20th Century Art

20th Century Art

NotesThe Southwark Art Collection contains a well regarded selection of Fine Art, mostly acquired from the 1950s for exhibition at the South London Art Gallery. They are exhibited from time to time in local exhibitions and by loan to other galleries here and abroad.
After the re-opening of the gallery in the 1950s Camberwell Council purchased a small selection of paintings from the 1953 exhibition Modern Art in Britain, including John Piper's (1943) Weathercote Cave and Duncan Grant's Sussex Chalk Pit. Subsequent Council funding concentrated on also creating a Contemporary Print Collection.
Several paintings were received made during WWII by artists working under the auspices of the War Artist's Advisory Committee, notably Ethel Gabain's AFS Girl and two studies of the results of aerial bombing in France by Graham Sutherland.
During the 50s and early 60s the Council subscribed to the Contemporary Art Society, as a result acquiring new works, such as Sickert's The Sick Doctor and Stanley Spencer's Sarajevo. Membership of the CAS was renewed in the 1990s resulting in receipt of recent works in different mediums by, amongst many others, Angus Fairhurst, Tracey Emin, Anya Gallachio and Rute Blees Luxemburg.