Tate St Ives

Modern Art and St Ives

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photo: © Rikard Österlund

Explore the history of modern art in St Ives

For the first time, Tate will be able to dedicate spaces to exploring the history of modern art in St Ives, giving key artists a permanent presence in the town where they lived and worked. This new display will follow those artists across the 20th century, revealing their relationships to international art histories. From the unique perspective of St Ives, visitors will be able to bridge geographical and chronological boundaries and discover new connections through familiar artists.

National and international figures relating to the practice of modern British art in the town will be covered in depth – from Ben NicholsonPeter Lanyon and Barbara Hepworth to Piet MondrianNaum Gabo and Paule Vézelay. Their links to the wider story of British art will also be revealed, such as the work of Keith Vaughan, who joined Patrick Heron’s Space in Colour exhibition in the early 1950s and later came to St Ives.

Additional works will allow the story of St Ives to be expanded and reframed in light of new research and recent acquisitions. The display will explore new perspectives on the shared legacies of constructivism around the world, as well as highlighting links with international figures such as Li Yuan-chia, a Taiwanese artist who came to the UK in the 1960s and became a close friend of Winifred Nicholson. Far from being an isolated or self-contained community of artists, St Ives will be celebrated as a point of connection in a global network of ideas and debates about art and its place in the world.

two people stand and look at a blue metal shaped sculpture David Annesley Godroon 1966

People looking at David Annesley Godroon 1966 © David Annesley photo: © Rikard Österlund

two people look at art in the St Ives Modern Art display

photo: © Rikard Österlund

a woman and child hold hands and point to a Barbara Hepworth artwork in st ives

photo: © Rikard Österlund

a man looks closer at a Piet Mondrian Composition with Yellow, Blue and Red 1937–42

photo: © Rikard Österlund


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