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A series of regularly changing in-depth displays on specific artists or theme

Robert Huskisson, The Midsummer Night’s Fairies exhibited 1847 . Tate

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Gwen John, The Convalescent  1918–19

As a woman in a career still largely dominated by men - including her successful brother Augustus – Gwen John had to struggle for recognition. Her contemplative studies of lone women in the calm surroundings of their home suggest intimacy and peace but also a simultaneous sadness. There is no narrative content, although this picture’s title, The Convalescent, suggests a way in which we might read the painting. Like much of Gwen John’s work, it relies rather on mood, atmosphere and closely toned harmonies of colour for emotional impact. Nothing is known about the model, although she appears in about fifty of Gwen John’s later paintings.

Gallery label, May 2007

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Richard Deacon, This, That And The Other  1985

Deacon was one of the leading British sculptors to emerge in the 1980s. The sweeping curves of his large-scale works often suggest organic forms. At the same time, many of Deacon's sculptures draw attention to their process of manufacture and use of urban and industrial materials. In this work, the laminated hardboard edges and carefully riveted surfaces contrast with the fringe-like shapelessness of the canvas.

Gallery label, August 2004

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Anish Kapoor, Untitled  1987–8

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N04861: The Convalescent
Gwen John The Convalescent 1918–19
T06529: This, That And The Other
Richard Deacon This, That And The Other 1985
T05488: Untitled
Anish Kapoor Untitled 1987–8