Refiguring the 50s exhibition

Ben Uri past exhibition

Joan Eardley, Sheila Fell, Eva Frankfurther, Josef Herman and L S Lowry

Eva Frankfurther Waitresses

14th November 2014 – 22nd February 2015

Refiguring the 50s featured work by Joan Eardley, Sheila Fell, Eva Frankfurther, Josef Herman and L S Lowry, five figurative artists working in Britain in the 1950s, who each had a strong identification with the place in which they chose to live and work and which formed, for a significant part of their careers, the primary focus of their practice.

Each artist was associated with a particular place: Eardley – Townhead in Glasgow; Fell, the mining community and landscape of her native Aspatria, Cumbria; Frankfurther– London’s East End and its multi-cultural working-class communities; Herman– Ystradgynlais in South Wales with its indigenous mining community; and Lowry– his hometown of Manchester and its industrial, multi-peopled cityscape.

This exhibition links these five artists by uncovering a network of relationships, both personal and professional, and their shared exploration of particular artistic concerns and motifs. This exhibition is one of the outcomes of the Eva Frankfurther Research and Curatorial Fellowship for the Study of Emigré Artists.

Ben Uri Paul Mellon

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A fully-illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition supported by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art with contributions from leading scholars in the field including Christopher Andreae, Dr Margaret Garlake, Cate Haste, David Herman, Claire Stewart and Dr Judith Walsh.

Refiguring the 50s – Available in Softback and Hardback from the Ben Uri shop.