was collecting optical and kinetic art. Two of the works on display here were bought from Signals: Large Split Relief No.34/4/74 1964 – 65 by Sergio de Camargo and Cardinal 1965 by Jesús Rafael Soto. Other works were bought from different galleries in London with the majority acquired at a later stage.
Tate holds the archive of Gallery One and New Vision Centre and copies of Signals Newsbulletin are held in the library. Indicas archive is on loan to Tate. A selection of these items is on display here.
This display has been devised by Curator Carmen Juliá.